Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Restaurant details

I was emailing my new friend Decor Fellow about his post yesterday about small things in restaurants making big differences. Well, Sunday I went to the Inn at Little Washington, AGAIN ( see the other complete post HERE ) to celebrate my birthday. This is a place where they get the details RIGHT and it shows!'night and day'

This time we were seated in the greenhouse room off the garden which we faced, on a cozy loveseat facing the french doors and a beautiful patio with koi pond and flowers. I took a few pictures and hopefully you can see what I'm talking about. The ambience here is perfect. The couple you see here in the picture below actually became engaged DURING dinner -big excitement! I thought for a brief moment he was having a heart attack when he was down on the floor and she was crying and let out a scream -but it was a more happy moment than that :-)
the silhouettes of the happy couple at the end of the room - BEAUTIFUL flowers everywhere - this room is 'tented' in striped fabric with tassels at the edge.

The little details continue; when you leave the restaurant, you are given a small picnic basket with cookies and little treats. The basket has a butterly 'flying' above it on a wire and a little china plaque that says 'the inn at little washington'; such a nice keepsake and such DELICIOUS little cookies ( I only ate the candied orange peel so far ). the goody basket at home -an open and shut case

2 desserts -sorry for the poor lighting -the first is mint ice cream with WILD chocolate 'streamers' and the 2nd is their most famous dessert - the '7 deadly sins' which is 7 of their featured desserts -YUMMY - a taste of everything - my favorite was the apple tart on the lower left hand corner or maybe the key lime pie on the lower right hand corner, or maybe the mint ice cream in the center bottom with the chocolate ganache..... or maybe the lightest cheesecake in the WORLD on the upper right hand corner -ok they were all my favorites....

14 comments:

acaligurl said...

scrumptious & delightful! ooooh & ahhhh i love sugahhh!

acaligurl said...

oh oh oh!
i couldn't find a picture of lily and the cupcake purse to post!
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i love your message 'be the change...'

Be the change..... said...

Thanks Acaligurl! I think it's an important message :-)

Loda said...

I'm so jealous, I have still not been there, hopefully Chris will take us for our one year anniversary. Everything looked AMAZING!!!

Be the change..... said...

It really is great, you guys need to go! it's not too far from you out there!

An Aesthete's Lament said...

It is a lovely place, indeed. But even I thought the aprés-dinner basket was a trifle twee.

Be the change..... said...

I agree, it is a bit over the top, AAL, but I'm never one to dislike cookies :-)

Decor Fellow: James Saavedra said...

Ok, a take away of cookies, a tasting of miniature desserts, and proposals all around....this is my kinda place! I don't know which I envy more...the seven desserts or the romantic proposal :) Can't you have it all?

PS. Loved the comment about the Good version of Hello Dolly in the original post!

Be the change..... said...

It's definitely an enviable place to visit, DF!
haha - i'm glad we can connect on our opinions of musicals yet again!!

Pigtown-Design said...

Beeyatch! I can't believe you've been twice in a year! I am SOOOO jealous! It's just a bit too far from here to do dinner.

Be the change..... said...

It makes for a very late night, PD. I was a bit tired Monday -we didn't even get home till past midnight!

pve design said...

Over the top inspires me. Lovely spot to celebrate!

Be the change..... said...

Yes, perfect for a restaurant, PVE!

Anonymous said...

Those tassels are beautiful - they should add more of them!