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Kensington’s at the Spa at Norwich Inn

Kensington’s at The Spa at Norwich Inn will offer a three-course gourmet dinner on Valentine’s Day for an all-inclusive price of $59 per person. Diners can turn dinner into an overnight escape by adding a Valentine package that includes a discounted guestroom and spa services.

The Feb. 14th menu, which features entrees of Apple Cider Brined Pork Rib Chop, Pan-Seared Delmonico Steak, Stuffed Chicken Rissole or Simply Grilled Swordfish, will be prepared by the Spa’s new Executive Chef, Edward Enseault of Westerly.

“I believe in a sophisticated level of simplicity,” said Esneault, who knew about farm-to-table cuisine before it had a name, having spent extended time as a boy at his grandparents’ farm in Louisiana. “And the foundation of all cooking is based on upholding the integrity of the ingredients, which should be of the highest quality.”

Appetizers include Baby Spinach and Marinated Mushroom Salad, Lobster Bisque, Sherry and Crabmeat Cocktail and Trofie Pasta with Smoked Chicken, Roasted Tomatoes and Escarole.

The romantic dessert menu features Bananas Foster For Two, prepared tableside; Chocolate Soufflé, Baked Alaska For Two and Ginger-Lavender Crème Brûlée.

A special overnight guestroom rate of $69, plus tax and resort fee, is available to those who order the Valentine’s Day Dinner Feb. 14 only; spa services will be available to these overnight guests at a 25 per cent discount Feb. 14 and 15.

The Spa at Norwich Inn and its restaurant, Kensington’s, are located at 607 W. Thames Street, Norwich.

For further information, visit www.thespaatnorwichinn.com.


Restaurant: Kensington’s

If you’re in the mood for total relaxation and some wonderful food, Yankee Magazine has a great recommendation for you. It named The Spa at Norwich Inn as the Best Destination Spa in New England. New England Travel & Life agrees; it named The Spa at Norwich Inn “Best Resort in Connecticut” in its 2006 issue. Many local residents visit The Spa at Norwich Inn to enjoy its world class spa treatments, to shop at the sophisticated Boutique or to attend a wedding, but they believe the property’s award-winning restaurant, Kensington’s, is reserved only for overnight guests.

Nothing is further from the truth. Executive Chef Daniel Chong-Jimenez is always delighted when he finds local people when he leaves the kitchen to chat tableside with dinner guests.

Kensington’s features sophisticated cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. While all of the food is healthfully prepared and beautifully presented, the menu offers a wide range of choices. The cliché of spa food as a boiled carrot and a plain white filet of fish is nowhere to be found at Kensington’s. If you want a fine red wine (Kensington’s wine cellar won awards from Wine Spectator magazine), a great steak and a decadent chocolate dessert, you can find them at Kensington’s.

Chong-Jimenez, a native Californian who worked at two famous West Coast spas before coming to Norwich, was a guest on Connecticut Public Radio’s Food Schmooze program with Faith Middleton and has been praised by Connecticut Magazine’s restaurant critic, Elise Maclay. What better re-commendations in the Nutmeg State?

For additional information or to make online reservations, visit www.thespaatnorwichinn.com or call 860-425-3630.