At The Chapel feels so very trendy and cosmopolitan from the outset. It’s the last thing you’d expect to find in a sleepy little town, surrounded by the rolling hills of Somerset countryside. Bruton, as you probably know, has been up and coming for some time now. Between At The Chapel, Caro (a lifestyle store) and Hauser & Wirth, it’s firmly on the map as a hip, weekend getaway. I counted my lucky stars when i-escape sent me and fellow blogger Abi there in the summer.
Living in Bristol, it’s easily accessible by train or car and is only an hour away. Although I have to say, I would travel much further just to stay here! There’s something so special about the place. I have been before, dropping in to sample their heavenly baked goods and taking THAT Instagram photo from the balcony. What is it that set it apart from everywhere else, the interiors? The croissants?
Just in case you haven’t been wowed by the glorious insides of At The Chapel in person, let me take you on a little tour.
As you walk in, you’ll find the bakery greeting your senses before anything else. The time and day will dictate how high the treats are stacked. Arrive first thing on a Saturday morning for the full range of all things delicious! The bakers work through the early hours to produce all of my favourite things. Sourdough bread, cheese twists, sausage rolls, croissants and other pastries. All of the good stuff, basically.
Prize yourself away from the carbs (if you can) and walk through to the restaurant. Pause for a second and take in every beautiful detail of the Grade-II listed converted church. I’m sure the staff must be used to first-time gawpers by now, even as a frequent visitor I find myself with my jaw to the floor every time!
Brunch, lunch and dinner are served every day. The menu offerings are seasonal and delicious. I always recommend the wood-fired sourdough pizzas but there’s plenty else to choose from too.
It doesn’t take all that long to ease into comforts here. I’ve wondered if that’s the magic I can’t put my finger on, a sense of home. It’s a feeling extending beyond the rooms you stay in, into the restaurant, down to the bar and lounge. At The Chapel was in fact once home to the owners, furniture designer Ahmed Sidki and restauranteur Catherine Butler, before deciding to open up as the restaurant and bakery with the 8 guest rooms to follow soon after.
As an overnight guest, you’ll get to experience fresh croissants from the bakery downstairs from the comfort of your room. You’ll find them inside a paper bag on the door in the morning. Such a simple touch brings great joy, quite like the excitement of a stocking full of treats on Christmas morning!
Even if, like me, you’ve made a day trip to At The Chapel before and thought you’ve experienced it already, booking a stay is much worth the value for rooms starting at £125 a night. It’s the perfect place for a relaxed weekend getaway, good food and good location.Set a date with i-escape and you’ll even get a glass of prosecco on arrival. Cheers to that!