Insider’s Guide to… Frome, Somerset

Insider’s Guide to… Frome, Somerset

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You should visit Frome because…

It is a great town that delivers on so many levels: gorgeous scenery, interesting shops, a lovely mix of independent cafes, friendly people – all easily accessible with train connections to Bristol and London.

The best thing about the town is…

That there is so much fitted into a small area. You can walk from one side of the town to the other in half an hour and be sure to bump into a friend or neighbour, but never be short of things to do and new sights to see.

The best shop is… Deadly is the Female. This boutique sells pinup-style couture in the most gorgeous fabrics and figure-hugging shapes. Even if you don’t go inside, the windows are dressed so well they make it worth the visit. I’m not the only fan – this is where Nigella Lawson buys her famous ‘wiggle’ dresses.

To experience Frome like a local…

Head to the Griffin. This no-frills, straight-talking pub is where you find the strongest locally-brewed beer and the funniest characters. Spend long enough in there and it’s impossible not to wind up sounding like one of the Wurzels.

The best place to eat is…

The Garden Café. As the name suggests, they provide outdoor seating in a peaceful and cosy courtyard/garden, (as well as indoor seating for those rare occasions when it rains in Somerset) and the veggie menu is good enough to convert the most dedicated carnivore. Pies and burgers sit next to an always varied mix of interesting salads and quiches, and in the evenings the wine list is good and the stonebaked pizzas are hard to beat.

What you won’t find anywhere else…

The artisan market on a hill! Having gone through a few different incarnations and now known as The Independent, the monthly Sunday market has helped put Frome on the map and allowed us to show off all the fantastic things that local producers are creating in the town.

What to take home…

Anything from the market: handmade crockery – no two designs quite the same, fat sausages from Ivan the butcher, or a piece of soap in the shape of an ice cream cone that smells of French patisserie. What more could you want?

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