Brook Restaurant and Ice Cream Stand, Westwood, Mass.: A Family Summer
Tradition Since 1951
Article and photos by Eric H.
Bubbling Brook has been serving Westwood, Mass., and
the surrounding communities since 1951 and, to many, has symbolized the start of the spring and the end of the summer. When the wooden boards come off the windows, it always seems like winter will never return again. When the wooden boards return, it always seems like summer will never return again.
Serving some of the best hard and soft serve ice cream in the southwest suburban Boston area -- in addition to delicious fried clams, burgers, club sandwiches and clam chowder in the cozy, small indoor dining room -- Bubbling Brook, has through the years, been integrated into the local communities as a family tradition. For all intents and purposes, the name "Bubbling Brook" is a household name, especially to Westwood, Norwood, Medfield, Dover and Walpole residents.
The reasons why Bubbling Brook has always been a revered summer time tradition are steeped in wholesome simplicity. At Bubbling Brook, you can enjoy an ice cream in one of the most idyllic settings for an ice cream stand -- next to a brook, picnics tables on spacious grounds, beautiful outdoor lighting, a big sky at night, and surrounding farmland. If a movie were ever to be made about a New England ice cream stand, Bubbling Brook could very well be the prototype.
Proof of Bubbling Brook's positive family-oriented presence in the suburban southwest Boston suburbs was evidenced by the elementary school petitions going around to stop the rumored closing of Bubbling Brook. When students from one local elementary school heard through the intercom that Bubbling Brook would not close, cheers resonated throughout some of the classrooms, according to students. The rumor, by the way, thankfully proved to be false.
Bubbling Brook is ultimately a classic New England ice cream stand, surely the place to be in southwest suburban Boston for a cold ice cream cone on a hot summer day in the warm environment of a traditional, local tradition.
Bubbling Brook, 152 High St. (Route 109), Westwood, Mass. Tel. (781) 762-9860
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