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The Fearrington House Restaurant anchors an idyllic country village in rural North Carolina, but its cuisine is as cosmopolitan as it gets. Here are five more things you should know about before you dine:
1. Arrive early. The gardens surrounding the old 1927 farmhouse are worthy of a pre-dinner stroll. Take a seat in one of the Adirondack chairs under the ancient oak trees to watch the Belted Galloway cows make their evening migration from one meadow to the other. Additionally, since the three- or four-course prix-fixe meals also includes amuse bouche, pre-desserts and mignardises, plan on dinner lasting about three hours.
2. Sample the wine list. Wines are hand-selected by sommelier Max Kast, who has a passion for introducing guests to unfamiliar and rare wines such as a variety from South Africa that was a favorite of both Napoleon and Jane Austen.
3. Save room for dessert. The signature sweet, the hot chocolate soufflé was introduced by Edna Lewis, the doyenne of Southern cooking who was a guest chef for a year back in the 1980s, and has been on the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant’s menu ever since. It’s simply sinful with a warm, lava-like chocolate filling and whipped cream topping.
4. Dress for the occasion. Although not required, the North Carolina restaurant does recommend that men wear jackets to dinner. Women often wear cocktail attire or dressy pants.
5. You’ll want to think twice about bringing children. Kids rarely dine in the gourmand-friendly restaurant, which only welcomes those 12-years-old and up. That said, the kitchen staff can masterfully create off-the-menu dishes that the younger set will enjoy.
Here are some things you should know about The Fearrington House Restaurant:
1. The restaurant is a member of Relais & Châteaux, an association of over 500 of the world’s best small hotels and restaurants in more than 60 countries.
2. The Fearrington House Restaurant is in an old farmhouse that dates back to 1927. The dining rooms are located in the old family rooms so there are several spaces that give a feeling of intimacy.
3. The restaurant is surrounded by beautiful gardens, and all dining rooms have views of them.
4. We offer wine pairings with each course that are very thoughtfully paired by our wine director, Max Kast, and his assistant sommelier, Paula de Pano.
5. The chocolate soufflé is the signature dish in the restaurant and has been on the menu for almost 30 years. It was once featured on the cover of Gourmet magazine in 1984.