Berkshire County doesn’t just look good – it works hard too. The Briarcliff is surrounded by farms and food producers, so it has always made sense to us to offer our guests a breakfast that is a small sample of that goodness. We buy as much as we can locally, both to support the idea of real food and because, well, it just tastes better.
We set up a buffet-style breakfast from 7.30am to 10am every day in our guest lounge. It always includes scones and muffins (home-made by Clare), and Richard’s secret-recipe granola, as well as hardboiled eggs, yogurt, fruit, teas, juice and/or apple cider. And coffee, of course. Coffee is taken very seriously at the Briarcliff: we have standing orders at both of our local roasteries for our favourite beans, and we brew it fresh throughout the morning in French presses.
You’re welcome to come collect a tray to take back to your room, or you can grab a table in our lounge and gaze at some trees while you eat. Breakfast is also a good time to hang out and chat to us, and get any help you might need, especially with the most important decision of the day – which of the many great farm-to-table restaurants to visit for dinner (click here for some suggestions).
Sadly, the time always comes to leave us, but to soften the blow we can point you towards lots of places where you can pick up goodies to take home, from cheese to chocolate. There are plenty of farmers’ markets and farmstands nearby too, including a great market every Saturday from mid-May to the end of October in Great Barrington (http://