If you are a LOCAL who does not make it down to the Colonial area often, here is a fun little spot to consider next time — Chowning’s Tavern on Duke of Gloucester Street. They are open late, and you can stop in for dessert or a pint rather than a full dinner (save a few bucks!!) It’s a fun place to take your visiting friends and family for a little taste of history.
Here is a great CW blog about Chowning’s Tavern that highlights some of the other fun things happening there – new food, outdoor seating, history and ofcourse, the Gambols (aka 18th-century fun and games and music held at in the later evening hours).
Chowning’s Tavern is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. They have an expanded menu of tavern foods inspired by historic flavors, as well as root beer, wine and ales — including Old Stitch and Dear Old Mum historic brews.
There is a dedicated tavern parking lot that is FREE for guests located on Francis Street just west of Blair Street and is open all day/night. After 5 p.m., you may also park in the employee lot on Franklin Street just east of Botetourt Street (accessible from Lafayette Street).