What was originally partly a 17th century inn and partly a Congregationalist chapel has been skilfully-converted into a multi-faceted operation - incorporating a bakery, wineshop, wine bar and café/restaurant.
They produce delicious breads, pastries and cakes. The former two being converted into breakfast items - such as 'Croissant, Butter & Homemade Strawberry Jam'; 'Bacon Sandwich' and 'Field Mushrooms with Scrambled Eggs & Toasted Sourdough'.
From midday, the menu expands into regular starters, mains & desserts. A summer snapshot listing 'Dorset Crab Salad with Avocado Mayonnaise'; 'Wood Pigeon Breast with Lentils & Crispy Bacon Salad'; 'Driftwood Goats' Cheese with Fine Beans, Broad Beans, Peas, Courgette & Mint' and 'Chicken Liver Paté' (coming in its own mini Kilner jar).
Mains included 'Whole Lyme Bay Plaice with Samphire, Brown Shrimps & Parsley Butter'; 'Roast Sirloin of Beef with Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes & Horseradish'; 'Char-Grilled Chapel Burger with Chips' and 'Courgette & Basil Risotto with Parmesan'. They also offer first-rate pizza's (with a little semolina incorporated into their base for extra crispiness) - to eat in or take away.
If you still have room you might be tempted by their 'Chocolate Brownies/Fudge Cake with Clotted Cream'; 'Gooseberry Fool with Shortbread Biscuit'; 'Eton Mess' or their selection of local cheeses.
Children have their own interesting menu.
All in all - certainly a place to seek out if you're nearby - even if you'd just like a cup of good coffee!
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 8.00-21.30; Sun 10.00-21.30; mains £11 to £19
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 9.00-23.00; mains £11 to £19
- Seats: 65
- Wine: an interesting list, has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Interesting Children's Menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Bruton Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: D Sun, all Mon