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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.

THE LOCATION

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*.

THE VIBE

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

onthebrook.co.uk

 

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6 comments on “On the Brook”

  • Jill Turner June 22, 2018

    Sounds amazing!

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  • Ella July 1, 2018

    I love On The Brook ! Think it’s worth mentioning the plates/portions are quite small so it’s like a tapas style situation where you’ll want to get a couple of plates each to share (or not share !) as if you’re starving for brunch then one plate won’t be enough. But it certainly is very good value & delicious food – certainly no problem for me to order the poached eggs with a side of the legendary brook beans & then a crepe for pudding. Very family friendly and they are so welcoming and good with kids – sometimes giving little treats or presents eg. Homemade (veggie) Apple jelly as a prize for doing the walk for my daughter – we absolutely love it there & the views and atmosphere are absolutely stunning and so tranquil. Also good point to remember there’s no baby changing facilities but there are high chairs.

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  • Beth Poole July 2, 2018

    You mention how good their coffee is, but not who supplies it? I hope it is from the local roaster, Bean Shot, also based in Bruton.

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    • suetucker July 2, 2018

      That’s a good question! I’m sure it is (I love their coffee) but I’ll check!

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  • Linda July 11, 2018

    The fact that my husband and I popped in for coffee then decided to have lunch and left over two hours later speaks for itself. I have visited On the Brook eight times this year, since discovering it in December, with different friends as well as with my husband. Sophie ana Pat are delightful and On the Brook is a little gem. Go for the short walk through the wood before returning to the cafe/restaurant for coffee and cake, lunch or afternoon tea. It’s not a slick, impersonal operation but very much their home with Sophie spending a lot of time in the kitchen and front of house and Pat being kept busy producing wonderful fruit and veg which can be on your plate hours after being picked. The old farm is having a real facelift and the accommodation to let is of high quality, I particularly like the latest small barn conversion which is still ‘work in progress’ but has a charming mezzanine sleeping area. Bruton has several good places to eat but On the Brook is unique, sitting in a charming little valley, beside a rippling Brook and with a superb view. Give it a try.

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  • Liz Bolshaw July 31, 2018

    This is such a great hidden gem just a ten minute stroll through the woods from the middle of Bruton. Just keep going up the track at the top of St Catherine’s Hill and you will soon see it down in the valley. Sophie and Pat give you the warmest welcome; our kids love the free wi fi; the open terrace brings you close to the brook itself and the soaring views are spectacular. There’s something for everyone. Highly recommended.

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