Once a relatively hidden gem in the heart of Somerset, the historic market town of Frome is quickly making a name for itself. With quirky home and clothing shops constantly popping up along its steep, but quaint cobbled streets, the town is becoming a hub for stylish and original designs. It also helps that it’s easily accessible from London (2-hour train), and Bath and Bristol.
To make the most of your day out, I’ve highlighted some of the landmarks that are not to be missed, from the gorgeously rustic Garden Café to the carefully curated Resident lifestyle store (featured in Elle Decoration). This select edit provides a real taste of what Frome has to offer and will hopefully inspire you to get out there and explore.
Start your day with freshly ground coffee (and a pastry, if you fancy) at the Garden Café, just off Catherine Hill on Stony Street. A shop, off license, café and takeaway all in one, this establishment promotes delicious, organic ingredients, grown locally. While the hearty breakfasts, homemade cakes and light tapas are to die for, the interior and exterior are equally impressive. Produce is displayed in antique, market-style crates and the garden patio is suitably leafy.
Once you’ve got your caffeine levels up to speed, make your way up Catherine Hill, the heart and soul of Frome. The quality and variety of shops is second-to-none and the surrounding Medieval architecture is easy on the eye. For green-fingered experts or gardeners in training, Bramble & Wild should be your first port of call. Terrariums and air plants hang from the ceiling and the window is dressed with crates brimming with colourful blooms. The shop also stocks soothing Cowshed products and other decorative home accessories. Well worth a visit!
Seed specialises in homeware, jewellery, textiles and ceramics, handpicked from across the UK and further afield. From unique art and stoneware to locally produced candles and must-have designer reads, you’re sure to find something you love.
Kerry Chapman‘s namesake interiors shop showcases a variety of furniture and accessories for the home. From vintage leather armchairs and chests to bold lighting and decorative pieces, her collection marries vintage and industrial, understated and OTT, to perfection.
After taking in all that Catherine Hill has to offer, veer off onto Paul Street for the unmissable Resident. Here you’ll find a considered selection of homeware, clothing, accessories and grooming products. The shelves are lined with the likes of Monokel, Ferm Living, Meraki and Earl of East London, as well as lesser known but equally unique designers and makers from the UK and beyond. The store also plays host to year-round events, workshops and pop-ups.
With energy likely fading and stomachs rumbling, it’s time for a wood fired pizza and a glass of wine at Sam’s Kitchen Deli…..Again, this isn’t all just about the delicious food. The architecture and design of the building is simply stunning – an industrial lover’s paradise. An impressive staircase runs through the centre of the building while metal pendants and exposed bulbs hang from the rafters, giving the concrete floor a warm glow. The tables are constructed from reclaimed wood which really accentuates the curves and knots of the surfaces, and gives off an extremely rustic feel. Super comfy linen cushions round up this interior marvel and are so comfy you could find yourself settling in there for a good few hours. Did I also mention there is a wood burning stove?!
And, if you’re a fan of a weekend market, don’t miss The Frome Independent which takes place on the first Sunday of every month. Stalls are brimming with wholesome, homemade produce, contemporary jewellery, vintage fashion and stunning textiles. You’ll be sure to find some covetable treasures.