Josiah Chowning opened his tavern in 1766 with a plan to serve ordinary folk. Ironically, while Chowning’s is still casual and friendly, the prices can be high. At lunch diners can choose to eat either in the garden (with a self-serve window) or in the Tavern with full service. Lunch in the garden tends towards sandwiches and burgers while the Tavern lunch menu offers fancier sandwiches, salads and desserts. Dinner’s light fare menu includes chicken, beef, barbecue, ales and draft root beer. Just as in Josiah’s day entertainment features balladeers singing while servers in full costume play games with the guests. Reservations recommended for dinner.
Josiah Chowning’s Tavern
109 East Duke of Gloucester Street, Near Market Square and Courthouse, Colonial Williamsburg, VA