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12 of the Best Country Pubs near Frome in Somerset

These in our experience and our guests feedback are some of the best country pubs you'll find near Frome, Somerset and on the Wiltshire border. I’m sharing the ones that I know where you they serve excellent pub meals and drinks while you get to take in all those beautiful Somerset views!

Having been asked so often for recommendations it finally made sense for me to share them in this post for you.

Whether you're looking to sample an award-winning brew or indulge in a beautifully cooked meal, these delightful gathering places have something that will suit every taste and budget.

I've listed driving times to each pub from our holiday accommodation but please note I don't advocate drink driving. If you do decide that you fancy a few refreshing pints then I recommend booking with a local Frome taxi firm.

 

 

1) The Cross Keys Inn in Rode, Somerset

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • 4.5 miles away – 9 minutes drive – to the North of By the Byre

The Cross Keys is an “olde worlde” country pub you’ll find on the High Street, in the village of Rode in Somerset. It offers a rustic ambience yet its full of modern twists too. Offering exceptional food and some good locally sourced ales, it’s a beloved eating and watering hole with locals and travellers alike.

You’ll find an extensive menu, from the usual hearty pub classics to a number of original surprises, all served in fair size portions and at value for money prices, something that’s tough to do in the hospitality industry with recent price increases!

The dining area is well spaced out, so no-one is sat on top of each other and is perfect for families. It’s four-legged friendly too.

The pub can get busy, certainly when it comes to Sunday lunches, therefore we do recommend you book ahead if you want to get a seat.

Contact Details 


Website: https://www.thecrosskeysrode.co.uk

Address: The Cross Keys, 20 High Street, Rode, Frome, Somerset BA11 6NZ

Telephone: 01373 830900

Email: hello@crosskeysrode.co.uk


 

2) The Mill at Rode in Somerset

 
 
 
 
 
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  • 4.7 miles away – 10 minutes drive – to the North of us

With the relaxing sounds of the River Frome running past, this recently refurbished 3 storey Victorian mill accommodates a stylish bar serving classic British cuisine with a modern gastropub vibe.

The dining area is a welcoming space to spend time in with family and friends alike. With locally sourced ingredients, innovative menu and ales and cider from Butcombe Brewery you’ll be spoilt for choice. We’ve always found the staff to be attentive and happy to go the extra mile for us without hesitation.

The owners, Sam and Rachael, offer a warm welcome to everyone in a beautiful setting alongside the river. In our opinion it really is the perfect place to chill. 

Contact Details


Website: https://www.themillatrode.com

Address: The Mill at Rode, Rode Hill, Rode, Frome. Somerset, BA11 6AG

Telephone: 01373 673112

No email given, so please use the form on this page: https://www.themillatrode.com/contact


 

3) The Talbot Inn in Mells near Frome

 
 
 
 
 
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  • 5 miles away – 10 minutes drive 

A traditional inn located in nearby Mells, this inn (first built in the 15th century) offers open fires, a snug bar, refined eating and a beautiful courtyard. All the meat served is from local farms as well as vegetables and salad ingredients from their well stocked kitchen garden.

You’ll find traditional hand-pulled real ales, world-class wine and classic cocktails too.

Contact Details


Website: https://www.talbotinn.com

Address: The Talbot Inn, Mells, Somerset, BA11 3PN

Telephone: 01373 812254

Email: info@talbotinn.com


 

4) The Bell in Standerwick, Somerset

  • 1.3 miles away – 3 minutes drive – to the East of us on the A36

The Bell at Standerwick is a picturesque and dog friendly pub in the very heart of the Mendips. Under new management, the staff and owners offer a really warm welcome to all.

The locally sourced menu is extensive with plenty to choose from whilst their carvery is considered one of the best in the region (trust us it's excellent). The Bell is always popular with locals, families, and walkers coming in off the Mendip Hills looking to treat themselves with a well earned pint!  

You’ll find extended patio and beer gardens for the warmer months, a newly refurbished dining area and plenty of parking too.

When we visited, we found their food tasted fresh and flavoursome, it really was exceptional (with generous portion sizes to boot). The staff were very attentive and took real pride in working to high standards to keep diners and drinkers happy.

We recommend you book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Contact Details


Website: https://www.thebell-standerwick.co.uk

Address: The Bell, Rudge Road, Standerwick, Somerset, BA11 2PR

Telephone: 01373 830413

Email: office@acod-ltd.co.uk


 

5) The Full Moon Inn, Lower Rudge near Frome

 
 
 
 
 
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  • 2.5 miles away – 7 minutes drive – to the East of By the Byre

The Full Moon, a 400 year old former Cider Farm, is a family owned free-house pub that dates from 1690 and offers a friendly atmosphere with a cosy open fire providing extra ambience. Staff offer a warm welcome and are genuinely friendly and attentive to everyone who pays a visit, you don’t have to be a local!

