Restaurant with bedrooms
A303, Junction Leigh Common; 12 minutes
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
The town set love Bruton, an arty enclave of galleries, bohemian boutiques and antique shops tucked away in Somerset. At the Chapel is a converted 17th-century chapel, transformed with whitewashed, minimalist delicacy into a destination with contemporary bedrooms, restaurant, bar, bakery and winestore. The atmosphere is relaxed but buzzes all day with visitors and you’re as well to drop in for a coffee and pastry, warm from the oven, as you are to explore the menu at lunch and dinner. Expect dishes like chargrilled Cornish sardines and ham hock with soft-boiled egg and pizzas (making full use of the bakery’s wood-fired oven) at lunch and an enlarged menu at dinner. Puddings could include limoncello Eton mess or salted chocolate fondant, so save space.
Book a table in the calming dining room or spill out onto the south-facing terrace accented with the scent of jasmine. At weekends families arrive en masse to read papers, brunch and sip Bloody Marys after a country walk.