Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hunter's Head Tavern

Today hubby and I went on a little road trip to Skyline Drive.  It was so gorgeous! The fall leaves aren't quite at peak color yet but there was enough color to still enjoy the views.  We stopped at probably close to 20 overlooks to gaze at the beauty of the Shenendoah Valley and the surrounding mountains.

On the way back home, we took a little detour into Upperville to visit a little hometown restaurant we've been wanting to go to for a while.  Its called Hunter's Head Tavern.  Its a quaint English style pub that specializes in organic straight-from-the-farm ingredients.  The restaurant works in conjunction with a nearby farm called Ayrshire Farm....sustainable, humanely-raised meats, and organic produce.

The atmosphere was cozy, even sitting outside on a cool fall evening, and the food was comforting.  The bar area, typical pub look, with the menu written on a chalkboard.  They give you your table number written on a wooden spoon which you then stick inside an empty wine bottle that adorns your table. The floors were made of old creaky wood and there were a couple fireplaces here and there.  The outside seating area on a stone patio had wooden tables with matching bench chairs and it was covered by a white tent decorated with white lights.  A tree sitting next to the patio was also covered in the pretty little white lights making the whole area seem like we were at a quiet outdoor party.

First they brought us a small loaf of freshly baked bread...soft on the inside and crisp on the outside.

 Hubby ordered a ceasar salad, and filet with mashed potatoes and carrots.  Nothing super special or out of the ordinary but yumma yumma nonetheless.

 I ordered spicy sweet potato soup which was served in this cute little pewter creamy and not hot spicy but spice spicy, like maybe cardamom or cinnamon or nutmeg?  I don't know but it was heavenly.

 I also ordered their seasonal lasagna, which was unlike any lasagna I've ever had.  First of all there was not one sign of a tomato.  Instead it was pasta layered with butternut squash, sage, and goat cheese.  It was topped with some kind of white creamy cheesy sauce.

 Very unique and very yummy and also very rich.  Needless to say there was no room for dessert. :(  Maybe next time!


  1. I literally just went to Hunters Head two weeks ago on a girls day out and got their lasagna! It was filled with mushrooms and leeks with a creamy bechamel sauce. As soon as I came home I told Josh we had to go there! So funny you went there and got the lasagna too!

  2. vafoodandwineloverMay 26, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Been here before. Atmosphere is so cool and the food is really comforting.