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At The Chapel
Ranked #5 of 11 Bruton B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 January 2014

After an easy train journey from London and a short walk through the pretty town of Bruton we arrived at the stunning building that is At the Chapel. A very stylish buzzing dining room where the staff greet you with a heartfelt and warm welcome.We stayed to celebrate our anniversary and all throughout our stay we felt really looked after by the team here. A nod to the chefs with their natty haircuts, producing such tasty bistro dishes in front of your very eyes. The bedrooms are stunning, we stayed at a quiet time of the year and were so kindly given an upgrade to room 2 with its stained glass window, standalone bath and stunning waterfall shower. The coffee and homemade shortbread are such special touches in the room, as are the books and fabulously comfortable bed and pillows which you can relax whilst watching the enormous HD television.
However the best is yet to come. This hotel has its own bakery producing a large selection of breads and cakes a quirky feature that fits in so well to the community of Bruton. So we wanted to say cheers to all who work here, your vision is perfect in providing art, cuisine, and design in this unique hotel. We booked with Mr and Mrs smith and we're treated to a glass of prosseco. Would love to come back again to explore the area as it has links to the first great western mainline station Castle Cary and a taxi can be arranged at the hotel approx £11. Special mentions to Julie, Charlie and the hardworking waitresses who looked after us as we dined for lunch and dinner, your super service is worth highlighting to the future trip advisors who will no doubt be as impressed as we were.

Room Tip: Room 2 was stunning, Ren products in the bathroom and a stunning bath and standalone shower very rel...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed At The Chapel for 3 nights in between Xmas and New Year.
We wanted somewhere relaxing, stylish, comfortable and where we could indulge in good food and drink. It ticked all these boxes and much more; ending up as one of our favourite breaks of 2013.

The location is great, being only an hour from Bath and with loads of walks on the doorstep, but there was very little else in Bruton that appealed and nothing seemed on the same level as The Chapel, so we ended up eating and drinking there every day. Matts Kitchen came highly recommended, but it was closed for Xmas. So try there if you get the chance.

The Chapels varied menu, with locally sourced ingredients ensured we never got bored and the pre-dinner cocktails were also amazing. Might sound strange, but their ham and cheese toastie with egg, was the best thing I have eaten, EVER. I could not stop raving about it. Even writing about it is making me hungry.

The staff were amazing and made us feel right at home. Service was top notch with friendly banter and conversation which I love, but they also gave you privacy.

Room was also fabulous, with the biggest softest bed I have ever slept in and a beautiful roll top bath and walk in shower. Rooms aren't huge, but they are fine for a short stay. Croissants are delivered to your door every morning, fresh from their bakery. They are so good, but I was a little bored with them on the third day. For the money, I would have liked a choice of breakfast, but this is only a small gripe.

Over all, a top quality hotel and restaurant and a memorable break.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

We stayed at At the Chapel for a two night weekend break in Bruton, having read a review in Conde Nast Traveller magazine.

It's an amazing place - we arrived and had a warm welcome from Charlie who checked us into our room and arranged for pizzas to be sent up to our room as a mid afternoon snack.

We stayed in Room 3 - a gorgeous room on the first floor. We had a huge bed with gorgeous duvet and pillows that were like air to sink into...great nights sleep. The bathroom was amazing with the really tall original windows that looked over the town with views of the church. A large bath that we could swim in with a separate stand in shower.

The rooms are of a really high quality and some good touches - REN toiletries in the bathroom, lovely fluffy White Company bathrobes, great in room sound system that you can link your iPod to, good selection in the mini-bar, staff that seemed more that happy to help and order room service etc. and the breakfast tray that arrived with delicious croissants in the morning.

Overall an amazing place to stay.

My only recommendation to the owners would be to sort out the really poor service in the restaurant. It let down what would otherwise have been a five star weekend.

