First Look: Farmer’s Creekside Tavern

I had the pleasure of attending a media preview dinner of a soon to be completed project in the town of Le Roy, NY; Farmer’s Creekside Tavern & Inn. After a 2007 fire gutted the original Creekside tavern, only leaving the Marcellus shale foundation and stone facade intact, Bill Farmer took on the monumental task of rebuilding from the ground up. Situated on the banks of Oatka Creek next to a roaring spillway, in the heart of downtown, the pieces were in place for a truly special destination, and Mr Farmer seemingly cut no corners in reinventing the tavern.

The third floor consists of three well appointed guest bedrooms, with a private deck and hottub. Rough hewn beams, salvaged from the original structure, soar overhead in the lofted ceilings. The second floor is occupied by a large formal dining area that will have white tablecloth dinner service Thursday through Sunday. The first floor drops down from street level for a casual tavern and patio that spills out onto the bank of the river for the best views. The tavern will serve a more casual menu seven days a week along with a separate oyster bar on the patio side. You can see the whole package as being an incredible spot for a wedding (Rochester brides-to-be take note).

Ceviche of Alaskan Halibut (caviar, finger lime)
Truffle Chicken with Parmesan Purses

I quickly got the impression that there was no expense limit on the management side of things either. During our meal, the knowledge and professionalism of the staff that was on display was quite remarkable. While the preview menu of small plates from both the formal and casual menus was intriguing, we were simply floored by the exceptional wine pairings that were both culled locally from the Finger Lakes as well as globally.

At about an hour drive from Buffalo, it has the potential to be a really cool road trip, and something I’ll encourage everyone to put their on their radar.

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