King’s Arms Tavern Serves Meals to be Savored and an Experience to Long Remember
The culinary team has been working with Historic Foodways developing a menu for King’s Arms Tavern that delivers a story with every bite. The new menu is inspired by the customs and foods of 18th century America.
We sampled many dishes off the menu with Chef Keith Nickerson, Director of Culinary at Colonial Williamsburg, and we can honestly tell you a lot of thought, planning and preparation went into every single dish. This is a meal to be enjoyed, savored and remembered.
To attempt and summarize each dish is a task that we would not be able to do justice. I’ve highlighted a couple that stood out and are a must order for someone in your group! Our tasting included a beautiful assortment of Crayfish & Shrimp Stew, Ramequins Vol-au-vent, Heirloom Carrot Puffs, Smoked Fish Dip, Ale Stewed Beef A Top Johnny Cakes, Madeira Braised Lamb Shank, Hunters Game Pye, Smoked Gold Yard Bird and Chop of Shoal.
Smoked Fish Dip is deliciously mild and creamy, containing smoked bluefish, rockfish and corvina served with sour dough bread. This is a perfect appetizer to kick off the evening.
Ale Stewed Beef A Top Johnny Cakes is wonderful. The beef stew is amazing, but what really makes this special is the meaty flavor combined with the sweet pancake. The two paired together makes this dish one to order!
Madeira Braised Lamb Shank served bone-in makes quite the presentation. The lamb is tender and savory, the carrots and green beans soft yet crunchy and the mashed potatoes deliciously creamy. This is the dish I will order on our next visit!
Hunters Game Pye is a classic dish at King’s Arms and stands out as a favorite in our afternoon tasting. This dish contains venison, duck and rabbit stew with a pastry crust smothered in jelly, it a true delight! And let me ease your mind, it does not contain the “gamey” flavor you might expect with the meat combination. Rather a visitor or tourist you have to indulge in the Hunters Game Pye on at least one visit.
The historic King’s Arms Tavern has been refurnished and will reopen to the public on April 1, 2021.
Make your reservation today to be immersed in 18th-century sights, sounds, and modernized fabulous food.
About the King’s Arms Tavern:
A refined chophouse experience. Originally opened by Jane Vobe in 1772, this authentic reproduction is open to the public. Everything is true to the time period at King’s Arms Tavern, from attire worn by servers to the pewter candlesticks. Inspired by 18th-century recipes, but with updates to suit 21st-century tastes.