Medieval Madness

Written by on February 15, 2013 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

How I heard of this place: When planning my birthday surprise for my husband a few months back, I was contemplating Medieval Times – a place I know he loves; I overheard a conversation at work between two co-workers who claimed that Medieval Madness is much more worth the money. It was decided.

Type of cuisine: Medieval fare – a focus on meat and root vegetables, no salt (it was used primarily as a preservative in Medieval times), and beer & wine imported directly from European vineyards and using methods that have been around and sustained since the 1100s through the 1400s.

Ambiance: The unassuming, small window-front opens into a vanishingly long, rectangular, dim-lit room. One table on each side of the room, extending the space from stage to kitchen provides reserved seating for all of the guests present on this Friday eve.  Chandeliers dot the middle of the intricately tiled ceilings, coat of arms flags grace the walls, which also hold trinkets (for sale) of characteristic Medieval armatures.

MM Trinkets

Medieval Madness is a memorable, fun night out of political satire set in 15th century England. It’s fair maidens with food and ale, song, comedy, Europe’s finest ale and real sword competitions. It’s short bursts of entertainment. It’s fellowship and fun with friends old and new. It’s a revolution in the arts, the only destination which joins so many artistic disciplines into one powerful night, the only destination which produces brand new shows every four months. Join the revolution and partake of the fun!”

MM Chandelier

What I ordered: The pre-set menu arrives in stages. First, the fresh black- and blue-berries, fresh baked bread  (rolls are a mixture of white, wheat or cheese) served with butter, house-made cinnamon-pear sauce and honey-mustard:

MM Bread Rolls


Sausage and sweet, cinnamon-glazed roasted carrots:

MM Roasted Carrots


Slow roasted beef carved table side:

MM Roast

Fresh-roasted rosemary fowl with yam puffs:

MM Chicken

Yam Puffs

And a simple pound cake for dessert.

What I loved: The cinnamon-pear sauce, the sausage was nice (though fatty) and the chicken inundated with a nice rosemary scent.

Why I loved it: Welcome, Lords and Ladies, to the only place where you experience a live comedy show, a magnificent medieval feast, and men in tights.

Medieval Madness is a grand celebration, an explosion of the arts, the performing arts, the comedic arts, the musical arts, the visual arts, the martial arts, the culinary arts, and the wine and beer making arts. Did we mention comedy? Comedy? Comedy!”

Cost: $50 per person for a group of eight or more (reserved in advance); $79 per person for parties of less than eight persons.

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