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Re-Discovered

Serving fresh, light meals, The Woodward House is gearing up for its ninth year of business



Wendy Carlson

Set back on a corner of the Bethlehem Village Green is a handsome 1740s saltbox. Surprisingly located just 10 minutes from the center of Litchfield, Woodbury, and Watertown, this historic building was once the town’s post office, a courthouse, and underground railroad stop. It was most known in the mid-1700s as the Bird Tavern. Now in 2013, while remaining a fine restaurant under the guidance of its longtime proprietor Adele Johnson, a new chef has taken the reins and presents a menu that is uniquely his own as The Woodward House begins its ninth year.

Varied, sophisticated, using top-quality ingredients, Chef Anton Bernsov has much to offer, especially when it comes to his hand with sauces which are never too rich, always intensely flavorful, and really complement each dish. Food is intentionally lighter, more friendly, and prices are now moderate with the menu even featuring a three-course prix fixe “comfort” dinner at $28, including a glass of house wine.

Patrons’ longtime favorites like the pork chop, rack of lamb, beef tenderloin apple crisp and lemon meringue tart have earned their keep and remain on the docket. Kudos to Cod en Croute (like a cod beef Wellington), to a superlative salmon with horseradish lemon crème, quinoa, asparagus, and day’s vegetables. 

There are four blessedly quiet and comfortable dining rooms. Just be aware of their limited hours: dinners Thursday to Sunday.

Woodward House, 4 The Green, Bethlehem, 203-266-6902 M-E

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