Publick House
Publick House

Publick House

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.publickhouse.com/
  • Phone: 5083477323
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:30am - 10:30am, Sunday: 8:00am - 10:30am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Michael Heenan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Something Old...Something New... For the wedding of your dreams, whether it be indoors or out at our 3 season tent venue, come to the Publick House Historic Inn of Sturbridge, MA. the ultimate venue for your memorable New England wedding. Our wedding consultants work with you to ensure your vision becomes reality. They will help you with every detail from planning the bridal shower, booking rooms for your guests, arranging your bridal suite, hosting the rehearsal dinner, the wedding ceremony and the wedding reception. The ambiance, the romance, the memories await you at the Publick House. Since 1771 the Publick House has been the site of countless successful meetings, functions and some revolutionary good times. Today, the tradition continues. We offer a unique mix of location, charm and hospitality. From sales meetings to corporate retreats to showers and birthday parties,we offer you a choice of 11 distinctive banquet rooms with colonial charm.
  • Private Party Contact: Laura Skowron 5083477323x28

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking available for up to 300, nestled in the back of our building. Handicap parking available in the front of the building.
A word from Publick House
We welcome you to the Publick House Historic Inn where delicious homemade food and comfortable lodging becomes your home away from home. When you come to the Publick House to feast on our generous meals and enjoy the comfort of our Yankee hospitality, you'll be warmed by the same magnificent open hearths that warmed our early American ancestors. Whether you're looking for a restaurant that offers family dining, need comfortable accommodations, or you're in need of a convenient meeting place, planning a bridal shower or want the perfect venue for your dream wedding...the Publick House Historic Inn welcomes you.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerComfort Food
Publick House reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (36)romantic (24)neighborhood gem (21)good for groups (16)fit for foodies (16)great for lunch (15)scenic view (12)kid-friendly (8)great for brunch (6)great for outdoor dining (3)notable wine list (2)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Historic area is nice
    MelodyW
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Lets begin with the good stuff, the hostess was friendly with a nice seating area when our reservation at 6 PM was not ready until 6:30. The setting was historical and nicely restored. After we were seated, it took almost 15 minutes for a wait person to ask us for drinks. Note, we did try to purchase drinks at the bar area earlier (as we waited) but too many people for the staff to even see us. I was underwhelmed with the lack of over all service from the wait staff. The wait person was gruff and slammed the drinks and food onto the table. We almost thought, maybe she is trying to act like someone back in time .. not. The fish was good, the sides were well seasoned and once we received the drinks, they were fine. I would not go back.
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  • Historic Charm & Wonderful Food
    OldeWorldGirl
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    My family and I loved the Inn and its tasty, traditional fare. It's steeped in Olde Colonial ambience, and the dining room is plain but pleasant. A basket of fresh sweet breads was brought as we perused the menu, and our server was cheerful and attentive throughout our meal. The four entrees we ordered (baked cod, lobster pie, a standard turkey dinner, and a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings) were simply but beautifully plated, and the portions were ENORMOUS -- you will NOT go hungry! The desserts were equally huge (we split two) and the Apple Pie and Indian Pudding were both fragrant, hot, and delicious. A great place to create happy memories; we can gladly recommend The Publick House and will return again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Historic gem.
    LongtimeFan
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    After many years of visiting Publick House, the historic ambiance was not a great as in the past. The service was not as polished as I recall from past visits. Maybe just an off day.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WILL NOT RETURN
    cfromri
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    While a busy week-end and weddings on site, and athough I had reservations, the desk staff seemed as though it was their 1st time at this. So we did wait 20 minutes. That service was duplicated in the dining room, where, Charles, responded to the next table to several men that would call him over,while in conversation with us. He actually brough oil & vinegar and then removed salad forks! When he brought the entree, I asked for the salads. He brought the salads, removed the entrees and after we through, made comments on that these were new entrees, but they were not. The meal was tepid and we were very dissatisfied and will not be returning.
