by Doug Sitler

RoycroftInnWith summer still in full swing, there are numerous restaurant outdoor dining experiences waiting for you in the Buffalo-area. One of my favorite places to go no matter what time of the year is the historic and charming Roycroft Inn in East Aurora. However, in the summertime months, there is outdoor seating on The Peristyle – which is a columned porch that surrounds an internal courtyard garden. The serene, open-air setting creates a blissful three-way encounter between the guests, the food and the natural beauty of the Roycroft campus grounds.

After ordering off their delicious menu (psst…try the French Onion soup, it’s amazing!), you will become consumed by the landscape from the Peristyle’s raised vantage point. On one side, you receive a panoramic view of The Roycroft Campus, including The Copper Shop boutique. On the other side is the courtyard garden that features a small, babbling fountain set amongst a stone path and a small hedge. You certainly receive a strong feeling that you are at a place that is unique, inspiring, and relaxing. It is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner, or a leisurely long weekend lunch with friends and family. The combination of The Roycroft Inn’s exquisite food and garden setting will make any visit a memorable one.

The Roycroft Inn restaurant is open year round for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. For more information, please visit

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