The Frogmill Pub with rooms in Andoversford, Gloucestershire

Prices from:
£100 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Derelict inn stunningly renovated
  • Modern pub menu – focus on Josper Grill
  • 28 bedrooms kitted out in style
  • Room 8 has the wow factor
  • Mill Room – great wedding venue
  • Fabulous terrace; posh chairs & fire pit

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Overview

The Frogmill Andoversford, Gloucestershire, GL54 4HT

The personal touch

The Frogmill has been Brakspear’s biggest project to date, two years in the making including the painstaking 9-month renovation of the near derelict 16th-century inn, Mill House and adjoining cottages. Money needed to be lavished on this once rather bland ‘white elephant’ roadside inn and function venue and Brakspear duly obliged, transforming the place into a very stylish Cotswolds bolthole close to Cheltenham. With the required ‘wow’ factor and attention to detail to set it apart in a competitive area for smart pubs with rooms and hotels, the Frogmill opened in July 2018 and feedback on the new-look, informal feel and the quality of the rooms has been very positive. Traditional beams and flagstones combine well with the contemporary styling and warm heritage hues, notably in the rustic-smart bar (big wooden tables, panelled walls, hop-strewn beams) and the relaxed dining areas, which have rugs on bare boards, an eclectic mix of furniture, and a quirky décor with books, paintings, plants adorning walls, shelves and fireplaces. The Snug is a great chill-out space with sofas and easy chairs, table tennis, a shuffleboard, and billiards, and the super front terrace, replete with restored waterwheel and colour flower borders, is the place to relax when the sun shines. Modern British pub food, 28 fabulous bedrooms, some with terraces, and the stunning Mill Room function space (perfect for weddings) complete the picture.

Sticky fingers

Families can expect a big welcome – there are family suites with sofa beds, plus z-beds and cots are available. The children’s menu (with quizzes) offers freshly cooked food such as a Josper grilled Dexter burger.

Muddy paws

Dogs and allowed in the bar and overnight in all the rooms that have direct access to their own small terrace. £20 per dog, includes, bed, blanket, water bowl and treats.

Alfresco

A big part of the initial ‘wow’ factor as you walk across the wooden bridge from the car park is the fabulous front terrace. Where else will you find posh reclining wooden chairs and deck chairs, replete with the Frogmill logo, and smart teak tables with blue brollies, and a huge metal fire pit to huddle around on cooler evenings. The whole terrace is beautifully lit too.

 

What’s the Damage?

28 doubles/twin: £100-£260 (minimum 2-night stay at weekends – £260-£580)

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (Mill Room – seats 150)
  • Snug (table tennis & games)
  • Disabled access to bar, restaurant and Room 17
  • Parking

 

Sleep

The Frogmill Andoversford, Gloucestershire, GL54 4HT

Do not disturb

You are spoilt for choice with 28 rooms of varying sizes (& prices) spread across four buildings with a mix ‘cosy (snug), classic, superior, deluxe and signature rooms to suit all budgets and requirements, including family suites, dog-friendly rooms with terraces, and a room (17) equipped for less able guests. Splash out on the ‘deluxe’ rooms for oodles of space, bigger beds, sofa bed for the kids, and great bathrooms with double sinks, walk-in rain showers and freestanding tubs. Careful thought has been given to the overall comfort, the detail touches and understanding what guests want during their special time away – all are very individual and beautifully kitted out. Expect home-from-home comforts to come as standard – Nespresso machine, clock, Roberts radio, shaving/make-up mirror, up-to-date magazines, generous supplies of Temple Spa Aromatherapy bathroom products, and quality fabrics and furnishings, including very comfortable Feather & Black beds and mattresses. Soothing heritage hues, big lamps, colourful cushions and throws, and walls lined with paintings complete the picture. Signature Room 8 oozes history and charm with a tiny door and steep staircase leading to vaulted timbered room with fab bathroom and its own private roof terrace – a real surprise. If you’re celebrating, then stay in the Suite (if not booked for a wedding) and savour the queen size bed, the wood-burning stove, the stocked fridge, the double shower and the double-ended tub in the vast bathroom, and the private alfresco terrace.

 

What’s the Damage?

