The Village TeaRoom Restaurant and Bake Shop in New Paltz is housed in a 2-story converted red barn off Main Street.
Hi, I’m Vanessa Geneva Ahern, and my husband and I enjoyed a delicious 3 course pre-fixe lunch there for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.
The restaurant draws a local crowd. Two women sat at the table next to us enjoying smoked salmon sandwiches. Later, a couple came in for tea with their tween daughter. I felt like I was sitting at a country bed and breakfast about to be served a home cooked meal. I could tell just by looking at the dessert case, that portions were not going to be skimpy.
There are 7 tables to eat indoors, but there is outdoor patio as well.
The pre-fixe lunch includes soup, a main dish, and a dessert. We didn’t have a choice over what the main dish or dessert would be, but we were lucky enough to have 2 soups to choose from–a cheddar beer soup leftover from St. Patrick’s Day or an apple parsnip soup. The decision was easy!
The cheddar beer soup was hearty without being too heavy. Made of cheddar, beer, leeks, carrots, and cabbage. I wanted seconds. The turkey pot pie was tender slow roasted turkey over a buttery biscuit with carrots and plenty of sauce.
Also, the cheddar beer soup did a good job of intoxicating me! I forgot my pocket book on my chair. By the time I realized it, I was in Kingston. I called right away, and was relieved, but not all that surprised that it had been recovered by one of the friendly servers there–a tribute to the good people of the Hudson Valley! So my husband returned to the Village Tea Room later in the afternoon, and succumbed to another piece of gingerbread cake.
I will have to return one day for a traditional tea. The restaurant also serves a children’s tea, complete with cheddar cheese and peanut butter and jelly finger sandwiches, and there is a small play table for kids to keep busy while the adults chit chat and indulge in comfort food.
The web site for the Village Tea Room: thevillagetearoom.com.