The Dan’l Webster Inn
Nestled in the center of Sandwich Village, the Dan’l Webster Inn’s stately red building provides a unique getaway from the hurried rush of everyday life. Originally built in the mid-1700’s, the current building has maintained much of the original’s antique décor, giving off a feeling of rich luxury. The Inn’s Tavern, which offers lighter fare as well as a full menu, is a replica of a two-century-old tap room that Daniel Webster regularly visited.
We were seated in the stunning Conservatory, with floor to ceiling glass panels that allowed for the golden evening rays to light up the dining room. Diners had views of exquisite greenery, which brought to mind a Zen garden, complete with a waterfall and Koi pond.
Right from the start, I was pleasantly surprised with the appetizer choice of the lobster nori roll ($11), a creative take on the traditional nori roll, including risotto, lobster meat, and vegetables, which are rolled in nori and deep fried. The combination of lobster and risotto creates a rich and delicious appetizer, perfect when shared with a friend.
I chose to try the lemongrass dusted sea scallops ($30) on the Chef’s Special Menu, a menu with dishes that showcase local and seasonal ingredients, allowing the chefs to work creatively with food. The scallops were encrusted with a lemony zest, which was perfectly complimented by the creamy Black Trumpet mushroom risotto. My guest chose the more traditional filet mignon ($37), served with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, asparagus, and a cabernet demi-glace that was savory with a delicious tanginess.
The Dan’l Webster Inn has a wide variety of entreés, from salmon to lamb, all beautifully presented. Many dishes have become so popular among regulars that the chef refuses to remove the dishes off the menu for fear of upsetting customers. The chef has also added the Green Palate Menu, a list of flavorful dishes for those looking for a healthy option. The staff is attentive to the most minor details, taking care of your every need.
Tantalized by the dessert menu, I made some room for the crème brulee ($8), a rich and creamy dessert, along with a cappuccino. My guest, who was too stuffed to have a whole dessert, chose the mousse bomb ($2.75) on the Petite Sweets menu. This miniature dessert hit the spot with chocolate mousse encased in a rich chocolate.
Breakfast at the Dan’l Webster Inn offers traditional fare, like bacon and eggs ($8), as well as more unique plates, like the prime rib hash ($9). At lunch you can find burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas, along with lighter entreés. The Dan’l Webster Inn has several meeting and function rooms that can hold 10 to 150 people.
It’s easy to understand why this Sandwich treasure has been pleasing diners with fine food, great service, and old-fashioned charm for centuries.
–– Fiona O’Connor