Dining at Three Blacksmiths in Virginia

I want to introduce you to a gem of a restaurant we recently discovered.

Three Blacksmiths, located in Sperryville Virginia, is a small, quaint, and elegant restaurant that is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday.

My husband found out about this restaurant through a coworker. After doing some research, he placed our names on the waiting list and eight months later…we enjoyed an incredible evening.

The restaurant is located about an hour and a half from our home. We enjoyed a scenic ride to the restaurant on a Friday evening. The drive took us through Middleburg and Upperville, Virginia. Being the foodies we are, we were very curious about this new restaurant, as it is located within a few miles of our favorite restaurant, the Inn at Little Washington. Check out our Wedding Engagement at the “Inn at Little Washington” and Our Wedding at “The Inn at Little Washington”.

We were curious to find out if there was any association with the Inn. As the evening progressed we learned more about the wonderful owners, John and Diane MacPherson. Prior to opening up Three Blacksmiths, the owners operated a Bed and Breakfast in the town of Little Washington, where the Inn is located. They built a huge following of their restaurant located within the B&B and decided to open their own restaurant in Sperryville, Virginia.

Three BlacksmithsThe restaurant offers a fixed menu that changes weekly.

Three Blacksmiths-1There is only one seating per evening at 7pm and all the menu items are locally sourced in Rappahannock County, Virginia. The owners create the menu on Monday and Tuesday, depending on the availability of items.

Three Blacksmiths-2The restaurant is fairly new, established in 2018. As soon as we walked in the door, we were greeted by Diane the owner.

As we arrived a few minutes before our reservation time, I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures of the restaurant before the rest of the guests arrived.

Three Blacksmiths-4The restaurant seats only 20 guests per evening, so the dinner is very intimate and the atmosphere very friendly.

Three Blacksmiths-5The owners and the staff are delightful! The minute we walked inside the restaurant, we felt at home and knew the evening was going to be outstanding.

Three Blacksmiths-6The head chef and sous chef, Ben and Ethan, were hard at work preparing every detail of the meal with precision. John, the owner and executive chef believes “the food has to be simple, honest, delicious and beautiful.” That philosophy was very evident in each one of our dishes.

Three Blacksmiths-7The beautiful wood work, chandeliers, and details in the restaurant make the setting romantic and intimate.

Three Blacksmiths-8Each table had a printed place card with the guest’s name. The cozy leather seating, rustic beams and brick walls really spoke to me.

Three Blacksmiths-9The charm of the small intimate setting makes this place second to none, and the attention to detail by the owners and staff make it a very special destination. But the best was yet to come…the five course dinner!

Three Blacksmiths-10As we were seated, we were offered a glass of champagne….yes real champagne, along with a footstool to place my handbag! Love that!!

Three Blacksmiths-11The restaurant offers wines by the glass and cocktails.

Three Blacksmiths-12The menu for the evening looked amazing!

Three Blacksmiths-13The lovely owner, Diane, explained the menu in detail and went over the drink choices. An interesting option, was to do a “half wine pairing”, where we have the opportunity to pair selected wines with each course, but only half a glass is offered…a great option for those driving. We chose the half pairing.

Three Blacksmiths-14Our pre dinner offering was lamb wellington and a diver scallop with a rice cracker. Each course was presented and explained to us by the head chef or by one of the owners.

Three Blacksmiths-18The fresh baked bread was served on a bed of warm rocks. We had never seen this novel idea before in a restaurant. The butter served is also freshly churned and prepared onsite.

Three Blacksmiths-19The first course was smoked sweet potato soup, paired with a Gran Bassano Spritz, which is a Vermouth. The soup and the drink were both outstanding.

Three Blacksmiths-20The second course was Meadow Creek Dairy Mountaineer Caramelle, pasta paired with a glass of Chianti. The pasta was drizzled with beet bubbles and prosciutto. Each course was loaded with flavor and the presentation outstanding.

Our silverware was replaced, with every course too 😉

Three Blacksmiths-21I’m not going to remember all the details of this mini serving…but it involved mushrooms. Mushroom soup and a crispy dried mushroom. Simply delicious.

Three Blacksmiths-22The Appalachian Tartiflette was bursting with flavor. Smoked ham and truffles on greens paired with a delicious white wine from France.

Three Blacksmiths-23The main course was delectable, a real pièce de résistance! Grilled Ayrshire Lamb, butternut squash, spinach, garlic puree and granola for that extra crunch, Heavenly in taste and presentation! Paired with a Granache wine from Santa Barbara, California.

Three Blacksmiths-24For the dessert, we were served Pavé of Winter Citrus, a pistachio cake with pine and fennel meringue served with a french aperitif, Pineau des Charentes. All amazing pairings – we enjoyed the dinner and drinks immensely. Every aspect of the evening was perfect and we will have wonderful memories of this restaurant for a long time.

We will definitely return to Three Blacksmiths and next time, we will make a weekend out if it and tour the surrounding area. I highly recommend this small restaurant, it is a hidden gem in Virginia and one of the very best restaurants I have been to in the Washington DC area and I’m a native Washingtonian! The Washington Post has also included Three Blacksmiths in their Top 10 Restaurants of 2019 List. You can check out other press news on the restaurant HERE.

In case you missed these, here are other restaurant ideas for my Foodie Friends :

Dining at Lautrec Restaurant at the Nemacolin Woodland Resort

Dining at the Edgewood Restaurant in Tahoe on Valentine’s Day

Dining at the Spago Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California

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4 thoughts on “Dining at Three Blacksmiths in Virginia

  1. Oh my gosh Denise! I love places like this, and the food and wines sound heavenly! I’d love to make a trip out your way and visit Three Blacksmiths with you guys! I guess we’d better make our reservations now huh? 🙂 Thanks for the fabulous recommendation! ❤️

    1. Hi Barbara, the restaurant was fabulous, we loved it and would love to return. So glad you like this type of restaurant too! We can go anytime my friend 😉

    1. Joni, the food was so good! The presentation was also outstanding. We loved everything about our dinner. The dining experience was very unique – one seating, fixed menu, and a super friendly and intimate atmosphere. It’s a great model, I can see why the restaurant has such a long waiting list.

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