Get over to Goats N’Roses while the weather is still acceptable. Connecticut Magazine shares a must-visit spot in Malborough.
Somehow, despite all I’d heard and read in praise of Goats N’ Roses in Marlborough, I still wasn’t prepared for the experience of eating here. Words, after all, don’t really do this place justice.
Driving along a sparse stretch of Route 66 in Marlborough, you know you’ve arrived at The Farm at Carter Hill, where Goats N’ Roses is located, when you see a vintage gas station and small sign proclaiming this as the home of Goats N’ Roses, an “edgy eatery.” Turning in you enter a space that feels part farm and part Cold War-era roadside attraction.
The complex of buildings and fields is home to a bed and breakfast, general store, pub and event barn. There is even an animal pen filled with goats who jump and dance on their hind legs. An elaborate series of bridges crisscrosses the goat pen, allowing them to show off their climbing abilities.
In front of the inn and pub, around the corner from the goats, is a wooden pergola shading a collection of tables, each set in a fancy manner and each with a rose in its center. This is “Goats N’ Roses.”
Even if the food is just ordinary, I think as I’m led to my table, this place is worth a visit for the setting alone. A few minutes later, I learn the food is far from ordinary.
A double burger, served with the classic topping combo of tomato, pickle and onion, is among the best I’ve had in Connecticut. Good as it is, it is surpassed by The Purple Goat. One of the restaurant’s signature sandwiches, this intriguing creation features crispy eggplant cutlets and a rainbow’s worth of colorful vegetables from roasted peppers to vine tomatoes and greens. The sandwich is crowned by a winning combination of melted provolone and, of course, goat cheese.
Goats N’ Roses
86 E. Hampton Road, Marlborough