Dining out should be a memorable experience to be enjoyed on a date, with friends or family. When selecting a venue, the restaurant should provide an excellent menu and chef, a fine wine and cocktail list, and an ambiance that makes the diner instantly comfortable. We have found such a restaurant at the Farmhouse at the Bedford Post Inn in Bedford.
The Farmhouse is one of two restaurants on the Bedford Post Inn property, the other is the Barn. The Inn itself is a boutique hotel and is operated separately from the eateries.
The Bedford Post Inn is located just north of the charming and historic Bedford Village Green in Bedford NY. This unique and idyllic town is more akin to New England than New York, and is filled with antique homes, winding roads and horse farms.
We recently dined at the Farmhouse and were totally charmed by the warm and authentic atmosphere of the establishment. The dining room is divided into several spaces, the intimate and cozy bar/lounge, the light filled dining room with its bank of tall windows, and the warm and appealing dining room with corner fire place. It was in the last room that we were seated.
The design is simple elegance. The dining space is dusted in a warm and soothing palette of colors that puts one at ease. The overall effect of the design was understated sophistication that hints to the diner that they are in a very special place.
The cocktail program is first rate and the wine list extensive with the Farmhouse having its own wine cellar in the basement.
Comfortably located in our table next to the fireplace on a chilly spring evening we started with the Cauliflower Soup. This healthy dish is made without cream, and young garlic, dill oil, and toasted buckwheat, A delicious way to begin the meal. The soup was still thick enough and satisfying without the use of cream and was a fine selection.
We also sampled the Blue Fin Tuna Tartare which fresh diced tuna prepared with dashi (Japanese soup stock), shiso ( a Japanese plant that is similar to mint) and a Caspian Sea golden Ossetra caviar ( a fine and rare caviar). The dish was so appetizing with its blend of unique ingredients.
For our main we chose the Lobster and Risotto, a wonderful and filling dish of perfectly cooked risotto and topped with pieces of lobster meat including claw. The selection was tasty and very satisfying.
We also enjoyed the Red Wine Braised Beef Short Rib. This was an immediate favorite with tender short rib that you could cut with your fork. The red wine garnished the beef with a full and rich flavor. We are big fans of polenta and it was the perfect complement to the short rib. A wonderful dish and presentation.
We did not want to rush our evening at the Farmhouse so we lingered a little while longer to sample the desserts. The Baked Alaska was a totally different approach to this classic dish and was not flaming. The confection was prepared with a cleansing raspberry sorbet, hazelnut ice cream and a layer of toasted meringue. A perfect dessert to conclude our meal.
As the Farmhouse menu is inspired by farm-to-table ideals, we also sampled the Locust Grove Orchard (Hudson Valley) Granny Smith Apple Tart. This dessert seemed appropriate to enjoy in the warmth of the Farmhouse dining room and was delightful.
With so many dining options in our area we were thrilled to dine at the Farmhouse at the Bedford Post Inn for its winning combination of ambiance, fine food and great service.
The Farmhouse at the Bedford Post Inn
954 Old Post Road Bedford New York tel. 914.234.7800
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