Sperryville: Delightful Blue Rock brunch

The inspiration and influence of executive chef-consultant Gerard Pangaud guides the delectable French-inspired menu at the Blue Rock Inn while the execution by chef Rachel Rowland is sumptuous and elegant.

At Sunday brunch Chef Roger’s Baked Eggs in Tomato Concasse with Focaccia Crostini were firm but not dry, served piping hot and accompanied by crispy fresh greens with vinaigrette dressing.

It was difficult to decide which item to choose from the menu that includes nine tempting choices. The source for several items was identified and we were fortunate to have Mr. Hutchinson’s strawberries (Sunset Hills Farm) on a buttery biscuit with cream. The dinner menu is equally inviting with items such as a palette of beets served four ways for an appetizer and a range of main course items that includes halibut, duck, beef short ribs, salmon, ravioli, lamb, tuna and a warm nine-vegetable salad. This was our second meal at Blue Rock Inn and the quality has been consistently excellent.

Service is suave and attentive without being obtrusive, while the view of swans swimming in a pond against a backdrop of the mountains is guaranteed to erase all stress. When you settle into your luxurious barrel-back chair for your meal, the soothing room colors, muslin roman shades, blue accent curtains and napkins and crisp layered white tablecloths further envelop you.

Rowland was renowned for her brunches at Vinnie DeLuise’s and Heidi Morf’s Four and Twenty Blackbirds, resulting in long lines when the doors opened each Sunday at the former Flint Hill treasure. There is no doubt that the same will be true at Blue Rock, 12567 Route 211, so be sure to make reservations soon at 540-987-3388.

Up on the roof

The Thompsons have done it again! The addition of a roof above the second-floor deck increases the dining options both for the Thornton River Grille and Rudy’s Pizza. Owner Andy Thompson said that the deck will initially be open for lunch and dinner Fridays through Sundays, with live music Sunday evenings. TRG Chef Tom Nash’s creative and delicious cuisine can now be enjoyed by an even greater number of residents and visitors alike.

Did you know that the Corner Store now has bulk bins? Among the offerings are trail mix, high-energy gorp, nuts, rice and couscous. Yet one more reason to come to Sperryville’s hometown grocery store.

Hymn sing and barbeque

On Saturday (May 22) from 11 a.m. until the food, voices and energy run out, come to the Wonderful Lighthouse Worship Center at 116 Water St. for a full day of hymn singing and barbeque. You are invited to bring a lawn chair and a covered dish, if desired. Various groups will be performing throughout the day.

Rae’s auction

In her final sales event, Rae’s restaurant will have a preview of all restaurant and personal family items on Friday with an auction on Saturday. Please come and take a look and help send Rae on to the newest chapter in her life.

Birthday Wishes

For many years a kind and gentle woman sold produce and dispensed advice with her husband Bernard at a roadside stand in Sperryville. We send our warmest wishes for a happy birthday to Thelma Jenkins, who will celebrate her birthday on May 25.