Gallery: Roth Bar & Grill combines gastronomy with contemporary art
By Carina Perkins
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Run by local hotelier and restaurateur Catherine Butler, the restaurant features an open kitchen with a robata grill and a 70-cover dining area decorated with original artwork from Hauser & Wirth’s entire family of artists, including Henry Moore’s drawing of lobster claws and neon chandeliers by the late Jason Rhoades.
At its core is a 20-seater bar designed by Björn and Oddur Roth as a tribute to their father and grandfather, renowned Swiss artist Dieter Roth. The bar was created from objects found on the farm and in the area surrounding Bruton in a nod to Dieter Roth's use of scavanged materials.
A separate outdoor courtyard area seats a further 70 diners.
Head chef Steven Horrell has devised a seasonal menu of starters, salads, chargrilled meat and fish and desserts, with dishes including Wild Somerset rabbit terrine and celeriac remoulade, River Exe mussels in Somerset cider, Dorset lobster with lemon mayonnaise and Roundhill Farm Devon Red fillet on the bone, bone marrow and horseradish. Light breakfasts also available, such as Brown Cow organic yoghurt with fruits and honey, an Old Spot bacon sandwich, and kippers from Brown and Forrest.
Meat is being sourced from the working farm on which the gallery is located, with fish sourced responsibly from south coast shores and most other produce coming from producers within a 5-mile radius. The kitchen is producing its own butter, cured meats, preserves, pickles, jams and chutneys, while vegetables, flowers and herbs are being grown in the garden.
Drinks on offer include artisanal beers from the Wild Beer Co from Lower Westcombe Farm, seasonal bellinis, sherry from Chipiona and vintage Port, as well as vegetable juices, farm herb and flower cordials, and English tea.
The bar opens late on Friday evenings, with a programme of live performances from DJs and musicians and a menu of small plates including scotch eggs, devilled whitebait and sharing platters of Durslade Farm charcuterie.
Roth Bar & Grill is open now at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL