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Bubbling Brook Restaurant and Ice Cream Stand, Westwood, Mass.: A Family Tradition Since 1951

Bubbling Brook is closing for the season on Sept. 4. We can hardly wait for the 2018 reopening in March!
Bubbling Brook Ice Cream,  Westwood, Massachusetts
Bubbling Brook, Westwood, Massachusetts.

by Eric Hurwitz. Page updated on 3/15/17. All photos by Eric unless otherwise noted.

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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.

Our favorite Bubbling Brook ice cream flavors:

Blueberry

Cookie dough

Raspberry chocolate truffle

Peppermint

Pistachio

Heavenly Hash

Black raspberry chip

Chocolate/vanilla soft serve twist

Creamsicle soft serve

Click here to see complete Bubbling Brook ice cream menu

Pistachio ice cream from Bubbling Brook in Westwood, Massachusetts
Pistachio ice cream from Bubbling Brook.

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, picnic 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 several years ago 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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