today, we were finally able to use a gift card that i had won in a fall raffle that i had entered by way of southern berkshire chamber of commerce……it was a fun raffle that i had entered, with one entry giving you a chance at different prizes every day throughout that month…each day, i eagerly awaited the announced winners, because every day was also a different prize….about two thirds of the way through the month, i got a phone call, just as i was boarding a bus for my son’s school field trip, telling me i had won a wine and cheese basket from local purveyor, garahm and norton, also a $100 gift card to the old mill restaurant, in south egremont, and two tickets to the triplex movie theatre in great barrington….
well, the wine went quickly, delicious as it was, and the movie tickets found their way to an afternoon outing of mine, but i was having a hard time using the gift card to the old mill….knowing it was more of an upscale restaurant, i didn’t plan on making it a family outing, but finding a babysitter to come out my way(i live a half hour in the opposite direction of everyone else)also proved to be more of a barrier than i thought…today, being the day after the (supposed)superstorm, nemo, i figured would be a low key day to introduce the kids to a new experience….
after convincing my ten year old that his dressing up was definitely not worth the tears it was producing, we were on our way….the fresh snow and blue skies, made me be happy to be alive in such a beautiful setting. the old mill is in egremont, just enough out of the way to make it a quaint drive….
arriving at the mill, it seemed to be very suited to its name. its a rustic, old building which used to house a grist mill back in the 1700’s…entering the place, i felt as though i were stepping back in time…the decor holds true to the period, with its wide plank floors and dark stained wood throughout. we were greeted by a very friendly woman, and were seated at a table in front of the fire. the fire place itself looked as though it used to be the forge, and though freshly painted in a bright red, you could tell it had seen centuries of use.
we were there for brunch on a sunday, and the menu offered both breakfast items, as well as things for a lunch. my kids ordered hot chocolates, and i some fresh squeezed orange juice. there were many items that looked delicious, and it was hard to choose just one. after ordering, the server brought out a plate of fresh croissants with butter and marmalade. i know from experience that croissants are difficult to make, so i was impressed to find them delicate and flaky.
for our main meals, my daughter and i both ordered off of the ‘specials of the day’ menu, and got the pecan banana french toast with salted caramel syrup. my son ordered the fresh waffle with berries and maple syrup. our guest decided on a leek and gruyere tart, and we also ordered a couple of plates of home fries for the table.
the food was delicious. the french toast was tasty without being overly sweet…and anything with salted caramel is usually a hit in my book, and this did not disappoint. my son devoured his waffle, and seemed to enjoy it as it made its way hastily into his belly…it wasnt a belgian waffle, which is the size he is used to, so i wasnt surprised to see him clean his plate so quickly. the gruyere tart was especially nice, without being overly ‘quiche’ tasting(a taste that i am not fond of), and the hashbrowns were simply cooked, but very tasty.
you would think that after all of that scrumptious food, that we would be satiated,but no, we went on to dessert next. well, the kids did anyways…my daughter opted for an upside down pineapple cake, and my son chose ciao bella chocolate sorbet. both proved to be very delicious, but i honestly dont know how they ate it. i kept trying to take tastes, but my belly,being so full, kept me from overindulging.
all told, it was a very nice restaurant. i especially liked that we were in a piece of berkshire county history, and that they had kept it true to its time, with period furnishings and decor… i do wish that they used more local products(such as chocolate springs hot chocolate, instead of ghiradelli). i feel that being such a part of our community, that they would be better suited if they supported a bit more the community that supports them….i think that going there for a dinner would be an especially nice way to enjoy the old mill, and i am looking forward to trying that some night.
~~~old mill restaurant(www.oldmillberkshires.com/)~~~
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