I am a city person, through and through. The sound of sirens, cars going by, and people out on the streets actually gives me a sense of comfort. But even I can enjoy the quiet, serene and easy pace of beautiful and historic East Aurora, a suburb about 20 miles southeast of downtown Buffalo.
East Aurora is known for its Norman Rockwell-esque Americana lifestyle, with a picture-perfect village, walkable streets, quaint local shops, and beautiful historic homes. Off Main Street in the village lies Roycroft Campus, a center for artisans and craftspeople that encourage entrepreneurship, creativity and learning. Within the campus is the Roycroft Inn, built in 1905 to welcome and accommodate visitors and artisans looking to experience the emerging community and style generated from the campus. The Inn was—and is still today—a center of activity for the village of East Aurora.
Until recently, I had never had the pleasure of eating at the famous Roycroft Inn. The weather was perfect on the afternoon we chose to have lunch, which added to the delightful ambiance of eating on the Peristyle—outdoor dining at its finest. We started with some afternoon libations, and enjoyed warm baked bread and homemade blueberry muffins served with sweet whipped butter. We indulged a bit and partook in having crab cakes before our meals, which were light, delicate, and honestly some of the best crab cakes I’ve had outside of New England.
Onto the main lunch course: I enjoyed one of the specials that afternoon, roasted tomatoes stuffed with shrimp and parmesan risotto with toast points, while my dining companion enjoyed the more traditional lunch choice with the southwestern chili sausage sandwich. The chef did an excellent job with both of our meals, and we left feeling highly satisfied and relaxed. While eating al fresco on the Peristyle, we enjoyed the pleasantries of other diners, watching visitors to the campus go by, and the easy pace of which we sampled the Roycroft’s food.
The city was 20 miles away, and we let ourselves be swept up in a slower pace. It was the perfect way to wind down from a crazy week as the weekend lay before us. Visitors and guests of the Roycroft Inn may enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, and even special occasion meals on holidays. It’s the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of your life, or just have an enjoyable meal.