Three Blacksmiths in Sperryville: 7 Things to Know Before You Go
The secret is out! Especially after the recent writeup in the Washingtonian on Where to Eat, Drink, and Stay in Sperryville. Ahh, oh well. I guess have to share now. My husband and I have dined at almost every incredible restaurant in the DMV area- Pineapple & Pearls, minibar, Tail Up Goat, Inn at Little Washington, Blue Rock, and Field & Main to name several. For us, Three Blacksmiths rises above them all and ranks as our #1 restaurant in the DMV area. Here are the 7 things you need to know before you go.
There is no dress code. Their motto is to be comfortable. There is a wide range of what people wear from jeans and a nice top to special date night attire.
My husband and I have had the pleasure of dining at this little gem twice. Once on a cold Thursday in November and once on a pleasant Saturday evening in June.
In June, I wore a sleeveless Jcrew light blue dress and my Cole Haan white/light tan herringbone sandals while my husband sported coral-colored pants, a light blue long-sleeved shirt, and a grey blazer.
Prepare for a 3.5 Hour Dining Experience
There’s only 1 seating at 7 pm. Prepare for a lovely 5-course tasting menu over the course of 3.5 hours. The menu is quite creative, uses seasonal ingredients, and is constantly changing.
We have dined here twice and will continue to do so every year. It’s that good. Here’s what you can expect from their fall and summer menus:
OUR 5-COURSE SUMMER MENU
GREEN GARLIC SOUP: garlic scapes/ spring onion/ sweet potato pearls/ baby zucchini/ crispy endive/ sea trout roe
Wine: Muga Rioja Blanco Blend, Rioja, Spain, 2020
Reserve Wine: Domaine aux Moines Chenin Blanc, Savennieres, France, 2018
DRY AGED SWORDFISH: benne seed crust/ pickled whippoorwill radish/ compressed watermelon/ lovage oil
Wine: Lumen Chardonnay, Santa Barbara, California, 2020
Reserve Wine: Sergio Barale “Vigna Bussia” Chardonnay, Langhe, Italy 2020
CAVATELLI VERDE: borage/ violet corn/ sunnyside purslane/ cotija cheese/ chamomile cream
Wine: Tre Monti Vigna Rocca Albana, Emilia-Romagna, Italy 2019
Reserve Wine: J.K. Carriere Glass Pinot Noir Rose, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2020
FAZIO FARMS RABBIT ROULADE: crispy panella/ whipped lardo/ black mission figs/ fermented ramps/ waterpenny carrot puree
Wine: Domaine de la Charbonniere Granache Blend, Vaqueyras, France, 2018
Reserve Wine: Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo, Barbaresco, Italy, 2018
CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CAKE: kumquat-pistachio compote/ buttermilk gel/ laughing duck garden strawberries/ chantilly cream
Wine: Elio Perrone Bigaro Rose, Piemonte, Italy, 2020
Reserve Wine: Rousset-Peyraguey “Sauternes,” Bordeaux, France 2013
OUR 5-COURSE FALL MENU
MAINE WHALEBACK OYSTER: tempura crisped/ wakame seaweed/ waterpenny savoy cabbage/ horseradish sabayon
Wine: Les Allees du Vignoble Petit Chablis, Burgundy, France, 2019
Reserve Wine: Tre Monti Vitaba Albana, Emilia-Romagna, Italy 2018
SUNNYSIDE SUNCHOKE VELOUTE: pickled kohlrabi noodles/ candied pecans/ creme fraiche/ crispy tumeric chips
Wine: Boundary Breaks Vineyards No. 329 Riesling, Finger Lakes, New York, 2019
AQUERELLO RISOTTO: Burgundy truffle/ cured foie gras/ cocoa nibs/ buttered leeks/ parmigiano reggiano
Wine: Pallus Chinon Cabernet Franc, Loire Valley, France, 2019
Reserve Wine: A Tribute to Grace Grenache, Santa Barbara, California, 2018
HAY SMOKED DRY AGED DUCK: glazed shallot confit/ whippoorwill sweet potato/ ruby red grapefruit gastrique
Wine: Land of Saints Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Ynez, California, 2019
Reserve Wine: Paladino Parafada Barolo, Piedmont, Italy 2016
PROFITEROLES: Sicilian olive oil gelato/ pink peppercorns/ dark chocolate & balsamic ganache
Wine: Domaine Rolet Macvin du Jura, Burgundy, France
Reserve Wine: Chateau Kalian, Montbazillac, France, 2017
Which Wine Pairings & Cocktails to Choose
Owner Jake Addeo does a fantastic job in curating the wine selection. You have the option of a wine pairing or a reserve wine pairing. My husband and I like to do one each, so we can try them all. The wines offered have mostly been from California, Italy, and France.
