Many people claim to have spent their whole life in the hospitality business. Few can claim to have been born in it! Agnes Devereux’s story began in a small village at the foot of a mountain in “the golden vale” of Ireland. Her parents had a hotel and before home births were fashionable she was born in room number nine. Ireland’s hospitality is world famous and life revolved around their guests, many of whom came back year after year from all corners of the world. Baking was one of her favourite tasks, inspiring some of her best childhood memories of delicious meals and the memory of a house filled with the scent of stews and soups and cakes.
From Ireland to Paris to Manhattan and now upstate New York, her restaurant The Village TeaRoom Restaurant & Bake Shop in New Paltz is a testament to her culinary history. From Duck Confit to Dingle Pies, the menu pays homage to comfort foods from around the world while using the finest of local ingredients
The seasonal menu is continued in the Bake shop where berries appear in abundance every summer and Fall and winter menus feature apples, pears and gingerbread cake.
In 2004 the 200 year old former tailor shop was converted into a restaurant that has become a beloved local institution, unpretentious, warm and inviting.
In the 10 years since the restaurant opened it has received many accolades including “Destination Restaurant” by the CIA, awards for Best of the Hudson Valley by Hudson Valley Magazine, Four Stars from the Poughkeepsie Journal and The Times Herald Record and #1 placing in Zagat. Gourmet has featured a recipe and Agnes Devereux was chosen as one of 12 “exemplary culinarians” for the “Honoring the Hands” calendar.
In September 2013 Agnes Devereux was chosen by The James Beard Foundation along with a dozen chefs from across the country to participate in the third annual Boot Camp for Chefs at Glynwood in Cold Spring NY. The program was designed to provide chefs with the tools and support they require to be effective leaders and advocates for food-system change.
In March of 2013 Agnes appeared on “Good Day New York” in a live cooking segment. The 2014 Green Tourism Conference included the restaurant in its 10 Best Sustainable Green Restaurants list.
In 2014 the restaurant received the coveted “Local Food Hero” Award by the readers of Edible Hudson Valley.
Agnes is on the board of advisors to Hudson Valley Restaurant Week since 2005