Earlier we blogged about the wonderful activities in Portsmouth, NH on New Year’s Eve. Now you get to hear about the fantastic brunch we have planned for the morning after. Our New Year’s Day Brunch is a tradition from when I bought the Inn in 2004. That January 1st 2005, I had a modest brunch served later than my usual breakfast and it included a few special items. Well it has grown since then and now is served over a two hour period and has many items to choose from. Here is the menu for 2013’s brunch.
First we start with the usual offerings of fresh brewed coffee, hot loose leaf teas and your choice of either regular hot chocolate or mexican hot chocolate with a touch of cinnamon and chile. This year we are adding a Chai Latte as well. We start by steeping loose tea and spices before adding a touch of milk and honey. A variety of juices will also be offered.
Next, we have fresh melon salad with grapes. Or you can choose the warm winter fruit compote with or without yogurt. The compote is made a few days in advance to let the dried apricots, prunes, dried cranberries, raisins and other fruits absorb and mellow in the poaching liquid which includes ginger, bourbon and a touch of grand marnier.
For main dishes, you can start with a plain bowl of oatmeal or jazz it up with a topping of winter fruit compote, or a dash maple syrup or a sprinkle of spiced brown sugar. There will be cinnamon swirl brioche french toast on the griddle with warm maple syrup on the table. In a savory mood, we will be offering breakfast panini sandwiches pressed to order. Craving some eggs? How about a garden medley quiche with spinach and a rainbow of bell peppers?
But we are not done yet! Accompany your main course with bacon or sausage and herb roasted red potatoes. And it would not be breakfast without a slice of coffee cake. This year we will have cranberry-almond cake along with fresh croissants and lemon blueberry muffins.
We hope you will enjoy lingering over our extended brunch from 8:30 until 10:30 before heading back out to wander Portsmouth, perhaps in search of another good brunch at one of the great downtown restaurants! Remember that we have a New Year’s Eve package available for people who want us to purchase their First Night Buttons in advance. We look forward to ringing in 2013 with you at the Martin Hill Inn. Cheers!