Lobster (and more) in the Rough
   at Ford’s Lobster

If you’ve ever been to the southeastern coastline of Connecticut, you may have heard of Abbot’s Lobster. And why shouldn’t you have. They are a CT lobster-in–the-rough ‘rock star’ and have been in business since 1947.

HOWEVER … just before Abbot’s and a short 20 minute drive from our inn is Fords Lobster & Haring’s Marina also in the village of Noank. Fords Lobster in Noank, CTWe feel it’s a bit more authentic and offers that quintessential New England seaside dining-out experience that so many of our guests seek.
This gem of a lobster shack is what many of our guests rave about when looking for a Lobster Roll or dinner at a place with great views. The tables literally sit outside on the docks, all food is prepared outside, the sights and sounds of the marina and shipyard with all of the sea views and salty smells – making this dining experience like few others in the area.

They serve only the freshest ingredients available and have something for everyone on their menu, lobster, risotto, seafood dishes including – halibut, cod, scallops, steamed lobster dinner and hot or cold lobster rolls – oh did we say LOBSTER rolls … well how about the Fords lobster ‘bomb’ it can be served hot or cold, but if you get it hot you can convert it to the lobster ‘bisque bomb’ which is a massive amount of lobster meat topped in thick and delicious lobster bisque. OH Yum!  Specials change daily and include soups, salads, mussels, clams and as we noted above a variety of seafood entrees as well as some chicken, steak and pasta offerings.  As a matter of fact, Dave recently ordered a New York Strip Steak dinner special that was finished in a Portobello Mushroom and Marsala Wine sauce and felt it was as good steak a steak as anyone’s in the area.Fords Lobster Steak

ALSO, liked by many of our guests, is that Ford’s allows BYOB which is a rarity here in CT.  For BYOB, Fords provides glasses and wine openers so plan ahead. Ford’s is open year round and in the winter months dining and prep moves inside in their cozy indoor dining space!

This delightfully small place with awesome sunsets and views has a simple seaside setting and a very casual dress code.  But bring a jacket at night because it can get chilly sitting right by the water.  If you are visiting with us, be sure to ask us about Fords Lobster.

Below are some photos of Fords Lobster’s outdoor dining area and more.

 

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Outside Dining area (approx. 12 tables)

 

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Fords Lobster in the Rough

 

Fords Waiting Area below:

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Fords Waiting Area (for before and after dinner) Recommendation; bring a cooler & 2 bottles of wine 🙂

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Sitting, waiting for your name to be called and sipping some wine.

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Not on the menu…. 😉

 

 

 

 

Mystic, Connecticut ~
  The Town that Isn’t

Located just 20 minutes north of our inn is the historic settlement called “Mystic” (circa 1654) actually located within the towns of Groton, CT. and Stonington, CT., and bordering both the east and west sides of the Mystic River.  Hence, though Mystic, Connecticut is not a legally recognized municipality it is the most visited settlement, town, municipality or destination within the entire state of Connecticut.

Mystic Sign

Identified in the New York Times #1 Bestseller, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die (A Traveler’s Life List by Patricia Schultz), Mystic is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of New England. Mystic offers visitors many things to see and do, and features two of the region’s most popular tourist attractions, Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium. However, Mystic offers so much to see and do that it’s a popular place to visit and re-visit many times during any time of the year. You might find our Taste of Mystic Getaway Package of interest – just follow the link!

Anyway, for those of you who have never visited Mystic just sit back and picture this – those of you that have – think of the chance for new memories (maybe without the kids?).

There’s sparkling water bordering most everything in town. Listen to the sounds of the gulls and sea birds flying overhead. Imagine a sea of boats, including sailboats and historic Tall Ships and schooners like the Argia all in your view. Walk through the unique shops of Olde Mistick Village and boutiques offering treasures to be snatched up and taken home for your enjoyment or to be shared with others. Smell the wonderful smells of the sea combined with some of the best cooked lobsters and local sea scallops or look for the best place in town to enjoy a nostalgic piece of Mystic Pizza or maybe just a big sloppy ice cream cone. Plan to come for the Chowder Days or the Lobster Days or the Mystic Arts Festival or the Mystic Blues Festival.  As you might sense, there’s a little something for everyone, anytime of the year!!!

A View of Mystic Seaport from across the Mystic River.

A View of Mystic Seaport from across the Mystic River.

At any given time you might also visit beluga wales, penguins, sea lions and everything aquatic that you can think of at the beautiful Mystic Aquarium. Regular and unusual new exhibits give a new excitement to the aquarium every time you visit.
Also right down the street you’ll find friendly folks that showcase times long past and entertain you as you enter into the history of America at Mystic Seaport, considered to be one of the jewels of Mystic Country and is home to a world renowned maritime museum. People dressed as they did in the 1600’s all working in their shops in the village, building their sea vessels and taking their day to day routines all in stride. The Mystic Seaport hosts interesting and unusual capsules in time to include historic special sailings of beautiful Tall Ships like the recently launched Charles W. Morgan and Holiday Lantern Light Tours through the Seaport.

Mystic Aquarium Belugas

Beluga Whales at Mystic Aquarium

Yes, as you might imagine, it does get busy and crowded in Mystic, but we think Mystic is also scenic, historic and quite possibly the absolute quintessential historic New England seaport town to sea.  One thing is for sure; whether you want to eat, shop, stroll or just observe, Mystic is one town (or not) to do that in any time of the year!