Historic and stately, Topping Rose House is a refuge of modern luxury in the heart of Bridgehampton. This boutique inn boasts a picturesque rural location, wellness center and swimming pool overlooking a mature orchard. But for locals and summer residents alike, the restaurant is the real draw.
Established by Tom Colicchio when the inn opened in 2013, the restaurant is known for letting the natural flavors of quality ingredients shine. The menu has a generous selection of starters and sides, plus pastas and hearty mains, so you can keep it light or go for full on-indulgence.
Vegetarians might opt for the First Harvest Cauliflower, served with summer truffle and soft boiled quail’s egg, and anchovies and a lemon vinaigrette to brighten it up, followed by the creamy garden pea Risotto, finished with golden chanterelles and pecorino.
Omnivores can go for a gourmet surf-and-turf: starting with the Local Hand Dived Sea Scallops with royal Siberian caviar, summer truffles, chicken wing, and romanesco, and then the Suffolk County Porcelet, served with a salt-baked watermelon radish, pommes puree and pork jus.
And if choosing from all the creative options is too overwhelming, Topping Rose has created a three-course prix-fix that is no-less decadent. If you don’t stay to savor the Basil Panna Cotta with sweet corn ice cream, peaches and blackberries, you can always take home a bag of the restaurant’s sugared doughnuts.
It’s relationships with local farms, fishmongers and ranches that ensure the ingredients are fresh and of superior quality. Organic produce from Dale & Bette’s, local fungi from East End Mushroom Company, poultry and eggs from Browders Birds and cheeses-glorious-cheeses from The Milk Pail, Lioni Cheeses and Cavaniolas are some of the goodies that make their way onto the seasonal menus.
Contemporary photography is the aesthetic focal point throughout the rooms, with a backdrop that is farmy and modern all at once. Crisp, white tablecloths dangle over wide-planked floors, and two original fireplaces offset the sleek lacquer bar.
Try to dine on the wrap-around porch one of these late-summer evenings. It’s a gracious space to enjoy some Right Nutrition, and that isn’t always so easy to find in the Hamptons.
And! This Sunday (August 30th) TRH is hosting a Clambake in their storybook orchard, complete with Hush Puppies, Fried Oysters, Nova Scotia Lobster, and more, all accompanied by wine from Wölffer Estate Vineyard. Space is limited, they warn, so call .631.537.0870 or email to reserve.