On the Brook
Bruton's newest cafe serves excellent coffee, quirky breakfasts, lunches and brunches with a French twist – and has views to sigh for
Pat and Sophie Blanpain-Forder have baggsied themselves an idyllic little spot over at Coombe Farm, on the edge of a wood and nestled in between hillocks just on the edge of Bruton. Luckily for us, they’re not keeping it all to themselves. Say bonjour to their cafe/restaurant On the Brook.
Take a short stroll up with your dog through the pretty woods up behind Bruton’s High Street or drive a few minutes out of town on the road to Evercreech, and you could be enjoying your next cup of coffee or lunch with this view *sigh*.
Rustic-contemporary utilitarian meets French cafe. Beams, ergonomically designed wooden furniture you can arrange any which way and comfy armchair clustered around the woodburner, inside, and Parisien-style aluminium tables and chairs, outside.
One of the owners is a film buff, so movie posters on the walls and maybe some classic film nights in the offing.
SCOFF & QUAFF
With French and Zimbabwean owners, it’s not surprising they describe the menu as modern international cuisine but I’d say there’s a definite French twist, with galettes, crepes and mushrooms beurre noisette and as well as mini burgers on blinis, salads, savoury pastries, arancini, houmous, slow roast lamb, etc (lots made with home grown or ultra local ingredients, and all with the quirky On the Brook touch). Delicious gluten-free cakes from Bruton baker Sarah of Stretties Kitchen. The coffee is excellent.
The On the Brook brunch aka the ‘full European’ breakfast.
Starting at the top at 12 noon, clockwise…morcilla (their version of black pudding) balls in rice and breadcrumbs; spiced red cabbage, poached egg on local sourdough toast with a corn and celeriac sauce (not Hollandaise); and home grown beans in a tomato sauce (not Heinz).
I want this bowl…
And the brook? Here you go…
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: After school drop off, Saturday or Sunday Bruton brunch after a walk in the woods with kids and/or the dog (they’re both welcome), a stop off for cyclists (lots of bike racks), part of a day out in Bruton – the shops on the High Street are just 7 mins away and international art gallery Hauser & Wirth is a bit further at around 20 mins walk. A lazy coffee or lunch here in the sun will set up you up for the day.
Not for: A bog standard meat and two veg or greasy fry up.
The damage: Very good value. Poached egg egg on toast with corn and celeriac sauce £5 (add in other elements like beans, morcilla for about a quid). Sliders (mini homemade burgers) on buckwheat blinis £3.40. Soup and bread £6. Slow roast lamb with salsa verde £4.50. Cakes £2.60
Open seven days a week, including – rare for around here – Mondays.
Coombe Farm, Bruton, BA10 oQP. Tel 01749 813048