A new boutique hotel is bracing to open its doors for the first time this month, following a two-year restoration project spearheaded by local hoteliers and a Michelin star chef.
Number One Bruton is an eight-bedroom hotel ‘inspired by Somerset country culture and traditions’ and is the brainchild of local Claudia Waddams and Welsh hoteliers Aled Rees.
Michelin-starred chef Merlin Labron-Johnson heads up the farm-to-table restaurant Osip.
He joins the project from The Conduit in London having long set his sights on opening a restaurant closely tied to his West Country roots.
The interiors at Number One Bruton have been designed by London-based studio Frank & Faber and the bedrooms are split between the Georgian-era townhouse, an adjoining row of cottages, and a medieval forge.
In February, four new rooms will be revealed at the old blacksmith’s forge.
The restaurant, Osip hones in on ingredients grown and produced in the immediate vicinity, on allotments and smallholdings.
Merlin Labron-Johnson earned a Michelin-star at the age of 24, nine months after he opened the kitchen at Portland Restaurant.