Stage was recommended to us by our innkeeper at Abbeymoore Manor who knows we are foodies and enjoy good wines.
Everything about this resto was fantastic except the noise level — we were quite unable to carry on a normal conversation, which for us is an essential part of good dining.
The cellar here is impressive, with something for everyone and their bank account. The choice by the bottle provides whites and reds from around the world and includes some excellent ones too. BC's offerings have some of our best and some that are unavailable in the liquor stores. There are eight red and white by the glass selections that clearly change regularly and allow diners to taste several.
The small plates were delectable here; not quite like tapas in Spain but inventive, different, and bigger. Ingredients were local and fresh, where possible. My absolute favorites were the charcuterie and cheese plates, especially the rabbit terrine and Humboldt Fog (goat cheese). The duck confit and gnocchi with mulit-herb pesto and crispy leeks were delish too.
Our server was superb — helpful when required, knowledgable about the food and wine, and fun and friendly. Dishes came quickly, so we ordered plates in stages.
Highly recommended, but I can't give Stage five stars due to the noise level.
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