Old Inn on the Green, tavern culture is kept alive at a historical restaurant.

As published in Berkshire Magazine, Spring 2015


For innkeepers Peter Platt and Meredith Kennard, updating the taproom at the circa-1760 Old Inn on the Green was a labor of love—one that resonated with its centuries-old presence in New Marlborough. While maintaining the original intent of a traditional inn and tavern, the duo wanted to reboot the former service bar into something more functional for patrons.

The innkeepers called on historical architect Lennard Roberts, local builder Michael White, and master cabinetmaker Peter Murkett, a previous part-owner of the inn whose handiwork could already be seen throughout its interior. The result is a welcoming, six-seat bar featuring custom pine cabinetry and paneling that melds perfectly with existing woodwork, stools made from local ash trees, and a bar top crafed from locally mined schist.

An unexpected outcome is how the renovation enhanced the whole restaurant, providing a relaxed option for diners and drinkers. With a new tap serving local beers along with the inn’s extensive wine list and large selection of bourbons and scotches, both regulars and out-of-towners have taken to it rather quickly. “You have people that do just come for the bar,” Platt says. “They’ll drink or they’ll eat at the bar, they’ll have conversations—things that just never used to happen before.”

Old Inn on the Green
134 Hartsville-New Marlborough Rd.,
New Marlborough, MA