The only thing better than the already wonderfully uniquely relaxing experience of staying at the Gedney Farm Inn in the bucolic and quaint village of New Marlborough, Ma, in the Berkshire Mountains, is dining at the Gedney Kitchen. While Gedney Farm has been a staple in the community for a few decades, Gedney Kitchen is a new part of the estate since 2019. This is in large part due to the creativity and hospitality expertise of new owners, Mike Smith and Peter Miscikoski, who too are a long-standing part of the Berkshires community. The duo wisely decided to elaborate on the existing real estate of the main structure that had a kitchen and smallishly comfortable dining area to fulfill simple, yet delicious breakfasts for overnight guests.
Tucked to the side of the inner dining area and lobby, brimming with updated rustic charm including cement floors, soaring ceilings with dark wood beams, exposed stone, there is now a lovely and inviting bar area- fully stocked with a solidly good, even rather inventive cocktail selection and a pleasantly surprising and somewhat expansive wine list. It’s got a world wide wine perspective, with slight favoritism towards California and Italy when I dined there, but they swear to keeping it fresh and exciting with a regular rotation. Additionally, there is now two outdoor seating sections accentuate by a gigantic stone oven and grill. Although the indoor dining and bar vibe is a bit of a different experience as compared to the outdoor space, it is a smooth transition from one to the other, with floor to ceiling glass doors dividing the space. The initial exterior space, which faces the back of the property, is made up of about six tables all of which are partially covered and situated with heating lamps. Just beyond that set of seating and still within clear view of the restaurant’s interior, is the section completely immersed in what truly makes this property and dining experience special - a select few tables generously spaced on the lawn … with a view. This includes but is not limited to, an emersion of the Berkshires landscape of trees on top of trees, native plants and flowers, mountain tops to one side in the distance, and a babbling stream close by to the other side.
A comfortable and inviting atmosphere, lovely aesthetics, and authentically friendly service are key to any fine dining experience, but all that means little to nothing if the menu doesn’t deliver. In addition to a traditional kitchen/stove, the restaurant delivers on its commitment to locally sourced, seasonally inspired foods from a wood-fired, Argentinian grill and field-stone oven. There is a varied appetizer menu, along with at least one pasta selection, and entrees that have something for everyone, including meat, seafood and poultry, along with at least one vegan option. After personally having started with the marinated olives and grilled creature bread (ricotta + calabrian chili + honey + basil), then feasting on the roasted Poussin sweet potatoes + savoy cabbage + dill + mustard sauce, it’s definite that having a creative and flavorful menu means as much, if not more than all the attributes of a positive atmosphere and friendly, local service. Oh, and did I mention there are desserts? No matter how satisfied-to-full you may be from dinner and drinks, or regardless of a well-intentioned, self-imposed diet, let it go and give into the Gedney Kitchen dessert list. If the homemade, dessert-chef created Vietnamese coffee ice cream, and the peanut butter blondie are any indication of the entire and rotating dessert menu, it is something not to be missed. While the presentation of the ice cream may be oversimplified (it’s beckoning for a garnish of something or drizzle of something or other), the texture and taste more than make up for that. Of course, when the flavors are that rich and captivating, maybe an embellishment is unnecessary.
Whether you’re a resident or visitor to the Southern Berkshires area; staying as a guest at the Gedney Farm (you should book a few nights), or staying elsewhere in the area, do yourself a favor and make a reservation at Gedney Kitchen. It's the latest addition to an already existing great hospitality experience. Wednesday. - Friday 5:00 - 9:00pm.