Their menu offers a mouth-watering selection of delicious pub classics as well as to-die-for wood fired pizzas, all fresh and home-made.

You’ll find a large sun trap garden bar that's chockful of beautiful flowers, providing stunning views over the Mendips and surrounding countryside. Worth visiting just for a relaxing drink and watching the sun setting in a quintessentially English location.

Recently refurbished to a high, tasteful standard this is a lovely rural pub, tucked away in the hamlet of Lower Rudge. The venue is perfect for families to enjoy together during their Somerset holiday, no matter what time of year. It's only a short 12 minute drive from spending an afternoon in Frome and is worth making the trip in our opinion.

Contact Details


Website: https://fullmooninn.co.uk

Address: Full Moon Inn, Lower Rudge, Nr Frome, Somerset BA11 2QF

Telephone: 01373 830936

Email: office@fullmooninn.co.uk 


 

6) The Woolpack in Beckington, near Frome

 
 
 
 
 
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  • 2.1 miles – 5 minute drive – to the North of our location

With a slate floor, open fires and beautiful beer garden the Woolpack, in the village of Beckington, is a 16th century pub that offers a traditional English menu alongside a wide selection of premium ales, lagers and wines. Owned and managed by the Greene King brewery it’s a favourite of the village locals.

The pub garden is in keeping with the rest of the village and offers quiet and peaceful surroundings no matter if it’s just a quick drink with a partner or a family celebration

Do note their car park is rather small but you’ll find plenty of on street parking in the village (please park considerately).

Contact Details


Website: https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/somerset/woolpack

Address: The Woolpack, Warminster Road, Beckington, Somerset, BA11 6SP
Telephone: 01373 831244

No email given so best to call them


 

7) The Foresters in Beckington, Somerset

  • 2 miles – 6 minutes drive – to the North of us

An atmospheric village pub, in a quiet location, serving wonderful top-notch food, be that a quick bar snack or a hearty pub meal from a really nice menu selection.

Serving stunning pub meals with large portions, you’ll be spoilt for choice in a splendid setting.  The pub takes pride in offering local beers and ciders on tap allowing folk to get a real taste of Somerset.

Due to its village location parking can be limited so you may have to park on the roads in the village. Please be mindful of residents when you park your car.

Contact Details


Website: http://www.theforestersbeckington.co.uk

Address: The Foresters, 58 Goose Street, Beckington, Frome, Somerset BA11 6SS
Telephone:
01373 830864

No email given so use their online contact form: http://www.theforestersbeckington.co.uk/contact_us.php


 

8) The Red Lion Woolverton

  • 4.3 miles – 8 minute drive – to the North of us

The Red Lion is a traditional country inn found on the A36, near Woolverton. With a modern open plan dining area serving traditional pub meals and a range of drinks there's lots to choose from. Delicious and tasty “pub grub” is on offer and for a very fair price too. There’s a separate Pie menu which evidently proved to be especially popular with the punters when we visited. All the pies are home made and come in different sizes so can cater for anyone’s appetite, big or small!

There’s plenty of easy parking and with room inside for up to 87 people and 40 outside you will find plenty of seating to relax in. In the summer guests can enjoy a shaded garden whilst kids burn off energy in the outdoor play area.

Contact Details


Website: https://www.redlionwoolverton.co.uk

Address: The Red Lion, A36, Woolverton, Somerset, BA2 7QS
Telephone: 01373 830350

No email given or contact form on site so please phone to book a table


 

9) Fleur De Lys, Norton St Philip, Somerset

 
 
 
 
 
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  • 5.8 miles – 11 minute drive – to the North of our location

A charming building, dating back to the 1500s, the Fleur de Lys is a large village inn that offers visitors a traditional experience with a cosy interior, roaring log fire in the winter months (much loved by the locals) and beers from Butcombe Brewery. You’ll find it located in the heart of Norton St. Philip, which is the perfect place to stop on the way back from exploring the city of Bath. You can choose to eat in or order takeaway meals to bring back with you, nothing is too much trouble for the staff.

The atmosphere in this very dog friendly pub can get somewhat lively at times (all good fun though!) what with a dartboard, pool table and skittle alley in regular use. It also puts on regular live music to keep folk entertained.

Certainly one to recommend to go check out if you want to experience Somerset like a local!

