Kitchen at Jordans Courtyard
Come and linger at the laid back new cafe from the clever people who brought you Langport's Kitchen at the Wharf
A few minutes off the A303 at Horton’s Cross Farm near Ilminster, set within a little complex of refurbed old farm buildings called Jordans Courtyard. Not to be confused with Monk’s Yard which is the other side of the road. Notice the porcupine on the Jordans Courtyard logo? It’s the family crest of the Speke family, who own the farm; their ancestor John Hanning Speke discovered the source of the river Nile back in 1858.
Big old barn scrubbed clean and fitted out with trendy stainless steel in the kitchen and wooden tables and industrial style chairs in the cafe. Simple, light and airy inside…
…outside on the terrace decking, choose sun or shade; carafes and sculptural succulents give a hint of the Med. Take a seat – unlike the canteen style Kitchen at the Wharf, this is table service.
SCOFF AND QUAFF
All day breakfasts, brunches and seasonal lunches, sandwiches and wood-fired pizzas are the specialities. Oh and the coffees, juices, local beers, ciders and delicious smoothies so thick that the paper straws stand up straight.
For breakfast or brunch, work your way through everything from banana toast, tropical granola with coconut yoghurt and mango and lime puree and waffles, to eggs Benedict and full or veggie/vegan English. For lunch, sandwiches – New York style roast beef/pickled cucumber/Swiss cheese;Wiltshire ham/chutney; tomato/mozzarella/pesto; and hummus/red pepper – on fresh or toasted sourdough. Choice of four salads: greens/grains; chicken Caesar; gravalax/avocado; and this pretty as a picture roast beetroot with Somerset goats’ cheese and maple walnuts.
Sourdough pizzas – don’t expect your bog standard Margherita. On offer here are the likes of heritage tomatoes with local ricotta and fresh oregano; a chunky glazed ham and roasted pineapple and this marinated anchovies, olives and rocket on a bed of caramelised onions. That gadget is a pizza cutter.
Choice of four desserts. Here’s the nicely browned, brittle topped crème brûlée.
A couple of taps and …
A (large – thank you very much) warm brownie with white chocolate and raspberry ice cream sitting in a little pool of raspberry coulis.
You can have half portions if you like (though why would you?)
Well, it’s just off one – the Southfields roundabout near Ilminster – so you’re only a 5 mins drive from Ilminster and its indy shops if you fancy a mooch. Though it’s so relaxing at Kitchen, you might find it hard to leave. A new health and wellbeing centre with treatments, yoga and nail bar has just started up across the courtyard and there’s a little shop in the offing too.
Good for. Delicious, inventive and healthy grub throughout the day, with your mates or solo. Kids welcome. Worth the trip out – you’ll want to linger. Plenty of free parking.
Not for: an evening out – it closes at 3pm. But watch this space, word is they’ll be opening Fri & Sat in the near future.
The damage: You’d hardly notice. Breakfasts £5 – £9. Sandwiches £8 – £9. Pizzas £11. Salads £8 – £11. Desserts £3–£7. Beers and ciders from £3.75. Wine from £4/glass; £15 bottle.
Opening hours 8.30am – 3pm every day.
Kitchen at Jordans Courtyard, Jordans Courtyard, Horton Cross Farm, Ilminster, Somerset TA19 9PT. Tel 01460 298608. jordanscourtyard.co.uk