Robert Burnell Named New Executive Chef of the Red Lion Inn

Stockbridge, Mass. – August 8, 2019 – Robert Burnell has been appointed Executive Chef of all dining venues at the Red Lion Inn. In his new role, Burnell oversees the day-to-day culinary operations of the Main Dining Room, Widow Bingham’s Tavern, the Lion’s Den, and the seasonally open Courtyard.

Robert Burnell

In addition, Chef Burnell will collaborate with Brian Alberg, Vice-President of Culinary Development on all future food and beverage-related development, including specialty menus for Inn guests and private parties.

“Robert Burnell is a welcomed addition to the Red Lion Inn culinary team,” said Brian Alberg. “With well-rounded experience, culinary creativity and client rapport, Burnell is poised to elevate the Inn’s dining establishments and create innovative experiences that will exceed our guests’ expectations.”

With nearly 20 years in the food, beverage and hospitality industries, Robert Burnell was previously the Executive Chef at Gedney Farm in Marlborough, MA. With a passion for clean cooking and eating, coupled with expertise in modern food trends, Burnell revamped menus to incorporate locally sourced items, along with gluten-free, vegetarian and keto options for diners. He also delivered exceptional client experiences for weddings, community events, and private dining.

Additional hospitality experience includes five years as a property developer for Berkshire Hotels Group during which he implemented construction projects for both hotels and restaurants.

In honor of the Red Lion Inn’s 50th anniversary, renovations of the Main Dining Room are planned featuring an extension that will be transformed into the Fitzpatrick room for additional dining and events. Also part of the project, the lobby will expand into the front dining area to create a living room that will serve as the hotel’s social center. The restoration returns the first-floor spaces to the original 1968 layout, when the Fitzpatrick family purchased the Red Lion Inn.

The Red Lion Inn is located at 30 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262. For more information or reservations, visit or call 413-298-5545.

Main Street Hospitality Group

Formed in 2013, Main Street Hospitality Group is a hotel management company founded originally at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, with a long tradition of excellence in preservation, innovation, sustainability and operations. As owners and operators of some of the most distinctive hotels in the Berkshires, the company’s mission is to deliver unparalleled experiences for guests, employees and owners through an authentic approach to hospitality, service, and management. Main Street’s management hotel portfolio includes The Red Lion Inn, Maple Glen at the Red Lion Inn, The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, Hotel on North, Pittsfield, MA, The Briarcliff Motel, Great Barrington, MA, and Race Brook Lodge, Sheffield, an affiliated hotel. For more information, please visit or call 413-298-1610.