I visited Barrows House for a long weekend in late January with my mom and sister and was impressed from the moment we pulled up. We choose the Inn because of its close proximity to Bromley and Stratton, and we were not disappointed. The place is beautiful, especially in the snow. Our room was large and spacious, and we took full advantage of the sitting room (with cookies, tea, and coffee!) and fireplace on the first floor. The Inn notified us when we made our reservation that there would be a wedding on Saturday night and that the majority of the guests there that weekend were with that party. We were all impressed that they told us this prior to making the reservation to give us the option to not book, and the noise turned out not to be an issue at all. The only minor annoyance is that we weren't able to use the lovely sitting room. A gentleman at the front desk more than made up for this by bringing up an assortment of cookies to our room! Great, personal service was probably the biggest standout of this trip. I was also pleasantly surprised by the restaurant at the Inn. Breakfast is included, and it is delicious. I had the strawberry pancakes one morning and they were great. We ate dinner at the restaurant on Friday night as well and really enjoyed our meals. We are definitely planning on making this a tradition, with Barrow House a pivotal part!
I stayed here back in May (2015) for a wedding nearby. I was in the single room cottage known as "Wren's Nest" which is located just next to the main house/bar building and central to the parking lot. I did not notice any noise from the nearby lot or building - and the room itself was fabulous. My boyfriend and I absolutely DOVE into the luxurious bedding! The staff was extremely helpful with every visit we made to the desk (and we made a lot!) They also have a sister restaurant down the street (like 2 min walk) that you can eat breakfast at - all of which was delicious! I'd definitely recommend it if you're in the area!
This was so beautiful! It's different that the other places that the owners own-- The Dorset Inn and The Mountain Top Inn. It has it's old historical charm with newer amenities and a beautiful restaurant with backlit marble!!! The food was the best food my husband and I ever had. He had the salmon and truffle oil popcorn. I had the lump crab cake and scallops. We had breakfast twice which was also delightful! The bed was comfortable. We stayed at Blue Jay Way. We had other family that rented a couple of other rooms in that house so it was fun to have the common area. There are multiple houses on the property and it makes it very convenient to have the restaurant within walking distance to your room ;)
This great place is almost hidden if you don't notice their sign by the road. I came at 6pm because I wanted a quiet place to enjoy the food and everyone told me that if I come in at 8pm, the atmosphere is more livelier. The staff and the chefs were all very nice to me and spent time asking where I was from and created some chit chat. Of course I sat at the bar which made it easier for them to talk to me. I was sitting only a few feet away from the kitchen. Food was delicious - I had a glass of Riesling, Mussel appetizers, NY Strip steak, a glass of Gladiator, and topped off with a delicious chocolate lava cake a la mode. Worth the drive! I plan to come back here!
Eight of us had different first, second, third courses and drinks. The food was as fine as any of us had eaten crab soup, pork cop crepes with chicken, salads, salmon, cod gelato chocolate cake. Martina's etc all excellent in as nice atmosphere. Ended up $50/ person. Waitstaff not perfect but this is an elegant place for dinner in Vt
Yes, this is an Inn and a Restaurant, but is it a "Gastropub?" Definition has it that a gastropub serves "high quality" food along with alcoholic beverages. By THAT definition, I would agree that the Barrows House IS a gastropub. But some gastropubs tend to serve a variety of, primarily, small portion dishes. BH does have a handful of "snacks" on their menu including cheeses, tacos, duck wings, and hand-cut fries, and they certainly offer an excellent choice of craft-brewed beers and innovative cocktails. But beyond those "snacks" the portion size of their Appetizers and Mains are more than generous. We did not let this deter us, however, from sampling from the Snacks, Appetizers, Mains, and Desserts prior to attending a play at the ever so close Dorset Theatre Festival. I chose to start with a glass of Beanery Brewing Ethiopian Coffee Milk Stout ($6/14 oz.?) from Woodstock, VT. while my wife had a Blueberry Mint Mojito ($12) made with Ten Cane rum, fresh mint and blueberries, sugar, and seltzer. The stout was wonderfully flavorful, and while my wife was not certain that she could notice the flavor of any mint, she still declared it a delicious and relaxing cocktail in spite of how quickly it disappeared. Along with our beverages we chose to start with the Cone of Hand Cut Fries ($7) that were served with ramekins of blue cheese