13 best Frome restaurants, cafes and bars

Last updated on March 20, 2024

Rye Bakery Frome

Frome is famous for its independent spirit and has a bountiful selection of indy restaurants, cafes and bars. Sustainability and locally sourced goods are often at the forefront of Frome businesses and this is reflected in the food and drinks on offer.

It’s a place to get feel-good food in every sense of the word, and you can expect to find everything from high-end baked good to chic and cosy wine bars.

This is our pick of the top Frome restaurants, cafes and bars. And if you’re in town, be sure to see our our guide to the best things to do in Frome and best independent shops in Frome.

We’ve also included Frome in our guide to the best UK family Christmas breaks.

Best restaurants in Frome

Bistro Lotte Frome

Bistro Lotte

Bistro Lotte is an atmospheric French bistro, best appreciated at night when bathed in candlelight, but also lovely in the day when you can enjoy some casual French classics. Also a lovely place to stay.

High Pavement Restaurant

The High Pavement Restaurant is a small family-run taps bar, serving Moorish tapas inspired by Spain, the Middle East and North Africa (think homemade humous alongside persian spiced skewers and shawarma).


The most popular Italian restaurant in Frome is Castello, which has other branches around the South West too. It’s known for its authentic and affordable Italian cuisine, served with a friendly, welcoming vibe.


Also a great place to stay in Frome, Archangel has a seasonal menu and is known for its unusual glass mezzanine dining space, known as the cube. The food is fuss-free but delicious, and the cocktails are also recommended.

Best cafes in Frome

Rye Bakery Frome

Rye Bakery

My number one favourite place to eat in Frome is the Rye Bakery, which is housed in a beautiful former chapel, which makes for a stunning setting. They do a breakfast and lunch menu, as well as a hearty selection of top notch pastries and cakes. Plus there’s a pizza night on Fridays.

River House, Frome

The River House

The River House is always a favourite of ours for lunch in Frome (love the beetroot and corn fritters) and it seems just as popular with locals, always buzzing with activity. It’s moved from its old bridge location down the street a bit to the River Arts Studios.

Moo and Two, Frome

Moo and Two

Moo and Two is also buzzing with shoppers looking for a refreshment on the journey up Catherine Hill. The emphasis (as with most of Frome) is on ethically sourced produce and the milk is sourced from a nearby farm. They also specialise in loose leaf teas, sourced directly from growers in India.

Frama in Frome


Frama is a cute little hipster café on Cheap Street, perfect for picking up a blend from UK roasters. There’s limited seating, so you might need to take away.

Best wine bars in Frome

Palmer Street Bottle

Palmer Street Bottle has two passions: locally sourced alcohol and cheese, and they’re experts at both. Go there for expert food and drink pairings  – including wines, craft beers, ciders and spirits – in chic, convivial surrounds. They have a second branch in Bath.

Best pubs in Frome

Three Swans, Frome

The Three Swans

One of Frome’s oldest pubs, The Three Swans, is an eclectic pub with plenty of board games on offer for getting cosy on winter days – helped along by the stoves in every room. There’s a pub downstairs and lounge bar upstairs, all decorated with a mismatch of handpicked furniture. They serve homemade snacks as well as roast on Sundays and pub classics on Saturdays.

The Griffin

The Griffin is the original home of Frome Brewing Company (originally called Milk Street Brewery), which has now grown to a bigger premises but still supplies the pub. As such, it’s known for its large selection of beers. They also serve an indulgent menu of OTT burgers and topped fries.

Also see our guide to the best of what to do in Frome.

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