Maple Martini Prince and The PauperMy recent trip to Vermont, led me to an unbelievable dinner at The Prince and The Pauper. This long running restaurant is one of Vermont’s finest, with a global inspired menu. The Prix Fixe dinner menu changes nightly and is designed by executive chef Lyda Lemire. Here at this rustic Vermont establishment you will find delicious plates, fine wines, and creative cocktails all year long.

While visiting Woodstock Vermont for Maple Madness weekend, I had the pleasure of dining at this delectable spot. As you enter the restaurant, you are greeted with warm and welcoming smiles as well as delicious smells, and a plethora of locals. I started off sipping a Maple-Tini, made with Vermont maple liqueur and SILO gin; weird combo I thought, but it’s The Prince and The Pauperabsolutely amazing! The gin is so smooth, and when combined with some citrus and sweet maple syrup, it’s a cocktail that one simply must try for themselves. I also tried another very spring inspired cocktail: Vermont Orchid, made with SILO Vodka, elderflower, lemon and pineapple… it’s wonderful!

I started off the dinner with a Stuffed Artichoke that was out of this world, yum! This was part of the prix fixe menu that evening, and was quite a delight. I decided to also order off the Bistro menu, which has a great selection of seasonal items as well. The Maine Crab Cakes The Prince and The Pauperwere calling my name, and damn, were they delicious! After some crab cakes, came a Prince and The Pauper staple: Carre d’ Agneau Royale, which is a boneless rack of lamb wrapped with spinach, The Prince and The Paupermushrooms, and puff pastry. It’s then finished off in the oven and offered with a Bordelaise sauce. My first bite into this incredible entrée and I was hooked. Paired with this part of the meal was a wonderful glass of Hess California Cabernet, which went beautifully with the medium rare lamb.

The Prince and The PauperFor dessert, I enjoyed the Maple Cheesecake. This dessert should be kept on the menu year round, because it’s to die for! This cheesecake is incredibly creamy and insanely delicious and paired perfectly with a sweet glass of Vermont’s Newhall Farm Ice Cider. If you’re a chocolate lover however and seek something decadent and seductive, go for the Chocolate Pot de Crème.

Visiting Vermont? I highly recommend making a reservation at The Prince and The Pauper during your stay in Woodstock. You will absolutely love the atmosphere, service, and exquisite seasonal menu here!