Foodie Feature – Goats Cheese, Pesto and Tomato Panini

Our Foodie Feature today is our delicious and well-presented Goats Cheese, Pesto and Tomato Panini, currently available in our restaurant. This dish is ideal as a light bite and is suitable for vegetarians, not that meat-eaters can’t enjoy it too! It is served with a side salad and homemade coleslaw.

We have had fantastic feedback about this dish so far:

“Sometimes pesto can be quite overpowering, but the goats cheese and pesto was perfectly balanced, and there was plenty of tomato too. The side salad was a good size and the homemade coleslaw was lovely.”

If you are in the area, we hope you’ll consider popping in to try this panini. Or, if it isn’t to your taste, browse our menu to see what else we have on offer.

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School Holidays: Things To Do With the Kids

The school holidays are here and you might be wondering about family activities and days out with the kids available to you this summer. If you have kids you know how important it is to engage their active minds, and at Visit Hillbrush we offer a range of things to keep you and the little ones occupied!

If you’re out and about and looking for somewhere to grab a bite to eat and a drink, our restaurant is an ideal and welcoming venue. We offer a large menu of locally sourced food and snacks, an artisan coffee bar, and a drinks menu. We are extremely family friendly and there is even a special menu just for children. We have parasols on our terrace, so it is possible to spend time both inside and out to enjoy the weather. Dogs are also welcome on the terrace (guide dogs are welcome inside, too).

Once you have sated your appetite, you can browse the many colourful wares in our shop, many of which make fantastic gifts. Then there is our brushmaking museum, where you can learn about the many different brush types and fibres from around the world, as well as discover our company history which dates back to 1922! There are tactile displays for the kids, engaging videos, and displays full of quirky and interesting brushware.

We also offer free Kids Activity Booklets (you can ask for these at the tills) and offer a children’s seating area where they can colour and fill out their booklets.

We do hope you’ll pop in to see us this summer!

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Visit Hillbrush Opening Times (21st July 2017)

Please note that due to a private event taking place at Visit Hillbrush, the visitor centre will be closed to the public between the hours of 10:30am – 12:45pm on Friday 21st July, 2017.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes. We will be reopening at 12:45pm and business will carry on as usual, so we hope to see you in the afternoon for tea and cake and (hopefully) sunshine!

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Free Tennis Giveaway to Celebrate Wimbledon

To celebrate the Wimbledon finals, this weekend we are giving away free kid’s sports packs to the first 10 visitors (with children) to Visit Hillbrush who are interested in signing up to Game Set & Match Tennis Academy. The packs include a branded water bottle, children’s tennis cap, drawstring bag and flyers. We will hand out 10 packs on Saturday 15th July and 10 more packs on Sunday 16th July, so you are in with two chances of collecting one of these super freebies!

Terms & Conditions

Packs will be handed out at staff’s discretion. The decision on who is entitled to a pack is final. One pack per child/person. Please note: this offer is intended for those between the ages 4 – 12, but coaching and sign-ups are also available for teens and adults.

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Wine Tasting With Yapp Brothers

Thank you to everyone who attended our first event at Visit Hillbrush. Our Wine Tasting and Live Music evening, in partnership with Yapp Brothers Wine Merchants of Mere was a great success. We had around seventy people in attendance and anyone visiting the centre during the day might have noticed something was afoot, with Yapp’s signature van sitting conspicuously in our car park.


The festivities kicked off at 6:30pm with a wide variety of wines available for tasting, ranging from reds, whites and rosés to cater to different palates. We were lucky to have such a gorgeous evening which meant a lot of the merriment could take place outside on our terrace.


Yapp’s in-house band Ziggurat provided an up-beat backdrop of French inspired music.  Instead of remaining stationary the band weaved among guests from time to time. This versatility meant that their performance was much more personal, and they really felt like part of the crowd.


We look forward to holding many more events in the future. If you missed out this time around or you would like to keep up to date on what we have in the pipelines, you can find our events page here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates and announcements.

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360° Google Image Tour of Visit Hillbrush

If you’ve been wondering what we have on offer at Visit Hillbrush, or you’ve already been to see us and you simply want to relive your experience, you can now take a sneak peek inside our restaurant, museum and shop via our 360° Google Image Tour!

Andy Fletcher at 360image visited us recently and set up the tour and we are extremely grateful to him for highlighting all the different and fascinating aspects of the centre. You can even step outside onto our terrace or into our car park for a look around.

See the tour below on our blog. Or alternatively click here and then click the images on the Google Maps sidebar (where our Visit Hillbrush details are listed).

You can find Andy at the following places:

@afletchphotoFacebook | Instagram | Linkedin | Google+

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Foodie Feature – Macaroni Cheese

Today we are featuring our Ricotta and Butternut Squash Macaroni Cheese served with Garlic Ciabatta. This works great for either lunch or dinner; the macaroni cheese is quite light and creamy, but with the garlic ciabatta this dish becomes rather filling. It’s one of our vegetarian dishes (although carnivores will also enjoy it, as it’s so tasty!). The garlic bread is crispy on the outside and deliciously warm and buttery.

You can find a full menu of our dishes and drinks by clicking here. If there is anything not on the menu, or anything you are unsure of, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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