For the last few years we’ve visited Mells, Frome and Babington in Somerset for an annual long weekend. There’s something spiritually cleansing about the West Country, and we always return to London feeling recharged and rather somber about returning to the rat race.
On our last visit, we were amazed to discover the beautiful village of Bruton, which had somehow escaped our radar. In the heart of Bruton, on the main drag of boutique shops and cafes, you’ll find At the Chapel, a restaurant, bakery and small hotel, all housed in a Grade II Listed, 17th-century former chapel.
At the Chapel has an all-day restaurant. We tumbled in, following a nearby wedding the night before, for a Sunday brunch. The converted chapel space, painted in a stark white, is really breathtaking. Huge windows flood the room with natural light and we ate looking out onto idyllic countryside.
The food here was really excellent (and Michelin agrees - it has consistently awarded the restaurant a Bib Gourmand). I had fluffy American-style (gluten free) buckwheat pancakes topped with a berry compote, syrup and yoghurt, and Alex had Somerset baked ham, green eggs and toast. All locally sourced, and everything on the menu under £9.
The aroma of the bakery, on the street front, wafts down the street. Locals pick up pastries and fresh takeaway pizzas from the authentic stone-built wood-fired pizza oven.
You can also stay in one of eight luxury rooms in the Chapel. We didn’t - and I didn’t see them - but they look lovely, and it’s a great situation, in the heart of the village.
At the Chapel is open all day every day from 8am.