One unique thing about the wine pairing is you also can select a “”short pour” of their wine pairings. Great if you are the D.D. that night.
You also have the option of a pre or post-dinner drink. Pre-dinner cocktails usually include an Old Fashioned using the local Copper Fox Original Rye Whisky. It is delicious! A must order! And you can visit the distillery if you make a weekend around this dining experience.
Post-dinner drinks will vary. A hot buttered rum was offered on our fall menu, and Amaro was offered on our summer menu.
Post dinner cocktail: Amaro
How to Score a Reservation
If you are a procrastinator, good luck, You are going to have to plan this one way in ADVANCE … like 203 days to be exact.
But you may get lucky. You can join a waitlist, and if someone cancels you will get notified. Then it’s first come, first served. We scored our fall reservation this way.
Alright, so what is a special night at one of Virginia’s best restaurants going to set you back?
Around $650-700 depending on how many “extra” drinks you order
- Dinner: $148 per person
- Pre-dinner cocktails: $16 per person
- Wine pairings: $84 ($56 short pour), with reserve wines: $98 ($67 short pour)
- Post-dinner drinks: $14 per person
- Tax and 20% service included
For a special date night out, yes!
If you are driving from northern Virginia, I strongly advise making a fun weekend out of this dining experience. Otherwise, that’s a long drive back (1.5 hours!) especially if you have enjoyed a few cocktails and a wine pairing.
Options range from a few Airbnbs within walking distance of the restaurant to quaint B&Bs within a 10-minute drive.
THE INN AT MOUNT VERNON FARM
Inn at Mount Vernon Farm porch in Sperryville
I am sort of scared to promote this adorable B&B because I don’t want it to book out when I need to reserve. Alright fine, I won’t be selfish. Out of all the accommodation options, this one is the best. Stay here, and you will be very happy. Sarah, the Innkeeper, goes out of her way to make sure your visit is very enjoyable.
The property sits on a hill and has stunning views of the mountains. There’s wine happy hour, bocce ball, hiking trails on the property, and a lovely hot tub to soak in if you attempt Old Rag. Not to mention the fantastic homemade breakfast by the famous Miss Lillian.
We stayed here both times when we dined at the Three Blacksmiths and absolutely loved it.
It’s one of the few Sperryville accommodations that offers a king-sized bed if you stay in the Owner’s Suite or the Queen’s Room. I prefer the Owner’s Suite slightly over the Queen’s Room because you can control your own thermostat. I tend to run warm all the time, so I appreciate it when I can keep a room nice and cool while sleeping.
Before & After coffee and pastry in Sperryville
There are three very cute rentals within walking distance of the restaurant.
One is located right on top of Before & After, the local coffee shop. Great reviews. Clean, modern, fresh. An added perk is breakfast is included in the cafe downstairs. On a nice warm day, there are several Adirondack chairs by the river to enjoy your meal.
The second Airbnb option has a spacious modern setup with a nice deck overlooking the babbling river.
The last option is located above Stonewall Abbey Wellness. Guests can use the gym! This is a self-contained apartment with a full kitchen and outdoor eating area. Great for longer stays.
Outdoor seating overlooking the vineyard and Blue Ridge Mountains at Blue Rock
If all of those lodging options are taken, there are a few more options just slightly farther out. Blue Rock is one of them. We stayed here on a separate trip when we dined at their incredible restaurant run by Executive Chef Bin Lu, who used to work at Pineapple & Pearls in D.C.
It’s a beautiful property overlooking the vineyards and the Blue Ridge Mountains. We stayed in the Castleton room, which has a king-sized bed and a very spacious bathroom. The only downside was it’s located right next to the kitchen.
If I could pick again, I would go for the Thornton room. It’s located on the second floor and has French doors leading out to a small outdoor space overlooking the mountains. And it has a king-sized bed! A must for a happy marriage.
WHITE MOOSE INN
The living room area at White Moose Inn in Washington, Virginia
White Moose Inn is another fantastic property located 8 minutes away from Three Blacksmiths. We stayed here during our epic dining experience at The Inn at Little Washington.
Contemporary, bright, white, and modern are all words I would use to describe it. The Innkeeper is incredibly kind and offers a fantastic happy hour. Breakfast is provided by the famous Red Truck Bakery.
