RestaurantsSomersetBrutonBA10

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A tiny farm-to-table restaurant in rural Somerset, from Merlin Labron-Johnson who previously worked at Portland and Clipstone.

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Summary

£101
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Worth the trip to the pretty, hip rural Somerset village of Bruton for an occasion” – Merlin Labron-Johnson’s “incredible” venue enjoys a massive following out of all proportions to its tiny size; and is one of the most commented-on destinations outside London in our annual diners’ poll this year. There’s no menu at this “very farm-to-table oriented place” – for £120 per person (with a cheaper, cut-down lunch alternative) you put yourself in his hands and the “expertly prepared” results are “exquisite… bursting with flavour”. “Service is light but gracious and the atmosphere, in the small but beautifully decorated room, is lovely if lacking a bit of life…” but all that’s about to change since, in autumn 2023 he successfully completed an oversubscribed £125,000 kickstarter campaign to create ‘Osip 2.0’ in a new space. Details to follow.

Summary

£101
£££££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Every mouthful is divine” at ex-Portland and Clipston chef Merlin Labron-Johnson’s “tiny restaurant in rural Somerset” that “dares to be different” – serving a set meal with no menu, “so you just sit back and await the surprises (you receive a menu sheet at the end of the meal)”. “I was absolutely stunned by the intensity of flavours, the simple presentation and responsible sourcing of ingredients”. “Some ingredients I had never tasted before, and the flavour pairings were creative and so exciting”“what an incredible surprise, superb from start to finish”.

Summary

£101
£££££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A real piece of gastronomic magic” is delivered by Merlin Labron-Johnson (who previously worked at Portland and Clipstone) at this “cute little space” which he opened in late 2019: a ‘tiny farm-to-table restaurant in rural Somerset’. “You are not given a menu before eating so every dish is a surprise”, and while “not showy the food is brilliantly executed with top-notch ingredients” leading to “exciting” flavours. It feels “super-cool” for somewhere out in the boonies. “Worth the 50-mile trip for lunch!”

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1 High Street, Bruton, BA10 0AB

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Osip Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Osip Restaurant in BA10, Bruton by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Osip restaurant.
Helen B
Merlin is just a magician with plants - so ...
Reviewed 2 months, 9 days ago

"Merlin is just a magician with plants - so innovative and imaginative - a tasting experience like nowhere else - as a staunch meat eater it’s the only place which almost makes me wish there wasn’t a meat course ! Stand out dishes - oyster mushroom with leek mayonnaise and the pre/dessert of sorrel ice cream with very slightly salted soft meringue and delicate spring rhubarb ! Keep up the good work ."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £55.00
Dinner   £85.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £31.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
1 High Street, Bruton, BA10 0AB
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday6 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm

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