How do you combine gastronomy with contemporary art? We are going to find out today when we meet Neko & Ziggy for lunch at The Roth Bar & Grill in Bruton, Somerset. The Roth Bar & Grill has a restaurant that serves local, ethical produce that is simply cooked in an open kitchen. Within the restaurant there are artworks by Henry Moore and others. Plus, alongside the restaurant there is a gallery showing works by contemporary artists from Hauser & Wirth.
All bars have beer and this bar has Nor’Hop from the Moor Beer Company. Nor’Hop is an award winning ultra pale ale that is brewed and bottled in Somerset. The menu is fairly straightforward and both Neko and Rock are having the Hake with grilled courgette, fennel, chilli and mint. The hake is pan fried and skilfully cooked. Ziggy and I both have the sirloin steak with fries and a watercress salad. We are both a little disappointed – Ziggy because her sirloin was undercooked, me because I expected that at a place with a hanging room for meat ….the meat would just have more flavour.
For dessert, Neko and Ziggy share the gluten and dairy free chocolate & almond cake with pouring cream. Rock and I both have a mouthful of it too and all four of us agree….it is a very fine cake indeed! Rock has the chocolate salami – slices of a chocolate sausage made with dark chocolate, almond, pistachio and biscuit. They know what to do with chocolate here. The others have coffee while I have an affogato.
After lunch we take a walk around the gallery and then through the fabulous gardens. This is an interesting venue – although a little disappointed by the steak, we have really enjoyed the fish, the chocolate, the beer and the gardens.