Stay at this welcoming townhouse bistro with your four-legged friend in tow. Bistro Lotte hits just the right note in the market town of Frome – bringing a taste of Paris to Somerset; set in a simply stylish townhouse, it’s a cosy home-from-home with ten bedrooms – two of which are dog friendly – that sit above a bistro and relaxed bar, the latter also welcoming dogs.
Warm and inviting, Bistro Lotte is a lively hub with great food and a vibrant atmosphere, providing a superb base to explore the area from; enjoy cosiest bedrooms, incredibly comfortable beds, and classic French cuisine from an open-kitchen along with low-intervention wines and a selection of well thought through cocktails. Think bare wooden floors and low lighting with lots of original art – Bistro Lotte is the kind of inviting space you will want to return to, not just for the delicious food, but for the buzzing, friendly atmosphere where owner, Lotte and her team will ensure you’re well looked after from the moment you arrive.
Set at the top of Catherine Street – a picturesque, winding cobbled hill – Bistro Lotte couldn’t be better positioned for exploring the creative town, with its host of independents, antiques and galleries, many of which welcome dogs. Wander the pretty streets lined with cool coffee shops, plant emporiums, florists, galleries and vintage finds. Frome itself is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside with ample walking spots from National Trust destinations to quaint rural villages, making it a great spot to visit with your friend at your heels.
We particularly love National Trust-owned Stourhead, just 20-minutes’ drive away, providing a brilliant location for myriad walking routes with your furry friend. There are also endless options for dog walking in and around Bruton (about 30-minutes’ drive) from the deep combes north of the town or a shorter stroll up the gentler hills to the south – we love an amble through the rural landscape to the south of the town with a few steep accents, visiting pretty Pitcombe Church – a highlight along the way. Batcombe Veil is another favourite spot that is also home to some beautiful walking routes.
Your canine pals are welcome to join your for breakfast in the bistro where you can tuck into tasty platters of local ham, hard-boiled eggs, cheddar cheese with croissants, jam and freshly baked sourdough.
During the evenings, due to the busy nature of the restaurant, Lotte kindly asks to leave your pal in your room, though it may be possible for well-behaved
dogs to join you in a cosy corner on request. Four-legged friends are more than welcome to dine with you at the brilliant little wine and cocktail bar next door; a relaxed, low-lit space serving a curated list of cocktails and wine and beer on tap with a selection of small plates and sharing platters – you can’t beat the steak frites and a carafe of house red!
The bistro itself is a great place to spent the evening with candlelit tables and an open kitchen, serving French-style dishes, created using classic recipes; think simple fuss-free plates of steak and moules frites, French onion soup, beef bourguignon, escargot and Provencal bourride (fish stew) are served alongside low intervention wines in carafes during the evenings. Produce is sourced as locally as possible – the meat is from next door Butcher, Cayfords, who source
from local farms and snails come from the Dorset Snail Farm.
Further afield in Bruton, we love The Old Pharmacy, a great spot to eat hearty and well thought through dishes with your dog at your side (see our standalone listing).
Dogs are welcome at Bistro Lotte for an additional fee of £20 per stay.
Bistro Lotte is the cosiest spot for us four-legs – a comfortable and warm base where I can join my humans for breakfast and settle in a cosy corner for dinner – I couldn’t get enough of all the meaty sniffs! Frome is very dog-friendly and close to some of my favourite walking routes at Stourhead. Paws up from me!
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