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“New England charm”

Publick House Historic Inn
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Ranked #4 of 65 Restaurants in Sturbridge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Soups
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Webster, MA
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“New England charm”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

There are a lot of quaint restaurant inns in New England; but there's only one Public House. Located on the scenic, old Sturbridge, MA common, the Public House offers traditional New England inn meals, using traditional recipes and ingredients.

We were re-acquainted with the Public House at a group gathering and have re-visited it twice in the past 3 months. The food is simply outstanding (read filling and tasty), the service is exceptional, and the ambiance is rewarding and so complimentary to the menu.

A rambling building in the traditional New England roadside inn style, the PH is conveniently located near the junctions of the Mass Pike, Rte 84, and Rte 20...not far from Old Sturbridge Village. Upon arrival, you're greeted by the soft-spoken staff and seated in one of several original large rooms. The wait staff is superbly attentive, knowledgeable, and pleasant.

Each course is properly presented: salads are crisply cool, rolls (especially the cinnamon buns) are warm and served with semi-soft butter, entrees are ample and hot, and the desserts are traditional. But perhaps the hit of the evening is the downstairs pastry shop where you can take home any one (or several) home-baked desserts that are to die for!!!

Overall, a great evening of culinary pleasures.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Paul J
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Very Tasty”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Everything we ordered was amazing, no complaints. The bread basket was out of this world! The food is pricey but worth every penny. The decor was period and made you feel at home. Just expect it to be a bit dark!

Visited July 2013
Thank kilsk
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Hampton, Connecticut
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54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Third time we've been disappointed here.”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

We just left after our third disappointing trip to this restaurant after years and years of fabulous experiences. What has happened?? We just met family there for an early lunch - got there shortly after noon. The menu was only very heavy, very expensive entrees. I asked the waiter if there was an alternative lunch menu. He said after 11:30 they only had the dinner menu the rest of the day. When we were leaving we heard the hostess ask a couple if they wanted the dinner or the Tavern menu!! I said to her, I had specifically asked our waiter for a lighter menu and he said no. Her response was that the waiters "aren't supposed to mention" the other menu!!!! I never heard of such a thing!! Why have one if you're not supposed to tell the customers (we were actually eating in the Tavern at the time!) So we ended up spending way more money than we wanted to for way way more heavy food than we wanted!
After the fiasco of trying to eat at the dorm food they call Thanksgiving Dinner and the changes in the Boars Head Festival - I think this is my last trip to this what used to be our go to choice for a special dinner. No longer feel that way about going here.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank msamh
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Wales, Massachusetts
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72 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2013

This review is being posted after a recent trip - and after 2 attempts to contact the manager by phone were ignored.
This establishment is a historical gem, however the quality of food and overall dining experience has deteriorated over the last year or so.
Though tourists seem to gravitate here for a "step back in time" they're usually in and out of town within a few days, and not likely to be affected by changes in the quality of food presented.
My entrée of butternut squash ravioli was more like an appetizer portion and the amaretto sauce was cloyingly sweet. My date's entrée of pot roast was also unsatisfactory - two small round (?) dry pieces of meat with overly salted gravy.
In addition, something needs to be done about the very strong smell of dampness/mildew - not pleasant and quite unhealthy.
If the manager doesn't have the desire to deal with these situations - then WHO?


  • Visited July 2013
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Thank PWS48
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Northport, New York
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nice surprise”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

This restaurant was recommended to us by the hotel we were staying at in Sturbridge. Now we know why. The place is charming and our dinner was totally wonderful. We can hardly wait to return!

Visited July 2013
Thank jeffrey s
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