Eat good and remember your summer stay days fondly

September 23, 2017 - summer camp

Ellen Albanese for a Boston Globe

Camp’s record square seat hearkens behind to summers spent during cabins on a lake.

MEREDITH, N.H. — You’re never too aged for summer camp, gastronomically vocalization during least. On a flattering site in a ancestral Mill Falls Marketplace opposite from Lake Winnipesaukee, Camp aims to ride guest to a summer stay of their childhoods, with bunkhouse décor and comfort dishes such as “camp crackers,” buttermilk boiled chicken, and an updated take on s’mores.

The judgment came to Diane Downing, clamp boss of Common Man restaurants, while she was cleaning out her horse’s stall, she says. “The site is opposite from Winnipesaukee, and we was perplexing to figure out, how can we move a lake into this place? Then it came to me — it’ll be like you’re in a stay on a lake.”


From there, Downing was off on a debate to collect a equipment and artifacts that would re-create a iconic summer experience, from a wood-and-canvas dug-out dangling above a bar that doubles as a shelve for stemware to a moose conduct over a fieldstone grate that’s on long-term loan from a customer.

There was a kerosene flare on a hunger table, that was hammered with hand-lettered names — Dean and Tyler were here — along with sets of initials in somewhat curved hearts. Nostalgic photos of kids and families camping and canoeing adorn a walls, and red-and-black mottled nap sport garments hang from a hook. Servers wear black T-shirts with rolled-up sleeves and “counselor” hammered on a back. The restroom is, of course, a “outhouse.” Discovering a crafty stay touches is half a fun of dining during Camp: In one corner, we saw a Scotch-plaid turn cooler we indeed remember holding on family camping trips around a center of a final century.

Signature dishes, a server said, are “camp crackers,” classical mac and cheese, ale-battered fish and chips, and buttermilk boiled duck with apples and a gouda sauce. Camp crackers, wedges of cheddar and gorgonzola-topped flatbread, are served on a slight house that is so prolonged it has to angle opposite a tabletop. Crispy, chewy, and tangy, a crackers are an uncommonly shareable appetizer. The buttermilk boiled duck cutlets, set on a ridiculously vast image of crushed potato, are light and crisp; sliced apples supplement benevolence and span good with a hazed gouda.

And what’s cooking around a campfire but s’mores? Camp’s deconstructed chronicle consists of a mosaic of oven-puffed marshmallows atop Hershey’s chocolate syrup, served in a mini-skillet with a side of Nabisco Honey Maid Grahams. The pretence is to use a crackers to dip out a comfortable marshmallow, creation certain to explain some of a chocolate salsa underneath.

The city of Meredith offers several attractions for visitors, not a slightest of that is a possibility to debate Lake Winnipesaukee aboard a 230-foot M/S Mount Washington or another vessel in a Mount Washington Cruises fleet. A brief boardwalk follows a lakefront to a retreat over a H2O that affords a good perspective down a lake. The Mill Falls Marketplace has shops and restaurants, and a sculpture travel around ancestral Meredith Village facilities some-more than 30 sculptures by New England artisans.

Camp,300 Daniel Webster Highway, 603-279-3003,

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