Fiercely independent Frome thrives with culinary talent, notably at these quality restaurants which range from Japanese pop-up to classic dining pub
This family-run Japanese restaurant first built its fanbase as a roaming pop-up on the festival circuit and at local and private events, drawing crowds for its statement sushi platters and colourful sashimi salads.
When the Hakkō team launched their seasonal restaurant in Marston Park earlier this year, fans were delighted to have a spot to which they could regularly return for an authentic Japanese food fix. At the restaurant, housed in a unique shipping container within a beautiful woodland setting, guests could enjoy a selection of sake and devour dishes such as handmade gyoza and probiotic miso soup. Chef and co-founder Renata crafts dishes using ancient Japanese cooking methods and traditional recipes passed down from ancestors, but inputs her own playful spin on them.
While its Marston Park outpost was a seasonal opening, you can still visit Hakkō House at The Frome Independent market on the first Sunday of every month, and keep an eye on Instagram for regular updates on event appearances and pop-ups.
The High Pavement
Influenced by the flavour-forward cooking of Spain, North Africa and the Middle East, this perennially popular tapas restaurant in Frome enjoys a glowing reputation for fantastic food and an on-point wine list.
Its menu is designed to share and split into ‘hot plates’, ‘cold plates’ and ‘charcoal grill’, alongside the obligatory bread course of warm flatbread with za’atar. Mix and match dishes to enjoy tussling forks with your dining partner for the last bite of dishes such as spiced labneh with marinated piquillo pepper and Egyptian dukkah.
Book early to nab one of the seats inside, or take your order alfresco at one of the tables in the Med-style terraced garden.
Eight Stony Street
If you like to people watch while you wine and dine, you’ll appreciate a window seat at this elegant restaurant, wine bar and shop situated in the heart of Frome.
Floor-to-ceiling glass windows reveal a panoramic display of the bustling town and keep Eight Stony Street bathed in natural light. Passersby are lured into the venue not just because of the hubbub of activity within, but also by the impressive corral of wines, sherries and digestifs that line the back wall of the restaurant.
The impressive selection of drinks is complemented by an all-day menu of crowd-pleasers such as stacked burgers, hand-stretched pizzas and market fish of the day. Check Eight Stony’s social channels to tie in your visit with one of its themed wine nights or live music events.
Traditional pub fare showcasing the finest seasonal and local produce is the M.O. at characterful inn The Archangel.
Expect to feast on classics such as gammon, egg and chips with grilled pineapple and piccalilli, or more refined dishes like pappardelle with portobello and oyster mushroom ragù, rosemary crumbs and parmesan. Mains are bookended by starters such as salt and pepper calamari with a Vietnamese-style dipping sauce and nostalgic puds like sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce and clotted cream ice cream. Tuck into the elevated pub grub in the courtyard in warm weather or bag a spot next to the roaring log fire if it’s blowing a gale.
As a Butcombe Brewing Co. establishment, it’d be remiss not to explore the range of quality Butcombe brews on tap. But if beer doesn’t appeal, find satiation in the decent wine list or collection of regional spirits.
Bistro Lotte Restaurant and Boutique Hotel
For French-inspired dining in Frome, make a beeline for Bistro Lotte at the top of Catherine Street.
The neighbourhood eatery, situated in an Edwardian townhouse, exudes a relaxed ambience, creating an inviting space in which to sample classic French cuisine. Whether you swing by in the morning for freshly baked sourdough, croissants and continental-style breakfast or book a table for when the sun is over the yardarm and indulge in the likes of steak frites and bouillabaisse, quality dishes made using incredibly fresh ingredients are guaranteed.
More Bistro Lotte thrills await at its neighbouring sister bar which specialises in well-crafted cocktails, local wines, spirits and beers, as well as small plates and sharing platters.
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