Inn at Kelly´s Ford
16589 Edwards Shop Road
Remington, VA 22734
American | $$
Not far from Culpeper, VA adjacent to the Rappahannock River and across from the C.F. Phelps Wildlife Management Area is the picturesque Inn at Kelly’s Ford. Set on a 500 acre estate the Inn overlooks the Kelly’s Ford Civil War Battlefield. We had a wonderful time meeting friends for brunch and talking with Chef Jean Paul Pessaint.
The Inn is surrounded by rolling hills and manicured horse paddocks.
The 30 seat main dining room is furnished in a style reminiscent of the civil war time period.
The salad was a nice mix of fresh locally grown greens.
My wife began brunch with the Soup du Jour a delightful Roasted Red Pepper.
One friend chose the Eggs Benedict, a Toasted English Muffin topped with Poached Eggs, Canadian Bacon covered in a Hollandaise sauce.
The Belgium Waffle was made perfectly with a great flavor and an ever so light crust.
I decided on the Chef’s special of Veal Chop with Mustard Gravy. This bone-in veal loin chop was an excellent tender cut with a pleasant taste. The mustard gravy was amazing. I was concerned the mustard taste would overwhelm but it was perfect. A delicate balance of a spiced mild mustard in a smooth gravy.
All the dishes except the Belgium Waffle arrived with the same potatoes and corn. My first observation is always visual. The dish looked bland because all 3 items were nearly the same color. You don’t realize how important color is to the culinary experience until you’re stuck by its absence. Fortunately we came to eat not just look and everything was great.
My wife ordered a crab omelet she said was the best she has had. The photo I took was not usable but it looked splendid.
Blueberry Crème Brûlée.
Raspberry Chocolate Cake.
Almost every time I’m asked what I would like for dessert I request a double order of Butterscotch Pudding only to be disappointed when I am told it’s not on the menu. I was happy to see this Butterscotch Chiffon Pie with Walnuts and a Sweet Carmel Sauce. The butterscotch pudding base was topped with a light airy butterscotch chiffon. The flavor was a perfect rich classic butterscotch. I couldn’t finish the Carmel sauce, it was very sweet and a little goes a long way.
Casual dining is available downstairs in Pelham’s Pub with access to an outside patio when the weather is nice. During the summer the Inn hosts many weddings so reservations are recommended.