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Monks Yard

Horton Cross, Horton Cross, Ilminster TA19 9PT, England
+44 1460 200020
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Horton Cross, Horton Cross, Ilminster TA19 9PT, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Best breakfast we have both had in years, I had the junior, and my daughter had the porridge, superb staff, we felt comfortable and at "home ". Off the peg visit, as our kitchen out of commission! However, only living .8 miles away, We will...More

Thank hopeisee
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found this place by accident on our way through. What a find excellent for a quick lunch. Blue cheese and pear salad was superb.

Thank RobboElviria
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Having read the recommendations on Trip Advisor decided to stop end route to Dawlish for lunch. Friendly staff. Lovely setting. Good selection of sandwiches and very conscientious regarding gluten / cross contamination. Very tasty food. Recommend as a stop for coffee / cake / lunch...More

Thank Gerberra
DeanHolling, Owner at Monks Yard, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for stopping by whilst on your travels, and for taking the time to review our cafe. I trust you had a great time in Dawlish and look forward to seeing you again soon. With best wishes from all of the team here at...More

Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Exceptional food and drink (no bar) all day. Slightly pricey compared to other places nearby but the service and quality and quantity is simply brilliant. If you want a truly great meal or coffee-and-chat for a fair price, this place is the one to remember...More

Thank Peter C
DeanHolling, Owner at Monks Yard, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Wow! What a great review, thank you for taking the time to write it. Although we don't have a bar (yet!) we do serve alcoholic drinks including local ales, cider and also wine/spirits etc. I would also agree that we are not the cheapest place...More

Reviewed 9 May 2017

The food is freshly made in the kitchen, the staff are very friendly and the cafe itself has a very cosy and homely atmosphere. 10/10. Would go again.

Thank Emoudlin
DeanHolling, Manager at Monks Yard, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2017

I'm so pleased that you enjoyed our food. We strive to keep the quality high, interesting (and seasonal) with different menus each month. So thank you for the kind review and hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Dean.

Reviewed 7 May 2017

A delightful place in beautiful surroundings. A small complex of buildings which include a prayer room, conference room, treatment room etc. The cafe is spacious and airy with seats outside too in a pretty courtyard. Cooked breakfasts large enough for sharing between 2. Nice selection...More

Thank Ellenbys
DeanHolling, Manager at Monks Yard, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2017

Wow! What a lovely review, thank you so much for choosing to visit us. As always the cafe staff will be sure to see this review, so thank you for taking the time to write such complimentary things about them. We hope to see you...More

Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

We came here for a lunchtime meeting of a local society (our second visit). Could not fault the meal, meeting room, with data projector and delightful staff. We thought the prices were reasonable and will certainly come here again.More

Thank Ian A
DeanHolling, Manager at Monks Yard, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2017

Thank you for reviewing our conferencing facilities, I'm pleased that we had the equipment you needed and trust you had a productive day. From all of the team here at Monks Yard I'd like to thank you for your glowing summery and hope to see...More

Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Stopped here on the way to Cornwall, based on good reviews seen on TripAdvisor. Pleased to say it was lovely! Tasty lunch food - salads, tarts, paninis etc. Relaxed surroundings and good staff.More

Thank Amanda T
DeanHolling, Manager at Monks Yard, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2017

I trust you had a wonderful time in Cornwall (be hard not to) and that you enjoyed travelling through the South West. Thank you for taking the time to review our cafe and for the positive comments regarding our food. Please do stop by next...More

Reviewed 9 April 2017

Based on previous trip advisor ratings and comments we chose to stop here for brunch on our way to the west country. We were not disappointed. Staff were welcoming and the food and drink offerings were delicious, fresh and varied. Had a local community feel...More

Thank Sue V
DeanHolling, Manager at Monks Yard, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2017

I'm so pleased that we lived up to your expectations and for your kind review. We do strive to be a local, community asset and so I'm happy that shines through. We look forward to seeing you again next time you're in the area. With...More

Reviewed 31 March 2017

The very best breakfast I have had in a long time, perfectly cooked scrambled egg, superb sausage, crispy bacon served by the friendliest staff you could wish to meet.

Thank Paul V
DeanHolling, Manager at Monks Yard, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2017

Wow! That's quite the accolade, the kitchen team will be most pleased! Thanks also for mentioning our friendly staff too, they really are a fantastic team of people. We are so lucky to have them! Best wishes, Dean

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Jill T
is this a good place to bring a 2 and a 4 year old?
23 June 2017|
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Response from Ann G | Reviewed this property |
I would take my grandchildren here as everyone is very friendly. I have seen small children enjoying themselves.
Carol H
What is it like for dinner for group
28 February 2017|
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Response from DeanHolling | Property representative |
Hi Carol, We can certainly cater for a group lunch, although we do close at 5pm. However we are always open to your ideas and we do have other rooms that we have hosted private dining in the evening should you need private... More
Carol H
What is it like to have dinner there
28 February 2017|
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Response from Ervin D | Reviewed this property |
They don't do evening meals.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$15
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 05:00
09:00 - 05:00
09:00 - 05:00
09:00 - 05:00
09:00 - 05:00
09:00 - 05:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Horton Cross, Horton Cross, Ilminster TA19 9PT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Somerset  >  Ilminster  >  Horton Cross
  • Phone Number: +44 1460 200020
  • E-mail
Welcome to Monks Yard, your friendly local cafe, business and party venue. Let us help you plan your perfect event, be it a large conference or intimate wedding. Come and see why we are different, we'd love to meet you!With a lovely cafe serving fresh, locally sourced food and plenty of outside space we offer something for everyone. Need a conference room? studio? workspace? We are here to help.Flexibility and a personal approach are two things that make Monks Yard different from the rest. We're close to the A303 and M5, with lovely outside spaces, FREE PARKING and wifi.
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