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Prospect Hill Plantation

Charles HammellComment

Charlie and I enjoy exploring different restaurants when we travel. Most of the time, I will carefully research an area to find the highest rated restaurants since we like to have a good experience. For our Virginia trip, I discovered the Prospect Hill Plantation in Louisa County, Virginia. The Prospect Hill Plantation is a Bed and Breakfast that also serves dinner. The ratings were quite high so I made a reservation. We went on a Wednesday evening and there were no other diners in the intimate dining room. Uh oh, we wondered, did we make the wrong choice?

Not at all! We were treated to one of the best meals we have ever had, I would say, one of the top ten meals of our lives, ranking alongside Le Bec Fin. The opening salad was an extraordinary bundle of prepared vegetables, wrapped in romaine letteuce leaves and topped with artistic flair.

My entre was a carefully constructed tower of tender chicken medallions and butterfly shrimp topped with lime/tequilla sauce, which was quite delicious. But, the astonishing dessert was a beautiful baked meringue swan of strawberry mousse and a bit of candle concealed in a pastry sculpture. How did this chef know I was a musician or was it sheer coincidence, I am not sure, but I appreciated the treble clef signs on the plate. A masterful meal and all for us- no on else entered the restaurant. I should have found out the chef's name, they deserve recognition here.

Afterwards, we strolled the family owned grounds, caught another perfect sunset, and enjoyed the various millstones incorporated into the sidewalks. We were told that one of the buildings on the property dates to the late 1600's.

Our dinner at Prospect Hill Plantation was a gourmet dining experience. The room is quite small. I would not recommend taking young children although teenagers may be impressed by the creative displays.