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Ye Olde Tavern in West Brookfield, Massachusetts: a Hidden Historic
Ye Olde Tavern, West Brookfield, Massachusetts.
Eric Hurwitz. Page created on 6/24/17. All photos by Eric.
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These are the times that try men's (and women's) souls when trying to
find great historic New England restaurants.
Excuse the variation of the Thomas Paine quote there, but the same
restaurants with Colonial ambiance get mentioned over and over again
amongst traditional media and in conversations. While most of them are
tremendous dining destinations, people still search for further
culinary pursuit of happiness by finding new but old
off-the-beaten-path restaurants well-known to locals but virtually
unheard of outside those circles.
The Ye Olde Tavern in West Brookfield, Massachusetts might just be one
of the very best local, historic restaurants that deserves a visit by
those living outside this charming, quaint region in central
Massachusetts. With a tremendous renovation a few years back and a
wonderful patio coming soon, the Ye Olde Tavern dates back to 1760 --
making it one of the oldest continuously operating taverns in the
county. It's simply a great place for a lunch, dinner, or event in the charming functions room (weddings are popular).
Historic figures like former presidents George Washington and
John Adams were guests here, as well as Shay's Rebellion leader Daniel
Shays and Marquis de Lafayette, the French aristocrat who fought in the
American Revolutionary War. They, and other dignitaries enjoyed the
food and entertainment while traveling by stagecoach on the Olde Bay
Path spanning from Boston to Albany, New York.
Today, the Ye Olde Tavern retains its Colonial charm while offering
comfortable dining room and bar surroundings that have a newer look.
It's like the best of both worlds: enjoying touches of the past while
being comfortable that the whole house is not falling apart!
Dining room area at Ye Olde Tavern.
Bar area at Ye Olde Tavern.
Function room at Ye Olde Tavern.
Additionally, the Ye Olde Tavern is located across from one of New
England's most beautiful town greens (surrounded by beautiful old
homes), thus adding to the overall authentic historic experience...
West Brookfield town common.
The food is phenomenal here including steaks, chicken, seafood and
pasta dishes, as well as tremendous wood-fired brick oven pizza,
homemade soups (hopefully, they will have the brick oven roasted corn
chowder when you dine here), sandwiches and wraps, and healthy-looking
salads. Sure, wood-fired brick oven pizza and wraps might not have been
part of the Colonial culinary scene, but if Washington were around
today, he might say to another Colonialist: "Get off your high horse
and enjoy this wonderful food! I cannot tell a lie. These pepperoni
brick oven pizzas and steak and cheese wraps are great square meals!"
While the Ye Olde Tavern might not offer upscale meals the way other
restaurants of this genre do, they steadfastly keep to the basics the
way taverns did back in the day. It's kind of a strange phenomena,
anyway, that the historic restaurants of today serve refined, gourmet
foods when proprietors of taverns during Colonial times just made sure
that guests enjoyed the basics done right: good grub and drink. The Ye
Olde Tavern is the perfect place for that: grab a brew, enjoy a sirloin
steak straight from the local butcher, chicken pot pie or haddock, some
fresh vegetables on the side and a cup of corn chowder, and you've got
a perfect tavern meal.
The Ye Olde Tavern, which was a center of Colonial life, continues the
great New England tradition of being a center of 21st century life for
locals who come out in crowds to enjoy this friendly place with lots of
community spirit. Lucky us, too -- the ones from outside the area
making this fabulous, historical dining out discovery!
Ye Olde Tavern is located at 7 East Main St., West
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