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January 4, 2011

Lunch, Dinner and Rollicking Fun at Chowning’s Tavern

Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area is tranquil in the winter months, the perfect time to enjoy lunch or dinner in a historic tavern. Chowning’s Tavern is open daily for lunch, dinner and nightly Gambols with an expanded menu of favorites from all the taverns.

Peanut soup, Brunswick stew, Welsh rarebit, salmagundi and hearty sandwiches are served for lunch daily, while pork, prime rib, crab cakes and a daily fish favorite join the menu for dinner plus desserts including rum cream pie and dark chocolate cake with fudge frosting. After 9 p.m., it’s time for the 18th-century tavern experience featuring Gambols and lighter fare of barbecued rib bites, sandwiches, soup, salad, pulled pork and desserts. Balladeers lead tavern guests in rousing period sing-alongs, a colonial conjurer astounds with sleight-of-hand, and costumed servers provide instructions for playing popular games of the day.

Chowning’s serves draft root beer, tavern ales and beers, spiced rum punch and specialty drinks such as “Witches Revenge,” consisting of light and dark rums, apricot brandy and pineapple juice. Wines by the glass and by the bottle include selections from California, France, Germany and Argentina.

Chowning’s Tavern is open daily through February. King’s Arms Tavern opens daily for lunch and dinner Feb. 19 with a full menu through March. All four Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area dining taverns will resume normal operating schedules April 1st.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and presentation of the 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg offers more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six other restaurants, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa, 45 holes of golf at the Golden Horseshoe golf courses and 67,000 square feet of conference space centered at the renovated and expanded Williamsburg Lodge. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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