At our Virginia bed and breakfast inn, we take pride in providing our guests with a creative repertoire of interesting foods and taste combinations.

Our produce and eggs are purchased locally from a farm right here on the Rappahannock River. Whenever possible, we purchase organic products and, of course, the coffees and teas served are from fair-traded companies. Herbs are from our garden, jam and jellies homemade, and baked goods from our kitchen. Experimenting with new and varied recipes, not scrimping on ingredients, and presenting the meal in an eye-pleasing manor are the cornerstones of our Inn. We believe that most bed and breakfast guests appreciate something to eat that is different from the usual fare at home. Isn't that part of the B&B experience after all?

When you are a guest at The Essex Inn, you might be served Artichoke Feta Frittata with rosemary potatoes and Cuban black beans on the side. Perhaps Athena cantaloupe with Italian prosciutto and fresh figs, Watermelon Salsa, Spicy Smoked Salmon corn cakes drizzled with homemade cream frieze, and chopped red onions. Another favorite here is Lemon Ricotta pancakes with homemade blueberry coulee and chicken Asagio sausage.