Dining Room at Blantyre

New England's formal table for New American-French fare
Dining Room at Blantyre is one of the few restaurants left in the country that still makes dinner a formal affair. Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie and cell phones are prohibited. Before you know it, you'll feel as if you're seated in a scene from Downton Abbey.

Dinner starts with canapes and champagne in the music room, where pianist Karèn Tchougourian sets the mood for your evening. Your waiter will join you with menus and explain the chef's offerings for the evening and, when your first course is ready, you'll be shown to your table in the Dining Room, surrounded by candlelight and soft music.

Dinner in the Dining Room is a lasting affair, so plan to spend a few hours here enjoying the food, wine and ambiance.
Our Inspector's Highlights
•To truly appreciate Dining Room at Blantyre’s unique design, turn back the clock to the late 1800s, when grand castles in England and Scotland were the architectural ideal and open countryside stretched between properties.

•Inside the Gilded Age estate, the French-inspired Dining Room is draped with deep red and gold tapestries, grand chandeliers, original artwork, antique furniture, exquisite crystal and heirloom china and flatware.

•The menu is seasonal. The menus at the Berkshires restaurant change seasonally and often feature specials from the chef, depending on what's fresh and to his liking. It is prix fixe only, and you'll have your choice of a three-course, five-course or chef's tasting menu, each of which can be paired with wine.

•Wine dinners are special. Throughout the year, Blantyre hosts elaborate, but intimate, wine dinners highlighting a specific vineyard. Vino is central to your dining experience here — after all, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Blantyre is home to more than 17,000 bottles.
Things to Know
•Hotel guests are always welcome. But if you're not staying at Blantyre, you're only invited to lunch and dinner Wednesdays through Sundays, by reservation only.

•The seating times are serious. Dinner service starts promptly at 5:45 p.m. There isn't room for delays, so make sure you’re on time.

•There’s a dress code. Dressing up for dinner is a time-honored tradition at Blantyre, so be prepared to don your best for your meal. Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie. If you're there for lunch, relax in something a little more casual.
The Food
•The egg omelet with mushroom ragout and Vermont cheddar cheese is a favorite among Blantyre guests. The most important meal of the day also comes with a basket of fresh-made breakfast breads, including the heavenly blueberry scones.

•Blantyre's take on the traditional cobb salad makes it one of our favorite simple lunch dishes. The classic chopped salad is full of chicken, bacon, avocado, hard-boiled eggs and blue cheese. Plus, it's large enough to share or wrap up for a snack later in the day.

•The boneless lamb rack is prepared with capers and raisins — pepper ragout and garbanzo bean croquettes rounded out our Forbes Travel Guide editor's dish — and serves as a signature sweet-and-savory dish at the Berkshires restaurant.
Getting There
16 Blantyre Road, Lenox, Massachusetts 01240
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