Loooong story made short …… I wanted to visit Colby Hill Inn in Henniker, NH this year for the first time for Restaurant Week NH, but then scheduling got all wonky and we couldn’t actually go for the start of Restaurant week, so we went last night for a belated Mother’s Day treat for me. 🙂 Yay! In the end, yadda yadda yadda, it doesn’t matter, I just wanted to GO. Everything sounded delicious. So while this isn’t technically a post about Restaurant Week as I had originally hoped it would be, Colby Hill Inn is one of the participating restaurants and their food is certainly very beautiful and skillful!
And my goodness, we had a private dining experience. Dave and I sat there and thoroughly enjoyed watching the bluejays, cardinals, chickadees, and woodpeckers on the many birdfeeders right outside the dining room window. What a gorgeous evening!
I ordered a Seabreeze to start with, and then they brought us out a little amuse-bouche which (if memory serves) was a cucumber slaw with sesame ginger dressing, swirled with their delicious basil oil. Yum! So cute and perfect!
For an appetizer Dave and I shared the Shrimp Stuffed Phyllo Pockets: Crispy Baked Phyllo Pockets Stuffed with Fresh Shrimp, Parsley, Scallions, Panko Bread Crumbs, and Served with Asian Peanut Sauce. Also perfectly delicious, Dave said it was his favorite thing of the evening. He loved it!
My entree was the Signature Dish–the Colby Chicken: Chicken Breast Stuffed with House-Made Lobster and Leek Boursin Cheese. Served with Crushed Fingerling Potatoes and Sautéed Asparagus. Yes, it was as good as it looks and sounds.
I was so full after that, and in fact had some of my chicken boxed up to take home. But I can’t skip dessert at a place like this, I just have to experience it! So I had a Muddy Monkey for my second drink which was banana-y and perfect with dessert. And we ordered the Frozen Chocolate Mousse to share: Frozen Chocolate Mousse on a Shortbread Cookie topped with White Chocolate Anglaise. I could have destroyed that thing with just two bites and my bare hands, but we remained civil and shared small forkfuls until it was gone. Hah!
It was such an enjoyable meal on a beautiful evening–and certainly very peaceful since we were the only ones there! This is definitely a great place to keep in mind for special occasions, and since we live in Goffstown, not an unreasonable drive either.
Erika Follansbee is a natural light food photographer in Goffstown, NH. She specializes in inviting, ambient photos of real menu items in a restaurant’s own unique environment. The result is distinctive, compelling, and mouth watering.