Beer Friday: Bell & Anchor

For Beer Friday this week I thought it would be apt to give a shout out to what will definitely be my new favorite watering hole. Wednesday night Bell & Anchor opened to an enthusiastic group of close friends and family as the newest culinary foray by Mark Firth. Mark is best known in the food world as co-founder and partner at Diner, Marlow and Sons, and the other successful off shoots.

Together with his wife Bettina Schwartz, and chef Stephen Browning, Firth’s new Berkshire haunt will be offering a seasonal menu of hearty homestyle food. Distinctly farm to table, the focus is as much on the farmers and producers as it is on the guys in the kitchen. Great Barrington and the Berkshires have been incomplete without the rustic refinement of a place like this. The interior is finished in a variety of different woods and a mix match of farmhouse tables and chairs, deco stools, and vintage light fixtures that are everything but coordinated. The wood panelling in many of the rooms is from a cherry tree off the property of Mark’s farm in Monterey, MA. The warm tone circulates through the restaurant beaming off of the flushed smiles of people enjoying food, drink, and community.

If you are in the Berkshires this fall or winter make sure to stop in to Bell & Anchor located at 178 Main Street in Great Barrington.


  1. toniyoungblood 21 Oct 2012

    Super excited to try out Bell & Anchor. Are they officially open for business? I havent been able to find any info on hours of operation or a website. Thanks!

  2. Max Ritt 21 Oct 2012

    Hi Toni, B&A officially opened for business on Thursday. They are open for dinner 7 days a week as far as I know. Enjoy!

  3. Bettina Schwartz 28 Oct 2012

    Thank you for the shout out Max. Bell & Anchor for the time being is open for dinner Thursdays through Mondays, 5pm – 10pm, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We will be adding weekend brunch and weekday lunch soon. Check https://www.facebook.com/BellAnchorgb for updates. Our phone number is 413-528-5050.


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