Widow Jane Vobe began operating a tavern around 1750 when she helped her husband manage a small hostel. After he died she opened and operated the King’s Arms Tavern.
The King’s Arms’ menu is an impressive offering of authentic fare including peanut “soupe,” Norfolk pottage “pye,” and a dish of beef (slow cooked beef). “Punch” (lemon and sugar with liquor), several ales and lagers are fun for adults while sparkling cider is festive for the kids. Dinner entrees include Colonial game “pye” (venison, rabbit and duck), roast prime rib of beef and a Chop of Shoat (maple- and whiskey-brined pork). Can’t quite envision the kids tucking into any of these plates? No worries, the King’s Arms provide a children’s menu with chicken strips, hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches. The King’s Arms’ “sweets” menu is incredible with chocolate fudge torte, pecan pie and a meringue shell filled with ice cream and strawberries. Or go “old world” and sample a “syllabub” (a colonial treat that is wine laced cream with lemon zest and berries). Reservations recommended.