28 doubles/twin: £100-£260 (minimum 2-night stay at weekends – £260-£580)

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (Mill Room – seats 150)
  • Snug (table tennis & games)
  • Disabled access to bar, restaurant and Room 17
  • Parking

 

Eat & Drink

The Frogmill Andoversford, Gloucestershire, GL54 4HT

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £6.50-£11.95; Main Courses: £11-£25; Desserts £6)

Brakspear have rightly raised their game on the food front for the Frogmill, enticing chef Jonny Pons away from the Slaughters Country Inn to head up the kitchen team. Jonny is passionate about using quality local produce and his modern British seasonal menus are built around two essential pieces of kit he has in his spanking new kitchen, namely the Josper grill oven and the American smoker, which burns whisky barrel and hickory wood-chips and smokes scallops, salmon, pork and tomatoes to perfection. Expect to find pub classics (Dexter beef burger) alongside excellent steaks (grass-fed Dexter beef), whole lobster, pork belly ribs and some great sharing dishes from the grill, perhaps smoked barbeque short rib beef. Alternatively, try the king prawn and chorizo linguine with garlic, chilli and lemon, following a starter of scallops with pea velouté and nasturtium oil, and finish with warm treacle tart with raspberry compote. At lunch, tuck into ham, egg and triple-cooked chips, venison, swede and carrot pie with beef dripping mash and gravy, or barbeque brisket and horseradish sandwich, or an imaginative healthy salad. The bar dispenses an impressive array of drinks beyond the full range of Brakspear ales on handpump. Look to the individual lists or chalkboards for the choice of cocktails, perhaps ordering a White Russian or a Black Cow Espresso Martini, the range of 13 boutique gins, including locally distilled Cotswold Gin and Silent Pool, produced using 24 botanicals, and the craft bottled beer list. The short wine list favours France and there’s 13 offered by the glass.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 11am
Lunch: 12 noon – 5pm
Dinner: 6pm – 9.30pm (8pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm (12 midnight Friday & Saturday; 10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?

28 doubles/twin: £100-£260 (minimum 2-night stay at weekends – £260-£580)

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (Mill Room – seats 150)
  • Snug (table tennis & games)
  • Disabled access to bar, restaurant and Room 17
  • Parking

 

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Frogmill

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The Cotswold Cheese Company, Moreton in Marsh GL56 0AH

A purveyor of an incredible selection of the finest cheeses with a good selection from local producers. They also sell other artisan and local produce such as local breads, biscuits and crackers, chutneys and local potted meats.

5

The Chequers, Churchill OX7 6NJ

Excellent gastropub where you can enjoy some fantastic modern British food from regularly changing blackboard menus. The beers are good, too, but you can also try a glass of wine from the very good menu or maybe a cocktail. The steak and chips is first class.

6

New Wave Fish Shop, 40 Dyer Street, Cirencester GL7 2PF

Being in landlocked Gloucestershire is no excuse to miss out on the best and freshest fish and seafood and New Wave fishmongers stocks a fantastic selection sourced directly from Devon, Cornwall and Shetland. The shop also sells a range of local and seasonal produce, such as Cotswold game, Wye Valley asparagus, and wild mushrooms.

7

Made By Bob, 26 Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2NY

In the heart of Cirencester located in the former Roman Corn Hall building, this exceptional restaurant and deli attracts discerning foodies from all over the Cotswolds. Owner/chef Bob Parkinson previously worked under the great Simon Hopkinson at Bibendum restaurant in London and is regarded as one of the best chefs in the region.

8

The Organic Farm Shop, Cirencester GL7 5HF

Two miles from Cirencester on the B4425, this award-winning organic farm specialises in grass-fed beef, which is sold in the farm shop along with organic veg, local dairy products and much more. A daily-changing menu in the cafe includes lots of veggie options, with 'meat as a treat' Sunday lunches featuring beef from the farm.

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The Tavern, Cheltenham GL50 3DN

Sibling to The Wheatsheaf, this bar and restaurant is a short walk from Cheltenham's Promenade and serves a range of craft ales, wines and cocktails to accompany a modern British menu with American and Asian influences.

10

The Woolpack Inn, Slad GL6 7QA

In the heart of the beautiful Slad Valley, this timeless 16th century inn is one of the most iconic Cotswold pubs and has long-enjoyed its association with Cider With Rosie author Laurie Lee, who was a regular here. The pub is still packed with Lee memorabilia but the excellent food and local ales are reason enough to pop in.

