The best restaurants near Babington House

grilled fish on a salad

Daisy Heard, Babington House member and restaurant manager at new opening The Newt in Somerset, shares her favourite nearby foodie spots

By Kate Lough  Tuesday 10 September, 2019  

Part of the Babington team for seven years, Daisy Heard left to travel Asia in 2014 and is now in charge of the restaurant at new Somerset opening The Newt, a country estate with magnificent woodland, gardens and a hotel. 

‘The vision behind the place is very special,’ says Heard. ‘The food celebrates the various areas of the estate, using long-forgotten preserving and fermenting techniques to ensure nothing goes to waste. A dish that sings to our true ethos is kohlrabi cooked in embers with sorrel, cod’s roe, hedgerow juices and wildflowers.’ Here, the Babington regular and food lover shares her favourite places to eat within a 45-minute drive of the House.
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an English village with house and church
Fat Radish
This is the place to go for a relaxed meal; it’s got a cool, down-to-earth vibe. I’m a sharer when it comes to food and I love to try as many dishes as possible – and Fat Radish is ideal as it’s all about sharing boards and nibbles. 

Fifteen minutes from Babington House; Fat Radish, 21 Market Place, Somerset BA11 1AN;

Talbot Inn
My favourite pub in the area. I’ll meet my friends at Babington House and then wander down the old railway track and across the elds for Sunday lunch. It’s very picturesque and has a choice of rooms – each with a different feel – to enjoy food or just settle in and relax. Go for the Sunday lunch sharing board – a bit of every roast going – and pair it with a Babylonstoren Shiraz. 

Five minutes from Babington House; The Talbot Inn, Selwood Street, Somerset BA11 3PN; 
a dining room in a converted church
At The Chapel
This has an amazing bakery, pizzas, a wine shop and great cocktails. Mostly, I head there for dinner in the restaurant which is in the main part of the old chapel with huge windows looking out over Bruton and a contemporary gallery vibe. 

Twenty-five minutes from Babington House; At the Chapel, 28 High Street, Somerset BA10 0AE;
a set table in a restaurant with pampas grass
a table of plates of different foods and glass of rose wine
Roth Bar & Grill
The Hauser & Wirth gallery opened its space in Bruton in 2014 and has a fun restaurant, Roth Bar & Grill. It’s the kind of place I go to when I have family staying. Usually we’ll order steak, which is aged in its salt chamber. 

Twenty-five minutes from Babington House; Roth Bar & Grill, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Somerset BA10 0NL; 

The Ethicurean 
The Ethicurean is best described as potting-shed chic. It overlooks a walled garden and countryside on the outskirts of Bristol. It’s a lovely place to walk and have lunch – the modern British style draws inspiration from the seasons, with vegetables at the heart of every meal. 

Forty-five minutes from Babington House; The Ethicurean, Barley Wood Walled Garden, Long Lane, Bristol BS40 5SA;  

Images from top: The Roth Bar and Grill; The Fat Radish; The Talbot Inn; At The Chapel; The Ethicurean

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