Tina made our meal so special. we loved the food but we loved Tina more. She has a special knack for making people feel welcome. She has a genuine personality and is very warm. We will request her next time - thank you!
I hadn't been here in a long time. My memory was great N.E. traditional food. I was sorely disappointed in my tasteless pot roast dinner. However, 2 out of the 5 had pot roast and we both felt the same way. The other 3 in my party thought the food was ok but nothing more.
Two friends, one from the Boston area and one from the western Ct. area met here for lunch.
We have done this before and always found The Publick House in Sturbridge to be a great mid point for both of us and they are always welcoming, with good food, service and easy parking...
Family favorite for decades. Can't miss with the turkey dinner! Very diligent with food sensitivities with a very robust gluten-free menu and even gluten-free rolls. We always take home leftovers to make sure we save room for yummy desserts! We look forward to returning soon!
Tina, our waitress, was very efficient, prompt and pleasant. The turkey dinner here is always excellent.
I have never been here before and thoroughly enjoyed the food, service and ambience. We had the house special turkey dinner - more moist and tender than any I have eaten. Wonderful bread basket.
Several large birthday groups made for lots of noise, and very busy wait staff. This is not the norm based on our previous visits. We will return.
Tasty NewEngland fare and excellent unobtrusive service
Very enjoyable meal. Our waiter Cameron was outstanding. He is very personable and remembered us from a visit at Christmas time. He even recalled my favorite wine. Checks back when he needs to without being intrusive.
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 had reservations but arrived earlier than planned and we were able to be seated right away. Our waitress was attentive and very pleasant!!! The food was hot and delicious,all around great experience!!!
So good we went 2 nights in a row!
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!
Rustic Inn is a nice setting in winter with the fireplaces ablaze. Attentive service.
I meet a friend here each year around the holidays. It is very nice and the food is good. I always go to the bakery on my way out!
A great place to meet old friends. Easy to get to from the highway. Food is good and services is fantastic.
Nobody rushed us. We had plenty of time to talk, eat, and be merry.
The Publick House is one of our favorite restaurants to meet special friends. The atmosphere is cozy, food is always phenomenal and you get more than your money's worth. The bakery tops it off. Would highly recommend this~!
On a very cold night, what a great place to visit and dine. Atmosphere , service, food, everything was perfect.
Exceptional historic cuisine, delicious food especially for traditional New England fare and excellent service.
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.
The ambiance was very nice but the food was did not wow me. I still enjoyed the gathering but it was pricey for the quality of the food.
We had a great time as always. The food and atmosphere are outstanding.
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.
Publick House is fantastically decorated for Christmas with the largest most beautiful gingerbread house ever. The historical setting is perfect for any time or a special occasion. The food is delicious and staff is kind and accommodating.
Beautiful cozy with the fireplaces burning. A little noisy but the ambiance is worth visiting this historic restaurant. Wait staff very attentive and on top of everything you need.
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.
The food was good. The atmosphere was fabulous. The service was so slow. We waited for about 15 minutes before our waitress even got to the table. We had plans and we were late. 2 1/2 hours for dinner was a bit too long for the kids.
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 waiter, Seamus was AWESOME! He made the evening a wonderful dining experience.
Can't wait to go back!
Always a pleasure to dine at the Publick House! The two entrees for one is a great way to enjoy this historical Inn casually on a Monday night.
The frittata was dry and over cooked but the others I was with enjoyed their different menu choices. The waitress was excellent
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.
Despite a very busy Saturday night, the very busy hostess worked to accommodate our seating request. The waitress submitted our order to give us the most economical bill. As always, a great meal and a wonderful visit.
Very nice dinner. Loved the ambiance