Destination: Publick House Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Posted on March 31, 2013
Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the trademark “Yankee Hospitality” of the Publick House in Sturbridge, Massachusetts was evident from the moment of arrival during a recent visit to Ebenezer’s Tavern. Located in the center of town across from Sturbridge Commons, the magnificent looking, white structure that houses the historic inn and country lodge, is a testament to the beauty of Colonial style architecture. According to the Publick House website, a tall elm just outside was planted in 1791 by Col. Ebenezer Crafts.
Post and beam ceilings, wide plank floors and an open hearth are part of the decor. Successfully blending the ambience of a past era and a relaxed atmosphere with a menu to satisfy today’s patrons, the food here was scrumptious – from Yankee Pot Roast served with butternut squash and mashed or baked potato to roasted turkey with all the traditional fixings to salmon (one of their gluten free selections.) First, however, the cordial waitstaff placed a basket on the table brimming with warm pecan rolls, dinner rolls and sweet breads. Many of those tasty treats are available at the Publick House’s old-fashioned Bake Shoppe, where there is also a small gift shop.
In addition to two dining rooms, the Publick House has large banquet facilities perfect for wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners and a private dining room accented by an authentic fireplace. About a ten minute drive from “Old Sturbridge Village” – a well-known and popular tourist attraction – the Publick House is truly a worthwhile destination.
Route 131, 277 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA 01566, 508-347-3313 or toll free 800-782-5425, http://www.publickhouse.com. Availability of tables can be checked online.