RestaurantsSomersetBrutonBA7

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Hadspen House, built around 1690, has been bought and refurbished as a luxury hotel by South African billionaire Koos Bekker and his wife, Karen Roos, former Elle Decoration editor. There's gardens to explore here and a cafe as well as this main restaurant.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A treat after viewing the interesting gardens” – this ‘Country House Reimagined’ is a handsome, limestone Georgian pile in lovely Somerset countryside and is the brainchild of billionaire Koos Bekker and his wife Karen Roos’s (ex-editor of Elle Decoration). Where eating is concerned, the main event is a “gorgeous” panelled traditional chamber (for more inexpensive meals, head for The Garden Café – “a beautifully designed glass box” overlooking the kitchen garden and orchards – ). “Good local produce, much from the grounds just outside” is presented alongside meat from heritage breeds on a three-course menu for £85 per person. One or two reports suggest “it’s good but doesn’t quite hit the heights it’s aiming for” but on most accounts it’s merely a “fantastic” experience – “love the range of Newt ciders” too.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Love this place” – set in historic Hadspen House and its famous gardens (operated since 2019 as a luxury hotel, shop and restaurant by South African billionaire Koos Bekker and his wife Karen Roos, an ex-editor of Elle Decoration). It’s “beautifully done”, and the “wood-panelled restaurant in the old house, with its candlelit atmosphere”, makes an ideal setting for “a wonderful, surprising tasting menu”, which is “certainly not your usual country house hotel food” – and which includes pairings with cider produced on the estate. (“Perfect on a late summer evening as the sun finally sets after some great pre-dinner cocktails”).

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Simply stunning surroundings” inspire much of the feedback on this revamped country pile (Hadspen House, built around 1690) which has been bought and refurbished as a luxury hotel by South African billionaire Koos Bekker and his wife, Karen Roos, former Elle Decoration editor. “The oak-panelled dining room is very nice and the adjoining glass box (which occupies the former courtyard) less soulless than most glass boxes”. Even if it’s “very expensive”, there is some “very accomplished cooking” too, with “a number of very interesting and delicious dishes (mackerel and rhubarb works!)”. They must be doing something right, as from September 2021 you must be a hotel resident or member of their club (£48) to book a table here.

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The Newt in Somerset, Bruton, BA7 7NG

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The Botanical Rooms at The Newt Restaurant Diner Reviews

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Trevor J
Lunch simply fabulous. Menu is bistro style...
Reviewed 6 months,

"Lunch simply fabulous. Menu is bistro style, well chosen, carefully sourced ingredients and every dish well prepared. Service outstanding. Surroundings stunning. After a lovely meal, the walk around the beautiful grounds was delightful. For a while, I felt I was in heaven. It was that good!"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £40.00 £45.00
Dinner   £85.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
The Newt in Somerset, Bruton, BA7 7NG
Opening hours
Monday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Tuesday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Friday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Sunday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm

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