Everybody who has lived here long enough has a story about one of the incarnations of the historic Brushmill in Chester, whether family steak night at The Chart House or prime rib and a hot loaf at Sage. The latest transformation manages to give a nod to the history of the building while firmly planting itself in the future.
Once you get past the bright blue exterior and amble down the covered bridge, you’ll find a spectacular renovation of the early 1800s building that sits hard by the waterfall. Caryn Paradis (Interior Design of Chester) was in charge of the thoughtful interiors, and we loved the collection of cozy yet modern rooms. Enter through the bar, and wander around the tavern, the wine bar, white tablecloth dining rooms, and the outdoor terrace. The old chestnut wood paneling was repurposed into dining tables, and the original captain’s chairs were restored by Nautical Needles. New and elegant light fixtures, muted patterned rugs, and leather settees give the place a vintage but fresh vibe.
Oh yes, and the food! There’s a celebrated team in the kitchen with experience from the likes of Noma, Grano, Millwrights, and Craft Steak. No matter what room you settle in, the nice thing is you can order from either the Tavern (less expensive, more casual), or Fine Dining menu. We happily supped on messy but yummy Korean BBQ chicken wings and an interesting appetizer of grilled Queso Blanco with scallions, crunchy walnuts, and maple tahini. For entrees, we chose a delicious crispy skin chicken roulade in a pool of smoky black bean mole and a lovely and light branzino filet. Do NOT forgo a side of silky pommes purees; we practically licked the ramekin clean.I’ll be back for the double smash burger served to our neighbors, the chicken Katsu sandwich, and fluke crudo. Several vegetarian options and a kids’ menu are available, too.
Whether date night, family night, or a seat alone at the bar for a nosh, this is the sort of place that appeals to everyone, and we’re so happy it’s back.
Find out more about the history of the building and see the menus here: https://thebrushmill.com
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