I’ve met plenty of people with dreams – I even began to put the wheels in motion some years ago for my once upon a dream to open a bookshop with a cafe… in recent years i’ve leaned towards opening the homewares shop my neighbourhood is lacking. I have friends who have been steadily training as florists alongside their day job and taking jewellery courses so they can spread their wings one day.
A light-filled restaurant serving locally sourced comfort food with an adjoining homeware store with Dickensian windows opening out onto a picturesque village square is one such dream. However, it’s another to execute every part of a dream flawlessly, with charm and atmosphere like Brassica Restaurant and the adjoining Mercantile Shop which I had the pleasure if visiting on a recent trip to Dorset.
I am biased of course because this the venture of an ex-colleague of mine and therefore obviously smug of success by association! Louise Chidgey and her partner Cass Titcombe both have a long career in catering and interiors – Cass most notably as the co-founder of Canteen and Louise as Senior Buyer at The Conran Shop and this venture marries the pairs’ talents and passion in hospitality and retail.
With Louise’s knowledge of the interiors industry the shop ‘Brassica Mercantile’ is brimming with products and brands to rival any global concept store – stocking a mix of the practical, beautiful and unusual. I could have spent all day browsing and shopping here and bagged myself some Tuscan Green Splatter Plates (used in the restaurant) some Bordfolk Danish Egg Cups and the Orange Tree Baggu tote from the new collection which i’ve had my eye on but couldn’t build up the courage to pay for US shipping. I’m also kicking myself that I didn’t pick up these sublime Marbled Placemats…
The adjoining restaurant was equally sublime – a perfect canvas for the wares next door. It was a treat to look out onto the quaint and quiet village square as we ate our lunch on the joyful green splatter plates I had just bought. Portions were plentiful and tasted like they were made with love – I had an amazing Ragu with baked polenta that tasted like a hug in a bowl…
Brassica Restaurant and Mercantile
3 The Square, Beaminster,
Dorset, DT8 3AS
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org