A historical dining experience
A vacation visit to Williamsburg is a journey 250 years back in time. Among stables, smokehouses, and other colonial inspired buildings, savor a traditional Southern meal at the King’s Arms Tavern. A re-creation of a colonial tavern and home from 1772, this is a unique and special place where you can relive traditions of locals and travelers past, through the fresh and hearty cuisine and time-honored atmosphere.
“I have just opened TAVERN opposite to the Raleigh at the sign of the KING’s ARMS . . . and shall be much obliged to the Gentlemen who favour me with their company,” the owner Jane Vobe stated in an ad in the Virginia Gazette on February 6, 1772. She had just moved her restaurant, said to be “where all the best people resorted,” closer to the capitol. Established as a place for those who love to chat over dinner and drinks, whether it is for business or pleasure, this tradition lives on today.
Because of drawings and artifacts left behind, guests can appreciate the period-inspired décor, atmosphere and Colonial dining options created for modern tastes. Plenty of fireplaces and pewter candlesticks set the mood throughout the dining rooms. Colonial-inspired furniture and tableware have been re-created and brass sconces, maps, prints and other mementos from the area line the walls. The friendly staff even dons 18th century apparel while period-appropriate entertainers roam from table to table.
As for your meal, the roasted Peanut Soupe is a good start. Guests rave about pub dining favorites such as the creamy chicken and vegetable Norfolk Pottage Pye and the hearty Colonial Game Pye featuring braised venison, rabbit and duck in a fine Port Wine Sauce with a flaky pastry crust. Another tasty Syllabub, the East India Company Fried Chicken, does not disappoint with salty ham, green beans and mashed sweet potatoes. Conclude your meal with delightful desserts like Williamsburg Pecan Pie or Mr. Jack’s Rice Pudding with rum raisins and warm vanilla sauce.
The King’s Arms Tavern, reopened in February 2014 after renovations, is located on Duke of Gloucester Street. The restaurant is open seasonally so make sure to plan ahead. It’s a wonderful blend of exceptional dining and spot-on historic authenticity.