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This popular establishment's mission is to evoke the fun, rowdy and nostalgic idea of a traditional 18th century tavern. Famous for its Gambols, uproarious games and songs that were forms of entertainment in old taverns and pubs, Josiah Chowning's Tavern is a popular joint for the young and old alike. Visitors are often encouraged by the friendly staff members to join the festivities and if you decide to participate, you certainly won't regret the decision. The atmosphere is antiquated yet comfortable; perfect for an engaging, fun night out.
The original King's Arms Tavern was constructed in 1772 under the direction of Jane Vobe and immediately became the tavern of choice for the upper echelons of Colonial Williamsburg's society. Today, the tavern has been reconstructed so that visitors can enjoy a delicious meal in a fashionable colonial setting. Little details like the period piece descriptions on the menu and the colonial offerings, will make patrons feel like they've stepped back in time. At dinner, the restaurant is lit entirely by candlelight, and musicians dressed in colonial garb serenade patrons.
Eat like the original residents of Colonial Williamsburg at Shield's Tavern. The menu consists of throwback favorites such as "Bubble and Squeak" which consists of cabbage and potatoes, Buttermilk Fried Oysters, and Buffalo Meatloaf. Add a "rasher" of Salty Ham to your Welsh Rarebit or go for the desserts and try Whipped Chocolate Pudding or Warm Apple Pie with Gloucester Cheese. To ensure a more authentic experience it is asked that all cell phones be turned off. Open seasonally, call for details.
Experience the magic of Colonial Williamsburg by experiencing the food of the original colony. Christiana Campbell's Tavern specializes in seafood fresh from the ocean. Rich with history, the tavern was a favorite with George Washington. Owners have tried to recreate the atmosphere of the colonial times using a mixture of information obtained through artifacts, description, and other period taverns. Christiana's Crab Cakes and Sherried Shrimp, scallops, and lobster are among the featured dinner items. For dessert, try any one of a number of delicious pies and ice creams, including Lemon Chess Pie. Tavern is open seasonally, so call for details.
Eat your heart out at Captain George's Seafood Restaurant Williamsburg, one of a popular chain of buffet restaurants. The all-you-can-eat buffet features a variety of seafood and non-seafood dishes to fill your landlubber's belly. There is no need to choose between Deviled Crab, Mahogany Clams, and Fresh Broiled Salmon - have them all! Side dishes include corn on the cob, green beans, and fresh buttered broccoli. For those new to seafood, a helpful tutorial on how to eat crab can be found online at their website. Or for the non-seafood enthusiast, prime rib, BBQ Ribs, chicken, and manicotti are available. Call ahead for hours.