Our GSA Lunch Bunch recently met at the Covered Bridge Farm Table Restaurant & Bar up in Campton, NH, just off I 93 at exit 27. It is located on the beautiful Pemigewassett River right next to the historic Blair Bridge. Formerly known as the Country Cow Restaurant, it was made over by The Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible, starring Chef Robert Irving.
The menu showcases locally farmed products as well as fresh produce from the Covered Bridge Farm Table’s on site garden and farm stand. Although not strictly a “Farm to Table” restaurant, their goal is to provide the freshest products possibly available. In pursuing that endeavor, they work closely with Farmer’s View Farm from Holderness to fine tune their own garden, as well as bringing in fresh plants and produce daily during the warmer months. All natural Northeast raised ground beef is used for burgers as well as Vermont grown St. Louis Pork Ribs and Tenderloin. Fresh seafood is delivered fresh from the docks of New Hampshire and Massachusetts’s Atlantic ocean.
Our group ordered a variety of dishes off the menu, including sandwiches, salads and entrees. Examples we sampled off the lunch menu were Italian Grinders, Southwestern Turkey Wraps, Burgers, Blue Mountain Salad, and Fried Clams with either french fries or home-made potato chips (Yum!). Bill P. ordered the lamb burger and could not stop raving about it! The portions were large, and the meals were tasty. Unfortunately no one ordered the Candied Cajun Bacon appetizer, but it sure sounded interesting. Perhaps next time!
Several of us walked or drove over the adjacent Blair Bridge. The original Blair Bridge was built in 1829, but was replaced in 1870 after it was burned by an arsonist. The bridge was later restored in 1977.
The Covered Bridge Farm Table offers a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. The main dining room can accommodate large parties as well as open banquette seating for a more private feel. In the winter months you can warm up next to the fireplace – or one can enjoy the changing scenery from the glassed in porch. There is an outside patio overlooking the river which is pet friendly and non-smoking. Functions can be booked in the dining room or function room for special events. Open Mic and Karaoke are lined up weekly, and Live Entertainment is offered more sporadically, depending on the seasons. The restaurant is open daily.
We all enjoyed our visit to this unique spot on the Pemigewassett.
For further info, go to www.farmtablenh.com
57 Blair Road, Campton, NH 603-536-1331