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Williamsburg, VA: Josiah Chowning’s Tavern

Everyone goes to Colonial Williamsburg to explore the historic sights and step back in time for a few days. But while you’re there, it’s important to not only see the colonial sights, but eat like a colonial as well. Fortunately there are a few great restaurants inside of the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Limits that are authentic to the 18th century. My Mom and I spent the day wandering around Colonial Williamsburg – entering all of the shops that are open to the public and speaking with the shopkeepers. But walking around all day sure makes you hungry and so we stepped into Josiah Chowning’s Tavern for lunch.


Josiah Chowning’s Tavern

The Tavern is an old home within the historic city limits.


My mom and I started the meal with a Crock of Cheese because there are few things better in life than cheese. This cheddar-beer cheese was served with grapes, apples, and crackers. While we were anticipating a crock full of gooey cheese, what we got was much better. The ball of cheese was similar to pimento cheese but without any of the heat.


Crock of Cheese

We decided to share a salad (or salet as it was spelt in the 18th century) and a sandwich for our meal. We went with the Chopped Salet which was not only beautiful but so tasty as well. The bed of lettuce was topped with smoked turkey, bacon, a hard boiled egg, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and cucumbers with the creamiest buttermilk herb dressing. We could not get enough.


Chopped Salet

We also ordered the Hot Smoked Turkey Trencher which was such a great sandwich. This had more of that smoked turkey we loved from the salad with spinach, swiss, smoked bacon, and basil pesto on hearth-baked bread. This was another great dish and fueled us up for an afternoon full of colonial sightseeing.


Hot Smoked Turkey Trencher

Josiah Chowning’s Tavern is located at 109 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA

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While this meal was paid for by Colonial Williamsburg, all views stated here are my own.


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