Feed your appetite for history in our colonial kitchens, taverns, and coffeehouse.
What did Williamsburg’s 18th-century residents eat - and how did they cook it? Visit the Governor’s Palace Kitchen to meet our Historic Foodways interpreters and see them prepare authentic colonial dishes, using the equipment and recipes of the 18th century.Learn More
Step back into the time of the Stamp Act and learn about the fashionable world of the coffeehouse, where Williamsburg's citizens and visitors met to share news, transact business, and debate politics. Meet people of the past and converse over coffee, tea, or velvety chocolate - prepared in the 18th-century manner.Learn More
Discuss the meanings of liberty and equality with Williamsburg's leading patriots in one of the colonial period's most popular social spots.
This exhibition dazzles with rich and colorful choices in table and tea wares available to 18th-century British and American consumers.
Educational Conferences, Forums and Symposiums offer a broad range of high-quality programs that address topics of historical and contemporary significance ranging from the decorative arts and material culture to the historic trades and horticulture. Colonial Williamsburg's skilled professionals are joined by distinguished members of the academic and professional communities to present these programs.
Experience the true meaning of “garden to guest” with a Chef’s Garden Tour and Tasting, or learn to make your own truffles from American Heritage’s historic chocolate. Our creative, energetic chefs will inspire and delight you in our newest venue. The Taste Studio, a contemporary, full-service demonstration kitchen provides an intimate, fun setting to learn and share an unforgettable meal.
The restaurant at the Williamsburg Inn pays homage to the foundation and evolution of a uniquely American cuisine, embracing Southern tradition and infusing flavors brought to the New World from exotic lands. Featuring locally sourced ingredients and creative dishes, the menu epitomizes the Nouveau British approach to gastronomy: refined, worldly, sophisticated and adventurous. Carrying on the tradition of innovative cooking and fine dining, a meal at the Inn is a spectacular culinary experience.
Enjoy a menu of colonial-inspired favorites and specialty beer, such as our own Old Stitch and Dear Old Mum. Enjoy dining inside the tavern all day, 7 days a week with shared plates, old favorites such as Brunswick Stew and Welsh Rarebit, as well as Shepherd’s Pye and Bangers and Mash. Join us for table games after 5pm. For outside dining under the grape arbor, Chowning’s Garden Snack Bar Grill is open from 11am–4pm daily serving burgers, hot dogs, bratwurst rolls, Brunswick Stew, BBQ, salads and sweet treats.