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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.

277 Main Street
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(508) 347-7323

Website:
http://www.publickhouse.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Michael Heenan

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

Additional:
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

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (29)
Authentic (23)
Special Occasion (17)
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Good for Groups (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Cozy (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Business Meals (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Casual (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Fun (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Romantic (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Seasonal (5)
Scenic View (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

This restaurant is a New England treasure. Our server, Janet, was efficient and friendly. She really added to our festive get together. Incredible food and Autumn ambiance made our visit to The Publick Inn one we will certainly remember. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

We took friends who live about a half hour away and who had never been to the Publick House. It was a big hit! The main dining room is lovely, but could benefit from a few dimmer switches (a personal hangup of mine - maybe not other people)

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The food was great and so was the service very nice setting had an enjoyable time catching up with some old friends.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The Publick House is always an enjoyable place to dine. The service is very good and the history is interesting. I would like to go there more often

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Wonderful quintessential New England restaurant. Great for meeting family/friends in a relaxed atmosphere with good food and great service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I was there, reservations made through Open Table, twice this week on 11/7 and 11/9 and were lucky enough to have Janet as our server both times. Terrific service and so welcoming! I will always ask for her. This Inn is about half way between where I live in Massachusetts and my friends in Connecticut so we use this as a halfway location.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good was good and plenty of it. The service was very slow, and was very noisy.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Everything was great! The only problem was parking for handicap and not knowing where to go in for our reservations. We ended up in the "open table" room not knowing that there was another area where we had our reservations. The hostess was very gracious and and gave us the option to stay where we were or to go out and around the building to the dining room. It was too much walking for my friend who is handicapped. The waitress was very good and was very attentive to us.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is a great place for classic for New England comfort food. Is it breaking culinary innovation boundaries? No. But that's not really what you come here for. Tasty food prepared well, served by a terrific and well-oiled waitstaff, and enjoyed in a colonial inn atmosphere...THAT's what you come here for. The turkey dinner, grilled pear, and pecan tart were all delicious. And people go nuts for the basket of breads and pastries served while you check out the menu. Other notes: upstairs dining room takes reservations, large bar and dining room one level down does not. There's a bakery with lots of items to take home (just check the hours). And really pretty spots to sit and chat outside and inside the inn/restaurant buildings. Landscaping and a well kept exterior are bonuses.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fun, Authentic, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Dining at the Publick House is always a pleasure. The atmosphere is charming, the grounds were beautiful and the service is excellent. Seamus was our waiter and he was fantastic, very attentive, not at all intrusive, knowledgeable about the menu and very thoughtfully anticipated all our needs.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Have been going there for many years. Their full turkey dinner is Thanksgiving 365 days a year. Drinks are great too

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Authentic, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Very generous portions of delicious food. Wait staff is very attentive, lovely decor.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Asked to sit near fireplace and my request was granted. I shared the a Turkey dinner with my wife. It was excellent. Also had a shrimp cocktail. The sauce could use some horseradish. Would love to checkout the old tavern at some point.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

I loved this restaurant but I made special arrangements for my dad's birthday to have a corner table (quiet) and a dessert brought over with a candle. Hostess didn't smile and seemed like we were bothering her when we got there.... Room was extremely loud. I went back to confirm cake for my dad with candle and she answered rudely it was set. Dessert with candle never came. Sent an email to the manager - no reply. Wouldn't return!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Mothers birthday dinner

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Made reservations for a Saturday(10/14/17) at 12 :30 pm, though there was no-one in front of us and numerous empty tables it still took the receptionist a seemingly long time to seats us, a party of 4. Once seated it took another 15-20 minutes for a waitress to approach our table and that happened only after we flagged one down as she passed us ( she was not the one assigned to our table). I might add that we noticed numerous waiters and waitresses milling around not much to do! Totally unreasonable wait! Management needs to re-organize their front desk operations regarding assigning wait staff and ensuring that the staff is fulfilling their assignments. The food itself was good, but the delay spoiled the day!

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Our service was wonderful. Micah was attentive, engaging and fun.

