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Two Dine for $42 Near Lansing

January 12th, 2012 by insideout

Dining out at a good restaurant is one of the great joys in life, at least for us. To eat good food without having to prepare it is heavenly.

Dinner can be both outstanding and affordable at The English Inn.

Yet we all know that dining out can get expensive. Each of us deals with that in our own way: some of us dine out less frequently; some of us share entrees; some of us forego wine with our meals; and some of us wait for dining specials.

As avid foodies, we want people to be able to enjoy gourmet food and an accompanying wine in a lovely setting. That’s why we’re offering a Two Dine for $42 special through February 9, 2012.

Call a good friend or grab your spouse and head to our Lansing area Fine Dining Restaurant, The English Inn. Our special includes two salads, two entrees, and a bottle of wine. Can you believe that? As we know, a bottle of wine alone can cost more than $42.

It’s January, and there is still no snow on the ground. The holidays are behind us, and it seems a long time until the next special occasion. It’s easy to feel a little glum at this time of year.


Instead, treat yourself and a friend to a great meal at The English Inn, our Lansing area fine dining restaurant. Linger over dinner, enjoying good conversation and excellent food, and feel good about it. After all, you’re worth it.

Dine in Style on New Year’s Eve

December 26th, 2011 by insideout

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a delicious meal at The English Inn.

If you like to celebrate the arrival of the new year with good company and excellent food, consider spending New Year’s Eve at our Lansing Michigan restaurant. You can come as you are or you can dress your finest. You can tuck into perfectly prepared steak, poultry, or seafood. You can sip fine wine, and toast the arrival of 2012 with champagne.

Our Eaton Rapids Fine Dining Restaurant was recently reviewed by Dine Michigan. We are pleased to note that our reviewer and his companions were thrilled with their meals. They tried our Escargot, our Duck Sausage, and our Mushroom Caps. They tucked into our Classic Filet Mignon, our Lobster Stuffed Walley, and our Duck Cassoulet. They finished with Crème Brulée, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake, and White Chocolate Mango Mousse.

We strive to create a comfortable environment, so our diners can focus on each other and savor the food. We let the elegance of the historic Tudor mansion speak for itself. The English Inn is a wonderful setting for special occasions: weddings, anniversaries, birthday celebrations, and New Year’s Eve.

Join us at The English Inn on December 31, 2011, and raise a glass to the best of 2011, and the new year to come.

Host Your Holiday Party at The English Inn

December 5th, 2011 by insideout

It’s that time a year once again; let the holiday office parties begin!

Host your Holiday Party at grand Medovue Hall.

This year, instead of perching on desks and huddling around copy machines at the office, head to The English Inn. Our Lansing area fine dining restaurant is the ideal place for any work party, whether your business is comprised of ten people or two hundred.

We have several banquet and meeting rooms. Occupy one room or several, as you need:

* The Oxford Room is a warm space with a large stone fireplace. Seats 16.

*The Thames Room features three walls of leaded-glass windows overlooking our gardens and the Grand River. Seats 24.

*The Midford Room overlooks our formal gardens, which are lovely even when draped with snow. Seats 32.

*The Devonshire Room is elegant and understated, with mahogany paneled walls and a black marble fireplace. Seats 50.

*Medovue Hall is a grand ballroom with two chandeliers, mirrors, tapestries, and large arched windows overlooking the estate. Comfortably holds 50, 75, or up to 200 guests.

Many office parties gather simply for appetizers and drinks. Imagine tucking into Tarte Flambé, a disk of baked puff pastry filled with Italian cream cheese and topped with bacon and caramelized onion. Spinach Puffs, Chicken Rumaki (marinated chicken breasts on skewers), Foie Gras… these are some of the offerings you’ll find at our Lansing Michigan Restaurant. Complete lunches and dinners are available as well.

Holiday parties are a great way to create a positive atmosphere at work. They’re a way of showing your employees how much you appreciate them.





Happy Thanksgiving from The English Inn

November 24th, 2011 by insideout

The Devonshire - a handsome room for any special occasion.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at The English Inn to all of our guests, diners, family and friends. We appreciate your kindness, your business, your support.

We love what we do, and one of the reasons we love it is because of all the terrific people we get to meet. During the course of the year, we’ve welcomed people from all over the country and all over the world to our Lansing Bed and Breakfast and Fine Dining Restaurant. We’ve hosted your weddings, your retirements, your birthday celebrations, and your anniversary celebrations. What could be more fun than that?

Thank you for making what we do such a pleasure. To you, we raise our glasses.

A Taste of France in Michigan

November 2nd, 2011 by insideout

The English Inn Lansing Fine Dining Restaurant recently featured Duck Cassoulet as part of our “From the Field and Stream” special. A perfect dish for cool, fall days, it was well received. So well received, in fact, that there’s a good chance we’ll serve it again.

Our Cassoulet

Cassoulet is the stuff of legends. Stories circulating about the origin of cassoulet vary, but all have coming out of medieval southwest France. Most date it to the 100 Years War – specifically to the siege of Castelnaudary, near Carcassonne.

Some versions of the story have the besieged citizens combining all of their remaining food in a heavy pot, cooking it, and feeding it to the soldiers. Thus nourished, the soldiers chased the English away from the castle and out of the region. Other versions have the besieged citizens and soldiers of Castelnaudary consuming the pot of food and creating a fabulous new recipe, yet not winning the battle.

Still other versions of the story say cassoulet came into being when Castelnaudary was attacked by the Black Prince Edward of Wales, who was trying to fill his coffers while on his way to the Crusades. As in other stories, the citizens filled a great pot with much if not all of their remaining food. Yet instead of eating it, they dumped it on their enemies. Thinking the town must have great stores of food to be able to make such a move, Prince Edward and his army left.

