The Adirondack Nice Camps of the nineteenth century have been a method for households of notoriety, a la the Vanderbilts and Roosevelts, to benefit from the rugged majesty of the area from the consolation of a natural-yet-well-appointed retreat. Impressed by the historic Nice Camp aesthetic, the Griffin Home brings luxurious respite to the quiet Catskills hamlet of Palenville however with the laid-back, welcoming heat of an Irish public home.
Open since June, the inn and its farm-to-table tavern have been designed to create a gathering area that’s comforting to locals and alluring to guests. “There’s simply a lot magnificence and historical past right here, so we thought we may create a spot for individuals to take pleasure in all of it,” says proprietor Jessica Walsh, who co-owns the enterprise along with her husband, musician Simone Felice.
Walsh and Felice, who additionally personal the close by Circle W market and Rip & Wolf liquor retailer, noticed a chance to buy the historic constructing, which had been sitting vacant for eight years. In-built 1925, the area was initially opened as an Irish inn and looking lodge, operated by the Griffin household because the Griffin Home till the Nineteen Seventies. It noticed a number of iterations over the following years, final often known as Michael’s, an American-Italian restaurant.
“We have been each born and raised within the space, so we noticed a chance to breathe some life again into the constructing, recreating the sensation of the unique Griffin Home,” Walsh explains. “It is a brick constructing, and the bones have been strong, so we didn’t have to do intensive renovations.”
The upstairs inn options 9 rustic-luxe, double-occupancy rooms with ensuite loos. “We purchased these stunning beds up close to Lake Placid fabricated from hemlock and hickory and use natural linens—it’s very cozy, with darkish inexperienced partitions and pure wooden,” Walsh says. Friends have entry to a 24-hour pantry and a billiards lounge, in addition to an on-site tavern, which can be open to the general public. Weekday charges are $225 per night time; weekends are $300 per night time.
Downstairs, the Tavern is a bar and restaurant with a British pub really feel—darkish wooden, stone accents, and a central fire. The restaurant is led by Govt Chef Juan Romero, who additionally runs catering enterprise Lekker and beforehand headed native favorites like Kingston’s now-shuttered Duo Bistro. The seasonally revolving menu options elevated consolation meals impressed by the British Isles, sourced regionally, when attainable, from purveyors like Story Farms and Kilcoyne Farms.
“Considered one of my early mentors was a Scottish chef who taught me about homey, scrumptious meals from that area,” Romero says. “With the Griffin Home’s historical past as a regionally owned Irish pub, we’ve mixed this nice mixture of native love and British Isles themes—name it Palenville Isles,” he laughs.
Standard menu choices embody fish and chips ($25) with housemade beer batter and tartar sauce—“it comes with American-style fries, however is in any other case very traditional,” Romero provides—and the Griffin Home Burger, topped with cheddar and crispy fried onions on brioche, with fries or salad ($20).
Romero additionally suggests the standard British choices, like Cullen skink ($12). “Skink is a soup derived from the Scottish city of Cullen—a smoked cod chowder made with leeks and heavy cream. It is a feel-good-on-the-inside dish,” he says. There’s additionally a conventional shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and desserts like Eton Mess, an English dish that originated from Eton Faculty, made with layers of meringue, whipped cream, and blended berries ($10).
The bar options 12 beers on faucet—Guinness and Smithwick’s, in fact, in addition to native brewery favorites together with West Kill, Return Brewing, and Catskill Brewery. Signature cocktails ($11 and up) embody seasonal concoctions: “Sugar Shack is made with a brown-butter-infused rum; it’s decadent and warming,” Walsh says. “And Torch Music tastes like campfire marshmallows,” she provides. It’s made with Shmallow Bourbon, creme de cacao, Heering cherry liqueur, and mezcal.
And when you imagine within the luck of the Irish, Walsh and Felice acquired a blessing from an precise member of the Griffin household. “Round June, earlier than we opened, Pat Griffin—who’s 94 and lives in Florida—was visiting along with her daughter and requested to see the constructing,” Walsh explains. “It was probably the most stunning factor; she walked in and broke down, saying she may see her dad behind the bar, her mother within the kitchen—she spent her childhood there. She stated that her dad and mom would have beloved to see what we have been doing. I felt so honored. I get chills simply fascinated by her go to.”
The tavern additionally options conventional Irish music nights, comedy reveals, and seasonal occasions that happen on their expansive garden. “Outdoors, we’ve acquired views of Kaaterskill Creek—you’ll be able to hear the falls—and views of the 2 mountains that make up Kaaterskill Clove,” Walsh says. “Folks typically do not know what to anticipate however are pleasantly shocked. You possibly can come to Griffin Home and have a three-course meal and keep the night time, or simply seize a pint and search for on the mountains.”
Griffin Home is situated at 3311 Route 23A, Palenville, and the Tavern is open Thursday, 5-9pm; Friday, 5-10 pm; Saturday, 4-10pm; and Sunday, 4-9pm.