How often do you get to dine in a magnificent castle? I had the opportunity recently to have brunch at Whitby Castle located at the Rye Country Club in Rye NY. Whitby is located on the grounds of the Rye Country Club, but is open to the public and not just for club members.
The picturesque castle was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis one of the premier architects of the 19th century and has designed many buildings in the Hudson Valley including Lyndhurst in Tarrytown. Dining here is to experience the elegance of a bygone era and as a bonus you can enjoy the gorgeous water view toward Milton Harbor and Long Island Sound.
As you enter the castle you cannot help but admire the old world craftsmanship, high ceilings and the fine architectural details in each room. The main dining room is sun lit with a large windows facing out over the patio, the green lawns of the golf course and then the tranquil waters of Milton Harbor.
We dined for Sunday brunch on Easter and had a wonderful meal. Brunch included a wide assortment of food including traditional breakfast favorites of bagels, muffins, scrambled eggs, Eggs Benedict , sausage and bacon. There were also salad, shrimp cocktail, and a variety of hot dishes including Chicken Picatta, Sole, and pasta. If that was not enough, there was a carving station with prime rib, turkey breast and lamb. To end the meal (if you have room), there is a delicious spread of desserts and fresh fruit, coffee and tea. Even though it is a buffet, the service from our waiter was attentive and friendly. Certainly a wonderful place to dine.
Whitby Castle is open to the public for Dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Lunch is served daily except for Monday. The menu changes often so there is no menu online.
The castle is host for private events and is a desirable location for weddings. The next event coming up is Mother’s Day Brunch on May 8th 2016. Brunch will be in two seatings, 10:30am and 2:30pm. The cost for brunch is $49.95 per person and children under 12 are $19.95 each.
for more information:
30 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY 10580
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