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Muddy puts her nose into The Trough

Yeovil's a bit of a desert when it comes to good places to eat. But newly opened The Trough, down a lane on the outskirts of town, is a little oasis (and has a fab shop too).

THE VIBE

Outside, yet another converted barn (or is it a new barn?) but inside, well, a rather elegant light and airy cafe.  Fab mustard banquettes and sofa and a whopping great big antler chandelier. Just in case you forget this is a farm barn, a multi-coloured bull looks down from over the fireplace.

Bit more rustic at the other end, with a large wooden counter (where you place your order), surrounded by shelves of artisan food and carefully chosen homewares and gifty stuff.

You couldn’t really be more on the edge of town with this view…

SCOFF AND QUAFF

For the moment, the menu’s short but sweet, with soup, Thai crab cakes, grilled goat’s cheese salad, avocado and smoked salmon, nachos with chilli, flatbread wraps and a couple of burgers, one with beef and this beast, The Trough Superfood Burger.  All made to order, the food took a little time to come but my beetroot veggie burger with houmous, red cabbage, avocado, harissa yoghurt, super sprouts (of some sort) topped and tailed by a toasted Brioche bun – with a dish of remoulade and copper tub of sweet potato chips on the side – was superb.

Food and ingredients are super local, with Bonners the Butchers, Ilminster;  Longmans, North Cadbury; Lievito, Lovington; and Evershot Bakery bringing in the goods.

Luckily it’s licensed so as well as teas, coffees and softs like sparking dandelion and burdock and elderflower pressé, there’s wine, spirits (three types of gin, including rhubarb), bottled beer and cider.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE

Have a whizz around the shelves at the other end of the cafe. It’s a farm shop in miniature with organic meats, artisan cheeses, interesting foodie stuff (Boom Kitchen Curry Kits, Kalios olive oil, vegan/natural Jealous Sweets) as well as some very decent home wares and gifts, including LSA glassware and crockery, simple bowls and dishes, True Grace candles and Noble Isle skincare.

MUDDY VERDICT

Good for:  Come for a light lunch, coffee and homemade cake, peruse the papers, maybe buy some unusual cheeses to take home.  Ease yourself out of a hangover on a Sunday morning (same menu) with a Bloody Mary. Worth a visit for the home wares alone.

Not for: Despite the name, The Trough isn’t the place to come to pig out; remember, it’s a cafe not a restaurant.

The damage:  Almost as cheap as chips and good value as the food’s yummy. Soups and flatbread wraps £6.95. Crab cakes £10.95. Burgers £11.95. Sides £2.95. Homemade cakes from £1.85. Prosecco £23.50.

Opening hours Weds – Sat 10am–4pm; Sun 10am–3.30pm.

The Trough, Stone Lane, Yeovil BA21 4NU. Tel . thetroughfarmshop.com

 

 

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