11

Butts Farm, South Cerney GL7 5QE

Master butcher Gary Wallace opened this award-winning farm shop in 2003 and now sells his rare-breed meats to many top restaurants in the UK, as well as via the shop located at the heart of this working farm. The shops sells fresh fruit and veg from the Vale of Evesham as well as local farm eggs, chutneys and condiments. The farm-reared dry-cured and oak-smoked bacon is to die for.

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Cats Brewing Co, Shenington OX15 6HW

This new cask ale microbrewery run by friends Chris and Tom produces three excellent beers, including the 'unconventional amber ale' Tabby, which are sold in selected Cotswold pubs. Give them 48 hours notice and you can stop off at their brewery shop and buy it in bottles or boxes to take home.

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Dolcetti Ice Cream Parlour, Love Lane, Cirencester GL7 1YG

If you've tasted the wonderful Dolcetti ice cream on the menu at The Wheatsheaf, why not pop into the factory's 'parlour', which serves 24 different flavours of gelato, sorbets and yoghurt ice cream, all handmade on the premises using milk from local pedigree Holstein cows.

14

Jolly Nice, Frampton Mansell GL6 8HZ

Located at the old White Horse filling station between Stroud and Cirencester, this farm shop and diner is run by local ice cream maker Harriet Wilson, whose award-winning frozen delights are available alongside local organic veg, milk, rare-breed meat and artisan bread. As well as the ice cream, stop at the cafe for excellent coffee, sourdough toasties, bacon rolls and burgers made from local beef.

15

Bath Farmers Market, Green Park BA1 1JB

Established in 1997, this was one of the very first farmers' markets to be set up in the UK and it's still going strong every Saturday. Close to the city centre and railway station, it features dozens of local producers selling a range of products, from meat and vegetables to cakes and preserves.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Frogmill

Activities

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Ian Coley Sporting (Shooting), Andoversford GL54 4AX

Not far from Northleach are several country estates and shooting schools where clay pigeon shooting regularly takes place, including Ian Coley's at Andoversford. With advice and guidance, this activity is perfect, whether you are an experienced shot or just a beginner.

4

Fishing, Coln St Aldwyns GL7 5AN

There's a choice of fishing on offer, including dry fly, nymph and chalk stream. The nearby River Coln, one of the prettiest in the Cotswolds, is a popular fishing destination.

23

Cotswold Archery, Batsford Arboretum GL56 9AD

Deep in the Cotswolds, at Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh, you’ll find this dedicated archery range. There is a wide choice of bows to use and expert tutors are always on hand.

Shopping

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The Borzoi Bookshop, Stow on the Wold GL54 1BB

Based in Stow-on-the-Wold, this well-established independent bookseller stocks a vast range of books, including many of the classics. Out-of-print books, attractively designed greeting cards and wrapping paper are also available.

16

The Maggie White Shop, Burford OX18 4QA

Long-established knitwear and clothes shop selling items designed by Maggie White as well as other designer brands like Flax and Rundholz. They also sell unique contemporary jewellery.

17

Burford Woodcraft, Burford OX18 4QU

Promoting contemporary British craftsmanship for over 30 years, the shop sells an extensive selection of creative wooden objects, furniture, sculpture, bowls, kitchenware, jewellery boxes, games and toys.

18

Woodcock and Cavendish, Burford OX18 4RG

Lovely throws and blankets in cashmere, pure wool and recycled wool, plus designer homewares, leather goods, bespoke jewellery, china and stationery. An ideal place to buy a present, they also have branches in Tetbury and Cirencester.

19

Vintage & Paint, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AQ

Nice interiors shop selling furniture, kitchenware, lighting, objet d'art and collectables They also sell Annie Sloan paint so you can have a go at creating this ‘look’ yourself.

21

The Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 1NW

One of the region's most stylish shopping boulevards and home to some of the country's leading fashion houses, shoe shops and booksellers.

22

Jungle Boutique, Brewery Court, Cirencester GL7 1JH

Among a host of prominent retailers at the heart of Cirencester is the Jungle Boutique, with a range of unique clothes, and accessories. French, Spanish and Italian designer ranges with an eclectic mix of striking jewelry and bags to reflect the latest fashions and trends.

