If you follow my blog with any regularity, you know that (1) I really enjoy spending time at Fearrington Village, and (2) calamity has struck three times, causing me to cancel reservations for the Fearrington House Restaurant—one of the crown jewels of the Village.
Sometimes when you build something up, it doesn’t live up to the hype. This was not the case with the Fearrington House Restaurant, where I had the joy of dining recently. The experience was as I imagined it—flawless and then some.
During my four-course meal, I ate things (or combinations) that I had never eaten before: Tomato Salad with Lemon Pickled Watermelon & Parsley Financier; Chicken & Sweet Corn Ravioli with Chanterelles, Lemon & Tarragon; Quail with Seared Scallop, Pickled Peaches & Candied Sweet Potatoes; Valrhona Cœur de Guanaja Chocolate Soufflé.
The atmosphere was “a cut above,” and yet down to earth at the same time. Upon reflection, it wasn’t just a meal. It was a leisurely, culinary exhibition of satisfying proportions. I left with a pleasantly-full belly and a grandly-bestowed box of chocolates.
A couple from New York, sitting at a nearby table, put the experience this way: “You could dine at restaurants like this every night in New York City—if you had the money and wanted to. It’s wonderful that there’s a place like this down here in the country.”
I’ll drink some sweet tea to that.