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Washington Post Restaurant Review: "Three Blacksmiths feels like the dinner party you don't want to leave."

August 29, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / Sperryville, Virginia, August 29, 2018 
Washington Post Restaurant Review: “Three Blacksmiths feels like the dinner party you don’t want to leave.”
Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema discovers “big things in a quaint package” at the two-month-old Three Blacksmiths in Sperryville Virginia. In his review, published online on August 24th and in print on August 29th , he calls the seared duck breast with blackberry sauce “as perfect a concert as I’ve witnessed this summer,” and lauds the décor with its “quiet sophistication in the form of maple walls, tables from reclaimed barn wood and floors in a veneer of mahogany.” Sietsema is also taken by the little touches observing that “pools of space between tables, sheepskin stools for purses, miniature anvils with your party’s name written on it — make big impressions.”
Located at 20 Main Street in Sperryville, Virginia, Three Blacksmiths sits at the base of Shenandoah National Park, a 90-minute drive from Washington DC and just a few minutes from “little” Washington, Virginia. The restaurant serves a tasting menu created by Chef John MacPherson to just 16 guests each evening from an open-hearth kitchen featuring ingredients cultivated, foraged, and handcrafted in Rappahannock county and nearby. The fixed price, multi-course menu is creative, local and seasonal, changing a little day-to-day and completely every three weeks. Paired with local wines as well as some from far-flung small producers, the meal begins with a trio of little bites, continuing leisurely from course-to-course, prepared and served by the Three Blacksmiths team. “One thing that makes an evening at Three Blacksmiths special,” said John, “is that you’ll be served by the folks who are preparing your food, not just a server. Our guests love that they can talk with the owners and staff about the food, wines and the building and know that each of us had a hand in creating it.
Thanks to creative vision of architect Dwight McNeill, the MacPhersons transformed 20 Main Street in Sperryville, a single story, cinderblock box of a building, into a crisp, elegant two-story gem. With large European style windows and timeless white-on-black finishes, the new building looks both upscale and fitting for the small village of Sperryville. “It was important to renovate the building in a style that made sense for our rural village, but with the look and feel of something unique,” said general manager Diane MacPherson, “A place that, when you peek inside, makes you feel ensconced in the warm, comfortable glow of a special evening.” Sietsema captures the feel of the restaurant perfectly, summing up his glowing review by writing, “Ultimately, Three Blacksmiths feels like the dinner party you don’t want to leave.”
Three Blacksmiths serves dinner Thursdays – Saturdays at 7pm
to 16 guests by online reservation at
Contact: Diane MacPherson,