If you drive south from Bristol for about an hour you’ll come to the quaint Somerset town of Bruton. Here you’ll discover some surprisingly lovely reasons to visit. Such as the world renowned art gallery Hauser & Wirth – which also has locations in London, New York and Zurich – and the town’s several quirky, independent shops, while the area is surrounded by lush meadows and orchards.
It is also home to one of the best restaurants in the country. On Monday (October 17), The Good Food Guide revealed its list of the Top 20 Most Exciting Restaurants For 2022. And coming in at the surprising, but less well-earned, number seven on the list was Burton’s Osip.
A small, farm-to-table restaurant, Osip’s focus is on keeping things simple and shedding pretension from the menu. In fact, there is no menu. The team has completely thrown them out. Instead you must put your faith in the chefs, as the restaurant works with locally-sourced, in-season ingredients and creates dishes that change with what’s available.
There is an emphasis on low food mileage at the former ironmonger’s shop. Osip works with a small group of local farmers, growers, hunters and gatherers to source its ingredients. Every lunch and supper dish guarantees the very best that Somerset has to offer. It also grows some of its own vegetables, herbs and fruit nearby too.
At lunchtime, Osip offers a six-course, farm-to-table tasting menu (£95), as well as a shortened lunch menu (£59). While in the evenings you can stick to six courses (£95), or choose the nine course menu (£125).
Osip is open Thursday to Sunday 12pm – 2.30pm for lunch and 6pm – 9.30pm for dinner. It is also open Tuesday and Wednesday just for dinner. We recommend booking a table well in advance.
The Good Food Guide’s Top 20 Most Exciting Restaurants For 2022 was selected by independent and anonymous inspectors, paying for every meal in full to ensure impartiality. To see what other restaurants made the cut, head here.