24

Cox's Architectural Salvage Yard, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9NQ

This specialist supplier of architectural salvage is one of Britain’s oldest established reclamation yards. Called upcycling these days, expect to find an amazing assortment of items here – everything from Belfast sinks to stained glass.

25

Stone Gallery, Burford OX18 4QA

An impressive selection of antique and modern glass paperweights, plus beautiful Georg Jensen jewellery and antique and modern enamel boxes. There’s also jewellery made by resident jewellers, the Marshall family, and fine art by renowned and up-and-coming artists.

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Burford OX18 4QA

Burford is surely one of England's prettiest small medieval towns with some really beautiful buildings (the church is considered one of the best in the country) and is a busy and thriving community of about 1,000 people. The town merchants were granted a charter to hold their own markets over 900 years ago, and it’s still a great place for shopping, with loads of independent shops and galleries.

Places to visit

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Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh L56 9AD

There are now more than a thousand varieties of trees on display at Batsford. The colours are especially striking in spring and autumn. Expect to find cherries, azaleas and rhododendrons among the species.

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Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway, Toddington GL54 5DT

If you are looking to experience the unique thrill of steam travel, look no further. Though no longer part of the national rail network, these wonderful old trains have made a welcome comeback at Toddington and are a great way to discover the delights of the Cotswolds.

8

Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden GL55 6JE

This popular site at Chipping Campden tells the story of the Arts & Crafts Movement from the start of the 20th century to the present day. It was here in this delightful Cotswolds village that some of the era's greatest craftspeople gathered and worked together.

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Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe GL54 5JD

Sudeley Castle was home to Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's last wife. She's buried here, as well, so this is the only private castle that's the final resting place of a queen. It's played an important role in England's often turbulent history and has royal connections stretching back over 1,000 years. Inside you'll find an interesting collection of furniture, paintings and unique artefacts, and the gloriously restored gardens are absolutely beautiful.

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Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth GL54 3LJ

Situated in a secluded part of the Coln valley, the Roman villa at Chedworth dates from around AD 120 and is open daily from mid-February to the end of November and was originally believed to have been a farmhouse.

12

Sezincote, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AW

The distinctive dome of Sezincote is reputed to have provided the Prince Regent with the inspiration for Brighton Pavilion. Begun in 1805, the house was built by Sir Charles Cockerell, who made his fortune through the East India Company.

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Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2AQ

With its picturesque stone buildings and pretty river Windrush running through the main street, it's easy to see why this spacious Cotswold village is so popular. Nearby at Lower Slaughter is the Old Mill Museum, which explains the history of this former flourmill, a key industrial landmark in the Cotswolds.

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Snowshill Manor WR12 7JU

A handsome Tudor building with later additions standing in glorious terraced gardens, Snowshill includes an impressive collection of items amassed by Charles Wade, its former owner, who gave the house to the National Trust in 1951.

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Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power GL54 5UG

Established in 1971 by the father of BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson, this popular farm park is home to over 50 rare breeds, many of which you can see if you take the “safari" tour of the farm. Children can feed the chickens and pigs while grown-ups can listen to some of the talks about animal husbandry and general conservation.

Walking

www.nationaltrail.co.uk/cotswold-way
www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk/walking
The 100-mile Cotswold Way begins at Chipping Campden and is a great way to discover this lovely region. An assortment of walks websites and local guidebooks provides a multitude of long-distance trails and circular half-day routes, too.

Events

www.cotswold.com/whats-on/festivals-events

The Cheltenham Folk Festival takes place in February; there’s the famous Cotswold tradition of cheese rolling in May; the Cotswold Show and Food Festival at Cirencester in July; Blenheim Horse Trials and Stroud Food Festival in September; and the Cheltenham Literary Festival in October. If you’re planning a visit to the Steam Museum at Swindon, bear in mind that it’s also the venue for the annual Swindon Railway Festival in September.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Beside the A436 just south of the junction with the A40 Cheltenham to Oxford road, 7 miles south east of Cheltenham

By Rail: Nearest station is Cheltenham Spa Station, 8 miles and an easy taxi ride away from the Frogmill

Address:

, Andoversford, Gloucestershire, GL54 4HT

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