Kitchen at Kimbers’
This farm shop cafe between Bruton and Wincanton has super, super local food and South American colour
The newly opened cafe sits at the front of the family-run Kimbers’ Farm Shop and Somerset Trading Barn in a field in South Somerset, just off the B3018 between Hauser & Wirth in Bruton and Wincanton Racecourse. You can’t miss it.
Outside, simple timber clad shed. Inside, Somerset meets South America. The terracotta walls, vibrant green ceiling, tiles behind the bar, wall hangings and coloured glass jugs create the feel of a Mexican cantina.
Lots of upcycling going down. Plywood tables made by one of the Kimber clan (they’re a talented bunch), old school chairs and industrial lights.
Put together bits of leftover ply, some slate and an old pool table and you’ve got a counter.
This is a place to linger. Peruse the menu, read the paper. They even provide reading glasses if you’ve forgotten yours.
Cosy up by the wood-burner or soak up light (and hopefully, sun) by the bi-fold windows and a glass roof.
SCOFF & QUAFF
They describe the food as simple, honest, delicious (it is). Add to that: super local. I mean, they send milk from their own cows up the road to Barber’s (Somerset’s oldest cheese makers) and get it back as cheese. Smoked trout from the Mere fishery. Bread from the A303 bakery. Their own meat.
Granola, porridge, poached eggs and bacon, full English and more at breakfast. Soup, quiches, sandwiches and toasted things for a light lunch. Feeling hungry? Comfort classics – homemade faggots, sausages and mash, corned beef fritters, burgers and chicken – alongside charcuterie, smoked trout and sourdough, will fill you up. Here’s the burger with 10-day smoked brined beef brisket, mustard mayo and pickled cucumber.
They do a special each day, like this pan-fried salmon with new pots, broccoli, wild garlic pesto, beetroot, horseradish, dill mousse and pea tendrils (natch).
Cakes, scones and pastries are all homemade.
Lots of bottled soft drinks. The coffee, made with local eco-roast 918 Coffee Co, is excellent.
Pick up organic and locally produced supplies from the farm shop. The meat is expertly butchered. All sorts of cheeses, artisan booze, preserves, fresh veg, eggs and more. Sheepskins, alpaca socks and other locally made gifts.
Architectural salvage for home and garden, vintage, bric-a-brac, gifty stuff and flowers right next door in the two-storey Somerset Trading Barn, which includes Sprout & Flower.
Easy to while away a few hours here.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: A morning or afternoon out: eat, browse and shop – with virtually no food miles. All the family together for huge Sunday sharing feasts (tables for 8+). Argentinian BBQ planned for the summer.
Not for: Evenings out (they’re closed) but watch this space for future pop-ups. Not great for veggies or vegans: this is a old Somerset farm so the menu’s packed with the dairy and meat that they and their neighbours produce.
The damage: Very good value. Breakfasts £2.95–£9.25. Lunch £6.50 – £12.50 with charcuterie for two to share at £16.
Opening hours. Cafe: Tues – Sunday 9.30am–4.30pm (breakfasts 9.30am–11.30am; lunch 12pm–2.30pm). Shop: Tues – Thurs 8.30am – 5pm; Friday 8.30pm – 5.30pm; Sat 10am – 4.30; Sun 10am – 4pm.
Kitchen at Kimbers’, Kimbers’ Farm Shop,Linley Farm, Charlton Musgrove, Wincanton BA9 8HD. Tel 01963 3317. kimbersfarmshop.co.uk