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If you like your country boltholes to be a mix of old and new, then this artfully restored Somerset inn in the picturesque market town of Frome will tick all the boxes.

The Grade II listed building has occupied the cobbled high street for more than 900 years (it's even mentioned in the Domesday Book), but now its quirky and distinctive rooms have been given a contemporary twist with plush furnishings, cool iron furniture and freestanding roll-top baths. The food here is good too - the menu changes with the seasons and champions local producers.

For culture-vultures, the very best of Frome's art and heritage can be found on the doorstep; while for those keen to get out into Somerset's stunning countryside there are plenty of attractions to see, including the dramatic cliffs and caves of Cheddar Gorge, the beauty of the Mendip Hills, and the exotic big cats of Longleat Safari and Adventure Park.

Note: The town centre location can draw a lively crowd at weekends.

Rooms from

9 doubles & 1 single: £100

Good to know

  • Major credit cards accepted
  • Disabled access
  • Alfresco & private dining
  • Pay car park nearby
  • Dog stay: £15

Events and celebrations
With a number of quirky spaces available for private parties, family celebrations, business meetings and special events, The Archangel is able to accommodate up to 80 guests.

Town and city
Situated in the heart of picturesque Frome, it's a lively place with a vibrant and busy bar (open late) and an extensive cocktail menu.


Ten stylish rooms are tucked away up winding staircases and hidden in the eaves across two floors of this ancient building.

Recently refurbished bedrooms are designed in a palette of deep, rich purples and golds, with dark oak floors, rich velvet curtains, bold floral fabrics or wallcoverings, Florentine bedheads, freestanding zinc roll-top bathtubs and cool iron furniture. The Indulgent rooms a

Two of the best 'Indulgent' bedrooms are adorned with striking archangel murals - one a recreation of The Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, another from Fra Angelico's Angel of the Annunciation - while four additional courtyard rooms (smaller Classic rooms) have power showers and offer views over the courtyard, which can be busy with drinkers until late at weekends. For a quieter room, book one of the rooms above the inn.

Note: The town centre location can draw a lively crowd at weekends.

Restaurant & bar

Expect to find deep leather sofas, roaring log fires, exposed stone walls, bold colours, and Renaissance murals in the relaxing lounges, and a stunning, free-floating glass mezzanine dining space known as the Cube.

When the weather is fine, head into the sunny courtyard garden for an alfresco drink or casual meal. For more refined dining, savour well cooked seasonal food in the cool and contemporary dining room replete with a glass mezzanine. The menu features fresh seafood and locally reared meat.

You'll find tip-top local ales and craft beers on tap, including a brew crafted especially for the Archangel by Milk Street Brewery, as well as various ciders from Frome-based Lilley's, and an extensive cocktail menu.

Private dining

Quirky spaces for private parties, family celebrations, business meetings and special events include The Cube, a modern, elegant space for up to 36 guests, while the Breakfast Room seats 20, and the magnificent 'Naval Room' has a long table fashioned from a naval honours board that seats 26. For larger gatherings (80 standing), the Naval Room and adjoining cosy, library can be used, or the library is perfect for smaller meetings and more intimate family gatherings.

Things to do

The Archangel's town centre location makes it a great place to explore Frome's range of proudly independent shops, cafes and galleries on foot. This medieval market town is renowned for its diverse array of markets, held weekly and monthly, which showcase local produce, arts, crafts and other goodies.

If you'd like to explore further afield, there are plenty of sights to see in the nearby Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including Longleat - an Elizabethan stately home set in the first drive-through safari park outside of Africa - Chew Valley Park, which is ideal for dog walkers, and the magnificent Cheddar Gorge, where you can go caving, rock climbing or a stroll. The World Heritage city of Bath is just a 30-minute drive away.

Garden lovers should not miss the National Trust property Stourhead, a majestic Palladian house filled with magnificent art and antiques surrounded by a stunning landscaped garden featuring classical temples and several grottoes beside a reflective lake.

Getting here


Nearest train station: Frome
Walk from station: 10min
Drive: Bath 30min; Bristol 1hr; Swindon 1hr 10min; Southampton 1hr 20min; London 2hr 10min


1 King Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BH

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