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November 22, 2011

Festive Dining Options Enhance Grand Illumination 2011

Dining options from brunch to dinner add to the festivity of Colonial Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination Sunday, Dec. 4. From an elegant brunch or tavern dining to hand-tossed pizza in a casual setting, there are choices to suit every taste.

  • Old English Holiday Brunch: Williamsburg Lodge from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. A carving station, omelet station, all-American cuisine and delicious chocolate desserts are included on the menu in the folk art-inspired Lodge decorated for the season. $28.95 plus tax and gratuity; children 5 – 12 $14.95; children under five free.
  • Sunday Brunch: Regency Room in the Williamsburg Inn from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. $45; children $24.95, plus tax and gratuity. Sumptuous culinary temptations accompanied by live seasonal music are served in classic elegance with old fashioned service.
  • Groaning Board: Virginia Room in the Williamsburg Lodge at 4:30 p.m. $59.95; children $23.95, including tax and gratuity. Seasonal favorites chicken gumbo, warm brie tart, Southern fried chicken, Atlantic flounder, baron of beef, vegetables, pitchers of ale, chocolate cherry tart accompanied by balladeers, fifes and drums and madrigal singers.
  • Soup and Sandwich Station: Served à la carte from noon until 9 p.m. in the Williamsburg Lodge Lobby. Brunswick stew, clam chowder, hand-tossed pizza by the slice, grilled bratwurst, toasted sandwiches, tap beer and tap root beer served by the fire.
  • Tavern Grand Illumination Dinner: Served in all four Historic Area taverns: Christina Campbell’s, Josiah Chowning’s, King’s Arms and Shields. $59.95; children $23.95. Reservations begin at 4:15 for tavern fare and entertainment served in the heart of the Historic Area. Menus are unique to each tavern but all include a choice of soup or salads, a choice of chicken, beef or fish and delectable desserts selections.
  • Huzzah! BBQ Grille: Opens at 5 p.m. and serves barbecued pork, chicken and beef, ribs, salmon, pizza, sandwiches, salads and desserts in a casual setting before and after the fireworks. Entrees are priced from $10.50 to $24, and hand-tossed made-to-order pizzas from $13.50 to $20.

    The Williamsburg Lodge is located at 310 S. England St. The Williamsburg Inn is located at 135 E. Francis St. Huzzah! BBQ Grille is located at 113 Visitor Center Drive off Bypass Road (Route 60) near the Woodlands Hotel and Suites and the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center. Campbell’s Tavern is located on Waller Street across from the Capitol, while King’s Arms, Shields and Chowning’s taverns are located on Duke of Gloucester Street.

    For reservations for Grand Illumination dining events, call 757-229-2141 or 800-447-8679.

    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

    Media Contact:
    Barbara Brown
    (757) 220-7280

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