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Rowell’s Inn – The Hot Spot

by Vermont.com Staff

Guests have been coming to the Rowell’s Inn along Route 11, “Simonsville Road”, for over 180 years. Located in Andover, between Chester and Londonderry, this Greek Revival Inn is filled with antiques, memorabilia, and history. It even served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Today’s visitors should make sure to come on a Friday or Saturday evening for dinner, which is offered to the public as well as guests of the inn. Michael Brengolini and Susan McNulty, the hosts, really enjoy people and will make you feel right at home. A single entrΘe, four course prix fix dinner is served around 700pm on Saturdays.

Last month we had dinner at the inn and enjoyed, a salad of Mixed Greens, Bombay Chicken: Garam Massala spiced chicken breast stuffed with toasted coconut, almonds, sausage, cream cheese and green onions, with curry sauce; Mushroom Bisque that had the mushroom “indifferentö in our group scraping their bowls clean, and a Chocolate Mousse that surpassed any that I’ve ever tasted. Choose from the wine list or full service Pub if an “adult beverageö is to your liking. Recent Saturday menus have included Herb-Crusted Pork Loin with Port Wine Sauce, Roasted Thyme and Garlic Potatoes, Green Beans Almandine, Rhode Island Seafood Chowder, Autumn Salad ( candied pecans with dried cranberries over spring mix with cranberry vinaigrette, followed by Brandied Apple Cake with Ginger Whipped Cream ( Michael’s grandmother’s recipe). Marinated Cornish Game Hens with Cognac Cream Sauce, Curried Basmati Buttered Rice, Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar and Cider Sauce, Roasted Red Pepper and Carrot Soup, Fatoush ( mixed greens with calamatta olives, green onions, goat cheese, toasted lavash and lemon vinaigrette), Chocolate Mousse.

Michael is a hot sauce aficionado and has a collection of over 300, including his own creation: Mad Mikes Stop Crying or I’ll Give You Something to Cry About Hot Sauce.” Stop in and check it out. Rowell’s’ just started a new pub/take out/ casual menu on Fridays. There’s a cafΘ atmosphere and limited table service. Another option for great food. We’ll see you there!

Because the Innkeepers prepare their dishes from the freshest local ingredients available and seating is limited, a 24 hour advanced reservation is requested for Saturdays. Special dietary concerns should be mentioned when making your reservation.

Please call the inn for reservations, to check out the specials, or to arrange a dinner for your group of six or more on another day of the week.

802-875-3658 or 800-728-0842
http://www.rowellsinn.com

Whether you opt for casual on Friday or the four course meal on Saturday, great food and a healthy dose of FUN await you at Rowell’s Inn.

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