Bruton

Bruton

Bruton is a friendly, energetic small Saxon town in the county of Somerset, part of Wessex, with a population of 2,907. The town is brimful with impressive historical and important architectural features, some dating back to the 7th century.

Directions

Train: Bruton Railway Station is only a four-minute walk from the house, approximately 2hrs from Paddington, GWR

Drive: 2 hrs 30 minutes from Central London, via M3 & A303. There are free car parking spaces throughout the town

Pubs

The Sun Inn: traditional English town pub +44 1749 813493
The Bruton Castle: favoured by the younger crowd +44 1749 812104
The Bull Inn: traditional English country pub, good for families and food, located a couple of miles from the town +44 1749 812200

The Seymour Arms at Witham Friary: traditional old West Country village pub & stuck in a time bubble since WW2, serves the local and notable Roger Wilkins farm Cider (approximately 10 miles ) +44 1749 850742

Restaurants

The Chapel: bakery, coffee bar, pizzeria, fresh modern British cooking, wine shop, cocktails, terrace +44 1749 814070

Matt’s Kitchen: open Wednesday to Friday evenings, two simple well-cooked dishes every night, one vegetarian choice, BYO
+44 1749 814070

Hauser & Wirth: art-filled brasserie & cocktail bar. Modern European cooking using local produce. They have their own farm and use their own meat and vegetables
+44 1749 814060

Evercreech Plaice: fish & chip shop, Evercreech (approximately four miles)
+44 1749 830395

The Talbot Inn: great small country pub and delicious food in Mells (approximately 13 miles) +44 1373 812254

Excursions

Frome has a buzzing town centre with cobbled pedestrian streets and plenty of small local shops, restaurants and pubs. It also has a great reclamation yard tucked behind the train station

Castle Cary is a pretty small town of a similar size to Bruton and has lovely local shops, bakeries, a butcher’s, ironmongery, pubs, small restaurants and a great wine shop, The Somerset Wine Company +44 1749 813825

Bruton Abbey was a medieval Augustinian priory, of which a wall remains in the Plox near Packhorse Bridge (it is designated as a Grade I listed building and a scheduled ancient monument)

The Dovecote, originally built in the 15th and 17th centuries, was originally attached to Bruton Abbey, but was used by the Berkeley family to house doves and wood pigeons

King Alfred’s Tower, also known as The Folly of King Alfred the Great or Stourton Tower, is a folly tower in the parish of Brewham, a few miles from Bruton, and was built as part of the Stourhead estate and landscape. The tower stands on Kingsettle Hill and belongs to the National Trust

Stourhead is a 1,072-hectare estate at the source of the River Stour in the south-west of the county of Wiltshire, extending into Somerset. The estate is about 2 ¹⁄₂ miles north-west of the town of Mere and includes a Palladian mansion, the village of Stourton, gardens, farmland and woodland.

Hauser & Wirth is a Swiss-owned contemporary and modern art gallery, garden, restaurant & bar.

The Newt in Somerset is a country estate with magnificent woodland and gardens. Innovative design is paired with the freshest produce from our gardens, beautiful country walks, superb service and a world-class spa – wrapping you in a sense of wellbeing.

Bruton Museum, where you will find fossils, Roman & Saxon artefacts, relics of the old church and abbey. Objects from the wool, silk and other local industries. Also, learn about some of the notable people who have lived in Bruton including writer John Steinbeck and sculptor Ernst Blensdorf. A desk belonging to Steinbeck, who spent time writing in Bruton in 1959, is a highlight

Sexey’s Hospital in Bruton was built around 1630 as almshouses. The west wing and chapel have been designated as Grade I listed. The east wing and gateway are Grade II listed. Hugh Sexey was a local landowner who came from humble origins and attended Bruton Grammar School. By the age of 43 he had been appointed as Royal auditor of the Exchequer at the courts of Elizabeth I and then later to James I of England.