A gourmet guide to Somerset
Somerset invokes images of pastoral scenery, hearty food and much-loved local cider. Undeniably, the county has a well-known reputation for high-quality, traditional produce and eateries. What’s more, in recent years the region’s gourmet scene has been on the rise. With incredibly trendy towns like Bruton now bursting with new and exciting gourmet venues, Somerset is becoming a must-visit foodie destination.
If you’re looking for the perfect base for exploring the gourmet hubs around Somerset, make sure to take at look at the Holt Farm Estate. Set amongst beautiful rolling countryside, the collection of self catering properties are located right outside the village of Witham Friary and are just a short drive away from Frome. With three luxury holiday homes available to rent individually or collectively, the estate is suitable for a range of purposes, from small family holidays to special birthdays and weddings.
To help you experience a taste of the best Somerset has to offer, we’ve hand-picked our top restaurants and cafés as well as gourmet events, shops and activities. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie looking for the ultimate gastronomic experience, or you’re simply after current, trustworthy recommendations on local eateries, this gourmet guide to Somerset will help you plan your food-filled holiday.
Brush shoulders with celebrities in Bruton’s trendy eateries
Sophisticated and cosmopolitan, Bruton has become a much-loved destination for the rich and famous. Even though it’s grown steadily in popularity over the past years, it’s managed to hold on to a sleepy and unassuming charm. You’ll find an abundance of fabulous cafés, restaurants and bars amongst the delightful boutique shops. For top-notch coffee, we’d recommend the Bean Shot Roastery and Coffee Bar. If you’re after incredible food and an extensive cocktail menu, head to At the Chapel on the high street, where you’ll be able to dine in ultimate style. Finally, for the culture-buffs, you can combine a visit to the superb Hauser and Wirth Art Gallery with some delectable refreshments at the Roth Bar and Grill.
Hone your skills at the Grange Cookery School
Have you ever fancied yourself as a bit of a connoisseur in the kitchen? The Grange Cookery School has been running outstanding courses in the beautiful Somerset countryside since 1981. You’ll be able to try your hand at making vibrant dishes from all over the world, using the best local ingredients. Non-residential courses start from £650 for a week.
Discover the exquisite range of local produce
Somerset is well-known for it’s wide range of both traditional and contemporary local produce. For the cheese-lovers, head to Cheddar Gorge or the Westcombe Dairy for incredibly fresh, home-made dairy products. If you have a slightly sweeter tooth, The Chocolate Tart in Congresbury is not to be missed. You’ll be amazed by the range of chocolate workshops on offer, from Easter-themed chocolate extravaganzas to champagne truffle master-classes.
Reconnect with a romantic Italian-themed evening out
If you’re after a little bit of Italian romance, head to the beautiful Castello in Frome. Serving authentic Italian cuisine, the menu is bursting with delicious and rustic home-made dishes. Incredible Italian warmth and passion shine through from the moment you step in the door. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic evening meal with someone special.
Support the locals with a visit to Somerset’s unmissable farmers’ markets
With a huge number of farmers’ markets taking place across the county each month, you won’t have to venture far to engage in a spot of gourmet shopping. From local chilli jams to Somerset cider, you will soon be loading up the car with an abundance of delicious local produce. For those staying at the Holt Farm Estate, we’d recommend the Frome and Midsomer Norton farmers’ markets.
Indulge in all things gourmet at a local food festival
With so much fantastic produce on offer in Somerset, it’s no surprise that a wide range of food festivals now take place within the county. Ideal for families, the week-long Frome Food Feast kicks off on Friday 6th July, and is just a fifteen minute drive from the Holt Farm Estate. In addition, this year Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park will be touring around the South West for the very first time. With celebrity chefs, food demonstrations and gourmet stalls, the festival will celebrate the very best food this country has to offer.
There really is something for every food lover in Somerset, whether you’re a chocolate addict, a local produce shopper, a budding chef or an aspiring restaurant critic.
Don’t forget, the sprawling Holt Farm Estate is nestled amongst this range of glorious foodie locations. Sleeping up to 24 guests, the 140 acre private estate can be made into your very own gastronomic venue. Our friendly concierge team can arrange anything from private chefs to food deliveries, in-house cooking courses and restaurant reservations. We’ll even put you in touch with babysitting services and book your taxis for you, so you can simply sit back and enjoy your stress-free gourmet holiday in Somerset.