The opening of the Topping Rose House restaurant brings acclaimed chef Tom Colicchio’s seasonal American cooking to the East End. Located in Bridgehampton on the ground floor of a newly restored 1842 Greek revival mansion, the restaurant’s menu showcases produce from the inn’s one-acre farm, in addition to other products from local farmers, ranchers and day-boat fisherman.
At Topping Rose House, Colicchio follows the tradition of his New York restaurants Craft and Colicchio & Sons by honoring the best possible ingredients. The menu, under the guidance of chef de cuisine Ty Kotz, begins with first courses such as Burrata with Braised Zucchini, Lemon Thyme and Crispy Zucchini Blossoms, followed by pastas like Sweet Corn Agnolotti with Fondue of Leeks and Summer Truffle and main courses including Roasted Saddle of Rabbit with Pickled Watermelon and Chanterelles. The dessert menu highlights local seasonal flavors with dishes such as Crème Fraiche Panna Cotta with Black Mint, Cornmeal Streusel and Sugar Plum Sorbet.
The beverage program features a well-curated list of domestic and international wines, including local Long Island selections and seasonally inspired cocktails.
A wrap-around porch, open seasonally, leads to the 25-seat bar room, a welcoming place for a drink and a bite. Guests can sit at the aqua lacquered bar or lounge in a leather barrel chair beside one of the two original fireplaces. Striking video art by renowned local artist Robert Wilson is on display.
A mix of contemporary and traditional elements creates an inviting yet modern feel in the 50-seat dining room. A photograph by local artist Clifford Ross serves as a dramatic focal point and is set against white millwork walls and wide wood plank floors that are reminiscent of a country barn. Milk glass and iron drum pendant lamps illuminate the room, which is filled with handcrafted black lacquered chairs.
Open year-round, the Topping Rose House restaurant serves dinner beginning September 2012, with breakfast, lunch and brunch to follow. Private dining for up to 45 guests is also available in the adjacent barn, which has been carefully restored from the original property.
Topping Rose House is a full-service inn at the intersection of Montauk Highway and Sag Harbor Turnpike in picturesque Bridgehampton. The inn will open in early 2013 with 22 guest rooms, wellness facilities and an outdoor pool that overlooks a charming crabapple orchard. Co-owners Bill Campbell and Simon Critchell worked with local architecture firm Roger Ferris & Partners and Champalimaud interior design to emphasize comfort, luxury and the original antique appointments of the property. A destination for all seasons, Topping Rose House is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Hamptons and located near all the celebrated region has to offer.