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“march two-fers make it top notch”

Publick House Historic Inn
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Ranked #3 of 65 Restaurants in Sturbridge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Hermon, Maine
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“march two-fers make it top notch”
Reviewed March 20, 2014

in march on mon-tue-wed can get 2-fers...we were in the tap room which was packed and cozy....had the lobster pie ($31) and 10 oz sirlion ( which at $20 was free)....the sirloin was very tasty and very tender.....the pie was full of lobster and a great tasting sauce....the IPA brew on tap went very well....the bakery had scrumptious treats....this is the second time we took advantage of the 2-fer which can be downloaded or is in the local paper....the atmosphere of the tap room was quaint and old timey....

  • Visited March 2014
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northeast, CT
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great dining room”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

Date night for my husband and me. The dining room is beautiful. The old design makes it a little loud but we were able to converse just fine. Bread basket is amazing. Specialty cocktails are delicious and just strong enough. Food was very good. After parking in the back we had a hard time making our way indoors to the Tap Room. We followed the signs but had to maneuver through an incoming wedding reception. When we left, we walked around the outside of the building which was easier but a bit tricky with the late winter slush and ice. Overall, it was a good special night out. Definitely an adults restaurant. There was one bored preschooler being walked in and out but otherwise, all teenagers and up. We made reservations- it was already nearly full when we arrived at 5:45 on a Saturday.

  • Visited March 2014
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Mystic, Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Classic New England”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

I eat here often with co workers on business trips. The food can be little pricey but is always decent. They have a unique menu with many different seafood and steak options. The dessert offerings are fantastic. You have to try the Indian Pudding. The dining area is filled with old wood beams, slightly tilted floors and a large fireplace. Almost like eating in a museum. Very cool setting.

  • Visited February 2014
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Amston, Connecticut
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Food, Great Atmosphere, Even Better Service”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

We live about an hour from Sturbridge, MA where this restaraunt and inn is located. Nestled in the shadow of historice Old Sturbridge Village, this cozily charming restaraunt brings the 1800's alive. The menu features relatively common steak and potatoes fare which the chefs manage to present with uncommon flavor and flare. Very affordably priced, the menu ranges from a BLT sandwich (with TWELVE slabs of thick smokey bacon) to filet mignon and savory lobster pie. Great food and a great price. Ever have that diner's remorse when you a try a new place only to walk out feeling like you just got robbed? You will feel the exact opposite of that way when you dine at the Publick House. Regardless of your menu selection, you simply cannot lose.

The restaraunt is housed in an historic builiding that is reburbished with modern amenities. It truly takes you back to the 1800's. My wife and I have had lunch twice there within the last month. Both times we were treated by a lovely server named Christine. Ever have one of those experiences where you couldn't get the waitress' attention or your staring at the bottom of your empty drink and wondering when somebody (ANYBODY) is going to come around to ask if you want another? That will not be the case when Christine is your server. She must have come by our table five or six times during our lunch which lasted a little less than an hour. She is extremely cheerful and extremely professional. If you ask for something well done then she will work with the chef to make SURE that it is WELL done before it makes it to your table.

Christin'e service was so oustanding that we made a point of asking for the manager (Sarah) so that we could pass the compliment. While I cannot speak for the rest of the servers at this restaraunt, I did not see anyone in the room who appeared restless or displeased in any way. This said, my wife and I will always make a point to request Christine. (We suggest that you do the same.)

  • Visited February 2014
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Blue Hill, Maine
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Not So Much”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

The Publick House has been a common stop for us in past travels and we really looked forward to having a relaxing tasty meal as had been our previous experiences.Maybe it was because we were travel weary but our experience this time was not great. Perhaps we should have stuck to our tried and true selections but rather, we ordered prime rib and filet mignon and neither were satisfactory. The filet was way overdone and the prime rib was beautiful to look at and huge, but tough and fatty. The asparagus was hardly cooked and fibrous. Even the service was a little off, highly unusual. Still, I like the place and will return, but will go back to a chicken pot pie or baked scrod. The atmosphere is woody and lovely, a big fireplace in the pub area, a beautiful bar. We will consider this visit an anomaly and try again.

  • Visited February 2014
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