Sharpham Pantry Restaurant, Kilver Court Designer Village - Shepton Mallet

Bath officially welcomed the festive season on Wednesday evening as crowds congregated in SouthGate shopping centre, waiting for the Christmas lights to be switched on by Father Christmas himself! With the city now in full festive swing, I feel I have the perfect excuse to publish my first Christmassy blog post of the season! Rudolph is joining me, so let's get cracking...

Even though the big day is still over a month away, I'm sure it will be here before we know it. So it's time to start finding those all important pressies I can't wait to sneak under the Christmas tree. But first, let's take a seat and chat over coffee and cake...

Earlier this week, I enjoyed a Christmas shopping trip to Kilver Court Designer Village in Shepton Mallet, Somerset. A family-owned designer emporium which boasts famous designer brands, such as; Toast, Jack Wills, Rapha, Orlebar Brown, Winser London and LK Bennett. Many items are heavily discounted and there are lots of bargains to be had. Walking through the outlet is like stepping in and out of smart shops you may find along the Kings Road. Owner and founder, Roger Saul, has been bringing Somerset shoppers a slice of London's high end retail scene to the West Country since 2011. In proper pre-shopping style, we kickstarted with rich, creamy, frothy coffees and scrumptious cake. 

The magic of Christmas had reached every nook and cranny of Sharpham Pantry Restaurant and left its sparkle across all of Kilver Court too. 

Shiny baubles and sparkling fairy lights adorned the walls, and a Christmas tree glistened from a corner.

Rudolph was not just for decoration, you could purchase him too!

Back to those cakes I briefly mentioned earlier. We had a slice of 'Honey and Lavender Polenta Cake' (~£3.50)...

... and both agreed that we would try and recreate the cake at home, both having never baked with polenta before. It was surprisingly light and moist. The flavours were delicate and not too overpowering.

I have a real weakness for lemon drizzle cakes, so was instantly sold on the 'Lemon Cake' (£3.20). A gloriously golden sponge sandwiched together with a thick wedge of fluffy buttercream. Heavenly! 

Refueled and ready to go, we finished our coffees and scooped up the last of the crumbs from the back of our forks. It was time to burn off those calories with some serious retail therapy!

Taking a final few photos on our way out of the restaurant...

... we made mental notes to pop back in before heading home later that day, just so we could stock up on a few extra sweet treats.

'Tis the season after all!