The Loch Lyme Lodge restaurant is now serving dinner to the public six nights until Labor Day.
I made a reservation for my husband and myself for 7pm last Friday. Upon our arrival, we at first realized we’d driven past this property a few times during other exploratory road trips around the area. The lodge is on Route 10 just one mile north of the Lyme Congregational Church, across the road from Post Pond.
From the parking lot, we walked to the quaint, shaded yard through a small arched walkway that lead to the side of the house. Stepping up to the door, I felt as if we were entering the back entrance of a neighbor’s house. Once inside, we were immediately greeted by the hostess who confirmed our name and took us to our table. Three other tables were occupied, and we both noticed a gorgeous cheese plate being carried to a party of five. Our spot was next to a window that overlooks Post Pond; I took a moment to gaze at the sun shining through, its light illuminating the homey antique-like tablecloths, glassware and décor surrounding the restaurant. I also noticed that while the interior could use a bit of updating, I saw the aesthetic fade as part of the historic charm of the lodge house, which was built in 1784.
We had begun to look at that evening’s menu when our server, Maeve, approached us with a sweet smile and asked if we’d like to start with anything. Because that cheese plate had left an impression, we ordered one for ourselves. Within another minute, a basket of popovers were set in front of us.
The restaurant does not have a liquor license, but it allows you to BYOB and we had brought a bottle of wine to enjoy with dinner. Another server gladly assisted us with his wine key, while the hostess grabbed us a couple of wine glasses.
The beautiful cheese board had arrived! VT Farmstead cheeses were displayed, including a blueberry cheddar and an Edam cheese with crystallized maple syrup. Bison summer sausage, strawberries, olives and crostini were also on the sides. It was a filling sampler and as we barely finished the plate, the Bacon Kale Salad we’d decided to split arrived on a plate for each of us. It was the perfectly sized serving of fresh kale, a light vinaigrette and just the right amount of meat.
Shortly after, we received our mains: Blackened Grilled Elk Burger for myself, and Prime Rib for my husband. Again, our dishes were beautiful. The burger came on a golden bun and was almost manageable enough to tackle one-handed, but I chose to cut it in half. Very flavorful, the blackening wasn’t overpowering…although it crept up and I was pretty warm by the end! Chips and a large pickle came on the side. My husband’s prime rib was a huge cut and smelled delicious. Cutting in, we didn’t see any pink, which is unusual for prime rib; Chef Catherine actually brought this up during later conversation at our table – she had received guest requests for a longer cook time on the prime rib, so she had adjusted accordingly. So, if you’re picky about your steak, make sure to ask your server how it’s being prepared that day.
Although we were already full after all that, there’s nothing like a sweet treat to finalize an evening out. So, for dessert we decided to share homemade iced cookies served with a scoop of wildberry sorbet. All very good, and I think I’ll have to have that sorbet in my house.
The restaurant at Loch Lyme Lodge takes reservations anytime between 5:30pm – 8pm. Four courses are offered, with the entrees changing nightly:
Soups - $5
Starters - $8
Salads - $9
Mains - $17