Things to Do Around Three Blacksmiths
It’s about a 1.5-hour drive from northern Virginia, so why not stay a few nights and make a fun weekend out of it?
There are plenty of fun things to do around the Sperryville area. I am a local Virginian and have done several weekend trips out this direction, so I can offer plenty of great suggestions. Here are some of my favorites.
Beautiful views from Old Rag summit
The quintessential Virginia hike. Difficult, strenuous, challenging, gorgeous, epic views. Many words to describe this amazing 9.1-mile, 5.5-hour hike. Do it at least once for bragging rights.
Huge update. You now have to purchase a day-use ticket IN ADVANCE from March 1- November 30 because of significant crowding.
View from Mary’s Rock hike
If you don’t have the time (or energy) to do Old Rag, Mary’s Rock is a great alternative for some fantastic Blue Ridge Mountain views. It took us 2.5 hours to hike the 3.7 miles round trip.
COPPER FOX DISTILLERY
Premium whisky tasting at Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville, Virginia
Incredible Virginia whisky distillery. Virginia is blessed with two great distilleries: A. Smith Bowman and Copper Fox.
Copper Fox Distillery is housed in an old apple processing plant and is the only distillery to use toasted applewood for whisky maturation.
The distillery offers some incredible cocktails and whisky tastings. You know they are good if Three Blacksmiths is offering cocktails using their whisky. Super tasty!
Spirit of Sperryville cocktail at Francis Bar in Sperryville: fennel-infused vodka, Dr. Stoner’s Fresh Herb vodka, Wild Roots Apothecary lemon cardamom syrup, lemon juice, carrot juice, muddled ginger
This cozy, quaint bar has incredibly friendly staff and great cocktails. The hours are very limited (Fri-Sat 3 pm- 9pm and Sun 3 pm-8pm), but if you arrive during these hours it’s certainly worth stopping in.
Sit up at the bar. The staff is super friendly. We probably ended up trying their whole menu. Lots of fun combinations. The Francis Bar incorporates a lot of the local Wild Roots Apothecary syrups into their cocktails like lemon cardamom, orange fennel, and roseship hibiscus.
LOCAL TIP: You can order a delicious pizza from Rappahannock Pizza Kitchen (RPK) next door while you are sipping on your delicious cocktail.
The Herb Pizza from RPK: braised greens, fire-roasted mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, parmesan
OTHER LOCAL FOODIE OPTIONS
Grilled pork loin, apple soubise, duck fat, and fried rosti potatoes at Sumac in Sperryville
If you love amazing food, don’t miss Sumac. It operates out of a wood-fired kitchen in a tiny trailer that sits on the property of Pen Druid Brewing in Sperryville.
All the food is sourced locally, and they only use ingredients in season. The menu changes weekly.
This is not your average food truck! While we were there, we enjoyed dishes such as grilled pork loin, apple soubise, duck fat, and fried rosti potatoes. Another favorite was the cedar brined duck, polenta, and squash. Even the fall vegetables with sweet potatoes and sunchoke puree were delicious due to the fire roasting.
Are you sure we are in the country?
Patty O’s Cafe
Patty O’s Cafe outdoor seating
Another great nearby dining option to check out during your Three Blacksmiths getaway is Patty O’s Cafe. This is the casual sister dining option of the Inn at Little Washington. No reservations.
It serves up some incredible Virginia favorites like the Crock of Pimento Cheese. Yum! We also enjoyed the wild mushroom bolognese and the Colorado lamb king chop with curried lentils and tzatziki sauce. All perfectly executed due to Chef Patrick O’Connell’ s culinary expertise.
LOCAL TIP: Do not miss the famous carrot cake! If you do not have time for the full dining experience, pick up a slice to-go at the Patty O’s Bakery & Coffee shop right next door.
The famous carrot cake at Patty O’s Cafe
If you want to know more about all the fun things to do in Sperryville, don’t miss my guide below.
Final Thoughts on Three Blacksmiths
I love restaurant experiences that prompt me to start thinking about when am I coming back. Chef Jake Addeo nails it. He’s well-traveled and has cooked everywhere from Italy to Hong Kong. You will see those world influences in his cooking. If you get to try Jake’s homemade pasta, you are in for a real treat. The best part (besides the amazing cooking) is Jake and his wife Sara are truly the sweetest, most humble couple you’ll meet!
We have done some incredible restaurant experiences including Hisa Franko in Slovenia, Table at De Meye in South Africa, and Sawada in Japan. Three Blacksmiths is right up there on the list of our all-time favorites.
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