There are times when D and I head out to the cottage for a short time without packing up any groceries. This is a far cry from the days when the kids were growing up and we looked like the Beverley Hillbillies even when we were just packed up for a short time. This weekend, was a case in point. We arrived in time for Saturday evening dinner at the “big” cottage as it is affectionately known (meaning that it is “bigger” than our tiny one). On Sunday morning we had coffee fixings and then we headed 2/3 of the way into town and ventured into beautiful Bird’s Hill Park.
When we arrived at Pine Ridge Hollow (without a reservation) we were told that there would be a 15 minute wait, which we gladly used to snoop around their splendid gift shop. The decor items are gorgeous and perfect for the cottage, so we made a couple of little purchases.
When we were sat in the second floor dining room, we noticed many multi-generational families in large groups finishing up their lunches. We’ll have to remember this special gathering place in the future.
I was an absolute thug after we perused the menu because it was so beautiful, I had a difficult time making a choice. The physical layout of the menu has a number of photos and sections and little anecdotal words. I guess I was so drawn to it because it is very much like my blog template.
In the end I chose the apple, walnut and goat cheese salad, which after I ordered it, realized that is was almost exactly what I ordered my last time to a restaurant (that being Dessert Sinsations the previous Thursday). I told you I was distracted….
Even though the ingredients were very similar, they tasted very different and I enjoyed Pine Ridge’s version just as much. Just one tiny suggestion-the server knew that I was avoiding deep-fried items because I had already passed on the pickerel for that reason and yet the two disks of goat cheese were panko coated and deep-fried. I set them aside and had them packaged up for a treat for D.
D on the other-hand, knew exactly what he wanted and ordered it immediately. He loved their Reuben as he indicated that it was not over-powered by dressing and cheese and the quality of the corn beef and the pungent sauerkraut shown through. He was also tickled with the hand-cut fries and added that it was one of the best Reubens that he had ever tasted!
I also enjoyed my individual pot of tea so much that I asked for the pot to be refilled with hot water. I can’t specifically say whether it was the tea itself or the quaint little tea pot that the soothing liquid was served in.
The attention to detail on this property is unsurpassed in the decor, plate presentation and the facility as a whole. As we walked through the garden on our way back to the car, we could not help but notice that they are perfectly set up for weddings. If they go to such trouble for a simple lunch, imagine the effort that would go into a wedding!
Kath’s quote: “The table was set up inside the cartshed. On it there were four sirloins of beef, six fricassees of chicken, casseroled veal, three legs of mutton and, in the centre, a beautiful roasted sucking pig, flanked by four chitterlings with sorrel.”-Gustave Flaubert
Love-that is all.