We visiter Chowning's Tavern during our Christmas visit to Williamsburg Va. It was the second tavern, and the reviews were not as kind on Trip Advisor. I knew what to expect going in from the reviews, but we did not see any of the problems that others had mentioned.
When we arrived in Williamsburg we made our reservations at the Visitors Center** when we arrived for after the Tavern Ghost. We had prepurchased tickets for the Tavern Ghost walk and decided to do the dinner after the walk, since we would be there to enjoy the music in the tavern. We got there 1/2 before our reservation and we were able to be seated.
The seats are small and scratchy due to the twine, but that is part of the old time Colonial Williamsburg theme- so wear jeans and be prepared to not have your thighs supported. We got use to it and forgot about it as the dinner went on. I was surprised that they had regular lights and not candlelight like the other tavern.
The food was great. I had the Pork which included ribs and smoked roast. I don't usually care for smoked food that much, but the roast was awesome. My son and my sister-in law split a Chicken, and they were very glad to let them do that. My husband also had Chicken, and he gave some to my son who is a growing teenager. The portions are huge ( I took half of the food home) and the meal is a bit pricey, but it is a fun place to go. The waitress was nice always in character and we had fun with her. The staff was kind, and we had a very nice time. It was a great way to end our trip to Williamsburg.
(**note to travelers - If it is your first visit to Williamsburg -stop at the visitors center to get tickets we ran into people that my husband works with and they did not get tickets to enter any of the buildings and missed the Christmas Eve cannons and Christmas Tree lighting and missed out on some great events. I think if I went back I would not get a Season Pass, and just walk around for one day )
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