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Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, Mass., Offers Amazing
Traditional New England Fare, Ambiance
Hurwitz. Page updated on 11/16/16.
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Traditional New England dining approaches near-perfection at
the Salem Cross Inn Restaurant and Tavern in beautiful West Brookfield,
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Salem Cross Inn
is a remarkable example of Colonial restoration with its original
building constructed in the early 1700s. The handsome hardwood floors,
post and beam ceilings, roaring fireplaces, antique furnishings, serene
candlelight glow, and, gracious, old-fashioned "New England" waitresses
dressed in Colonial apparel offer a complete feeling of warmth and
comfort on three floors of charming, old rooms. Some stellar examples
of old New England charm abound in the Chestnut Room with its huge
fieldstone fireplace and 42-long chestnut ceiling beams, the old
haybarn, known as the Hexmark Tavern, affording splendid views of the
woods and meadows, and smaller rooms filled with antiquarian books,
maps, documents and other curios.
Even before entering this storied structure, you know you've reached
New England in its most authentic form. The Salem Cross Inn's 600 acres
of rolling hills and woodlands, including grazing herds and a sleigh,
typify the appeal of West Brookfield,
an old-fashioned, friendly
central Massachusetts town from yesteryear with an expansive, stunning
village green surrounded by big, old historic homes. The Salem Cross
Inn faithfully sticks to traditional New England cooking with the use
of open hearth fireplaces to slow roast its delicious prime rib and a
restored 1699 Bannister Tavern beehive oven to turn out some delicious
baked goods and dishes. When those amazing aromas combine with the
homey, cozy, quaint feel of the place, everything just feels so
The Salem Cross Inn creates its seasonal, traditional New England and
contemporary cuisine fresh on a daily basis and by incorporating heirloom vegetables and
herbs grown in its own gardens. The flavorful, fireplace-cooking
enhanced prime rib dinner is the real star here, but culinary memories
can easily be made with lunch and lighter fare standouts standouts like
chicken pot pie, maple jack chicken, and supper creations like Boston
schrod with dill crumb topping, lavendar duck, pan seared scallops,
curry salmon and chicken breast with diced tomato, capers, shallots,
white wine, lemon zest, and black olives. Family recipes like the
New England Chowder of the Sea with its flavorful mix of heavy
cream, herbs, fish and clams, and a full bodied comforting French
onion soup should not be missed, either. Salads have that
fresh-from-the garden taste and the pre-meal variety of homemade breads
as well as the post-meal desserts -- well, let's just say some people
consider those just as much a highlight as the main course. The deep
dish apple pie is the best we've tasted in New England, but it's also
hard to resist pecan pie, Indian pudding, pecan custard bread pudding,
maple pumpkin cheesecake, cinnamon and brown sugar pie crust with cream
The Salem Cross Inn -- near beautiful Sturbridge, Mass. -- also
features special dining events, including
multi-course fireside feasts, apple pie contests, herb sampling,
fireplace pit roasts, a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, and hayrides and
sleigh rides at various times of the splendid New England four seasons.
Perfect for a special night out, a family gathering, wedding or
vacation dining spot, the Salem Cross Inn is the true epitome of
traditional New England dining. If we had to choose one place to dine
in New England, this would be it!
Salem Cross Inn
Route 9, West Brookfield, MA. Tel. (508) 867-2345.
Always check the Salem Cross Inn web site for seasonal hours before
embarking on your dining destination!
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