Fruitless – but not quite…

We are working on a number of design projects at the moment, one of them being staging an historic home in preparation for its sale. This home and a factory I am looking for lamps for led us to Black Dog Salvage.

In high expectation of finding artwork at reasonable prices. Items such as English hunt scenes prints and landscapes in reasonable quality frames. As most of you know Black Dog has changed over the years and now has more of a design center with a multiple vendor booth feel. For me, this visit confirmed my feeling that a little of Black Dogs charm has been lost, but there was plently of people wandering its floors. Many of the booths were similar in style.

Well Yes, you might say they are with the current trends in design. Not really the case but as uptodate as we can be in this neck of the woods.

That being said, we were in the wrong place.

Staging a home can be a costly expense, but a lot of care need to be taken in purchasing items as the future home is at this point unknown. We do not want to spend a ton of cash on items we may have to put in a moving sale. Black Dog has always been overpriced, but has now become the overpriced cousin of a New York salvage design center. We were more than shocked at some of the prices of things that were nothing special, but pleased to see local artists like Mary Bullingtons work on display.

We left with nothing and needed a beer, here lies the rescue of the afternoon. ‎1906 Ale House – 5 stars on a first visit, love this place, hope the next visit doesn’t disappoint us.

With a promise of beer we ventured in. Pleasantly greeted, we headed to the bar. We sat down in the comfortable and not overly done bar area. The beer selection was good and samples were offered.  I needed the healing power of Martini so went for a sour apple, not the best sour apple martini i have ever had, but more than adequate and welcome none the less.  Hubby selected the Big Daddy Dark Side Porter from the list on the wall, produced by Growlers micro brewery at Towers Mall.  The beer, a porter definately consistent for its type and definately worth drinking.

We ordered and shared an appetizer from the menu as we were already booked to eat elsewhere, later that evening.  We choose the Sausage and Rye squares.  This was remarkably good, 6 chuncks of rye bread topped with a hearty conglomeration of crumbled sausage meat with hints of fennel and cayenne, bound together with melted cheese; it was a pleasure, next time we will not be sharing this, it was the perfect snack for a chilly and weary afternoon. Reed, our Bartender, was very knowledgeable about everything on the menu and the drinks list, struck up fine but respectful conversation wilh all the guests at the bar, few, but as expected at the long dark tea time part of the day.

Following my martini, i choose a pear cider called Fox Barrel, a lovely choice for a lower alchohol, chuggable beverage.  Crisp and refeshing with a slight fizz to keep the patate cleansed, can’t wait for mid summer to sip on this fine offering.  On discussion about this, Reed suggested a special cocktail they make with Fox Barrel called the Fox Force Five, of course I had to try it, with a basis of gin and lemon juice it delivered a special treat.

Can’t wait to bring many friends to this establishment, mid priced and high quality, lets all work on keeping this ale house in business and consistent in terms of service and quality.

A great place to just stop in for a quick beer, too.


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