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Publick House
Publick House

Publick House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.publickhouse.com
  • Phone: (508) 347-7323
  • 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: Comfort Food, American
  • 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 (508) 347-7323 x28

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerComfort Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Food is not meant to be fancy. Tastes great. Duck and turkey are always fabulous choices. Great home cooked food in a quaint setting."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The Publick House is an old favorite and a great meeting place for people getting together between Boston and Hartford. Built in 1771, it has been in continuous operation in one form or another since then and has served George Washington, Ben Franklin as well as modern celebrities. The food is typical "comfort" food (Yankee Food). Lobster Mac n' Cheese, Turkey dinners, Pot Roast, Shepherd's Pie and Prime Rib are among the favorites. There is also a full GF menu as well. The quality of the food is quite good and the service is also very good. If you are ever in Sturbridge this is a place you should try at least once."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My sister and I had dinner at Publick House. We both agreed, that was the best meal we've eaten out, in a long time. I only wish I lived closer; I'd be a regular customer. We had dinner in the tavern. Great atmosphere; a typical old New England tavern."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The Publick House is always a nice place to stop on the way home from Maine, New Hampshire or the Boston area. It always has very traditional offerings like Fish and Chips, Prime Rib and the Turkey Dinner Feast. It is always good and plentiful and the prices are reasonable. If you are a foodie or looking for something out of the ordinary then this is not the place for you."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The setting is quientessensial New England and has an old tavern feel. For that reason, it's worth experiencing. The food was OK, not outstanding. The wait staff was underwhelming."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • " We met a couple for lunch - friends we made on a recent cruise and were looking forward to catching up with. We ordered sandwiches for lunch and took note of the message at the top of the menu that stated soup or salad and dessert for $8.oo addition. After our sandwiches and soup, I enquired about the dessert. The waitress said that did not apply because we did not specify ahead of time that we would choose to have dessert. WHAT? This is not clear."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Charming server and interesting historic setting. Great roll basket. Food is just average, but comfort food choices are a nice option."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "When I made the reservation, I had requested a nice table since it was a birthday dinner and the first time dining here for someone from out of state. We ended up at a table in the middle of the dining room between two tables with children at both of them (one was being loud and fussy while the parent did nothing to calm her and the other table was very well behaved). I specifically left my children with a sitter so I could have a nice quiet dinner out. (So much for that.) Our waitress (Rachel) was very pleasant and the food was great. The atmosphere is pure New England charm and I would recommend dining here for anyone who likes that type of setting."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "a delicious American meal at an historic inn. We ate in the Tap Room which was wonderful, very historic. Our waitress was friendly and helpful, not rushed and catered to our every need. Only criticism is that the tables were too close togeter and the hostess tended to seat guests in a clump."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The perfect night to spend with good friends who had never dined out at the Public House. Everything was just perfect, from our waitress to our meals to the ambience of the room. Our meals started with soup or the salad and ended with the blueberry pie for me, which was the best blueberry cream pie I had ever eaten and of course the pecan rolls are always a big hit! After our dining experience we enjoyed showing them some of the individual dining rooms that we had eaten in previously at Thanksgiving & Christmas. Thanks for a perfect dining experience with great friends."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My wife asked to have her salmon grilled instead of pan fried. The chef was very accommodating and grilled the salmon to perfection. I enjoyed the roast turkey dinner immensely. The waitress staff, Chrissy and Shirley, were very friendly and attentive to our needs. All in all we had a wonderful experience and will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Both the food taste and presentation was extremely poor. Beautiful location is all it had in its favor."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We have been stopping at the Public House, for dinner, on our way to Maine for many years. We have never been disappointed. The food and service are always outstanding. The following morning, we stop at Public House Bakery for breakfast — can't be beat!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Waitress was OK...not very personable...seemed a bit bored. Beef not as ordered, but very tasty. Potatoes and butternut squash very good..and hot. Desserts disappointing. You're getting a nice meal at a historic inn, nothing more, nothing less."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The Publick House in Sturbridge is an original 18th Century Inn which served the likes of John and Sam Adams and many other founders of our Nation. You walk into the Tap Room ( Main dining area) and the original exposed Beams and Hugh Fireplace will transport you back to a time when Horsepower came only from a horse and hospitality meant sitting down to a joint of Mutton, a glass of Port, and the company of many good friends. As we were being seated at our table, the fragrent smell of many roaring fires hinted at many warm, cozy evenings within these walls. Our lunch was served quickly, the menu was varied, but true to the colonial history of the Inn. Food quality was solid, well presented and flavors well balanced. Price moderate."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We took our two friends out for lunch to the Publick House for their 80th birthdays and had a wonderful time. We had been there together a number of years ago but it was nice to go back again. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals, the ambience, and also the 80th birthday cake which we ordered through the restaurant. Our friends couldn't have been happier with their birthday outing!! Many thanks to the Publick House for making it so memorable for all of us."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The family went here for Fathers Day after visiting Old Sturbridge Village and the wonderful comfort food menu pleased everyone. Roast turkey dinner, pot roast and lobster pie were all excellent. The young waitress couldn't keep straight who had which wine so we kept getting each others' orders. But otherwise we had a terrific evening."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Catering and business functions best suited, dining rooms are appealing wait staff above avg Food is what it is appropriate for a large function facility."