Beneath the historic and beautiful Red Lion Inn you will find the Lion’s Den. It’s like a step back in time and you would not be surprised to encounter a few Minute Men hoisting tankards of ale inside after a long day’s watch in the nearby forests. But fortunately for us, the ale and the kitchen have been brought up to date.
After a day of strolling through Berkshire towns, it was time to quench our thirst and have a bite to eat. Since we had been here before, we knew what to expect and looked forward to our return. We started with pints of Lion’s Ale and a Barrington Brewery’s Hopland Pale Ale ($7 each). Both were excellent thirst quenchers for a warm Summer day.
The menu is brief, but varied enough to offer something for just about everyone. My wife selected the French Style Bratwurst with fresh kraut ($12). It was a good sized wurst served in a hotdog bun with kraut, field greens, house-made chips, and a coarse, country-style mustard on the side. Our server at the bar explained that “French Style” meant that there were more herbs in the wurst. It was delicious and filling.
I chose the Saturday pub special, Lila’s Mt. Lamb Shepherd’s Pie ($10). Apparently, the lamb is raised nearby in Stockbridge and that might explain why I did not notice any gamey flavor in the dish served to me in a shallow cast iron frying pan. It had really nice flavors with some corn, beans, potatoes and ground meat (lamb) topped with cheese.
The atmosphere will always make this a favorite of ours. Good food and good service will keep us coming back.
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