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Chowning's Tavern

Food & Drink

Open to the Public

Handicap Accessible

Closed currently

  • Monday

    11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday

    11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday

    11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

  • Thursday

    11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

  • Friday

    11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

  • Saturday

    11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

  • Sunday

    11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Gather ‘round at Chowning’s Tavern for hearty, Colonial-inspired pub fare, all served up in an authentic alehouse atmosphere. Chowning’s Tavern is open on a first-come, first-serve basis. 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.

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