Litchfield Hills Eating, drinking and dancing
+1 860 567 1742
3W and the Blue Bar
This much-feted Litchfield favourite is the place to go for American classics such as lobster bisque, as well as sushi made from fresh Atlantic fish.
3 West Street, Litchfield
+1 860 355 4111
Situated in a converted barn on route 7, the Cookhouse is perhaps New England’s finest barbecue joint. All the char-grilled staples are here – ribs, beef brisket, chicken, etc – served up with an imaginative choice of sides.
31 Danbury Road, New Milford
+1 860 567 3885
West Street Grill
This trendy, celeb-filled Litchfield bistro specialises in expertly created Modern American cuisine, such as crab cakes and pan-roasted bass, all made with the freshest local produce.
43 West Street, Litchfield
+1 860 417 6157
Sophie Restaurant & Bar
This ‘bar and patio’ is just about as good as it gets in sleepy Northwest Connecticut. It offers decent cocktails, and DJs every Friday and Saturday night till 1.30am.
16 Straits Turnpike, Watertown
+1 203 266 4663
Good News Café
This cheerful, primary-coloured spot offers a menu that’s a mishmash of culinary influences – barbecued duck legs, ‘adult’ macaroni cheese with lobster – in a fun, informal environment.
694 Main Street, Woodbury
+1 860 927 1445
The Kent Coffee & Chocolate Company
It may be a little on the twee side, but this is a fine place to stop for freshly roasted coffee, and delicious truffles and cakes.
8 Main Street, Kent
+1 860 672 0178
The Wandering Moose Café
Idyllically situated next to a river and covered bridge, this popular hangout could get away with average food. Thankfully, they haven’t fallen into that trap, and serve up affordable treats such as almond-crusted trout and clam chowder, as well as burgers and sandwiches.
Route 128 (at the east end of the covered bridge), near West Cornwall