Somerset Scoff, Part I: Brekker at High House Bruton

We’ve just got back from Somerset and one of the best foodie weekends I’ve ever had. So good was it – and so spoiling – that just one day (Saturday) has yielded enough material for three whole posts, which – as it happens – break down neatly into breakfast, lunch and dinner. But it was breakfast that really set the bar for the day.

High House Bruton Bed and Breakfast

Best breakfast ever.

This magical morning feast took place at High House Bruton, a charming Victorian townhouse and B&B, situated on Bruton High Street, where ex-chef Olivia Stewart-Cox has created a clean, cosy and inviting home for her husband and six-year-old son – and, lucky for us, a regular stream of paying guests. We were staying in the bigger of the two rooms available, in the street-facing, wonderfully comfortable South room, where Olivia’s taste and eye for detail is evident in the warm, attractive décor and thoughtful touches such as the home-made ginger nut biscotti (delicious!), little bell-jars of sugar, tea and coffee and a basket of shampoo, conditioner, soap and other bathroom goodies.

High House Bruton Bed & Breakfast

The pancakes were great with homemade jam.

We woke on Saturday morning feeling refreshed and made our way down for a leisurely 9.30am breakfast in the light and airy living room, where a sight of such loveliness greeted us, I could have cried. There, a beautifully set table, embroidered white napkins and a neat little trolley, laid out with freshly squeezed orange juice; a platter of immaculately sliced and trimmed kiwi, mango, melon, pineapple and grapefruit; a bowl of home-stewed prunes, apples and apricot; natural yoghurt; and jars of muesli and cereal. Olivia came bustling in offering friendly good mornings, fresh tea or coffee and a basket filled with toasted sourdough slices and fresh pancakes. And would we like cooked breakfast? she asked.

High House Bruton Bed & Breakfast

Almost healthy!

Cooked breakfast, much as I love it, can often make me feel a bit ill afterwards – too much grease and fat first thing in the morning can do that – but this was a whole new ball game with two sausages (proper butcher’s sausages, locally sourced), a fried, egg, mushroom and two grilled tomatoes cooked to such perfection (without a hint of excess oil or grease) that it felt almost healthy. High House Bruton has only been going a year (Olivia and her family moved here from Battersea in 2010 in pursuit of a quieter life), but it is already establishing itself as somewhere worth travelling many miles for; I’d make a special trip just for one of those breakfasts.

Rate: £75 a night for the South Room; £70 a night for the Garden Room

High House Bruton
73 High Street
Bruton
BA10 0AL
T: 01749 813015
M: 07590 817644
E: oliviastewartcox@aol.com

W: www.highhousebruton.co.uk


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