Ram’s Head Inn Launches the 2019 Summer Season

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Courtesy of Madison Fender Photography

A favorite of many locals and summer sightseers, the Ram’s Head Inn is a classic hotel, restaurant, and event venue on Shelter Island. This is where my family and I escape to during the summer season, and we couldn’t think of a better destination for endless hours of play, great food, live music during select evenings, and the most peaceful and secluded setting.

The Ram’s Head Inn, known for its historic charm, is home to an acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant, led by Executive Chef Joe Smith. Open 7 days a week during the summer months for brunch, lunch and dinner, Smith’s seasonally focused New American menu boasts fresh local produce, game, and seafood, accoutered with herbs from the Inn’s own garden.


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Ram‘s Head Inn features a critically acclaimed fine dining farm-to-table restaurant, led by popular and award winning Chef Smith from 2011 to 2016.  Just in time for the Inn’s 40th Anniversary, owners, the Eklunds, welcome back Chef Smith to the Ram‘s Head Inn, returning after stints showcasing his culinary talents to Wölffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor and the Frisky Oyster in Greenport.

From the Lite Fare menu, we ordered the following plates:

  • Spring Pea and Leek Soup: lobster sausage, maitake mushrooms ($16)
  • Crab Remoulade: red pepper coulis, corn cake, celery leaves ($18)
  • RHI Sliders: white cheddar, bacon aioli, L.T.O ($18)
  • Lamb Meatballs: tzatziki, crumbled feta, naan ($18)

We each had glasses of their house rosé that paired well with not only the warm weather and gorgeous views of the landscape and bay, but also our lunch selections. Ram’s Head Inn is also the ideal dining destination to bring your children. Ours met several new friends and played for hours in the backyard with their play equipment, swing, and sand box, and we even taught our oldest how to play bocce ball.

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We loved each dish and already look forward to returning. My husband’s favorite was the Crab Remoulade, and I could order the Spring Pea Soup almost every day of the season, it was so fresh and vibrant!

Additional menu options worth noting include Mini Duck Egg Rolls (which our neighboring table ordered), and Paella Arancini with rock shrimp and chorizo, though the entire menu is very well crafted.

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Credit: Cat Brigham

For dessert, menu offerings include White Chocolate-Lime Cheesecake with blackberries and caramel sauce; Spiced Chocolate Crème Brûlée with pine nut biscotti; Bittersweet Chocolate Cake with bourbon butterscotch, chocolate gelato, and pistachio tuile; Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler with vanilla gelato; and Vanilla-Yogurt Panna Cotta with mixed berries and crushed pistachios (pictured above).

Coffee, tea, espresso, and cappuccino as well as after dinner cordials are available for dessert pairings.

In light of the celebration of the 40th anniversary, the Ram’s Head Inn will be offering their dining guests special deals for Memorial Day Weekend, offering a different appetizer and dessert from their 1979 menu, at 1979 pricing. Guests in the lounge can also enjoy Corona beers all for just $3.09 during the holiday weekend, the price of the popular summer brew when it had its own U.S. debut in 1979.

https://www.theramsheadinn.com // 631-749-0811

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