This restaurant is located within the Manor On Golden Pond, a hillside inn overlooking Squam Lake (where the movie of the same name was filmed). This was a first visit for a group of 5 couples who annually get together for the Labor Day weekend. The inn is affiliated with Small Luxury Hotels and Select Registry, so we had high expectations.
Reservations were made well ahead of time and the restaurant was ready for us. Instead of the Van Horn Room, we were seated in a cozy room off the small and inviting bar area. We were greeted upon arrival by a delightful college age intern from England and shown to our table. We were pleased to have two waitresses attending to us.
The menu had sufficient variety to please all of us. Appetizers and entrees were creatively appealing - for instance many of us selected "Bacon and Parmesan Encrusted Shrimp" or "Lobster Crepes". There was also Maine Coalfish (a mild white fish like haddock), a brined pork chop, tournedos and other tasty offerings. Presentation was high caliber and all of us were served at the same time.
A couple of nits - one of our white wine selections was exhausted after only one bottle and the restroom was unisex, although exceptionally clean.
After dinner we toured the Van Horn Room which wasn't in use that night. If given a choice, we would opt for that setting over the room we had, although we weren't disappointed in the least.
The restaurant made us curious about the Manor's lodging, as it seemed to be a great spot for a weekend getaway or small wedding.
In the lakes region, there aren't many top drawer restaurants, but this is certainly one of the few worth a special trip.
We plan to return next year, same time.