Announcement: Visit Hillbrush will be temporarily closed on Monday 19th March, from 2:30pm. We will be shut all afternoon for a private function. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes!
But don’t worry, we will be open again on Tuesday 20th March onwards, with our usual host of delicious food and drink in our restaurant, and our interactive museum and shop to keep you and your family entertained!
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!
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:
@afletchphoto | Facebook | Instagram | Linkedin | Google+
Our Hillbrush timeline has been a long time in progress, with all of the image hunting, composition and design happening behind the scenes in secret. We are utterly delighted to tell you that the timeline is now up in our visitor centre and looking amazing! It features an extensive history of the company, including tidbits of info, dates that directors started working at Hillbrush, how the company has developed along with the rest of the world, and many photos spanning 1922 to the present day.
Each piece was individually printed and placed on the wall by our good friends Freestyle Designs in Bath who do such superb work. You can see a snapshot of the timeline being installed below.
Here is the finished artwork. Of course nothing beats coming to Visit Hillbrush to see it in person!
Regardless of the rainy, blustery weather we have been having lately, people have been popping in to see us and try our restaurant. We’ve found a couple of reviews about Visit Hillbrush and wanted to share what others have been saying about our visitor centre.
First, The Dorset Foodie Family posted about a recent visit, encouraging people to give us a try if they haven’t already. They also included some excellent photos of their coffee and cake!
We were also reviewed by Taste of the West, whose aim is to promote fantastic local food and drink in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. You can read their review here.
If you see any write ups or reviews, or if you have written one yourself and would like us to share it on our social media, please get in touch. And if you are in the area, pop in and say hello. We would love to meet you!
We have just passed our 5000th customer at Visit Hillbrush! We just wanted to thank everyone who has come down to see us and lend their support by buying products from our shop, dining in our restaurant, and spending time browsing our museum. We hope you’ll come and see us again soon!
Visit Hillbrush has been listed by Wiltshire Times as one of the Top 10 Half Term Events! This is excellent as we are open all week and weekend, and cater to adults and children (and of course dogs, who are welcome on our terrace) of all ages.
If you are still looking for things to do in Wiltshire with the family this half term, why not pop in and see us? We have coffee, cakes, dinner, gifts, tactile displays and more!
Although the weather wasn’t quite as nice as we were expecting over the bank holiday weekend, we hope you enjoyed your visit if you popped in to see us! The restaurant was quite busy, with many people coming to have lunch and refreshments despite the rain.
If you haven’t experienced Visit Hillbrush yet but you’re wondering what we have on offer, you can view our menu by clicking here. We have a wide selection of delicious foods and drinks, all using locally sourced ingredients, all top quality. There are vegetarian and gluten free options available, but if there is anything else you are unsure of, please do ask a member of staff as we are more than happy to adjust our dishes to cater to people with allergies or intolerances.
We would also like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who has taken the time to leave us reviews on Trip Advisor, Facebook and Google My Business so far. Your feedback is extremely important to us as it helps us to improve our service. Plus it’s always lovely to hear from people!
We recently spotted this beauty in our car park at Visit Hillbrush in Mere and we just had to share it (with the permission of the owners, of course). Our visitor centre is the ideal place for a classic car meet up, where owners can gather, admire and discuss their vintage vehicles! We have a spacious car park so there is plenty of room for everyone. Not to mention we are in a picturesque location in Mere. Our restaurant is open so it would be the perfect opportunity to grab a bite to eat and a drink while you’re here. Our gorgeous south-facing terrace is designed for those long, sunny days!
We are thrilled that Visit Hillbrush has been nominated in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2017 for Best Cafe in Wiltshire! We are so happy and proud that people are enjoying our new facility in Mere.
If you have visited us and tried the delicious food in our restaurant, sampled our artisan coffee, explored our brush-making museum, and browsed the many gifts available in our shop, please click this link to vote for us. We would really appreciate it!