RestaurantsSomersetBrutonBA7

Harden's says

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.

survey result

Summary

£100
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* 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”).

Summary

£45
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* 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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Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

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

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