Memorable | One of the Best
Simon Pearce Restaurant
Review by: Jane & Michael Stern
Originally opened in 1985 as The Glassblower’s Café, part of the Simon Pearce glass blowing factory (see it made!) and showroom (buy some to take home!), this outrageously scenic restaurant attracts hordes of tourists. Rightfully so: the glassware is gorgeous and hypnotic to watch being blown. The setting of the dining room, perched above the rushing waterfall that powers the furnaces with a picture-window-view of Quechee’s covered bridge, is the Yankee landscape at its most dramatic. And the cooking, which reflects Pearce’s Irish heritage, is good and hearty.
Served on plates and in glassware made here, the food includes such rhapsodic fare as mushroom ravioli with sun-dried tomato cream and a Caesar salad garnished with crusty fried oysters. Many dishes are a creative ode to favorite Yankee groceries, such as horseradish-crusted cod and Maine salmon in phyllo dough with Vermont chèvre cream. The meals we most like to eat are such pubby dishes as shepherd’s pie under a crust of cheddar-laced mashed potatoes, lamb and rosemary pie with a traditional pie crust, Vermont cheese soup, and salmon and trout smoked on-premises.
Best of all is Simon Pearce’s bread. Alongside each meal comes a plate of dainty little soda-bread scones and thin slices of delicious Ballymaloe brown bread made from coarse-grain, whole-wheat flour imported by Simon Pearce from Ireland (and available here for sale).
Available libations include a choice from an vast wine list, locally-brewed beers and ales, and hot mulled cider. For dessert, we favor the old-fashioned Irish apple cake and pumpkin bread pudding, served warm with cranberries and caramel sauce and a dollop of rich vanilla ice cream.
Directions & Hours
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
- Thursday: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
- Friday: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
- Saturday: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
- Sunday: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|