Archangel

Pub with rooms in Frome, Somerset

Curator's notes:

  • Grade II listed building
  • Stylishly quirky, contemporary rooms
  • Lively cocktail bar
  • Menu specialises in exquisite desserts
  • Events and celebrations
  • Town and city
  • Crown collection
Enquire to book

Speak to us on +44 (0)20 8161 0100

Overview

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 bathtubs.

The food here is pretty special too. A locally-sourced menu changes with the seasons and specialises in tempting desserts, perfect for those with a sweet tooth. 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.

Rooms from

Classic Single: £70
Classic Double: £90
Feature: £95
Indulgent: £105


Good to know

  • Some on-street parking
  • Merchants Barton Pay & Display carpark nearby
  • Disabled access

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
The Archangel is a lively little place situated in the heart of picturesque Frome. It's vibrant and busy bar is open late and has an extensive cocktail menu.

Crown collection
Part of the original Epicurean Collection, you can earn and redeem Crowns here if you are one of our Crown members.

Rooms

There are six fabulously stylish rooms tucked away atop winding staircases and hidden in the eaves. Each bedroom is designed in a palette of deep, rich purples and golds, with dark oak floors, sumptuous velvet curtains, Florentine bedheads, freestanding zinc roll-top bathtubs and cool iron furniture.

Two of the 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 have power showers and offer views over a private courtyard.

Restaurant & bar

The bar and adjoining lounge feature super-comfy deep leather sofas, roaring log fires, exposed stone walls and Renaissance murals. Serving real ales on tap, you can also sample a brew crafted especially for the Archangel by Milk Street Brewery, as well as various ciders from Frome-based brewery Lilley's.

When the weather is fine, head into the sunny courtyard garden for an al fresco drink or casual meal. For more refined dining, savour the best of season West Country fare in the stunning, free-floating glass mezzanine dining space known as the Cube. The menu boasts seasonal, unpretentious dishes using fresh seafood and locally reared meat, and the inn is well-known for its exquisite dessert menu.

Private dining

Uniquely, the Archangel has a superb range of quirky spaces available for private parties, family celebrations, business meetings and special events. The Cube offers a modern, elegant space for stylish dining for up to 36 guests, while the warm and rustic Breakfast Room seats 20.

The magnificent 'Naval Room', which was added to the medieval building in the 18th Century, has a long table fashioned from a naval honours board that seats 26. For larger gatherings of up to 80 standing guests, you can annex the Naval Room to the adjoining cosy, library (stocked, intriguingly, with records of Parliamentary debates), or simply use the library solo 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

Directions

Nearest train station: Frome, 1hr 40min from London
Walk from station: 10min
Drive: 30min from Bath, 1hr from Bristol, 1hr 10min from Swindon, 1hr 20min from Southampton, 2hr 10min from London

Address

1 King Street, Frome BA11 1BH