Keepers Cottage, Wood Lane, Butleigh, Somerset, BA6 8TR
01458 850 353 | email@example.com
Good food is at the heart of life at Keepers Cottage. Having left a 20-year career in the City, your host Emma followed her passion and spent six months qualifying as a chef at the award-winning Ashburton Chef’s Academy in Devon. Already a very good home-cook, this helped Emma finesse her skills and develop an appreciation for using the finest quality, seasonal produce.
At home here in Somerset there are some wonderful ingredients and local food producers right on our doorstep. We take great pride in hunting out the best to serve to our guests, so they can enjoy a “taste of Somerset”. For instance, there are the fabulous organic Somerset cheeses which go into our breakfast frittatas; the delicious local apple juice made in the neighbouring village; and the free range hens’ eggs with big, fat yolks from just a few hundred yards across the fields. In fact, the eggs, bread, butter, sausages, bacon and juice that we serve at breakfast all come from within a five-mile radius of Keepers. You can read more about our wonderful food suppliers here.
You can also enjoy a taste of Somerset by joining us at one of our occasional "pop-up" dinner evenings which we host through the winter-spring months. All our current dinner dates are fully booked.
Breakfast is usually served around the big kitchen table in the main house at 9am (although we can change this if you have particular requirements - for instance, if you need to be away early). For those who fancy a slower, more decadent start to the day, a breakfast hamper can be delivered to your room. Hampers are proving to be enormously popular, and include delicious breakfast treats such as homemade muffins, still warm from the AGA, and individually wrapped bacon sandwiches. Breakfast in the house, or breakfast in bed; it's your choice!
Home restaurants and supper clubs have been part of a growing food scene over the last few years and if you enjoy good food in a beautiful environment, then our "pop-up" style dinner events are a must. We serve the sort of food that we love to eat ourselves: delicious, unfussy and with a focus on fantastic quality, seasonal ingredients. Guests staying in our bed & breakfast suites as well as those that just want to come along on the evening are all welcome.
All our current dinner dates are fully booked.
The format is a simple one. Everyone arrives at 7.30pm for complimentary drinks and canapés, then all sit down together at 8pm for a five course set menu. The menu is designed around what ingredients are in season and most delicious, and rounds off with coffee and petit fours at about 11.30pm.
We have a fabulous, 60 foot open plan kitchen-dining room so dinner is a sociable affair with diners seated around one or two large tables. In fact you could say that it’s a bit like a professional dinner party in that this is very much a warm and relaxed evening in our private home. In the same vein, you’ll be eating a set menu of our design, like you would when at dinner with friends. For many people that’s part of the attraction, as it’s a chance to try dishes or ingredients that you might not choose from a restaurant menu. Everything you eat will have been prepared, created and cooked by chef, host and washer-up, Emma!
We ask for a donation of £42 per person, which covers your entire evening (there are absolutely no hidden extras). We believe it to be excellent value for money.
As this is our home we are of course not licensed so please bring along any wine or soft drinks that you would like with your meal. Ice buckets are available so we can keep your drinks chilled, and there’s filtered tap water on the table. We do not charge corkage.
Please remember to let us know about any dietary requirements at the time of booking so that the menu can be adapted for you. Coeliac, vegetarian, dairy/ nut or other allergen-free diets can all be catered for, but only if we know in advance.
Our part of Somerset is well served with some really excellent pubs and places to eat, including a number that are within a short drive (about 15 minutes) of Keepers, and not forgetting our well-loved village local the Rose & Portcullis that's at the end of our lane.
We include an extensive list of suggestions for dinner in guest rooms, but here are just a few to whet the appetite:
Rose & Portcullis (Somerset free house). A good choice anytime but particularly for your night of arrival, as its just a short walk away from Keepers Cottage. Serves a good menu lunch and dinner (Tues-Sun) times of good, straightforward “pub food” and a range of real ales. Landlord Simon Donnelly presides over a pub with a great, friendly atmosphere. Booking always recommended.
http://www.rose-and-portcullis.co.uk - 01458 850 287
We love The White Hart at Somerton, which serves a fantastic menu of fresh, simple, local dishes including a really tasty selection of "Little Bites" and a good cheeseboard of West Country cheeses. They aim to demonstrate just how good West Country food can be, and we think they hit the mark! Set in the heart of Somerton's pretty market square.
http://www.whitehartsomerton.com - 01458 272 273
The Sheppey Inn is a fascinating, uber-cool pub just north-west of Glastonbury. It serves modern European food including its famous, Sheppey fish stew, a constantly changing roster of beers and ales, and a bar covered in casks of local ciders. It’s also a venue for live music and in fine weather it’s fabulous to sit on the large terrace and admire the views across the Levels.
http://www.thesheppey.co.uk- 01458 831594
The Red Lion at Babcary, a beautiful old thatched country pub, serves a really excellent menu which changes daily and is based on local ingredients. A great place for dinner and only a 15 minutes drive away.
http://www.redlionbabcary.co.uk - 01458 223230
A firm favourite is the Devonshire Arms at Long Sutton. A very handsome building right on the village green, it's been beautifully and stylishly renovated by friendly landlords Phillip and Sheila. There's a busy, proper bar; a garden at the back; as well as a lovely terrace at the front. A great menu delivers everything it promises. Not to be missed.
http://www.thedevonshirearms.com - 01458 241 271
Matt’s Kitchen is a pop-up style restaurant operating from chef-patron Matt Watson’s own kitchen in the High Street, Bruton. There’s a single dish of the day (menus are published for the week ahead on their website) plus a selection of starters and desserts.
http://www.mattskitchen.co.uk - 01749 812 027
Further afield (but perhaps could be included on a drive back from Bath?) is the Ethicurean restaurant at the Barley Wood Walled Gardens, Wrington. The whole philosophy and focus of the Ethicurean is the connection with its setting, using ingredients grown in the stunning restored Victorian Kitchen garden where it’s based, and inspired by flavour combinations from the past and present. The restaurant has received rave reviews in the national press and was voted Ethical restaurant of the year (Observer).
http://www.theethicurean.com - 01934 863 713