Let me walk you through it. When you arrive in Frome start at the Cheese and Grain (if you’re driving then you can park here). If it’s Wednesday, pop in and check out the Antique and Collectors market and the peoples market in the car park. The cheese stall, as you’d expect for a Somerset town, is excellent. If it’s Thursday, get here early and visit the country market for the cheapest and best quality cut flowers around. The Black Swan close by has a great cafe, which is worth coming back to for lunch (they do a mean burger!) and some artists’ workshops including Little Studio Red and Rachel Anne Bird’s jewellery workshop.
Walking through town you cannot miss Cheap St. This little lane has a stream running down the middle of it. Up here you will find a deli, a health food shop, a traditional bookshop, Raves from the Grave selling lots of vinyl, an old style sweet shop, a tea room and right at the top is Cafe La Strada. If you like ice cream you have to stop here. They get in different flavours all the time. If you’re lucky they might just have the gin and tonic one.
Back down Cheap St and across the road is where the St Catherine’s area starts, on Stony St. From here all the way up the hill you’ll find amazing shops. Truly Sopel makes and sells her fabulous clothing range here, not to mention Truly Knickers which are handmade, British and beautiful. Assembly does a great range of men’s clothing and accessories that you won’t find on every High St. Make and Mend, Poot and Nova are great vintage boutiques selling everything from furniture to handbags. Not to mention our little pop up shop, a short trip up the steps across from Make and Mend. If you fancy a cup of tea and slice of cake at this point we can offer you that too! After visiting us, keep going up the Hill and be inspired by Millie Moon. The most dazzling and delightful haberdashery you’ve ever seen. They not only sell the fabric they run a whole myriad of courses to help you decide and learn what to do with it all. See http://milliemoonshop.co.uk for more info. Soon after this you’ll reach Bramble and Wild, the ‘Alice in Wonderland ‘of Florists. But there’s more, keep going for the best coffee in Frome at the Little Red Cafe. If you’re looking for super glam then keep going till you find Deadly is the Female. Their scarily high heels and vintage inspired dresses are drop dead gorgeous! If by this time you’re not full of tea, cake and ice cream and fancy a spot of lunch then do try the Garden Cafe (all vegetarian and organic) or the Archangel (great gourmet food. Actually, there’s so much on offer, you may as well stay for dinner too!