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Lovely place. Atmosphere plus. Had chicken pot pie. Ummmm. Husband had scrod. Delicious. Bread bowl fresh choices. A must return. FYI. Martini was good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Outstanding in all regards. Food ,Service and atmosphere

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Fun, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Always a treat when I’m in the area. Lots of New England atmosphere. Great display for Halloween.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Enjoyed our stay Love the old Inn .Food was a little disappointing. Breakfast, in particular I had eggs benedect and found the english muffin not toasted Ham too thick ( s/b Canadian Bacon) and home fries had a off taste to them. Minor details but important. All in all a good stay

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

You won't leave hungry, and the food is delicious. Excellent attention to detail. Highly recommend Publick House.

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was very good and the service was relaxed, which we enjoyed. The atmosphere was pleasant, with one major exception. The lighting was so bright (think Mickey D's on a sunny afternoon) that I wished I had brought sunglasses. It was 9PM on a Saturday evening and it could have greatly improved the atmosphere. The hostess finally unscrewed a couple of bulbs which helped.

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We were very disappointed. Boiled prime rib, overcooked fish, cold mushy vegetables and sticky rice pilaf. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. Do yourself a favor and keep driving.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Waitress was helpful and efficient but not in sight very often. Was not a problem but it could have been. Had the Pot Roast with mashed potatoes and squash. They provided a whole gravy boat on the side so you can add more to whatever you like. Plenty of food and excellent. Have an option to split the plate for $5 which could be handy. Also had creme brûlée for dessert. Large enough that I could have shared but good enough that I finished it all.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2017

I HAVE BEEN GOING TO THE PUBLICK HOUSE FOR YEARS (USED TO GO THERE AS A KID TO TRICK OR TREAT THROUGH THE DINING ROOMS) IT HAS HAD MANY INN KEEPERS OVER THE YEARS SOME GOOD (SOME NOT SO GOOD). THE PRESENT OWNERS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BRING IT BACK TO IT'S "OLD GLORY" AND MUCH MORE. A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO VISIT, EAT AND STAY. CONGRATS TO THE INN KEEPERS OF THE PUBLICK HOUSE FOR MAKING STURBRIDGE COMMON ONE OF THE MOST BEATIFUL IN NEW ENGLAND.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Public House is a gem. The combination of food and atmosphere is exceptional. We spent the night in Sturbridge for the first time during our trip from our summer home in Maine to our home in SC. We will do it again...for the Publick House is that good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We've been to the Publick House numerous times and the Thanksgiving turkey dinner entree never disappoints. The bakery is worth a visit with the sticky buns being a family favorite. So appreciate the gluten free menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

A lovely space. My family and I had a wonderful meal together.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Fun, Scenic View, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our server, Ashley, was very accommodating and charming. Everyone enjoyed their selections.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Disabled Access
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

The menu had excellent offerings but the food was over cooked and overpriced for lunch. The ambiance was excellent and the staff was very professional, except for the wait staff. The attentiveness level was subpar, for example: beverages were not refilled.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Service was slow, bread basket was great with pecan rolls, corn bread, whipped butter.
Half duck surprisingly came with two legs and no breast!

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

We went down to the Brimfield Flea market to celebrate our friends 50th. We made reservations here and were not disappointed in anyway. Service was wonderful, food fabulous, desert ridiculous and the experience unforgettable! Props to all!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

The salmon was delicious and the young waiter was very friendly and helpful, especially when we asked for different sides from what was offered with the dish.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Overall food was good, with the exception of one, in our groups meals. He ordered prime rib (rare) and the meat came cold. So much fat around the edges, and the guest stated that the meat tasted old. The corn bread in the bread basket was definitely old and hard. Considering we were in a party of four, only one meal was not good. Otherwise things were good.

Tags: Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Perhaps one of the worst meals we've had in a very long time. It started with the drinks - a dirty martini and cosmopolitan neither of which was drinkable. The manager did refund us and provided a glass of wine instead. The cinnamon rolls were acceptable but the other breads in the basket were stale. The prime rib entree, purportedly a house special, was overdone

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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Well prepared food and very friendly service. The fresh blueberry pie with whipped cream is highly recommended - the pie crust was crisp and there were fresh uncooked berries mixed in with the cooked.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Understaffed for the evening and slammed by an off-the-menu wedding rehearsal, the waitstaff was attentive, helpful and kept a leisurely pace. Front of the house staff was courteous, friendly and kept a sense of humor. The meal was "good honest food" vs. haute cuisine and lots of it.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2017

It was a special night for a friend with her children and I.
It was wonderful

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Fun, Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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