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Restaurant review: Sadler's Restaurant and Bakery in Marlborough, Conn.

Delicious food and comfortable decor
Delicious food and comfortable decor
Isabelle Esteves

Sadler's Restaurant Bakery


Sadler’s Restaurant Bakery is located in the small Connecticut town of Marlborough. Everyone has their own go to restaurants, this is one of ours. Most days they are open for lunch and dinner but on Sunday, they are open for breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. It has been years since we came here for breakfast but we are regulars when it comes to lunch. We decided to stop yesterday, June 26, 2014 at a very odd time, about 3:15 p.m.

On entering the restaurant we noticed it was empty, obviously the lunch crowd was long gone and it was too early for most people to eat dinner. That allowed us to have our choice of seats and the banquette along the wall with the padded seat seemed the obvious choice.

The menu at that time of day is still lunch and in addition to the regular menu, there is a paper page of specials. The specials usually take advantage of whatever is seasonal in the region. In June that meant strawberries and rhubarb can be found on the menu.

There are always a couple of soup choices and on this day, corn chowder, which is a favorite of mine, is being offered. That made the decision on what to eat much easier. A salad of arugula, watermelon, goat cheese and pecans is also offered which sounded like the perfect thing for a warm summer day. Hubby opted for the beef tips with penne, spinach and Asiago cheese.

While waiting for the entrees to come out a bread basket is provided with raisin and sunflower seed bread. The raisin is our favorite but the sunflower seed is also always so fresh, they are both baked on-site and you will be in danger of filling up before your food arrives.

The corn chowder is delicious with plenty of bacon and potatoes in addition to the corn. The salad is large and very lightly dressed with goat cheese crumbled so there was some in almost every bite. I am a big fan; this is a light and satisfying choice. My husband ate every bite of his meal, enough said.

Strawberry rhubarb with pecan crumble is being offered for dessert. Being unable to resist anything containing rhubarb I ordered and enjoyed this dessert immensely while the ice cream which comes with the dish was plated separately for my husband.

They have a very interesting wine and beer list and we are big fans of their Octoberfest menu which is available every fall. Sadler’s makes the best red cabbage anywhere and on one visit the owner stopped to talk to me and even told me how I can make it myself, how nice is that?

Service is always friendly here and I have never had anything but attentive care. That’s why we continue to return again and again. We are never disappointed. If I have any complaint it is that it can get noisy when it is crowded which it often is but that is just the nature of a restaurant that is basically the first floor of a Cape Cod style colonial house. They have added a patio area outside so if you want a quieter area I think that might be a good option, though they do offer live entertainment on the patio some evenings.