New Restaurants In Cville: Broadcloth and Merrie Mill Vineyard

I love trying new places, and couldn’t wait to go to both of these new spots! There are two new restaurants in Cville: Broadcloth at The Wool Factory and Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard! This weekend we were able to go to both! Here’s what we ate and drank. 

merrie mill terrace

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Date Night at Broadcloth

The first new restaurant in Cville is Broadcloth! Dinner at Broadcloth was long-awaited. While Broadcloth opened a few months ago, the indoor dining space is intimate and we wanted to be fully vaccinated before visiting. Three weeks ago I made a reservation for an upcoming Saturday night and we asked Nona if she could babysit.

woolen mills courtyard

I love the tagline “Modern Dining; Historic Setting.” 

thomas at broadcloth

The Menu

Broadcloth is located at The Wool Factory, a historic textile mill, and I love that everything there has a textiles theme. The napkins, servers’ attire, drink menu, and décor are all infused with cloth. You might remember our first visit to Selvedge Brewing at The Wool Factory. Even the beers are named for textiles. 

The Broadcloth menu features 12 small plates that are coursed in either 4, 6, or the Chef’s Tasting (8-10) and can be paired with drinks. We chose the 4 courses, and I added the wine pairing. 

broadcloth menu

Chef Yoder

I have known Chef Tucker Yoder for years, first from The Clifton and more recently from the soccer field! He sent out a bite on the house – a goat cheese quesadilla made on one of his famous homemade tortillas – my favorite!

quesadilla on a stone platter

The Bread

You can judge a restaurant by the quality of its bread, amiright? This warm sourdough with the most delicious flake-salted butter was SO good.

sourdough bread and butter

The Courses

Spring vegetable salad, tofu dressing, black cocoa crumble

This salad was bigger than it looks from this angle. My favorite layer was the black cocoa crumble, which was just a hit of chocolate mixed with the thick and creamy dressing. It was a fantastic combo with the just-picked crunchy vegetables. 

summer vegetable salad wines by a window

Roasted steelhead, shiitake rice, Tokyo turnips, cilantro

I LOVE steelhead trout and this dish was crispy from trout skin to turnip leaves – they were like kale chips!

steelhead trout

Dry-aged beef ribeye, charred broccolini, caramelized onions, thyme cracklins

Served with a complex red wine, this was the perfect portion of beef. I even ate an onion or two!

ribeye

Lemon mousse, minted pea ice cream, blueberry compost, anise hyssop (me) AND Chocolate torte, sunchoke ice cream, caramel, rhubarb (Thomas)

I absolutely loved the fluffy lemon mousse!! It was the perfect ending to the meal. 

lemon mousse and chocolate torte

After dinner, we walked along the creek. It was a gorgeous night!

moore's creek

Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard

While our visit to Broadcloth was on us, we were invited to Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard for a tasting! It opened Memorial Day Weekend and it is one of my new favorites. 

merrie mill farm & vineyard tasting room

The Farm

Merrie Mill is located in Keswick, and the 15-minute drive from Cville was beautiful on a warm summer day. 

Purchased by the Pelly family who relocated from the UK, the main house on the farm dates back to 1857.

The tasting room, pictured above, is sparkling with new paint and décor. And it’s decorated with a very eclectic collection of art and design elements, like animal print wallpaper and a Victorian sea lion suspended from the ceiling (sealing?) floating by pink balloons. 

merrie mill tasting room entrance

merrie mill tasting room with sea lion floating by balloons merrie mill library

The Terrace

What I loved most about our visit to Merrie Mill was that we felt like we were visiting someone’s house. My friend Caroline and I had a table on the back terrace where we enjoyed a tasting and cheese plate!

merrie mill terrace umbrellas

merrie mill wine flight

Wine

While Merrie Mill’s grapes mature, they are serving wines from their neighboring vineyard, True Heritage. All five of them were delicious. The Rosé and Viognier were my favorites, but I liked them all. 

merrie mill white wines in flight

Food

I love a vineyard that also serves food, and they have a small selection of platters and bites to offer. We shared a charcuterie board which was delish! 

merrie mill cheese board Kath and Caroline

Cheers to new restaurants!

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