F&B Improvements at Williamsburg Inn are Many
The historic Williamsburg Inn in Williamsburg, Virginia, reopens following the completion of the second phase of its most extensive renovation in 15 years. “Honoring John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s standards of classic elegance and sophistication, the Williamsburg Inn retains its traditional charm while introducing updated luxury accommodations, a stunning new reflection pool entrance, world-class dining concepts and exquisite private event spaces,” states the Inn’s announcement.
Originally opened in 1937, the hotel preserves its 19th-century Regency architectural style while integrating contemporary themes. The Williamsburg Inn was conceived by Rockefeller, who oversaw the original design, construction and furnishing with his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller.
The F&B aspects of the revamp are many:
Exceptional Dining and Expanded Event Space
In partnership with the award-winning hospitality firm Puccini Group, the Williamsburg Inn unveils distinctive dining concepts. Menus throughout the dining venues pay homage to the evolution of a uniquely American cuisine that embraces Southern traditions with infusions of tastes and influences of cultures worldwide. Featuring locally sourced ingredients, the creative cuisine epitomizes the nouveau British approach to gastronomy: refined, worldly, sophisticated, and adventurous with a nod to tradition.
The Rockefeller Room offers contemporary fine dining and is the Williamsburg Inn’s new signature dining experience. The restaurant is designed as an exceptional destination for locals, travelers, and discerning guests alike. Influenced by Imperial British cuisine, the menu celebrates the abundant produce and high-quality meats of the Chesapeake Bay region and its long history of embracing international tastes. Highlighted dinner items include Brown Butter Dumplings; Oysters Abby; Sugar Pea Salad; Turbot with fennel and Lyonnaise potatoes; Coriander-scented Chicken Breast with mushroom mélange; and the signature The Rockefeller filet mignon with Carolina shrimp. Sunday brunch items include Duck and Waffles with blackberry syrup; Bananas Foster French Toast with rum and maple syrup; Curry Carrot Soup with ginger Chantilly; and Croque Mary with Virginia ham, poached eggs, and spinach.
The Social Terrace presents a new 7,000-square-foot patio extension adjacent to the main lobby that offers al fresco dining with a menu of shareable, inventive dishes including entrées, flatbreads, and desserts. The gathering area highlights an outdoor bar, multiple seating areas, and a gorgeous water feature set amongst picturesque views. The comfortable seating arrangements encourage guests to lounge and enjoy the beautiful landscape. The terrace bar will serve creative patio cocktails, local beer, and outstanding wine selections. The Social Terrace is a notable addition to the hotel and is available for private social events with tenting capability.
The Goodwin and Terrace Rooms offer an upscale breakfast retreat and continue serving food and cocktails throughout the day. Showcasing a chic, airy ambiance, the dining rooms highlight breakfast items such as Sugared Donut Holes, Eggs Benedict, and Crab Hash. Select lunch items include The Goodwin Burger and fries with tomato-onion jam, Gouda, and arugula; Ploughman’s Plate with cured meats, cheeses, and craft pickles; and Coronation Shrimp Salad with farmer’s greens, grapes, and almonds.
The Restoration Bar provides guests a relaxing place to gather for a good drink and conversation. The menu features time-honored libations and culinary delights. Guests can find the Williamsburg Inn’s favorite spirits, fit for the modern palate, combined in cocktails that reflect the early influences of British global trade on colonial Virginia. The bar’s cocktails embrace time-honored luxury, paired with culinary delights.
The stately Queen’s Terrace has been expanded to offer 1,800 square feet of elegant private event space set against the backdrop of Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club’s award-winning Gold Course.
The refreshed Regency Room is a 3,996-square-foot ballroom that is ideal for weddings and social events. The sophisticated group space, which features a contemporary and elegant atmosphere, will also host holiday brunches and dinners.
Afternoon tea will be served seasonally in the lobby and on the Social Terrace, highlighting fine loose-leaf tea selections, Virginia ham biscuits with honey mustard butter, fresh-baked scones with lemon curd jam, and warm tea cookies.