On our last night in Cooperstown, we drove 1/4 hour northeast to the tiny hamlet of Cherry Valley, where we hadn't been in ages. We took 4 singers to The Rose & Kettle, which is unquestionably the best dining experience we have had in the entire region in years. The service was friendly and attentive, but it was the food that shone.
Will started with a strong Pomegranate Cosmo and I had the delish and not so strong Elderflower Margarita made with Patron Tequila, St. Germain, lime juice and a Champagne float.
It was hard to decide and then the specials were read off making it even harder. There were many delicious choices and everything indeed was superb.
The starters included a filling Thai Shrimp & Pork with Glass Noodles, Spicy Broth, Greens, Tomato, Cilantro & Lime
Creamy Tomato Basil Soup that sent Samuel to heaven
Crabcakes that were as large as my head & Samosas.
My starter was the Grilled Maple Glazed Lamb Tenderloin with Mission Figs on Skewers with Greens, Roasted Red peppers, Gorgonzola & Balsamic which was a light salad with amazingly tender meat.
I did not get to taste Will's Grilled Tequila Lime Shrimp with Chorizo on an Arepa with Chipotle Aioli, because it was gone so fast!
We enjoyed a Gruner Veltliner 2011 from Wachau, Teressen Federspiel that was amazing for the 30$something and was all about apples and honeydew; indeed all the wines were very low priced for their quality.
We moved on to a tasty Stonecap Merlot 2014 from Columbia Valley in Washington State.
Main courses were Fish & Chips, Meatload made from beef with locally raised pork and lamb, garlic mashies, pan gravy and green beans
Grilled Pork Loin with Rhubarb Peach Chutney, Sauteed Spinach and Sweet Potato Fries
the special of Pork Loin with Garlic Scape/Almond Pesto, Cheddar Polenta and Milanese Sauce was totally unbelievable as it burst with flavors, and again the loin had to be the biggest cut I have ever seen.
Samuel adored his Meatballs Marinara with pasta.
Desserts were also quite good from Crème Brulee to Flourless Chocolate Torte and 3 Philosophers Cherry Sauce & Whipped Cream.
the winner was undoubtedly my Strawberry/Rhubarb Tart with Whipped Cream that boasted one of the best pastries I have had in ages.
Everything was amazing and the company superb as we dined with the leads of this summer's Glimmerglass operas before heading home!