My first visit, brought by a friend who'd been here many times before. I have to say that if you're not from New England and are looking for something rather stereotypical "New England", the Belfry is the place to go. The drive to, alone, will put a smile on your face, climbing up the mountain like a great explorer of far away New England places. And there's really a very nice view from the parking area too! Inside... rustic, quaint, VERY pleasant décor (wood, wood, and more wood), comfy, cozy, and did I mention "rustic"? Indeed. It wasn't "crowded" (on an Autumn evening) but there was a great crowd at the booths, tables and the bar. It reminds me of the old country bars of my younger years: locals hanging together for drinks at the bar, and families out for a night of relaxation and dinner together. Over all, it was pleasant, indeed. I was just a bit taken by the prices which I found to be geared more toward the "touristy" side. Just a tad touch too high for the "average Vermonter" and not really in line with the general "homey New England" atmosphere. But the beef was quite good, all told. The maple cream pie was super! I'm not a great fan of maple but the taste and texture were really wonderful! (I had A slice... I could have made a whole pie the whole meal... and as I say, I'm not a "maple kinda folk".) Cocktails were, well, I'll be polite and simply say that one could have about 6 (or even 12) and still operate a motor vehicle with-out ever having to worry about a "sobriety stop". We didn't go to get pickled, but cocktails are cocktails, water is water, and it's impolite to charge cocktail prices for glasses of "flavoured" water. Would I go back? Oh yes. "Tiffany" was really great. She was more like a relative who expected us for dinner. Instant "comfy". That's really rare these days when, in all too many places, the attitude of wait-staff tends more toward "Why are you bothering me? I was trying to take another break! Oh, yeah, hello anyway." Not Tiffany. Seriously, as I say, she was like the good family folks. She's what tipped my rating over "average". Yes, I look forward to another visit one of these days and yes, it IS worth the trip, especially for you readers who come to Vermont looking for those little places you'd expect to find in Vermont. (So don't deny yourself the experience. You'll be sorry if you miss out.)
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