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About 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.
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Comfort Food, American
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary parking available for up to 300, nestled in the back of our building. Handicap parking available in the front of the building.
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 ext. 28
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Publick House Ratings and Reviews
The Publick House never fails to disappoint and the pre-Valentine day dinner was no exception. From the sticky buns served before dinner through the Valentine specials, an excellent wine list topped off with a perfect creme brulet made for a memorable evening with our friends. The evening continued to the next day with breakfast treats from Bake Shoppe.
We loved our birthday gathering here. The atmosphere was a lot of fun especially if you like old houses turned into restaurants, it is a beautiful building, our waitress was extra knowledgeable about the menu and was very pleasant. Everyone loved their meal. The reason I did not give 5 stars on food was because the green beans were very plain and the spaghetti squash was clumpy. But I would definitely go back and try another meal.
Interesting selection of New England Classics and newer favorites. Enjoyed the shrimp cocktail and the pan roasted free range chicken. They serve an excellent bread basket with home made cinnamon buns and corn bread, can be a bit tricky for those with a nut allergy so speak up if that's an issue for your party. Service was excellent, our server tried to accommodate dietary needs and was gave helpful feedback on the menu. Beautiful, historic location with a massive parking lot behind the inn. Great for groups, but make a reservation.
We return here sporadically; it's a bit of a drive, otherwise we'd go more often.
Very traditional ambiance and menu. So, good if you like that sort of thing (we do), or if you want to bring out of the area guests for something New Englandy.
They do a lot of functions here, and at times it can get quite busy, and I think the service suffers a bit at those times. This time was the day of the Patriots game, so it was not as busy as usual.
Food is usually good, but can be inconsistent. This time it was much better than last couple of times. I had the duck which was nicely roasted and not greasy. The sauce was very good, and I would have like a bit more of it. Their mashed potatoes are rich - I suspect they use cream, and the accompanying asparagus was perfectly cooked.
Dining companion had wedge salad followed by scallops for the main course. The blue cheese dressing was exceptional. The salad, which is a simple preparation, had lots of bacon surrounding the iceberg lettuce. If I had made this at home, I would have thrown the bacon in the microwave for a few seconds so it could appear on the salad hot and crisp.
For dessert we split the Indian pudding; it's one of my favorites, and it seemed different this time, with an even deeper, spicier flavor. I was tempted to order a second serving.
All in all, this is a nice excuse to get out of the house after being trapped by cold and snow for what seems ages.
All five diners at our table were happy with the variety of menu choices, and the quantity and quality of the food. (The bread basket was especially popular.) The fire in the fireplace was welcoming. Our server Janet was attentive and informative. Overall a very pleasant dining experience!
The restaurant is not handicap accessible. The restaurant is a very old inn, that has been added on and added on and then added on again. There is handicap parking out front but your person still has to climb 5 steep steps to the interior. To get from the back parking to the restaurant, you have to wander of maze of hallways. The waitress had to travel between the bar and the restaurant for drinks which required long absences for the beverages. My nephew's cup of coffee had a wine cork in it (yuck) and my water glass was stuck to the table (very sticky surface). The food was average but I think people come to the location for the historic environment. I would recommend that the restaurant staff be trained to welcome the guests to the Publick House, ask if they have been to the restaurant before and would they be interested in hearing the history of the House. The staff should be fluent in old town Sturbridge history including any significant guests that stay in the Inn, any battles, claims to fame. There is a beautiful resource in the Publick House and they should maximize the attraction. The owners should put some time into scrubbing and finishing table surfaces and having a keen eye for cleanliness. The water glasses, which were empty when we arrived, did not appear clean, maybe someone with greasy fingers set the table. Again, this restaurant could be an amazing and cozy experience but right now it needs some attention and TLC.
Food quality was not that good. Although the waitress was very pleasant it did not make up for the food. The scallop dish was mediocre, the crab cake was cold with an unimpressive taste. The other dishes were so-so. I would not recommend this restaurant to my friends.
This is an historic inn from the 18th century and a stone's throw from Sturbridge Village. Their specialty is turkey dinner which is served every day. However, they also have great seafood and a gastro menu that is extensive. They have kept the dining rooms and bar in the fashion of 1780 and also have rooms available.
We had our family Christmas get together here this year and April, our waitress, made it a very special occasion.
We had a reservation on a Wednesday for 5:45, arrived and was seated on time, but waited for 20 minutes before anyone took our drink order, waited another 20 minutes for the drinks to arrive. We ordered when the drinks arrived and it was another 45 minutes before our meals arrived. Excuse for bad service was they were crowded and our waiter had many tables to cover including a group of 11 in another room. I understand it is a week before Christmas and lots of people are out but it's managements responsibility to plan the staff levels properly so everyone is treated fairly. Meals were very good as usual and I would expect not to have this poor service next time we come to the Public House.
Another wonderful time with close friends in the Dining Room of the Publick House. Seated near the large open hearth fireplace, with traditional Christmas decor to appreciate, we were so happy to enjoy a variety of splendid meals and beverages with our attentive server, Cameron, in a full room of festive diners.
We originally had reservations for 8:30 but could not make it until 8:45. We were told the dining room closes at 9:00 and our reservations would be moved to the Ebeneezer Tavern. We were familiar with the tavern and did not mind. Two people in my party had salads and the third had a fish sandwich which he said was fine. I had a chicken pot pie which was served luke warm and had to return for heating and was still not that hot when returned. Our waiter was very apologetic and said he did not have much faith in the cook.
We have had many pleasant experiences at the Public House but this wasn't one of them.
Our server , Cameron, went above and beyond the call of duty. He noticed that one of the turkey dinners had a very small portion of dark meat. half dark & half white was ordered.
He brought to our table an additional serving of dark meat turkey. He was very polite and accommodating.
We loved the Publick House. Great food and better atmosphere. Our waitress, Shirley was terrific! We were meeting with old friends we don't see often. The meal was relaxed and pace allowed good conversation right in front of the fire place.
Will definitely be back.
The service at the Publick House was exceptional. The staff made us feel welcome and made sure we had some privacy for our mini baby shower.
The food was good - especially the bread basket and the desserts!
Guests at the lunch traveled from NY, NJ, CT and MA. All would do it again.
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