Forget the spiral ham and yellow mustard. Spend your Easter Sunday with one of these recommended elegant inns, grand hotels, cozy local favorites or even historic sites serving delicious brunch, lunch and even dinner. Oh, and did we mention a few have make-your-own bloody mary bars? Enjoy!
Epoch at the Exeter Inn
90 Front St., Exeter
When: Brunch buffet from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $60 for adults and $25 for kids 12 and under
Reservations: Call (603) 778-3762 or book online via OpenTable
Enjoy items from house cured gravlax with traditional garnishes and local cheeses to a carving station with North Country Smokehouse ham and roast sirloin. See the full menu for the rest of the varied options.
The Old Salt at Lamie’s Inn
490 Layfayette Rd., Hampton
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $24.99 for adults, $14.99 for children up to 12, children under 5 are free.
Reservations: Call (603) 962-8322
The Old Salt has won so many Best of NH Readers’ Poll awards for brunch that we’ve lost count. The special Easter brunch is by reservation only, and features fruit-filled pancakes, pastries, eggs Benedict plus omelets and Belgian waffles made to order, and also offers savory entrées like haddock au gratin and stuffed chicken. See more menu items here.
Bedford Village Inn
2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford
When: Reservations start at 3 p.m.
Cost: Three-course fixed dinner — $75 for adults and $39.95 for children 10 and under
Reservations: Call (603) 472-2001
Enjoy an elegant dinner at this beautiful historic inn. Dinner entrées range from smoked North Country ham and stuffed zucchini to filet Mignon and cardamom-marinated Scottish salmon. See the dinner menu here.
The Grazing Room at The Colby Hill Inn
33 The Oaks St., Henniker
When: 12-5 p.m.
Cost: $65 per person
Reservations: Call (603) 428-3281
The Grazing Room, which is certified local by the New Hampshire Farm-to-Restaurant Connection, is located at the charming Colby Hill Inn. The special Easter supper is a three-course, prix-fixe menu with choices such as red beet deviled eggs with pea tendrils, Greek-style roast leg of lamb, rabbit potpie, day boat scallops with sweet pea risotto and more. See the entire menu here.
50 Commercial St., Manchester
When: Brunch is served 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Reservations: Make reservations via OpenTable or call (603) 836-1925
The Foundry’s regular Sunday Riverside Brunch changes slightly depending on the season, but most weeks you can expect the buffet to include a custom omelet station, local meats, handmade pastries, fresh oysters, Belgian waffles, shrimp cocktail, hand carved roasts and much more.
Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House
62 Lowell St., Manchester
When: Brunch is served on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Reservations: Make reservations via OpenTable or call (603) 669-9460
This isn’t your typical steak house. At Gauchos, servers continuously walk around the dining room with skewers of rotisserie meat.
Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa
101 Mountain View Rd., Whitefield
When: Brunch buffet from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $50 for 13 and up, $25 for ages 6 to 12, $15 for ages 2-5 and children under 2 are free
Reservations: (855) 837-2100
Dine at one of New Hampshire’s remaining grand hotels in the gorgeous Crystal Ballroom. Buffet options include potato dauphinoise, seared salmon, eggs Benedict and much more. Also enjoy displays such as deviled eggs, artisan cheeses and pear tartine. Active stations include omelets, pork carving, s’mores and a build-your-own bloody mary bar. See the entire menu here.
The Old Courthouse
30 Main St., Newport
When: The Sunday brunch buffet is available from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cost: $20.95 for adults and $10.95 for children under 12.
Reservations: Call (603) 863-8360
Another Best of NH Editor’s Pick, this historic location is a beautiful place to enjoy brunch — not to mention that the food is outstanding. Find traditional breakfast items, a cooked-to-order omelet station, and freshly sliced North Country Smokehouse applewood-smoked ham, among many other items like quiche, coffee cake, potatoes and more.
Ledges Restaurant at The White Mountain Hotel & Resort
87 Fairway Dr., North Conway
from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Reservations: Call (800) 533-6301 for reservations and more information.
This celebrated grand Easter Sunday brunch also happens to come with lovely panoramic views. Enjoy a made-to-order omelet and waffle stations, the carving station with roast beef, lamb and baked ham, Dijon and rosemary crustedpork loins, baked Brie en croûte, asparagus ravioli, smoked salmon, a dessert table and much more.
248 Nutting Hill Rd., Mason
When: 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Reservations: Call (603) 878-1151
History runs deep at this charming restaurant located in the 1786 red house that inspired the illustrations for Elizabeth Orton Jones’ Little Golden Book version of “Little Red Riding Hood.” There are three seatings, and reservations are required and should be made well in advance. The seasonal menu, which changes monthly, includes a dip, soup, salad, bread, two entrée choices and a dessert. If you have time, walk around the lovely grounds that include a gift shop, gardens and greenhouse filled with a huge selection of herbs (you’ll find some of those herbs incorporated into the seasonal dishes).
A variety of restaurants in the Common Man family hold special Easter brunches. They include Common Man restaurants in Ashland, Claremont, Lincoln and Merrimack, Camp in Meredith, Lago at the Inn at Bay Point in Meredith, the Italian Farmhouse in Plymouth, the Airport Diner in Manchester, the Tilt’n Diner in Tilton and the Route 104 Diner in New Hampton. Find buffets at The Common Man restaurants in Concord and Windham, Foster’s Boiler Room at The Common Man Inn & Spa in Plymouth and Lakehouse Grille at Church Landing in Meredith. See details here.
Granite Restaurant & Bar at the Centennial Hotel
99 Pleasant St., Concord
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Reservations: Call (603) 227-9005
This brunch includes hash and eggs, breakfast burrito and much more. See the entire menu here.
Atkinson Resort & Country Club
85 Country Club Dr, Atkinson
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $80 for adults, $30 for kids ages 3-10 and free for kids under 3
Reservations: Call (603) 362-8700
This special Easter brunch buffet has a carving station with ham, prime rib and turkey, plus made-to-order omelets, crêpes, salads, fruit, smokehouse maple grilled chicken, Greek vegetarian spaghetti, baked haddock, desserts and much more.
Oak & Grain at the Inn at Pleasant Lake
853 Pleasant St., New London
When: Sunday brunch begins with a cocktail reception at 11:30 a.m. with seating at 12 p.m.
Reservations: Reservations are required, and can be made by calling (603) 873-4833 or online.
Oak & Grain is the farm-to-table restaurant at the Best of NH award-winning Inn at Pleasant Lake. The Sunday brunch is inspired by their excellent prix-fixe dinners, with a three-course menu that includes appetizer, entrée and dessert. See the website for more information and sample dishes.