My wife and I have been making an almost yearly trip for the past 3 or so years to Nashville, IN for a Memorial Weekend getaway. Last year's trip we wound up taking an unexpected stop that landed us in Oldenburg, IN. We had dinner in a German restaurant, and then walked through town looking at the beautiful old churches that were within a few blocks of where we ate. It was such a laid back way to start the vacation! I wanted this year to have something like that again, only it would be more of a planned 'experience'. A web search brought up Walhill Farm. It looked unique, had some good reviews, and looked like just the type of place I was looking for.
You definitely want to put the address into your Google maps as the restaurant is not in a location you would just happen to drive by. The signage both on the highway, and along the route to get out to the restaurant are very good though.
What caught my eye with this restaurant was that it seemed to be more than just a place to get a great meal. The restaurant is on a working farm. As much as possible local product is used to create the dishes they serve. The look of the place seemed pretty unique as well from what I could see on their web site. I was hoping for a memorable experience.....and I was not disappointed.
When you arrive at the farm, you first see a sign for deliveries, and then the entrance to the restaurant and event center is a farther than I would have expected after that sign. It almost seemed like we were about to pass it when the entrance sign finally appeared. The outside was interesting, but it was inside where the place really began to show off it's personality.
The first dining area you pass has the feel of a country lodge. This room, along with the fireplace and the quote above the mantle set the mood for our evening. As we passed into the main dining area, the section nearest the bar had a ceiling covered with horse bits (I was looking for unique and it was definitely delivering).
We had made our reservation for around 4pm which is when they reopen for dinner. We were the first people into the restaurant and due to the early hour there were only a few other tables seated while were were there. We were on a getaway to relax, and this was shaping up to be a perfect way to start. They have some mixed drinks they created that our waitress suggested because they were made with fruit, which was squeezed fresh at the time of your order. My wife gave one of those a try. Keeping with the unique theme I tried a craft beer I had never tried (La Maison Farmhouse Ale). Both beverages were excellent.
The whole theme of the restaurant is freshness, or farm to table, so while there was a salmon dish that sounded really good, both my wife and I opted for steaks. I can say that the meal did not disappoint. In fact, it was excellent. The pricing for the dinner meals is what I would consider fine dining, but the portions and the overall taste and presentation was excellent! My wife is a big fan of creme brulee, and while the meal did not leave much room for desert, she decided vacation dictated that she get it anyway. She took the first bite and her face lit up. She raved that it was the best she had ever had.
The restaurant is only part of the show at Walhill Farm. They also have an event space that seems to cater toward weddings. Additionally They have and Inn, so you can stay right there (in case you eat yourself into a food coma).
Our adventure was everything I had hoped it would be. The location was unique, the setting was relaxing (perfect way to start a vacation), and the food was worth the drive. It was time to get back in the car and set sail for the rest of our trip (all 45 minutes of it) to a little weekend getaway in Nashville, IN.