Today, cassoulet recipes vary as much as its history. The base ingredients are the same – beans and meats – but each chef adds his or her own twist. All are slow cooked in a big pot. All are delicious.

We hope you were able to taste the cassoulet prepared by the chefs at our Lansing area fine dining restaurant. If not, fear not. We’ll serve it again.



Countdown to the Broad Lecture Series

October 10th, 2011 by insideout

Those of us who live and work in and around Lansing Michigan are eagerly anticipating the spring 2012 opening of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. Designed by Zaha Hadid, the museum is on track to be the cultural hub of both Michigan State University and the community at large. It is certainly a stunning addition to the campus.

Sketch of the Broad Art Musem, by Zaha Hadid Architects

Since the museum’s opening is generating a creative buzz, Michigan State University has put together a Countdown to the Broad Lecture Series, which begins this Thursday, October 13. Although we can’t yet stroll through art-filled galleries, we can learn a bit about contemporary art, culture, and ideas.

Join Gregory Volk or his talk on “Surprising Kayaks and Enthralling Volcanoes: On the Importance of International Art. Mr. Volk is an art critic and freelance curator based in New York City. October 13, 2011.

Join Peter Plagens as he discusses “Painting Today: In a Corner by Not Cornered”. Mr. Plagens is a painter, art critic, and author based in New York City. December 8, 2011.

Prior to the lecture, enjoy dinner at The English Inn, a DiRoNA restaurant with an award winning wine list. Our Lansing Restaurant is approximately 15 miles southwest of the University of Michigan campus in East Lansing.

We look forward to welcoming many art-enthusiasts to our Lansing Michigan Bed and Breakfast once the Broad Art Museum opens next spring.

The Countdown to the Broad Lecture Series takes place Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at the 118 Psychology Building on the MSU campus in East Lansing. Additional information may be found at The Broad.


Michigan Blueberries

July 27th, 2011 by insideout

It’s blueberry season in Michigan. Berry farms across the state are opening farm stands and inviting passerby to stop and pick. Farmers markets feature flats of these delightful berries, both sweet and tart, plump and juicy. Bakers are happily braving the heat to make pies and cobblers, served with a scoop of cold ice cream, of course.

fresh blueberries

Michigan blueberries are delicious; try some and see.

We dream of the first truly fresh blueberries of the season, and when they’re here, we eat them by the handfuls. The chefs of our Lansing Michigan fine dining restaurant create blueberry-inspired desserts. All seems right in the world.

Here are several places guests of our Lansing Bed and Breakfast may find blueberries:

  • Get an early start and head to Dexter Blueberry Farm in Dexter, where you can pick your own berries. They are open as of today, July 20, 2011.
  • Try the Blueberry Wine at Burgdorf Winery. Enjoy it with pork or sip it while sitting in the shade on a hot afternoon.

Try our Lansing Restaurant and Pub this Summer

July 3rd, 2011 by insideout

One of the great joys of life is enjoying a pint or two with friends on a warm summer night.

The best part of summer - outdoor dining at our Lansing Restaurant.

There may be no finer place to enjoy those pints than our Lansing Michigan fine dining restaurant or pub. The English Inn Pub is an authentic British pub; that means the beer is good, the food satisfying, and the atmosphere ideal for fostering camaraderie and good cheer. Our Lansing fine dining restaurant is both elegant and casual – a great place to dress for dinner and then relax.

Step into the cool shade of the pub for a game of darts and pithy conversation. Sit on our patio under the shade of tall trees and dine at our restaurant. Bring your closest friends, your spouse, your parents, or all of the above and celebrate the arrival of our long-awaited summer by raising your glasses.

Mother’s Day at The English Inn

April 29th, 2011 by insideout

Mothers do so much for their families throughout their lives. They rise in the night to feed and care for us when we’re babies. They feed us, kiss our owies, and hug us tight. They oversee homework, drive us to activities, cheer at our games and hold us after defeats. Best of all, they love us for who we are.

Once a year, our society reminds us to honor our mothers. Mother’s Day in 2011 is May 8. May your plans now.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at our Eaton Rapids Fine Dining Restaurant. Treat her to a fabulous lunch or dinner with the whole family. Share your meal in our main dining area, or reserve one of our banquet rooms. We have private rooms perfect for as few as 16 guests and as many as 50.

Or invite your mother to a weekend at our Lansing Bed and Breakfast. Visit the shops and galleries of Lansing’s Old Town, take in a show, and raise your glass to Mom in our English pub. She’ll most appreciate the time you spend together – the fact that you thought to whisk her away.

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Treat your mom to something special on Mother's Day - because she has always loved you.





Easter Dinner at The English Inn

April 21st, 2011 by insideout

We’re serving Easter Dinner from noon to 7 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011. Join us at our Eaton Rapids restaurant to celebrate Easter and the arrival of spring.

Enjoy an elegant Easter Dinner at our Eaton Rapids fine dining restaurant.

The dining areas at our Lansing Bed and Breakfast will be warm, inviting, and filled with fragrant scents from Easter Dinner. Wouldn’t you like to have your Easter dinner here – enjoying the company of friends and family? Hunt for eggs in the morning, head to church if you are so inclined, and then make your way to the English Inn Restaurant when your tummies start to rumble in the afternoon.

There may not yet be leaves on the trees, but there is warmth in the sunlight. We invite you to stroll the grounds of our historic Lansing Bed and Breakfast before or after your Easter meal. Take in expansive views of the Grand River as you walk through the woods to our pergola. See what is first to bloom in our English Gardens. Give thanks for the arrival of spring.

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