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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerComfort Food
Publick House reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (33)romantic (21)neighborhood gem (18)great for lunch (17)fit for foodies (14)scenic view (14)good for groups (12)kid-friendly (9)great for brunch (6)great for outdoor dining (4)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Beautiful restaurant! Plenty
    Noons2001
    Dined on 3/12/2012
    Beautiful restaurant! Plenty of parking out back. The food was delicious- we started with crab cake and fried ravioli apps and the bread basket- Absolutely outstanding! We could have stopped here (but didn't). Ordered the salmon and baked scrod for dinners- delicious with no frills. We commented that it was like dining in someone's home. Downsides (not many and not huge) were the waitstaff was very busy- there was a large fundraising function going on in another part of the inn so there was a lag between drinks and for bread. Additionally, there were some Irish stepdancers loudly dancing over our heads. It made for loud conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant is riding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/11/2012
    This restaurant is riding on its laurels.It is an historic and quaint building with mediocre food. Two, out of three, main entrees were luke warm. The table legs were uneven so we ended up putting sugar cubes under one leg. I ordered a whiskey sour, which came in a martini glass (unadorned) And tasted watery. Tables are close together and the main dining room was fairly noisy. Soups were good and entrees, although Not hot, we're tasty.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • surprisingly good. spotty
    chuckmac07VIP
    Dined on 2/29/2012
    surprisingly good. spotty server presence, but fresh salads & entrees (salmon, chicken and haddock) were a treat. my expectations are usually low fir these "historic" inns, but Publick House was neither old nor tired food-wise. very good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New England Colonial Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2012
    I've been staying at the Inn and enjoying dinner and breakfast at the restaurant for years. The food is always outstanding and consistent in quality. The service is pleasant and the atmosphere is colonial New England. The Duck and Turkey are my favorite items on the menu. Try the grilled portabella mushroom w/ balsamic dressing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I hadn't been to the Publick
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/12/2012
    I hadn't been to the Publick House in about 20 years. It was as memorable as I remembered it. The old building has so much to look at. I was impressed by the variety in the bread basket, I had one of each. The spinach salad was fresh and I really enjoyed the dressing. I had the lobster pie. It was a cracker crust, lots of claw meat . The mashed potatoes & squash were fresh and delicious. The dessert was very good, I had the Indian Pie, which I could not finish because I was so full. Our waitress was very busy and very friendly. We were very happy with our experience and I think we will plan a return trip in the future.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional New England ambience.
    barb
    Dined on 12/26/2011
    Exceptional New England ambience. Good New England style food. Highly recommend the Indian Pudding for dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our only complaint was that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/15/2011
    Our only complaint was that we were not served the bread basket. Otherwise the food and service were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice but also very loud.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/7/2011
    The hostess seemed overwhelmed but once we were at our table things were fine- we had a very nice server. We both had the turkey dinner- and it was like eating a nice home cooked meal. The pecan rolls are wonderful too! The place strives for a colonial feel so there isn't much to absorb sound- expect it to be very loud- that was a huge drawback. It was hard to hear the person at your own table and since my husband is hard of hearing he stated that he didn't want to go back even though the food was great. I was a little put off by the cobwebs in the lanterns- made me wonder how often they clean. It's a dark restaurant. I hear they have a nice bakery but we were too stuffed from our meals to bother with dessert.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Public House - Always Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2011
    I have stayed and eaten at the Public House many times. The food is always well prepared and the service is excellent. Try the Duck, or the Turkey Dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to get comfort
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/18/2011
    Great place to get comfort food at very affordable prices; desert menu is great too. Make your meal "complete" and you get a salad/soup and desert for $8more. If your in the area, I'd strongly suggest stopping by.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Its a nice dining experience.
    VeronicaVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2011
    Its a nice dining experience. Food is good, ambiance is nice, service is good. We'll go back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed the historic feel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/14/2011
    We enjoyed the historic feel but the tables were very close together. We were seated at a small table in the corner near where the dishes were gathered by the wait staff, so we listened to plates banging together during dinner. We noticed our server had table spread all over the dining area which detracted from her attentiveness.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful historic grounds,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/8/2011
    Beautiful historic grounds, mediocre food, lacking staff and hospitality is a foreign word...
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NOISY
    Marvsez
    Dined on 9/25/2011
    Much too noisy, like sitting in an echo chamber. The four of us found it impossible to converse without shouting, which is what all the other diners were doing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't go here when they are
    P2P2VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2011
    Don't go here when they are hosting weddings. They took a 7:30 reservation but closed the restaurant around 8:30 p.m. (why did they take the reservation then?) Staff was sweeping and cleaning up the rest of the empty restaurant while we were eating. Went to see the historic building but won't be going back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is comfort food of the
    FoodieNYCVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2011
    This is comfort food of the highest order. Wondering if it's as good as Mom (or Grandma) makes? Wonder no more. The Roast Turkey Dinner with Trimmings was a knockout, with delectable gravy, sausage & cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash puree and cranberry. Everyone at the table who laughed when I ordered "Thanksgiving" in August was jealous when my plate arrived. There was plenty for tastings. Portions are generous and I recommend sharing. Salads are very fresh and expertly prepared. The lobster mac & cheese is as good as it sounds and happily can also be ordered as an appetizer (it's enough for an entree!). Prices are excellent considering the quality and a value for what you get. Best bread basket! Do not miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet