Friday, June 10, 2016

Homestead Manor in Thompson's Station

As you may have read here, my friend Lindsey and I have a decade-long tradition of meeting up for lovely Sunday brunches.  This time, we decided to include our guys for a double-date in the country, checking out the beautiful Homestead Manor in Thompson's Station.

Homestead Manor is beautifully situated on 50 acres, and it's an easy drive from Franklin.  It's definitely worth a visit, if you're wanting to escape the city.  Owned by the same family/group that now manages the Puckett's collection of restaurants, Harvest at Homestead is a beautiful restaurant experience inside an old Southern house.  That's where we made reservations to dine.  There's also The Glass Bar adjacent to the house, The Barn for events like weddings, and The Farm where the food is grown.

The decor in the house is far from stuffy and traditional, like you might see in a museum house.  Instead, it's eclectic.  Every room has a different style and spirit, so you might want to call ahead to see if you can dine in a specific space if that's your thing.

For my brunch, I chose the Monte Cristo and fried fingerling potatoes.  The Monte Cristo boasted country ham, Gouda, homemade brioche, and blackberry jam, dipped in batter and fried!  Woof.  Delicious and rich for sure.

The potatoes?  OMG!  So fresh and crispy.  Dan kept stealing them off my plate.  I would put these on the must-order list for brunch.

Their fruit tea was sweet and refreshing, but after one glass I wanted something with a little more bite.  I certainly got what I asked for with the Thyme is of the Effervescence cocktail (gin, elderflower, Prosecco, lemon juice, thyme simple syrup).  I know, Aubrey's at it again with the elderflower!  It wasn't sweet, and it definitely packed a punch... really unique and perfect for brunch.

The best thing to do after a big meal is to walk it off a bit.  So we explored the grounds around the house and took it all in.  I can definitely tell that this is an ideal wedding venue, but I also think this might be a nice place to steal away to for a drink at the bar, and for taking in the countryside that surrounds Nashville.

Not to mention, friends.

And family.

I just saw on the Homestead website that you can reserve a picnic basket to dine al fresco on the grounds, which is such a sweet offering!  Note to self for a future date idea.  This was certainly a beautiful way to spend a Sunday morning.

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