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A stay at Barnsley Resort is not complete without having dinner at the Rice House restaurant

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Elegant furnishings, locally sourced foods, exquisite wines and more await at this Barnsley Resort restaurant.

Disclosure: My meal at Barnsley Resort’s Rice House was complimentary

Years and years ago I dined at Barnsley Resort’s Rice House. Though the experience was good, it doesn’t compare to the newest experience I had at this North Georgia restaurant in Adairsville recently. A couple changes they’ve made at Barnsley’s Rice House is they’ve brought on notable chef, Jason Starnes, to head up the kitchen. Jason is tremendously talented yet humble. You may recognize his cooking from when he was over at The Sun Dial in downtown Atlanta.

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Whoa Black Betty cocktail at Barnsley Resort 

The weather was perfect and we had just enjoyed some pre-dinner cocktails. I had an Old Fashioned as well as the Whoa Black Betty! Both were incredible. But we couldn’t just hang out in these fields, with the perfect weather unheard of in August as much we wanted to. We had dinner plans at Barnsley Resort’s Rice House.

Check out my video of cocktail mastery from Barnsley Resort! 

The four course meal at Barnsley Resort’s Rice House began with a Foie Gras Deviled Egg. Oh and their wine collection is exquisite in case you were wondering. I’m rarely a fan of white wines but the “Dolce” from Napa and the Sauvignon Blanc from Russian River Valley were delightful.

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And can we talk about the salad? Locally sourced from Tucker Farms, Barnsey Resort’s Rice House salad with fried up okra provides some edible flowers for color and pumpkin seeds for crunch. It didn’t even need the Calyroad Creamy goat cheese (local as well), but it was a lovely addition, nevertheless.

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Greens with crispy okra, sunflower seeds and chevre at Barnsley Resort’s Rice House

You know a restaurant takes the “farm to fork” movement seriously when the centerpiece is fresh vegetables from their garden and they tell you to just pick some off to garnish or add to your meal. Of course I helped myself to some of the different mushroom varieties.

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Centerpiece of our table at Barnsley Resort’s Rice House

But the best was still yet to come at Barnsley Resort’s Rice House. And by that I mean the potato wrapped trout. The photo I took doesn’t do it justice at all. The crispy potato was like the fish was wrapped in skinny French fries. I also thought the addition of the lemon verbena sauce was a wonderful, bright touch. Again, another perfect wine pairing with a 2015 Beaujolais.

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Potato wrapped trout with creamed corn and lemon verbena at Barnsley Resort

After such a filling meal, I could take or leave dessert. In fact, most of the time I’m so full from a meal, I often get dessert in a to go box to enjoy later. But when Barnsley Resort’s Rice House dining staff presented us with this lovely chocolate dessert, made with no less than five different kinds of chocolate, how could we pass that up?

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Chocolate Crema features five different kinds of chocolate in this one dessert at Barnsley Resort Rice House

Make sure to make reservations if you’d like to dine at the Rice House at Barnsley Resort. It is a popular spot especially for wine lovers. And you will hate to leave Barnsley Resort without a delicious dinner at this one of a kind restaurant located right on the property.

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Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!

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