Dragons’ Den Design Challenge

Image of the 5 chairs the Dragons sit in
The Hillbrush Dragons spent time deliberating over some incredible presentations this year in order to choose the winning design.

Mere School Visit the Dragons at Hillbrush

For the past five years Hillbrush has participated in an annual Dragons Den design project with Mere First School. The event takes part over two mornings and starts with children ages 10 and 11, visiting the company, being given a talk about the history of the business, its products, its materials and given a tour of the facilities. In recent years the children have also had the opportunity to spend time in the Visitor Centre.

The children spent time designing some amazing projects and after much deliberation the Dragons chose their winner – The Home & Away Brush. To find out more about the design challenge, the overall winner and the event, go to the main Hillbrush news feed here.

This year we are trying something new and are inviting parents, friends and members of the public to come and look at the designs and find out more about the challenge in the Visitor Centre. The drawings will be on display for 2 weeks for everyone to see, and maybe even pick which one they think should have been the winner!

The display will be up in the Visitor Centre from Monday 8th July to Friday 19th July, so come along, have a look and decide which one is your winner!

Two on Tuesdays

We are excited to offer a new special deal: Two on Tuesdays! If you come in on a Tuesday and order a main dish from our Main menu you can have either a side dish or a dessert for free. This is a great way to take advantage of a lunch date with friends or family.

You can view or download a copy of our menu here.

Curry Night (with Menu)

Join us on Friday 17th May for Curry Night, with a specially created menu and live music and entertainment from singer and songwriter Greg Agar 6pm – late.

Find out more about this event and about Greg on our Curry Night page here.

Temporary Road Closures

We wanted to let you know that there will be a couple of road closures taking place over the next two weeks, although Visit Hillbrush will still be accessible and open for business as normal! Please leave yourself enough time if you have booked a table with us on the following dates:

From Wednesday 6th March for 5 days:

• Gillingham – Mere Road (B3092) will be completely closed between 09:30 and 15:30 every day. 
• Traffic will be diverted to Wincanton, though there may be alternative back roads that you want to consider.

From Monday 11 March for 5 days:

• From the A303 Junction to Maiden Bradley the road will be completely closed between 08:00 to 17:00 every day.
• There will be a traffic diversion but it has not been specified.

Add a Little Sparkle

January always feels like a long and slow month. A lot of this is due to the nights feeling that much longer but without the promise of Christmas/holidays to look forward to like you have in December. We thought that these amazing glittery Bomb Cosmetics bath bombs were the perfect idea to bring a little sparkle to your evening. Find them at Visit Hillbrush on our till counter, along with many other lovely scented gifts and treats!

100,000 visitors!

We are utterly thrilled to announce that Mr and Mrs Cherrett have helped us cross the 100,000 visitors mark, which is a massive milestone for Visit Hillbrush. They were awarded gift vouchers worth £50 and we are so happy for them as they are regulars of ours. We hope to see them again soon!

Recipe: No-Bake Granola

This no-bake granola recipe is utterly delicious, fairly quick and easy to make and does not use refined sugar. The bars make an excellent snack for work or when you’re on the go and they are super filling!

Time: approx. 20-30 mins to make (and an additional 1-2 hours to chill)

4 Cups of Assorted Nuts (we recommend cashews, walnuts and pecans)

1 Cup of Desiccated Coconut

1 Cup of Dried Fruit (dates, raisins, etc)

1/3 Cup of Coconut Oil

1/3 Cup of Almond Butter

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Foodie Feature: Hunters Chicken

There have been a number of changes and additions to our incredible restaurant menu lately, but one of our staple, most well-loved dishes has not changed. Today’s Foodie Feature is all about our delicious Hunters Chicken.

This dish is lovingly put together by our chefs, featuring juicy chicken, home made coleslaw, local bacon, mature Cheddar and french fries. It is a filling dish and very versatile, and can be enjoyed for lunch or on a Friday evening as a main meal.

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Local Artist’s Broom Animals

These inventive ‘hobby horse’ broom animals were made by artist Steven Rowley, made up of simple household components including our B25/5 broom head! Find out more about Steven and his art at his website. Click the read more button to see photos. 

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We are deleting our Twitter account!

We have decided to focus our efforts on our Facebook and Instagram accounts on social media, so we will be deleting our Twitter account @VisitHillbrush to make it easier for us to manage our platforms. This decision is not due to any negative factors, it is purely so we can dedicate more time to just a couple of social accounts rather than spreading ourselves too thin (we are a small team!).

We wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who has followed, liked and retweeted us in the last year that we have been active on Twitter. We appreciate your support and encouragement, and all the lovely comments we’ve had about our restaurant, shop and museum.

You can find us on our Facebook page and our Instagram account, so please follow us there and keep in touch!