Friday, March 27, 2009....
Last night, my girlfriend, 'A', and I had dinner at Richard Gere's place the Bedford Post Inn. Sure, he wasn't there, but I don't think I would have noticed if he was.
Several years ago, 'A' ran into Richard Gere when he was at some pizza place for a birthday party for his son; or a party his son was attending. Her comment was that his pictures don't do him justice. I was shocked that she was taken aback because my friend never gets star-struck.
A few months later, she heard he had bought this inn and was going to restore it. She decided we were to go once opened. Fast-forward a couple years later, and there we were.
Unlike our experience at Craft, Craft Experience, this was an amazing dining experience.
From the atmosphere, the pleasant staff (this includes everyone that we encountered), the service to the food, we enjoyed it immensely. Everything was seasoned well, timing was perfect and they seated us with enough distance between our fellow diners to have no fears of having a truly private conversation. However, it was Thursday night and my understanding is that the restaurant is packed on weekends so you'll probably be sitting closer to your fellow patrons.
Personally, I love a chef that can create a menu and put a twist on a familiar classic dish using local ingredients. It's definitely the best. In addition, the food portions were the perfect size and they did not get offended when we asked to share an appetizer (I wanted to try it, but did not want to get stuffed prior to the main course).
The inn itself has an attached yoga studio and although close enough to my home, I needed to travel the back roads through quaint small towns to get there. It had been awhile since I was in these towns and would definitely like to stay at the inn for a weekend and re-explore all the antique shops -- that is, if I had the funds to do so (unemployment puts a damper on things).
As I was writing this post, another girlfriend called me from the small local airport to tell me Richard Gere was there. How strange is that?
Seriously, I'd recommend this place in a heartbeat if someone wanted a nice evening out.
Thanks 'A' for an amazing treat!