A History Still in the Making . . .
The Publyk House has been a destination restaurant and Bennington favorite for more than 45 years. Originally, the old horse barn stood not more than a mile away on Rice Lane before it was moved to its existing location. Soon after, it opened as Publyk House restaurant in 1972 by a group of local investors who had purchased the old three-story horse barn. The partners renovated the old barn into a restaurant to again serve fine food to hungry travelers from Zechariah’s hill. Serving traditional New England fare in a warm and inviting ambiance, the restaurant opened to rave reviews and remained a popular local haunt for locals.
Years later as The Publyk House once again, the red barn still exudes that same warmth and character as before with barn board paneling and multiple fireplaces. Steven & Lauren Bryant are the current owners of this long-time restaurant, as well as the renowned Dorset Inn and Barrows House Inn in Dorset, VT.
With a nod toward the past yet with an eye on the future, they have once again captured the essence of The Publyk House charm. Just one step into the lobby and you can feel the warmth of the brick hearth and smell the aroma of honey baked bread. The dinner menu includes some of the old-time favorites…Baked New England Cod, Blue Ox NY Strip, Slow Cooked Prime Rib and Herb Roasted Chicken. As always, diners are treated to our bountiful salad bar & fresh honey wheat bread loaf with whipped maple butter with their meal. If you enjoy the fare here at the Publyk House, please join us in the summer at our newest restaurant on the waters of Lake Bomoseen ~ The Lake House Pub & Grille. Also visit our bakery and café, Dorset Rising, in the village of Dorset, and if you are seeking beautiful wedding options, check out our Old Gray Barn in Rupert.