Sunday, September 1, 2013

Final note on Frome

*We were the guests of the Frome Town Council.

We can't leave Frome without some discussion on where you can stay and eat.
There are many options that you should explore.  I'll tell you about just a few of them.  

I was talking to Matthew last night about our weekend in Frome.  I commented that I had two of the best meals that I've had since I moved to the UK while we were there and he totally agreed.
The first was at the Restaurant at the Grange.
 The Grange

The Grange is a famous residential cookery school in nearby Whatley.
(Pippa Middleton attended their month-long cooking course.)

It's not a hotel or bed & breakfast but this is where we were lucky enough to stay for the weekend. 
They do have a cottage on the premises that is available for holiday lets and you can contact them about an overnight stay in one of their rooms.

Jane Averill who opened the school in 1988 was a fabulous hostess and she fed us so well!
You may not be able to experience her amazing breakfast spreads
but you can definitely enjoy the fabulous food she and her great staff create by visiting the Restaurant.

The Grange

These are definitely The Best Lambchops I've ever had.
Matt had them on the first night and we both ordered them on night number two.  Amazing!
The Restaurant at the Grange is open Wednesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for lunch. 

The Grange

We had a lovely lunch on Saturday at Café La Strada on Cheap Street,
a big hearty bowl of Watercress Soup with a poached egg and a variety of sandwiches with ice-cold elderflower cordial.  They are also known for their Italian-style ice creams created by owner Jude Kelly in exciting flavors such as Grapefruit & Peppercorn, Gin & Tonic or Gorgonzola, Chili & Fig.

Café La Strada

Because three square meals a day is just not enough we stopped at Divas Café for a coffee and sweets break.  It's located at the Black Swan Arts Centre and is open Monday through Saturday from from 8:30 to 5:30.  Try the carrot cake, it was mouthwatering.

Divas Café

We didn't stay or eat at the Archangel but I popped in to take a few pictures to give you some options.
This spot was first recorded as an inn 1311 and was once a medieval coaching inn called The Angel.  In 2008, it underwent a major renovation and became the Archangel.
There are now 14 rooms available and a three story bar and restaurant built into an old hay barn.



Just across the street is the George Hotel with rooms and a restaurant.
We popped in for a cheeky drink and free wifi.

George Hotel

Last but not least is The Cornerhouse which is most certainly where we will stay when we return to Frome.  It used to be known as The Lamb Inn but changed ownership in 2011 and has a new name.  
 The Cornerhouse

We stopped in on Sunday and sat down with the owner Martin Earley for the other best meal I've had in the UK, a Sunday Roast.  Three courses for only £15 and better than anything I've had in London.

The Cornerhouse

The Cornerhouse

The Cornerhouse

The Cornerhouse

Martin once ran a software company but had a dream to open a pub and hotel.
He arrived in Frome with his suitcase having never even set eyes upon his new purchase.
He then got to work turning it into a pub that he would enjoy visiting.

He has totally renovated and it has all of the little touches that make a place special.
It's a bright airy pub serving great food, close to the train station and city center.

He proudly showed us around.  The rooms are all various sizes and very clean and comfortable.  You can get a double en suite room for £80 to £100 with breakfast.  We are looking forward to getting back.

The Cornerhouse

We had a terrific time in Frome and I'm so glad that invitation hit my inbox.
We will definitely be back. 

I have to thank all of the people that welcomed us so warmly to Frome and
also those that read and commented on these posts.
I'm sure we will see you again soon!

More about Frome...  Supermarket and Made in Frome.


*We were the guests of the Frome Town Council for the purposes of review.   Meals and accommodation for our stay were complimentary.  All photos, writing and opinions are my own.
As always, I promise to be open, honest and transparent with my readers.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. 


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