Do you ever get cabin fever? I find it sets in if I am at home for too long. It comes on suddenly and then I really need to get out – to somewhere I want to go, rather than somewhere I have to go. On a recent afternoon like that, I headed to the Duchess of Spotswood. It offers delicious food in a relaxing café environment: a perfect cure for cabin fever!
The Duchess of Spotswood has a special appeal to the culinary curious, as it offers gourmet English themed food – at café prices. It was at the Duchess that I discovered morels. I was looking at the menu wondering what to order when I saw the word ‘morels’. The waiter explained that they were a type of mushroom. After placing our order, he returned with a fresh morel to show me. What a nice guy! After tasting morels in the artichoke salad, I am happy with my discovery! Other yummy meals that I’ve enjoyed at the Duchess have been grilled fish on barley and buckwheat ($23) and ocean trout salad with frisee and witlof ($16.50).
The Duchess is open daily. During the week it is open from 7.00am – 4.30pm, and on the weekends from 8.00am – 4.00pm. It has tables inside and a few outside on the pavement, as well as a courtyard out back. It can get quite busy on weekends. It is easy to park nearby. For daily information on the menu and other news, see @duchesscafe on Twitter.