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|Prairie Whale, in Great Barrington, for a new farm-to-table hangout.||Terrapin, in Rhinebeck, offers astonishing variety and value in a glittering setting.||Table Six, in Lenox, features a changing prix fixe meal in the refurbished Kemble Inn.|
The Lion’s Den, the venerable ratskeller at the Red Lion Inn, is one of the coziest spots in the Berkshires. With its wood-burning fireplace, low ceilings and live music seven nights a week, it’s the bohemian soul of the genteel Stockbridge hotel. For logistical reasons, the Lion’s Den does not, alas, share a kitchen with the Widow Bingham’s Tavern upstairs, which is why you could always get an excellent burger and fries in the tavern but never in the den. Indeed, the den’s burger was a bit of an embarrassment, which is why you won’t find it on the Lion’s Den new menu that executive chef Brian Alberg has put together. While favorites like the French onion soup ($7) remain (and Monday night’s $9.99 spaghetti and meatballs special), Alberg has crafted a menu tilted toward sustainable foods that don’t require an ace line cook. He offers up a generous house-made pistachio-studded pâté ($10) with a pile of cornichons and good toast as well as a satisfyingly light bowl of chile ($8) with fresh tortilla chips. Salads and sandwiches are designed for big appetites and include the Den Cobb Salad with turkey, bacon, avocado, egg & buttermilk ranch dressing($14); oast turkey with stuffing & cranberry mayonnaise on multigrain bread ($11) and the vegan-friendly grilled eggplant, avocado, hummus & greens on Berkshire Mountain Bakery flaxseed bread ($10). With the new menu, the den has become the quintessential Berkshires pub. —Dan Shaw
30 Main St., Stockbridge, MA
Monday - Thursday 4 - 11 p.m. (dinner until 10 p.m.)
Friday 4 - 1 a.m. (dinner until 11 p.m.)
Saturday noon - 1 a.m. (lunch & dinner until 12 a.m.)
Sunday noon - 11 p.m. (lunch & dinner until 11 p.m.)