When you sit down inside the Rockefeller Room, you’re surrounded by a mellowly modern atmosphere with a dash of historical. You won’t find any white tablecloths here. Instead, tradition lies in the restaurant’s classic cuisine, like an Oysters Abby that will blow your mind.
With offerings like a heritage pork chop with leek and forest mushrooms, potato rösti and apple butter, you might think when you step outside you’ll be at the corner of 50th and Park Ave. Instead, you’re in Colonial Williamsburg, where the newly elevated food scene has it out for the likes of New York and Chicago.
Walking the streets of Williamsburg can lead to quite an appetite by the end of the day. Yes, history is on your mind and all around you. But no, spending your day like a colonial doesn’t have to mean eating like one.
Each of the restaurants at Colonial Williamsburg have undergone a revamp to bring Grade-A dining into both the history-filled and 5-star resort buildings they reside in. From the Williamsburg Inn’s Rockefeller Room and Social Terrace to the Historic area’s bounty of Taverns, each restaurant has been upgraded, but with their historic roots in mind.
“Colonial Williamsburg will always, inevitably, have an innate sense of time and place,” Andrew Moss, Senior Marketing Manager of the Puccini Group, consultant firm for the resort’s Food & Beverage operations, said. “That’s what makes it so special. But we hope to provide guests a contemporary experience, while paying homage to the culinary history. ”
“These aren’t completely new concepts, here. We’ve kept the magic of these beloved dining outlets, and rather honed in on their individuality. They are built around such great stories, from Shields Tavern offering a glimpse into the cosmopolitan nature of the colonies as a once outpost for ships coming in from the globe’s far corners, to the Inn’s take on British Nouveau as the property’s most exquisite experience – here, you can find it all.”
There are options for the whole family, from the upscale Rockefeller Room to a more casual, pub like experience at Sweet Tea and Barley. Whichever restaurant you choose, you’ll find the dining is second to none in Colonial Williamsburg.
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