On our last visit to New Hampshire, it was 11.15 a.m. and there were 12 hungry people wanting lunch at the Weathervane Restaurant in Bedford, New Hampshire. The young lady looked at us and said a table for four and we said “No we are the party of twelve”. Not a problem for them as the restaurant was completely empty.
Just a few minutes later they had pushed 4 tables together, giving us plenty of room. We were handed the menus and were looking at them when our drinks orders were taken.
As it was so early we settled for lemonade, diet coke, coke, water, coffee, and Len’s ex-wife had a cocktail.
The drinks came out with two baskets filled with bread rolls and butter. By the time they got to our end of the table they were all gone. Not to worry we would get her attention a little later.
We were ready to order and she came to us first. I asked for the bill for the entire party, as Len was the grandfather of the bride to be.
I believe we had 6 of the lunch portions of fish and chips, which was haddock at $6.95, 1 small Caesar salad and clam chowder soup, 1 large chicken Caesar salad $7.25, 1 fried chicken tender dinner $8.95, 1 broiled 3-way combo, comprising of Salmon, swordfish and scallops $14.45. There was the extra soups and salads ordered too. At this time we asked for more rolls and refills on the sodas.
We really did not see our server between seating us, the drinks, taking of the orders, and then delivering them.
However, when our food came out another lady was helping her. The dishes looked good, were plentiful, and as always tasted wonderful. Our fish came with French fries and coleslaw. We were chatting and catching up with all the family. By the time we had finished eating there were a few French fries and some salad remaining on the table.
Everyone commented on how fresh, hot, and good the food was. Well, being the first customers of the day it should have been.
Our server asked if anyone wanted dessert and we all said No. We were ready to get to our hotel and settle in. She brought the check to me and I gave her a credit card. When it came back for me to sign the itemized bill had gone and just the amount of $146.37. This included the 18% gratuity, which is added in for large parties. I thought to myself that this is better than picking up a dinner check.
A little about the Weathervane restaurants, we have been to both the one at Route 101, Bedford, NH. Telephone 603-472-2749 and the one at Daniel Webster highway, Nashua, NH. Telephone 603-891-1776. They have 16 restaurants in the New England area, and are known for seafood. You can check them out at www.weathervaneseafoods.com.
We have visited Len’s family several times over the past 15 years, although this may be the last as they have moved to California, and always went to the Weathervane. We have never been disappointed with the food. When they are extremely busy you may have slightly less than perfect service.
Loads of appetizers to chose from ranging from $3.79 to $7.99.
There are plenty of salads and sides to go with the entrees.
If it is just a sandwich you want then they do Maine lobster rolls, grilled salmon sandwich, and the list goes on.
You can even get a hamburger or cheeseburger.
Entrees range from fried seafood, grilled, broiled, baked and stuffed. There are 2 kinds of shrimp pasta. Then of course Maine Lobsters. We didn’t get a price on them because we would be eating out again later in the day.
If you really didn’t want seafood then there are 6 chicken and steak meals from $8.95 to $16.75.
Desserts were limited and cost from $2.99 to $4.99.
Reading from the menu this business was started in Kittery, Maine, in 1969. The Gagner family ran a take-out stand, with seafood and a smile. Now they take pride in this chain of restaurants.
If you do go on-line you can buy through the Internet, and also purchase gift certificates.