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“I THOUGHT THIS TAVERN WAS SO MUCH FUN!”

Josiah Chowning's Tavern
Ranked #31 of 393 Restaurants in Williamsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $22
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed November 10, 2011

I loved the brunswick stew and the BBQ. It's colonial food so be prepared for that but that was part of the charm as well. Especially fun is after 9:00 in evening when there is music, games and great drinks!

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Reviewed November 10, 2011

My fiancee and I popped in to Chowning's for a quick bite and to warm up on the first really cold day of the season. We were seated right away--hazzah! We split the Welch Rarebit, as not to spoil our planned early dinner, and I ordered the Hot Buttered Rum and he, an ale. First, I have to say the taste of my toddy was great--spiced cider with cinnamon and nutmeg. [Yum.] Alas, there was very little RUM. What is a Hot Buttered Rum, without the rum? I told the waitress, who was a doll; and, I asked for another shot of rum. Simple fix. Instead, there was a hullabaloo at the bar, and after some discussion between the bartender and waitress, and probably a supervisor of some sort--I couldn't tell, it was decided he'd remake my drink. Not what I asked, but okay. When the waitress brought my new drink, she told me that otherwise that 6 oz cider would have been $14. Really!? Another 7 bucks for a shot of Morgan's? As it turned out the second Hot Buttered Rum was no rummier. Bit of advice: Stick to the Rummer.

Second, the Welch Rarebit was not prepared as I expected: Over toast. Though it was tasty, the cheddar fondue was poured over what I can only describe as several very hard, extra long, taste-less croutons--they call "sippets." I actually had to order a piece of plain sandwich bread because a sippet could take out a tooth! I understand cost-cutting, but don't understand what great cost toast made from a hardy tavern bread could be?

In general, I find all the taverns to be over-priced, touristy eateries; and, with most tourist destination dining, of so-so quality.

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Reviewed November 3, 2011

For us, a trip to williamsburg is not complete without the welsh rarebit with ham at Chowning's. We also had a cup of corn chowder. A delighful lunch and good service.

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Reviewed October 31, 2011

We enjoyed this spot for lunch. Had Welsh Rarebit which was terrific and my husband enjoyed his peanut soup. The hot buttered rum cider on a cool day was a perfect suggestion from the server.

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Reviewed October 31, 2011

WAYYYY overpriced for take-out lunch. Was convenient and that was about it. I'd go downtown to The Cheese Shop in the future (just hop on a bus).

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