The Grand Tradition Estate – it’s a piece of paradise with not so secret gardens. Within the estate, a noble Victorian-style structure, the Beverly Mansion, perched on a grassy hill, is the setting for the new Veranda restaurant where guests enjoy alfresco dining overlooking a serene lake. As diners relax, a crowd of pleasant scents swirl around the tables – flowers, fresh grass, and even an occasional whiff of tropical fruit.
Guests not only savor the enchanting ambiance, but are able to choose from an array of delightful menu items developed by the staff and offered at extremely reasonable prices.
Like everything else that is done at the Grand Tradition, it is done in style. White linen-draped tables line the veranda and gleaming china and fresh flowers grace every table lending their own bit of charm.
The menu is a garden of creative luncheon choices including appetizers, sandwiches and salads.
The Spinach and Berry salad is beguiling! Served on a bed of spinach – it’s laden with large raspberries and blackberries along with strawberries and feta cheese. Candied pecans and raspberry vinaigrette dressing add a burst of sweet flavor – taking it to a realm beyond ordinary salad. ]
The Garden Docent sandwich, a fresh-from-the-garden choice, is made with whole grain bread stacked high with avocado, sprouts, cucumber, tomato, lettuce and Swiss cheese. Buttered with herb and chive cream cheese, the sandwich is reminiscent of high tea in London.
The Veranda chefs have taken iceberg lettuce from boring to bold with their “Wedge” salad enhanced with tomato, blue cheese crumbles, and delicate green onions. The apple wood smoked bacon enhances the m