Sunday, 23 November 2014

At the Chapel | Bruton | Somerset

I've been more than a little bit excited about sharing my recent stay At The Chapel with you, get yourself a cuppa and make sure your comfortable because you are in for a treat.

Bruton has been on our must visit list for a while now, put on the map when global art enterprise Hauser & Wirth opened up in an unused farmhouse on the edge of Bruton, making rural somerset the most recent addition to the gallery-chain's existing locations in New York, London and Zurich. An unlikely choice but this charming town seems to have long attracted arty, bohemian types and has firmly become the epicenter of creativity in Somerset.

At this time of year glamping options in Bruton are limited, as it was Tristan's birthday and therefore not all about me (I know hard to believe!) we decided to stay At The Chapel - a beautifully converted medieval chapel that's very much the heart of the town, renowned for great food and it's relaxed vibe. The owners have done a fantastic job at creating a home from home feel, unpretentious, laid-back, simple style yet unmissable attention to detail that gives an edge of luxury - our room had beautifully restored stained glass windows, White Company crisp Egyptian cotton sheets and robes, Victoria and Albert freestanding bathtub with Zen bathroom products stylishly dotted around. There wasn't a disheveled pile of washing or mix-matched towels in sight, we were definitely away from home!

The chapel has a winery, restaurant, bakery, clubhouse and terrace. The dining room is flooded with natural light through the floor to ceiling windows, at the center is a hanging decorative glass bauble light fixture and the contemporary furniture mixed with an eclectic artwork gives a relaxed sophisticated vibe. The restaurant has an open kitchen linking through to the bakery with an impressive wood fired oven where home-made pizzas are cooked-up to order. My natural instinct tells me to run through every course we had but why ruin the surprise for you, all I will say is that each plate was delicious, well presented and a good balance of flavors, book up a table and taste the goodness yourself.

My absolute favorite part of our stay At The Chapel was the freshly delivered bag of croissants hanging on our door in the morning for a lazy breakfast in bed. Bliss!


Lose yourself at Oudolf Fields..
Hauser & Wirth is home to some fantastic exhibition space, a restaurant and a shop but for me the most intriguing feature is the garden. Internationally renowned dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, who has created naturalist planting schemes for The High Line in New York, has turned his talents to this outdoor gallery. You can see the life-cycle of the plants throughout the seasons, we wandered through the garden after lunch at Roth Bar and Grill, as you would expect it's not that colourful at this time of year, I'm looking forward to coming back to appreciate the borders and wild meadow.  

Cheese tasting at Godminster...
Oh-em-cheesus, you have to stop at the farm-shop to try this strong vintage cheddar, very friendly staff, lots to taste and plenty of gifts to pick up before heading home. 

Hangout with the cool kids...
Roth and Grill Bar is the hottest place to hangout, especially on a Friday night when there's live bands, DJ's and a party vibe - all music is taken care of by Danny Goffrey (supergrass) Dominic Greensmith (Reef).

Dine at Bruton's weekly supper club...
Pop by to Matts Kitchen where he will be found serving up simple dish-of-the-day menu from around £12 per person including starters and dessert.


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