0.5 miles
12 Sadler Street, Wells, BA5 2SE

Situated right in the heart of beautiful Wells is Ensemble, a stylish brasserie that’s reason enough to visit this most charming of cities. We slipped inside on a Saturday afternoon, escaping the hustle and bustle of the market for the bright and airy interior. The decor is effortlessly chic, with brushed gold details juxtaposed with bright jade chairs and whimsical animal motifs. There’s an air of relaxed refinement, with a café-like vibe during the day that easily transitions to a cool restaurant setting in the evening. Though we took a seat in the restaurant area, which is staffed by smartly dressed waiters, there were other visitors in the lounge area enjoying a more informal coffee and slice of cake.

Perusing the menu, we were impressed by the range of tempting dishes on offer – whether you’re hoping for a sophisticated three-course meal or a simple (but perfectly executed) sandwich, Ensemble is a great choice. The breakfast menu offers everything from free-range eggs on toast to Scotch pancakes with maple syrup and streaky bacon, and brunch is available until 3pm on Sundays – perfect for a lazy start.

I chose to start our lunchtime visit with a smoked chicken salad, while my husband plumped for calamari with sweet chilli sauce. Both starters were perfectly executed and gave us high hopes for the rest of the meal. The friendly and informative staff recommended a daily special of squid ink linguine with fresh, meaty prawns and succulent monkfish. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the seafood, as well as the sublime flavour of the dish, which was enhanced by a subtle hint of chilli. My husband went for a heartier main course, choosing the beautifully presented Creedy Carver duck breast with winter vegetables and star anise jus, which proved to be another stand-out dish. After such impressive first and second courses, we arguably could have done without dessert but there was no way I was passing up the chance to try the warm chocolate fondant with a scoop of raspberry and elderflower sorbet. My husband chose the caramelised calamansi curd tart, the flavour of which is somewhere between a clementine and a lime, and was blown away.

Ensemble has all the style of restaurants in the coolest capital cities with the charm of historic Wells – what more could you ask for?

Opening Hours:
Food Served Times:
Weds:9am-11am, noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm
Thurs:9am-11am, noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm
Fri:9am-11am, noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm
Sat:9am-11am, noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm

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