Room Tip: Room 3 - lovely bedroom and huge bathroom with large free standing bath, stunning original windows w...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Spent one night here in November. The service was wonderful, we were given a warm welcome, shown to our room and then when we went to have a coffee in the cafe nibble were found for us. Our room was a great size and although sparcely decorated, the quality was great. Hubby was v impressed with the TV! Our bathroom was fantastic and made me feel like I was in a spa!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

We stayed here as a friend was celebrating a birthday of note at the same place. We decided to come a day early as we had a 4+ hour journey and wanted to be fresh on the day of the party.
I noticed that there were a few negative reviews.
I wonder if we actually stayed at the same place.
The greeting and reception was warm and welcoming. After unloading the car I was directed to the private secure car park (parking in Bruton is difficult as it has very narrow streets) and told how to get back to the Chapel by a quick shortcut.
The room was a delight. Roomy and clean. The shower area is of the wet room style and spacious. The TV and audio facilities up to date and superb. There were two small problems (light bulb etc) and these were attended to immediately. No fuss - and a smile.
The coffee facility in the room is "real" using a cafetiere. Fresh milk and 2 bottles of still and sparkling water in the mini bar are complementary. All replaced daily.
We returned to the ground floor to find that the place seemed to be the centre of village activity. Food seemed to be available all day, the pizzeria in the bakery was doing eat ins and take outs. The bakery seemed to supply not just the village but most of the area around.
We had a couple of beers in the bar and spoke to the staff who were helpful with suggestions of what to see locally. We noted that some parents had taken their children in for afternoon tea "coke and a cake". Child friendly - yes. Badly behaved children - no.
Dinner that evening was good value - as was the wine. Service excellent.
In the morning, croissants with butter and preserve are delivered from the bakery on a trestle tray outside each room at about 7:00 AM. Breakfast is in the restaurant - extra charge. We did not need it as dinner the night before was ample.
The following day we ventured out into the village to explore - well worth a few hours.
When we returned to prepare for the afternoon party our room had been "done" so we were able to get ready.
The party went well and all I can add is that not only was the food good, the service was again excellent. Well done to all concerned.
All in a great time - lots of helpful staff - who do know what they are doing.
Yes - i would go back anytime.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Kevin W
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

There have been other superlative reviews about At the Chapel, so without wishing to cover the same ground, maybe I should just say - find a way to go to Bruton. Have a look at Somerset, visit Bath , stop en route to the West Country, but just get there. It is a very short side trip from the A303. Then book a room with dinner At The Chapel.
Great simple food, its own bakery, a stunning building, great outdoor space and simply gorgeous bedrooms. It struck me that the reason it works is down to a combination of obvious factors - owned by someone who understands the business, who is prepared to train staff in customer service and for whom attention to detail means everything. It may not mean much to you that the teaspoons on the bedroom tray, face the same way, lined up like soldiers in their cups but it reflects that no detail is too small to be unimportant.
It is good value for money and the constant buzz of locals popping in and out for a coffee/breakfast or even takeaway pizza from the front of house bakery, shows that there is a need for this simple but stylish, customer savvy formula.
Just brilliant.
Room 2 is the one with the big stained glass window as per the website. Comfy and glorious. A bit of road noise first thing, but nothing major and remarkably silent from internal restuarant noises

Room Tip: Room 2 has the stained glass window and wow factor
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Fresiandaniels
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

Just a lovely place to stay. Cool minimalist (but not overly so) rooms, friendly service, and decent food and wine served in a stunning setting. Bruton itself is a pleasant town, but through traffic down the narrow main street can be a minor irritant. However it is in the middle of some beautiful countryside, and the well-maintained public footpath network offers plenty of walks in all directions. Secure parking via a back-street, and quality sound from the i-pod docking system are also worth a mention. Probably not an ideal place for kids, but for couples looking for a stylish weekend break this a top option.

Room Tip: Room 2 has a huge bathroom and lovely stained glass window. It faces front so there may be a littl...
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Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 28 High Street, Bruton BA10 0AE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Bruton
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Ranked #5 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Bruton
Number of rooms: 5
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At The Chapel Bruton, Somerset

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