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Thursday, May 4, 2017

First Bite: Shepherds Pub in Waitsfield

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 3:43 PM

The fireplace at Shepherds Pub in Waitsfield - SUZANNE PODHAIZER
  • Suzanne Podhaizer
  • The fireplace at Shepherds Pub in Waitsfield
Above the fireplace at Shepherds Pub in Waitsfield hangs the head of an animal, its dark eyes watching the dining room. But this trophy is no triumph of taxidermy — it's a puffy, fabric sheep head, a faint smile on its sewn-on lips. It's a cute, innocuous nod to Vermont's hunting culture.

It's also an indication of the restaurant's theme. Located in the same building as the Mad River Woolery — a mini-mill that processes small batches of local fleece into felt and yarn — the spot, which opened last December, serves up lamb and beef from nearby farms in its signature shepherd's pie.

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