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "My wife and I came here on our recent vacation to Sturbridge and we made reservations on Open Table months ago. We sat in the main dining hall area on the second floor. Our server, Micah, was prompt and polite and very professional. Our appetizers were delicious and we finished both of them. Our entree were also extremely delicious. I had the lobster mac and cheese and it had a tremendous amour of lobster meat, more than most other places. My wife had the lobster pie and it was the same with that. We would definitely come again."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The Publick Houe has a colonial charm, reminder of the early days in New England. Food is always delicious, plentiful, and all the staff is wonderful, pleasant, helpful in all ways. We like to go here for special occasions. It is a bit noisey when there are a lot of people in the dining room, but otherwise we love it and consider it one of our favorite places in New England."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "My spinach salad was very good. The terriaki steak was slightly tough. Many of the entres are traditional and in gravy or sauced which I don't like. Those who had fish and chips liked them very much. I'm not a fan of anything deep fried so avoided them. Service is top notch both in the restaurant at lunch and in the tavern for a light supper. The onion soup in the tavern was great and fortunately not over salted. What I did miss was some good crusty bread to go with the soup. Our guests liked the sticky buns and corn bread. I would definitely recommend this place for lunch and a late supper. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Been to the Publick House perhaps 10-12 times over the years, starting when our children were young perhaps 25 years ago. The food is basic, not for foodies. But the colonial ambience is sometimes nice. The sticky buns are always in the bread baskets so there's that. They no longer put out relish dishes (apparently they stopped doing this a few years ago). Don't go to the Publick House for the food. Go for the experience... and the slow service. And of course if the bakery is open you can pick up corn bread and even more sticky buns."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We really enjoyed dining at the Publick House. The portions were unbelieveable! The food was very good. The food was on the plain side which was good for me, I prefer tasting the food I eat. The bread basket was like dessert! I thought that for the prices of the food to have paper placemats was tacky. The noise level was also to high for us. With that said I would definitely go back though. I enjoyed it that much."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "There was no one at the desk to seat us ...waited 5 - 10 minutes. When seated no one served us .....for 15 minutes. Once we had a server she did well. I had brought someone new and wanted to showcase a nice inn.......but they disappointed us. Yes - I am a local /longtime customer and I expect more."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We always seem to stop here for lunch or dinner between Boston and Philadelphia when we are in the mood for real comfort food. We are never disappointed. The food is excellent an service superb. On our most recent visit, the special pork chop was really delicious - moist and tender. My wife thoroughly enjoyed the salmon entree."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "For the price of the food I expected much more. The food was lukewarm at best and seriously under seasoned. We ordered the Turkey dinner which came with gravy that was so cold it didn't pour. The desserts looked amazing but it stopped there, they were flavorless. The molten lava cake was like eating fudge and had NO molt. The service was excellent. The ambience was off the charts. I might return again for the experience not the food. Lunch cost the 4 of us $160 w/tip, desserts and no Alcohol. Can you say outrageous! At least at those prices I expect my food to be hot. On the way out we each bought something at the fabulous bakery for another $15. Again, no flavor and much of the stuff was old and stale. Maybe I wouldn't go back after all!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Excellent meal & waiters - Charles & Tyrone??? Were kind enough to bring cupcake w/candle when I mentioned it was a BD dinner. But ---- very noisy."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I was a bit taken aback by the name of this place, but was I glad I went. On a visit to Sturbridge Village and starving, I ate as much as I could fit then gladly left with a to-go bag! I had the turkey dinner which they served with my own gravy boat!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Perfect for a quiet evening out. The food is very well done standard New England fare. Shepherd s pie and the traditional turkey dinner were real favorites. Our sever truly contributed to our enjoyment Food is not sophisticated but rawly delicious."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We went for lunch and the menu was very interesting as was the wine list. The food was very very good and there is nothing I would change. They offered sweet buns and breads which were wonderful, and they have a bakery in the same building! I would return and recommend this highly."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This place is charming! It's historical, classic & warm & friendly. The butternut squash ravioli is a must! The turkey day dinner is outrageously good & large! Whenever we travel to & from Boston this is a definite!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Lunch at the Publick House continues to be our favorite place to meet up with folks from CT and MA. Reliably good food and service."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Although the crowd is bait older there are great drinks and the bar area is fun"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "was there for a conference, so a convenient place for lunch. waiter was very nice, food, meh. menus not very inspiring. Stale bread in the bread basket, my friend had a stale croissant for her sandwich. My fried haddock was nicely done, though."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Cozy fire, good wine, great service, delicious salmon. Turkey dinner the real deal but order something else for a more special occasion"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We had booked the Publick House one month in advance for a family get together. Despite the fact that the reservations a month in advance, upon arrival we had to wait while they 'put some tables together'. We were shuffled into a function room with stark white lighting, scratched tables and rickety chairs. I can only liken the experience as 'diner like'. If fact, there was a telephone in the room that was constantly ringing. The service was slow . The desserts came from the 'bakery' and were billed separately. The meal was OK but not worth the $30/meal -- cold upon arrival. The entire experience was overpriced, poorly managed and no atmosphere. I felt like a third class citizen paying first class prices. Would not recommend it."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We always look forward to our visit to the Public House. Whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner we enjoy a delicious meal and so enjoy sitting by the open fire during these long cold winter months."
    Dined on 3/14/2014