Bedford, situated as it is next to Manchester, may not appear to be “in the country,” but its residents pride themselves on its small-town New England heritage and character. This post highlights a well established eatery in Bedford that has long been a focal point for special event and destination dining.
The Bedford Village Inn (BVI) has four choices for dining and drinking, the Dining Room, the Tavern, the Patio, and Corks wine bar. All feature New England regional cuisine and all may draw upon BVI’s large wine cellar.
The Dining Room actually consists of seven adjoining rooms, most with an atmosphere derived from the colonial era building in which they are located. It is the most formal of the BVI restaurants, with the most extensive menu and hours. The largest room (near the restaurant’s entrance) is often expansively decorated with holiday or seasonal décor that lends it a very festive air. The menu includes appetizers like soft shell crab, watermelon gazpacho, and foie gras; for entrees, maple du Breton pork chops, 24 oz. porterhouse steak, and house made gnocchi; and desserts like crème brulee, cheesecake, and their celebrated chocolate bag. The Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily; on Sundays they have a brunch menu in addition to their usual fare.
The Tavern has a more relaxed atmosphere, emulating a New England tavern, with lighter meals – salads, pizzas, pasta – but one may order from the Dining Room’s menu if one so chooses. Open for lunch and dinner daily. The outdoor Patio has the same menu and hours as the Tavern, plus Sunday morning hours when it serves the Dining Room’s breakfast menu.
Corks features selections from BVI’s extensive wine cellar, as well as beer and traditional bar service. It’s a good choice for wine aficionados, as you can enjoy over twenty wines by the glass from a variety of well-respected wineries, four flight combinations highlighting distinctive growing regions, and from their cruvinet, some of the best wines available anywhere. A large selection of cheeses, salads, pizzas, and other appetizers and entrees are available to compliment your imbibing experience. Open Tuesday through Saturday starting at 4:30.
The Bedford Village Inn is located at 3 Olde Bedford Way, off of State Route 101. The Old Bedford Inn operates an inn and has a large function room (the “Great Hall”) in addition to its eateries. The restaurants’ website runs to several pages. Reservations are recommended for dinner and encouraged for other times.