This was our third trip to Williamsburg. We tried to get a dinner reservation for our favorite tavern, Christiana Campbell's, but it was all full. Our second choice was the King's Arm's Tavern, and we were very pleased with the experience. We were seated promptly at our reservation time, and everything was period perfect, from the costumed staff, to the furnishings and the candle lit dining rooms and tables. We were a little puzzled by the oversized linen napkins, but our Russian waiter explained that this was the standard in colonial times, and allowed the diner to tie two corners behind the neck and have the remainder cover practically the entire front and lap. I guess eating was a sloppy affair back then. Along with bread (a little too soft - I wonder if that's the way it was back in the day), and room temperature butter (thank you, thank you) we were served a trio of chutneys (the best way I can describe them) of pickled watermelon rind, corn, and a kind of chopped corned beef (?). These complimentary "appetizers" kept us busy while we chatted and waited for the main course. For our entree, we both had the Colonial Game Pye, and it was both ample and delicious. Out companion chose the salmon special, and was equally pleased. The price was what I'd expect for the experience and the quality of the food, but it was worth it, especially when you consider that we were entertained by a very talented musicain, playing period instruments and tunes. The only complaint I have is that the candles on the table are a distraction, as they provide a very intense point of light that can be annoying. When this happens in other restaurants, I simply put out the flame, but that is not an option at this establishment, as there are no other lights. Perhaps a frosted glass instead of the clear might help alleviate the glare.
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