fondue and malt vinegar ketchup for dipping. Oh, these fries were perfectly done shoestring variety. Probably more salt than I should have been having, but with their blue cheese fondue I couldn't help but finish them down to the last crumb. We also chose a Braised Pork Belly appetizer special ($15) to share. It was served with a sour cherry compote and foie gras. This is where I hearken back to my comment about portion size. The quantity of pork belly could have easily been a main course for many people. With the large crostini on the side we both should have been satiated at this point. Especially considering how deliciously flavorful and tender the pork belly was. But we had our eyes on still more intriguing sounding offerings on the menu. But first a glass of Vevi, Spanish white wine ($10) for my wife and a glass of Maine Beer Co.'s Mean Old Tom Stout($8) for me. I definitely liked the Beanery stout more so, but Old Tom went well with my special of the night main, Crunchy Tuna ($27) - not to be confused with Monty Python's crunchy frog. Sushi grade tuna, breaded and deep fried to a golden brown crispy crust with a beautiful rare red interior, piped wasabi, soy sweet chili sauce and a seaweed salad with carrot ribbons. Fried fish never seemed so healthy to me. My wife also chose seafood for her main course, Seared Coho Salmon ($27) with scallion pesto, ginger basmati rice, grilled asparagus, and soy butter. I must point out here that my wife has a long ago memory of being served what she was told was Coho salmon in NYC and it has kept her from ever ordering it again. Only with the reassurance of our gracious server Darcie that the salmon was mild in flavor, and my reassurance that we could switch plates if she didn't like it, did my wife proceed to chance ordering this special of the night. It turns out that this Coho salmon was proclaimed by my wife to be the absolute best tasting salmon she has ever had. I wholly concur with her proclamation. Seeing as we had arrived early for our pre-play dinner, we still had plenty of time to relax over some coffee ($2,50 each with refills offered) before we needed to leave. So what goes better with a good robust cup of coffee than... wait for it... Pineapple Upside Down Cake ($8) with caramel sauce and coconut ice cream. The cake was moist and flavorful. While this flavor of ice cream was not made in house, some are, our server explained that it was made locally by a small operation for the restaurant. Overall, this was an excellent meal with friendly and attentive service that really deserves another half-star. I can see where it might make more sense to spend a few days staying at Barrow House just so that you don't try to eat so many things at one sitting. Spread it out over several days. Now that might be the true definition of a gastropub.
Great choices of interesting food DONE WELL. Lovely outside deck with heat lamps, ( when needed) when the weather is good. It's a bit away from Manchester but worth the 8 mile-ish ride. Nice bar when you have to be inside. Contemporary decor- a bit of a change for the typical Vt. scene.
Fabulous from start to finish, was able to switch a veal and shrimp risotto dish to just shrimp and it was amazing. Our waitress Pam wad top notch can't wAit to return
The Dorset Inn is everything you'd hope for from a Vermont Inn. The atmosphere is quaint and inviting. The servers are attentive and friendly. The food is fabulous! Our group has been here twice while in town for the horse show; last August, and again last night. Both visits were wonderful from start to finish. The drinks were delicious. There were a few salad choices, and those we tried were very good. We ordered a variety of different dishes, from fish to steak, and everyone in our party of five enjoyed their dishes immensely. Leave room for dessert!
I usually give the Tavern 5 stars.....but I have a pet peeve. They have fabulous buttermilk fried chicken...but for $24.00, I got 2 small thighs......really??? I wanted much more chicken, and I left hungry. For the price of chicken, I think Chef can afford to throw in a breast or extra thigh. I mentioned it to our server, but she was indifferent. Granted, the veggies on the plate were plentiful and delicious, but the fries were luke warm and not crispy. We love to eat outside, but notice that when we do, the service is much, MUCH slower. Noonie waits tables inside...and she is a dynamo. My husband, as always was pleased with his meal of Cod. I guess we will be sure to dine indoors next time. but sadly, I won't order that luscious chicken again unless they increase the portion size to accommodate adult human size.
Nothing really unique. Food was average, though our waitress was excellent. Her name was Linda and I thought she was lovely. The atmosphere has an air of haughtiness that speaks more to the retired, "second-home" denizens that make up this village. There are more authentic places. Side note, even with a full meal and cocktails, they have the audacity to charge for soda refills. Inexcusable.