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.
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.
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.
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
T: 01749 813015
M: 07590 817644