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7.24.09: Cronicles of STL: Chapter 14: ‘Briarhurst Manor, Ghosts, & Frog Legs’


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Me and Viktoria @ the Briarhurst Manor
My Review of Briarhurst Manor

From the journal of Sir Thomas “Rymour Oisin” Leaf: The 24th of Quintilis (Julius Caesar’s “July”) in the good year 2009 of the Common Era


“A zombie I would be since I had to crawl into the laboratory. Another day, another dollar, but thank the Goddess it be friday. It’s been a hard week, so excited for the weekend and my upcoming adventure to Faerieworlds. Viktoria came into town early as she was heading back from Dreamtime. She decided to take me out to the infamous haunted Briarhurst Manor that lies at the edge of downtown Manitou Springs. I had always wanted to check this restaurant out, especially since my daughter used to work there, but at the hefty prices for the menu items, I just could never drag myself down to going there. It would definitely compromise a journey. But luckily Viktoria had some 2-for-1 coupons from her Denver Dining and Coupon guide so we were able to get a taste of riche and fantastique, or so the rumor of the place goes. It was a quite elegant manor, and you definitely could feel the chill of a presence there. The waittress told us about the spirits that haunt the house, and gave us a small history pamphlet that talked about them. We dined on roast rabbit, escargot, and frog legs. What a delicious meal! Thank you Viktoria! You rock! It was great catching up with Viktoria as we hadn’t much time together at Dreamtime. As she headed back up to Denver, I headed home, to turn in early, and to add final touches to my pirate costume, for tomorrow ‘Halloween Comes Early this Year’.”

My review of Briarhurst Manor, its history, and its ghosts


Viktoria

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Briarhurst Manor (Manitou Springs, Colorado)

Briarhurst Manor * 404 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829. (719) 685-1864 or 1 (877) 685-1448 * http://www.briarhurst.com/ *

Briarhurst Manor

Briarhurst Manor is bombarded with negative reviews for its wedding services and its dining food. So I’ve always been hesitant to try the restaurant out, even though i was deadly curious about the place. I agree, the food is “Very” expensive and you don’t really get to portions for what you are paying. In a way, you are paying for the ambience of the place. The servers are very knowledgable and professional. I found our server to be pretty friendly and servicable. We walked in, no reservations. We had with us a coupon essentially for 30% (?) off our meal. We had the lobster bisque, frog legs, roast rabbit, and the escargot. Figured we’d make a meal out of a selection of appetizers as the main meals seemed to be much more pricey with little in portions to share. The rabbit was dry as were the escargot, the frog legs were tasty, and the lobster bisque was delicious. The desert sampler came with dark chocolate torte, creme Brulee, and a lemon raspberry tart – which were very delicious, though again, the portions small. Service was good, the ambience was exquisite, the food was so-so. For the ambience alone I’d give the place 4 stars, but the food at maybe a 3, and the pricing a 2. So to meet in the middle, I rate the entire restaurant experience a 3.5.


Escargot

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