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June 14, 2008
by two cruisers
November 26, 2007
From journal Colonial Williamsburg Collage
May 28, 2006
From journal Colonial Williamsburg Natural Light
December 19, 2005
From journal Relive History in Virginia's Historic Triangle
July 3, 2005
The food choices were somewhat limited, but there was still something for everyone. Our teenage daughter ended up ordering off the children's menu because the adult meals sounded too unusual for her. The peanut soup and ribs that I ordered were both excellent. My husband's hamburger (broiled chopped beefsteak on a Sally Lunn Bun) was more well-done than he would have liked - perhaps that is the only way this type of meat was cooked in colonial times, but they never even asked how he wanted it cooked.
I enjoyed the experience, but I think my husband and daughter would have rather eaten somewhere else. You can get more information online at www.kingsarmstavern.com/visit/diningExperience/kingsArms/.
From journal Week in Williamsburg
by Ky Kat
May 25, 2004
We all chose the fixed price dinner special that included soup, main course, and dessert. This also included a sampling of vegetables in the style that the colonials used to preserve their food. We were instructed by our waiter that these should be eaten off the end of our knives as was the custom. He also shared with us the custom of tying our very large napkins about our necks – the saying "making ends meet" goes back to colonial times and these napkins (or so we were told).
My main course was a center cut loin pork chop that was excellent and dessert was a huge piece of pecan pie with vanilla ice cream. It was way more than we could eat and we all had doggie bags for the next day.
One additional feature was the strolling minstrel that played for us during the dinner -- nice touch.
From journal A Week of American History
Raleigh, North Carolina
April 4, 2004
Just a little colonial trivia. . . The definition of a tavern is that it is a dining establishment as well as a lodging establishment. There were many taverns in Williamsburg in the late 1700s since this was the seat of government for the very large Virginia colony and the members of the House of Burgesses came from far away to serve.
We had a great time at the King's Arms Tavern. Our waitress was most accommodating and we never wanted for anything. We ended up with peanut soup and sippets and with an appetizer that was a cheese mixture served with more sippets, a hard pumpernickel roll, and fresh fruit. It was more than enough food. Wondering what a sippet is? It is a piece of bread cut to about four inches in length and .75 inches wide and then toasted until it is very crispy. We found that in those times the sippets were used to soak up the soup and as crackers for the cheese spread.
The tavern is as it would have been in 1774: rough wooden floors and many small rooms with a few tables in each room. There are many windows in all the buildings so most of the tables are by windows affording you a view of colonial Williamsburg going on outside too.
From journal Historic Williamsburg - A Patriot's Duty
January 11, 2004
Once seated, your order is taken promptly and food arrives in no time at all. The food is great and the service was good. I would recommend one of the house specialities rather than a sandwich.
From journal Williamsburg Christmastide
September 24, 2003
From journal History at Williamsburg, VA
Fairview Park, Ohio
May 12, 2003
Lunch is served from 11:30 A.M. until 2:30 P.M. For lunch it was not necessary for us to have reservations. The attire was casual or just whatever the tourists were wearing. Of course shoes and shirts are necessary. We were served in a very timely fashion and there was a nice presentation. We had a light lunch since we planned to do a lot more walking. Our daughter had the peanut soup and I had vegetable chowder. Both were outstanding! The soups were served with a small plate of breads and pastries. We also ordered a selection of the fresh fruit. It was plenty for the two of us. The servers are all dressed in costumes of the period.
Dinner is served at King’s Arms Tavern from 5 PM until an open ended closing. Dinner reservations are necessary and may be made at the Visitors Center of Colonial Williamsburg. While casual attire is fine for lunch, I would suggest dressing up a bit more for dinner.
There is no smoking inside the Tavern.
Mrs. Vobe established the King’s Arms Tavern in 1772. She positioned the Tavern directly across from the Raleigh Tavern in hopes of attracting gentlemen customers. It was known as Mrs. Vobe’s during the Revolution and later became the Eagle Tavern.
Today all income from the King’s Arms Tavern is used for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation that operates the Historic Area.
Please see below for an image of the "Midday Bill of Fare" for King’s Arms Tavern. Also included are other photos of the Tavern.
From journal Williamsburg - A Mother/Daughter Get Away