f.east –  a Fabulous Cafe near Ilminster

A recent morning out ended up with a new find. Now if you live in South Somerset you may think I’m well behind the times – in fact a quick look on Trip Advisor tells me I’m no trail blazer! This is one of the quirks of living right on the border of three counties and one of the reasons I write this blog. Traditional advertising is very county or town based so you have to keep yours ears and eyes open for new places like this.

My Mum and I had headed off to browse around various works of art in Horton and Broadway which were part of Somerset Arts Week. All manner of paintings, pottery and glass work from many talented local artists. It was Jackie, who paints the amazing Cows on Canvas, that suggested we head to f.east for coffee.  I had heard of this cafe before but had not realised where it was.

f.east Cafe and Vegetarian Food in Somerset

The cafe is upstairs in an old Victorian Mill and shares the building with various artists and crafts workshops.

The styling is great, industrial lights, communal benches and sofas, all currently the trend and it works really well in this space.

f.east Cafe and Vegetarian Food in Somerset
f.east Cafe and Vegetarian Food in Somerset

Vegetarian Lunches

Now I have to admit that we did not stay for lunch so I can’t comment on the meals, but everything was being prepared in full view and looked lovely. Meat eaters amongst you don’t be put off, the vegetarian choices were making my taste buds go into overdrive just reading the menu; – squash and coconut Vietnamese curry, an amazing sounding salad with too many ingredients to list or a leek, pear, walnut and blue cheese tart…… I so nearly stayed longer!

Tasty Cakes

Instead I enjoyed a lovely lemon and blueberry cake – it was gluten free but I would never have known. Mum had a great looking savoury scone. All washed down with fresh coffee.

Unlike many cafes that just have a token polenta cake or chocolate brownie option, nearly all the cakes at f’east were a gluten free.

f.east Cafe and Vegetarian Food in Somerset
f.east Cafe and Vegetarian Food in Somerset

f.east moved to the Millhouse on the outskirts of Ilminster in May 2017 .  Situated just off the A303 / A358 Horton Cross roundabout,  it’s down a track to a small industrial estate called Rose Mills.  Not somewhere you would stumble across, but clearly has taken many original customers with it.

Outside it’s a bit industrial with other businesses coming and going but that does not detract from the inside.

After our morning snack we had a wander round the two rooms of arts and crafts.  There was Fruitbat Textiles (Facebook link here) hand woven scarfs and textiles, hats and crafts and you can find out more about the artists on display at Millhouse Arts (Facebook link here).

Mum and I agreed that we should return for lunch another day and I have a friend who is gluten intolerant that I am definitely going to take.



Gorgeous Gluten Free Cakes and Vegetarian Meals

f.east Cafe and Vegetarian Food in Somerset

To find out more head to the f.east Facebook page where there is also a link to Trip Advisor reviews.

Just one note on the access – the cafe is up a step set of stairs so be warned if you have any disability issues or pushchairs to deal with. Being an old building there was no lift.

Opening Times:

Tuesday–Saturday 9am–5pm (new board currently being painted! . Plus cookery demos on Monday evenings. Check on Facebook for details).


f.east, Rose Mills, Mill House, Ilminster TA19 9PS. Tel 01460 53183.

Walking Nearby

There are various options for walks in the area including a footpath from Rose Mills to the old Chard to Ilminster railway line and a route up to Herne Hill.  I will make a point of trying out a walk for you to make this a really worthwhile place to head for. The cafe is dog friendly.

I’ve added in a few photos from the arts on display. If you are a cake and cafe lover then take a look at my other reviews here and suggestions for great Cream Teas. 

Have you been to f.east or walked nearby ? If so let me know have you found it.

f.east Cafe and Vegetarian Food in Somerset hats
f.east Cafe and Vegetarian Food in Somerset Millhouse art