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As we march into May, the Raven sees no need for anyone to get cross about area eatery options. At least not while we have such treasures as The Salem Cross Inn in our neck of the woods. A scenic trek through the lake areas of Wales and Brimfield, the historic Salem Cross, set on some 600-acres in West Brookfield, Massachusetts, has somehow established itself as all things to all people.
Since opening in 1961, affordable, hearty New England fare such as the Maple Jack Chicken and Cedar Plank Salmon has kept the main dining room full of regulars. On our particular visit, yours truly had the Domestic Lamb Shank (at left, a rib-sticking steal at $26. Martini sold separately), braised in a tomato-red wine gravy atop a sumptuous tandem of squash and rice while my companion opted for the evening’s swordfish special.
Those seeking a more intimate experience – or live entertainment – can journey down into the Salem Cross Inn’s cozy Hexmark Tavern. And as one would expect, the sprawling, antique-laden estate is a staple of the region’s private event circuit. In fact, during our 4:30 p.m. visit on a recent Friday in April, not one but two weddings were already under way – one out on the lawn that concluded in the gorgeously restored and adorned “Barn” and the other upstairs with breathtaking views. But it is the special events like the Fireplace Feast and Drover’s Roast that really allow the Inn to flex authentic, culinary muscles.
For the full lineup and more info including the upcoming Mother’s Day festivities May 12, kindly point your browser to salemcrossinn.com.