Monday, July 30, 2012

The Olive Bar at Treadwell Inn – a Review


There is no place more relaxing or more beautiful than the back terrace at the Treadwell Inn, in beautiful St. Andrews-by-the-Sea. Celebrating their 20th year of hosting discerning guests at their beautiful historic inn, owners Annette and Jerry Mercer have created a little olive oil heaven right in their own back yard. They have once again transformed much of their ground floor, this time into a first class olive oil and balsamic vinegar emporium. Complimenting this is the Olive Bar, a newly opened seaside snug. Here Chef Markian Shafransky delivers a menu of small appetizer size plates is offered featuring fresh-from-the-sea Tuna Tartare, Halibut Ceviche, Lobster Cocktail, Malpeque Oysters on the half shell (arguably the best in the world!), and other tempting seasonal and local nibbles. The Olive Bar’s wine selection available by the glass (usually 12 varieties) makes this romantic spot a great place right on Water Street overlooking the sparkling harbor to spend a relaxing afternoon. The service is excellent. While the Olive Bar does not serve full meals, two small plates works very nicely for a light lunch or early supper. The prices are not inexpensive, but he views are priceless!