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The Prince & The Pauper - Fresh Ingredients, Creative Cocktails, and Noteworthy Service

Jan 27, 2023 11:22PM ● By Rose Terami
If you’ve ever visited the quaint town of Woodstock, you’ve probably passed by (or eaten at!) one of its fabulous restaurants. Each serves up unique and tasty offerings, and combined with an assortment of cute shops, comfy lodging options, and scenic spots to visit, you’ll find Woodstock is the perfect spot to have a memorable meal, no matter the occasion.

One such restaurant you’ll want to consider is The Prince & The Pauper. For more than 49 years, this elevated dining establishment has been graced by locals and visitors alike with menus featuring classic and contemporary dishes using fresh ingredients, creative cocktails, and noteworthy service from a dedicated 25-member staff.

“The Prince & The Pauper is a well-established fine-dining restaurant that is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.), but also a wonderful place to have a date night out,” says restaurant owner Liz Schwenk. “We pride ourselves on amazing, warm, and welcoming hospitality as well as delightful dishes that you want to come back to enjoy again and again.”

On the menu, one of the most popular dishes is Carré d’Agneau Royale (Lamb Royale), created by the restaurant’s original chef-owner, Chris Balcer. “It has been a P&P classic, lasting many generations,” Liz says.

Every Tuesday through Saturday between 5 and 8pm, The Prince & The Pauper welcomes guests for a memorable dine-in experience, where you’ll enjoy choosing from a rotating selection of chef-prepared seasonal dishes. Reservations are required, and P&P recommends planning at least two weeks ahead of your visit (four weeks ahead in the summer and fall) to secure your preferred date and time. Limited bar seating is also available by reservation.

Located at 24 Elm Street in Woodstock, you’ll enjoy not only your meal but also the beautiful historic interior design, which reflects the village’s history and the Bourdon Building—built in 1820—in which the restaurant resides.

The newest addition a parlor—brings a bright and airy atmosphere to the restaurant, with “wide pine floors and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the bustle of Elm Street and the lush gardens of the Woodstock History Center.”

The lounge, part of the original dining room, is the center of the restaurant and features an antique wooden bar “whose top is crafted from hatch covers that once adorned a wooden sailing ship.” You’ll enjoy your meal in the main dining room, which features “hand-hewn beams, sparkling silver, and warm candlelight.”

Now close to celebrating its 50th year in business, The Prince & The Pauper continues to delight, delivering a top-notch dining experience that you won’t want to miss.

“Whether it’s a special celebration, a romantic evening, or a friends’ night out, we invite you to join us for one of Vermont’s premier dining experiences,” Liz says. “We are so thankful to our guests and community for all the support over the years, and we are grateful for the continued patronage. Cheers to the next 49 years!”

To make a dining reservation at The Prince & The Pauper, call (802) 457-1818.

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