Chowning’s Tavern

Chowning’s Tavern

  • $$
  • Accessible
  • Family Friendly

Cheers to Tradition

Gather ‘round, at Chowning’s Tavern for hearty, Colonial-inspired pub fare, all served up in an authentic alehouse atmosphere.

Chowning’s Garden|Snack Bar is weather dependent and will  close when local weather is not conducive for outside services.

JOSIAH CHOWNING
Little is known about Josiah Chowning. When the tavern was reconstructed, Colonial Williamsburg believed it was located on this site, but we now know that a store and dwelling were here and that the tavern was somewhere nearby. Chowning’s business lasted less than two years, but its twentieth-century counterpart has accommodated travelers and locals for over fifty years. Chairs, benches, and tables represent the sturdy furniture found in colonial taverns catering to the middling sort. Excavated fragments show that the blue and yellow peacock on the dinnerware was one of several colorful bird motifs used by early Williamsburg residents. Utilitarian stoneware tableware, plain tin sconces, and simply framed maps and prints accentuate the informality of Chowning’s Tavern.

*ADA Accessible wheelchair lift is available.  Please check in at the front, and our host will escort guests to the lift at the rear of the building. Note this cannot be seen from the street. All profits from Chowning’s Tavern are used for the purposes of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which operates the Historic Area and educational programs. 

 

 

All Day Fare

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Savouries

  • Mr. Chowning's Soup Pot

    Cup 8

    Bowl 12
  • Brunswick Stew

    Cup 8

    Bowl 12
  • Welsch Rarebit

    9
  • Crock of Cheese

    10
  • Garden Lettuces & Seasonal Vegetables

    9
  • Salmagundi

    18

Main Dishes

All Main Dishes are served to the table with garden offerings dressed in a the appropriate manner

  • To Stew a Duck in the French Way

    30
  • Chicken Hash

    20
  • Stewed Beef

    32
  • Roast of Chicken

    25
  • Virginia Pork BBQ

    21
  • An Onion Pye

    19 These items are cooked to order and may be served raw or undercooked. Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, beef, pork, lamb, seafood, shellfish or eggs increases your risk of food-borne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.

Sweets

  • Snow Eggs

    9
  • American Heritage Chocolate Cobbler

    9
  • Peanut Butter Pie

    8
  • Chowning's Ice Cream Selection

    6 All sweets are homemade by Colonial Williamsburg Pastry Chefs

Young Patriot's Menu

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Young Patriot’s Menu

For children 12 and younger.
All meals served with a side of the day

  • Hot Dog

    7
  • Chicken Tenders

    7
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

    7

Beverages

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Beers and Ales

On Tap

Sample of flight of four beers of your choice $15
5oz taste $5
16oz mug $8
24oz mug $11

  • Old Stitch Brown Ale

  • Dear Old Mum Spiced Ale

  • Tavern Classic Lager

  • Seasonal Porter

  • Seasonal Pale Ale

  • Fruity Hard Cider

  • Seasonal Hard Cider

  • Seasonal IPA

Non-Fortified Beverages

  • Chowning’s Tavern Root Beer

    4
  • Sparkling Apple Cider

    4
  • King’s Arms Ginger Ale

    4

Family Punch Bowl

  • Lemon and Berry

    14
  • Orange and Ginger

    14

Fortified Beverages

Punch Bowls are made for sharing. Serves 2-4 people.

  • Fish House Punch Bowl

    30
  • Sangaree Punch Bowl

    30
  • Rummer

    15
  • Classic Mint Julep

    15
  • Apple Cherry Swizzle

    15
  • Punch Royal

    15
  • Witches Revenge

    15
  • Cocktail Special

    15

Family Punch Bowls

Punch Bowls are made for sharing. Serves 2-4 people.

  • Pineapple Ginger

    12
  • Lemon and Berry

    12

Whites Wines

  • Glass
  • Tavern White California 8
  • Crane Lake Pinot Grigio/California 8
  • Crane Lake Chardonnay/California 8
  • Saint M. Riesling/Germany 8

Red Wines

  • Glass
  • Tavern Red California 9
  • Crane Lake Merlot/California 9
  • Crane Lake Cabernet Sauvignon/California 9

Chowning's Garden Fare Menu

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All Grill items are served with Chips & Cole Slaw

  • Hamburger

    12
  • Cheeseburger

    12.75
  • Foot Long Hot Dog

    12
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich

    14
  • Grilled Veggie Sandwich

    14

Beverages

  • 16oz Draft Beer

    8
  • 24oz Draft Beer

    11
  • Root Beer Draft

    4
  • Ginger Ale Bottle

    4
  • Canned Soft Drinks

    3 Posted Prices do not include sale tax

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