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  • karen
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We look forward to our annual trip to the Publick House in the fall. The turkey dinner was outstanding, as usual. Great service too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok food & service
    Unimpressed
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    "OK" is about the extent of it. Chicken pot pie was unremarkable and a bit runny. Ravioli was nice, but would have benefited from a heavier hand on spices. Service was very friendly and hospitable, but a number of requests were forgotten until a a reminder was proffered.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    rogerspa
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Picked this place because it had everything my girlfriend likes to eat. Definitely make a reservation as Fri night dinner can get busy. Loved the old style rustic look inside. Not sure if the place was THAT busy but it took a while for our waiter to greet us to the point where we knew what we wanted for drinks, apps, main course. Wanted to enjoy the evening so we were not in a rush so it wasn't a big deal. Once we got our bread... loved the variety. The cesar salad, lobster mac&cheese and crab cake was excellent (could have used a bit more lobster in the m&c. The turkey dinner my girlfriend had was perfect. I got the prim rib which was a bit overcooked and dry and no au jus but did come with horseradish sauce. Overall good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We have been here many times and never had a bad experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Ol' Publick House
    Gittith
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    If you are in the neighborhood, this is a must try. I've been coming here for ages, more for the nostalgia than the food. Portions are generous. More home cooked than foodie experience. Waitstaff are excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit of history
    DingerVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is set in an old farmhouse and is a huge place. Food is amazing, though my steak was over cooked asking for medium and receiving well done. Best fish and chips we have had in a long time. They also have a bakery you will want to visit down stairs. Our server was pretty much right there but not annoying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointed
    UnclePhineas47
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We love the authentic tastes of New England at this restaurant. Every restaranteur who offers "Yankee Pot Roast" needs to take lessons from this chef. We have never had better, including from my 19th century Mayflower descended mother-in-law! Thanksgiving everyday is also a treat we find hard to resist, but this time my wife had the Butternut squash ravioli. (Who said New Englanders were stubbornly stuck in their ways?) She loved it and the generous portions that gave us a second day meal. You can't go wrong at Publick House.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very satisfied as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    As always, we really enjoyed our meal. I had the turkey dinner, my favorite, and my wife enjoyed her grilled salmon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday dinner
    foodforthought
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Publick house did give us a good table as we requested for a birthday celebration and also a slice of cake with candle as a surprise. The food was very good but predictable. Its nice to be able to order an old favorite but the menu could use some new items. Our server was adequate but not very personable. Tip would have been better if he had maybe smiled or been slightly more engaging.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JoanVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    As always, delicious food and plenty of it! A friendly, efficient waitress. It's always special to visit the Publick House, and not bad to stop at the wonderful bake shop before leaving!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Great as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food and service were excellent as always. I enjoyed the steak and my wife enjoyed the turkey dinner feast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • historic
    inthebiz
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Onion soup came luke warm. The rest of the food was fairly good fare. Standard. Service another story. For the love of Pete you are in the hospitality business. Show interest. Eye contact. Truely smile.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Carol
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Being a tourist in the area, I think it would be a special occasion dining place. I have been three times before in the last 25 years and it is still one of my favorite places in the area. I am sure, when I come again in the next few years, I shall dine there again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We Love this place
    UnclePhineas47
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Nearly fifty years ago we stayed at the inn for part of our honeymoon and dined at the the restaurant. We loved it then and we continue to enjoy the authentic historic surroundings and the wonderful New England food whenever we are int he area. We have never had a bad meal or an off day for service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2teach
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Excellent service, good food, and warm atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service was okay
    Njoygdfood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Have been to the Publick House many times in the last 50 or so years that I have been in the area. It is old New England at its finest. Great food and atmosphere. There was a huge wedding which probably contributed to the slow service. Waitress was pleasant but not very attentive. I will certainly go back mostly because of the history and food. We had the Lobster Pie and Duck both of which were amazing. The basket of rolls including their sticky buns were still good and plentiful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfort food at it's best
    BodhisattvaVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Thanksgiving dinner in August? Absolutely! Turkey dinner was really perfect-- complete with all the traditional sides you'd expect!l More than enough food-- especially if you indulge in the bread basket! Sticky pecan rolls anyone? YUM!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining
    Summerdining2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We made our reservations on a Tuesday and Wednesday night. It is buy one get one free dinner coupon night so that made for a crazy and overwhelming time for waitress we think. Very, very busy. Food excellent. We find it a little more enjoyable in winter when it us quieter but a great place to go for dinner. We always recommend to our friends and family. Our grandson joined us both nights and our daughter the second.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treasure
