Cool and characterful inn not far from Bath
A quirky restaurant with rooms, The Archangel in the market town of Frome – less than 30 minutes from Bath – was once a medieval coaching inn dating back to the 13th century.
• Characterful rooms with huge copper tubs for two. • A lively restaurant with plenty of buzz. • A real Somerset market town vibe.
Hit the spot
Centre stage in the boho market town of Frome, 30 minutes from Bath.
There's a three storey bar and restaurant built into an old hay barn and popular with locals.
Good to know
Live music nights and summer barbecues in the couryard garden mean it's not always the quietest place around.
ClosedOpen all year
ParkingYou'll need to park at the Merchants Barton carpark, two minutes away – BA11 1PT.
AirportBristol Airport – 26 miles.
TrainFrome station – 12 minutes walk.
LocationKing Street, Frome, Bath, Somerset, BA11 1AJ, United Kingdom
If you like something different, then The Archangel's flamboyant and quirky rooms could be just the ticket. Expect a colour palette of deep purples and golds, stripped wood floors and velvet curtains. Florentine bedheads, freestanding copper roll top baths and contemporary furniture add extra pizzazz. The two top rooms have giant archangel murals – one a recreation of a Leonardo da Vinci work. There's proper in-room tea and coffee, while bathrooms are stocked with Bramley body products.
Rooms overlooking the High street and courtyard garden can be noisy at times. And being a historic building, there may be low beams or narrow stairs to negotiate.
Eat & Drink
Priding itself on making max use of locally sourced ingredients, the restaurant's signature dishes include seared scallops and hog's pudding, pan roasted hake fillet or white bean and fennel cassoulet with wild garlic dumplings and pancetta. Chocolate nemesis with a cassis compote should round things off nicely.
Served until 10am. If you're not up to the full English, try a pesto and pecorino omelette, smoked Cornish haddock, Eggs Benedict with spinach and hollandaise or scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.
See & Do
An original Somerset market town, Frome is crammed with little independent stores – whether jewellers, fashion dens, booksellers or butchers. The town hosts a fantastic monthly Independent market where you'll find vintage, retro, collectables and delicious artisan foods.
Nearby attractions include the fabulous National Trust gardens at Stourhead, and the many sights of Georgian Bath, with its historic crescents, Roman baths and museums. For festival fans, Glastonbury's famous summer music extravaganza is just a short drive away.