Contact Details


Website: https://butcombe.com/fleur-de-lys-somerset

Address: Fleur De Lys, High Street, Norton St Phillip, Somerset, BA2 7LG
Telephone: 01373 834422

Email: fleurdelys@butcombepubs.com


 

10) The Three Horseshoes near Westbury

  • 4.2 miles – 8 minutes drive - South East of our location

A true gem of a public house, just over the border in Witshire offers excellent garden views over the surrounding hills, perfect for a family meal after a trip to Longleat, just 15 minutes’ drive away.

When we visited, we found a range of fantastic draft beers & fine wines to choose from, lovely classic pub dishes and excellent friendly service in a relaxed atmosphere.

The interior of the pub offers comforting, cracking fires throughout, perfect for cosying up close to in Winter. Rustic dining tables are well spaced out so we didn’t feel hemmed in and also allowed for a certain amount of privacy during our wedding anniversary meal.

Contact Details


Website: https://threehorseshoes.uk.com

Address: The Three Horseshoes, 68 High Street, Chapmanslade, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4AN
Telephone: 01373 832211

Email: info@threehorseshoes.uk.com


 

10) The White Hart Corsley, North of Longleat

  • 6.7 miles – 13 minute drive - South of our location

The White Hart in Corsley, serving food and drinks on the Wiltshire and Somerset border is a recent favourite of guests staying with us.

Known for serving a wide array of gins, it’s a mecca for local G&T fans as well as families looking for a beautiful Sunday lunch (we hear their locally sourced belly pork with beautifully cooked crackling is to die for!). Finalists in the Great British Pub Awards, the owners, Adele and Stephen, go out of their way to ensure everyone is looked after and has a truly positive memorable experience.

With two restaurant areas, stone floors and an open plan bar there’s plenty of space to relax, certainly on their very comfortable red leather chairs.

There's a pub garden to enjoy your favourite tipple or a sit down meal, along with a large car park as well.

The daily changing menu is considered to be quite “out there”, offering spam fritters to a 1kg burger patty challenge it’s certainly unique! Everything is carefully prepared and only cooked from 100% fresh ingredients as the chef refuses to use frozen food. There are options for both meat eaters and vegetarians.

There’s a nutritious kids menu too for the little ones offering their favourites like fish fingers or chicken nuggets – all loveingly home-made and prepared on-site. 

Certainly, a rural country pub you'll want to visit and relax over a pint and a meal after a day out in Longleat National Park

Contact Details


Website: https://www.whitehartcorsley.co.uk

Address: The White Hart, Lane End, Corsley, Nr Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NE
Telephone: ‚Äč01373 832363

Email: whitehartcorsley@gmail.com


 

11) The Royal Oak, Corsley, near Warminster and Longleat

 
 
 
 
 
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  • 6.1 miles – 11 minute drive - South of our location

This popular and pooch-friendly country pub was originally built in the 17th century and extended in the 19th century.

With lots of carparking, it’s a popular family destination as it’s just a 4 minute drive from Longleat. The menu offers a wide variety of beautifully presented food, there really is something for everyone. The pub was recently added to the Cask Marque Ale Trail as it serves a good selection of ales and Wadworth beers.

Parents will find a lively beer garden with views across to Longleat Forest, a well maintained play area as well as a bouncy castle on site for the kids.

Contact Details


Website: http://theroyaloakcorsley.co.uk

Address: The Royal Oak, Corsley Heath, Corsley, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7PR
Telephone: 01373 832238

Email: info@theroyaloakcorsley.co.uk


 

12) The White Hart Inn in the Village of Trudoxhill, South of Frome

 
 
 
 
 
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  • 8.6 miles – 15 minute drive - South of us

A traditional village pub, the White Hart Inn can be found in the in the small Mendip village of Trudoxhill, set in the heart of the Somerset countryside.

This ex coaching inn dates from 1688 and has a unique history having once been the village blacksmiths, then  a brewery and even a dance hall for American soldiers during WW2.

Nowadays the inn is a popular freehouse with both Somerset locals and travellers with an enviable reputation for serving stunning food.

Owned and ran by Sam & Joss, you'll find gorgeous home cooked pub food alongside a range of local real ales, premium lagers and stunning wines.

The pub is a popular venue for romantic meals and family lunches so we'd recommend you book early to grab a table.

Contact Details


Website: https://www.whitehartinntrudoxhill.co.uk

Address: The White Hart Inn, Trudoxhill, Frome, Somerset, BA11 5DP
Telephone: 01373 836324

No email provided so please use their online contact form to reserve a table: https://www.whitehartinntrudoxhill.co.uk/contact-us/


 

If there are other Somerset country pubs you think deserve a mention on this page please do let me know. 

Thanks, Sally.

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