    RedSoxMom
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I chose this restaurant for my mother's birthday. It is historic and elegant without being pretentious. The food is plentiful and delicious. I had requested a small cake for four and received a call on the day of the event from the Director of Food and Beverages to confirm and decide on flavor, etc. I really appreciated the call and also I had flowers delivered which were on the table when we arrived.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic New England Fare
    gbsmitty
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Substantial and flavouful meals at decent prices reminiscent of the meals from the pasts of those of us who are a bit older. Pot pie, Shepards pie, Yankee pot roast and such. We felt fortunate this resturant was not closer to us or we'd both weigh 500 lbs. Recommended for those evenings you want to eat something like mom/grandma would have made (if you had lived in the northeast).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Shirley was our server and was very attentive to our needs. Our meals were delicious as always and that is why we return as often as we do.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the visit
    kfmeehan
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    On a Sunday night after a disappointing Red Sox loss, the visit to the Public House quickly changed our mood. The reception was courteous and engaging, the hostess most pleasant, and the decor just what we wanted. The lobster mac & cheese and the turkey dinner were outstanding. The timing of the service was perfect and added to a most pleasant dining experience. We have been there twice now, once for lunch & once for dinner and plan on going again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Only Fair this Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had a waiter (Jim) who did not know what he was doing. Order a bottle of wine and he brought glasses, when he brought the bottle did not let anyone sample it just pour it. The meal was nothing to brag about by any of us. We all decided should have gotten the turkey.
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  • It was ok
    Fred52
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Only ok, not a real memorable dining experience. Nothing wrong, just a place past its prime. Food was very reasonably priced, some entrees as low as $16.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beki112
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our waitress Ann was fantastic!!!!! The food was great!!! The Chicken Vol au Vent or whatever it was called will make us drive the hour plus again. It was out of this world!!
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Like Walking into History
    Bobby
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The Publick House is quaint and wandering. Built over many years going back to colonial times, it smells of the 18th century. The people are wonderful, from the wait staff to management. The meeting rooms and event rooms are wonderful. Especially the Library which would be great for a party of 10-12 people. The resturaunt is open space with lots of windows. Food was delicious from appetizer to dessert. I will return!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Poor
    Notsogoodanymore
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Poor food and service. Food cold and service very slow and waited for ever to get our check.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Canned or Old?
    suzTVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had the lobster Mac & Cheese. The lobster did not taste fresh, it had that "tin"taste to it. We sat at the bar and the bartender seemed more interested in serving the only other couple at the bar (we had to ask for menus, ask for rolls, ask for side plates). The building and grounds are fantastic, which is the only reason I will give this place another try some time. The hostess was very friendly and nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as Always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We have been dining at Public House over the past several months and have NEVER been disappointed.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Dinner at Publick House
    Dick
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Friends have been telling us for years that we should try dining at the Publick House in Sturbridge, MA, so we finally did last Sunday evening. It was terrific - - - met all our expectations. Four of us dined together, and all 4 meals were excellent. Emily was our server, and she did an excellent job, too. The caesar salads were as good as they get, the main entrees were properly prepared and served hot, and the desserts were yummy. The atmosphere was just right, too - just what you'd expect of a 1771 dining room. It was a wonderful evening, and we'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    Lovethebeach
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The Bread basket is a great start to the meal. Our entree's were served hot and tasted great. Our server was wonderful and even brought us substitute side dishes when she saw we did not touch the ones that came with the meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MarkVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food was excellent. Historic atmosphere. Very good service. We enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food is not meant to be fancy. Tastes great. Duck and turkey are always fabulous choices. Great home cooked food in a quaint setting.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Public House still a favorite
    ctsm1951
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Another great stay at the Public House Inn. A wonderful evening meal to celebrate our anniversary made even more special by the attentive care of the staff. The meal was perfect with choices not often found in other restaurants. Still my favorite place to order roast duckling. As usual the portions were plentiful and with the 10% discount offered to guests of the Inn, our cost for a special dinner was very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience!
    Foodie28
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Loved the Publick House. I had the turkey dinner which was fantastic! My husband had the filet mignon which was fork-tender and he enjoyed it immensely. We stopped in their little bakery on the way out to pick up something to take back to the hotel room. We ate in the tavern.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Historic Inn
    lovetodineVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The Publick House Inn is very historic. We like the ambience. The staff is always the best! Food is like home cooking. Servers are very attentive. We never feel rushed when we dine here. It is a nice place to take out-of-town guests.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate