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Clifton Inn’s restaurant is known for its field-to-table culinary ethos. Chefs at The Dining Room at Clifton Inn pick, forage and farm the grounds for the freshest ingredients and buy seasonal meat, dairy and produce from an abundant supply of Albemarle and Madison County farmers. The Dining Room at Clifton Inn is only open for dinner, but the luxury hotel provides breakfast and afternoon tea to in-house guests.
The restaurant at the hotel offers a menu of small plates, organized by heft, with headings such as “delicate” (duck liver mousse with braised apples, mustard seed cracker and anise vinaigrette), “robust” (corn gnocchi with pot liquor, sorghum and pickled vegetables) and “full-bodied” (butter-poached monkfish with carrot puree, crispy kale and brown-butter sauce). The dishes have tasting portions, with three to five plates making a full dinner. Don’t miss the chefs’ seasonal 12-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings or the opportunity to sit at the kitchen chef's counter while it’s being prepared.