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“A Little Medieval in Colonial Olde Towne Alexandria”
Review of Medieval Madness

Medieval Madness
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Owner description: The Medieval Madness Feast is located inside John Strongbow's Tavern. It features medieval entertainment that incorporates the arts and history to join people and communities in fun and good fellowship. Reservations include a four-course feast with dishes like Gallentyn Pye, Chicken Skewers Roasted in Plum Sauce, Three-berry tart and more. Food and seating are arranged family style. Reservations required.
Reviewed 28 September 2011

Don't be looking for any medieval castle in Olde Towne, but have the address in hand as the restaurant can easily be missed in the mist of colonial Olde Towne storefronts on the main street. Once you enter the front door you are transformed to another time period with medieval decor and greeted by charactor actors/servants in period dress of the time, who will lead you to your table and seat. You will share one of two long communal tables along each side of a long narrow room.

The dining hall has been reproduced as close as possible to medieval specs that included the construction of the the tables and chairs and tableware. The 'thrones' of the King and Queen has been carved by master craftsmen. The hall is dimly light with candles as there were no electricity 'back then.' While the hall is medieval, the limited restroom facilities are modern day and will experience lines at peak times.

Your dinner will be typical medieval fare following actual medieval recipes and is served family style with food bowls meant to be shared with 4-6 fellow table companions. The wenches will bring you more refills as needed. You will want to be sure your hands are clean as you will be eating with them as no forks and knives were invented yet and since salt was expensive in those times, no salt or pepper is used or anywhere in sight. Fortunately for us, a nearby table companion had been there before and brought his own salt shaker and shared it. If you plan on drinking beer, which is included in the price, you pick up your medieval tanker after you're seated and will gladly be refilled as frequently as you like and then returned at the end of the dinner. Other beverages/drinks are available for sale at the bar.

Between courses the servers who are also the actors will perform and/sing to a script that changes. The Kings and Queen presides over the evening and was thoroughly entertaining. The night we attended was the beginning of a new script that was both relevant to current events and funny with the incorporation of audience participation for a couple of the parts. Children under the 10 may not get the jokes though. At the end, the knights perform a medieval marshal arts sword fight for their fair maiden.

For a totally different experience to your 'colonial' visit, spending an evening with 'Medieval Madness' is an entertaining escape from the modern world.

4  Thank Carol210
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Reviewed 24 September 2011

We first attended with a Groupon. Since then, we have gone back twice more on our own and brought a group with us once.

They strive to be authentic. From the hand-carved chairs to the food (they have changed the menu as they learn more about what foods were available and eaten at the time) to the real sword fight using the Medieval martial art. (It's not choreographed-- the knights are out to win!) And, the food is quite tasty, even if you have to eat with your hands. :-)

You'll dine while the wenches bring you more ale and the sword fight happens in the middle of the room. The wenches and minstral will sing from time to time. During the evening a play is carried out, involving the Duke and Duchess, and you are the guests for a banquet, though the occasion for the feast varies. They change the script every few months, and it's been great fun to watch the overall story arc develop. And, when they drop in references to prior events from earlier scripts, it's fun to be "in the know."

It's great for kids and adults. We have a blast every time and I highly recommend it to people.

1  Thank Traveling_Gal_Renee
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