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Ye Olde Tavern in West Brookfield, Massachusetts: a Hidden Historic Restaurant Gem

Ye Olde Tavern restaurant, West Brookfield, Massachusetts
Ye Olde Tavern, West Brookfield, Massachusetts.

by 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!

Ye Olde Tavern dining room, West Brookfield, Massachusetts
Dining room area at Ye Olde Tavern.

Ye Olde Taverm bar in West Brookfield, Massachusetts
Bar area at Ye Olde Tavern.

Function room 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...

Town common at West Brookfield, Massachusetts
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 Brookfield, Mass. Tel. 508-867-9709

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The Ye Olde Tavern in West Brookfield, Mass., offers a nice historical restaurant setting and some really great grub. George Washington once ate here! The restaurant has been beautifully restored and offers a nice mix of comfort foods including traditional Yankee fare.

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