Saturday 15 December 2018

The Frogmill review

Transforming into an effortlessly charming country hotel and eatery, The Frogmill was high on our list of places to try out, so with rumbling stomachs in tow, we went to see what the newly renovated venue has to offer.

In a nutshell

Forget your perceptions of good old pub grub, The Frogmill is a cut above with its exceptional service, delicious dining and distinctive interiors to match.


The review

To start

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As soon as you pull up at The Frogmill, it’s impossible not to be won over by its charm. From the honey-coloured Cotswold stone to the glorious alfresco dining space and distinctive interiors, it’s as inviting on the outside as it is inside.

Taking our seats in the airy glass-house area, we took studying the menu very seriously. With so many of our favourite flavours on the menu, we opted for the peanut and sesame Josper-fried chicken lollipops, and the juniper cured and smoked salmon to start.

As a peanut butter lover, the sesame Josper-fried chicken lollipops were a heavenly treat, perfectly combining sweet, crunchy and nutty flavours and served up with a crisp Asian salad.

Our other starter was the Juniper-cured and smoked salmon with an ingenious deconstructed tartar sauce. Beautifully smoked and with a depth of flavour, each mouthful melted in the mouth and was the perfect pairing with salty capers and fresh dill.


The main course

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With our table overlooking the alfresco area, we took in the country chic interiors, glorious greenery and cosy corners which makes The Frogmill the perfect spot for summer celebrations and warming up in the winter.

For our mains, we ordered the 10oz sirloin steak with a side order of beef dripping creamed potatoes and peppercorn sauce. Exceptionally well cooked, the steak was so soft you could have used a spoon to slice it.

Each mouthful packed full of exquisite flavour, the creamy mash along with the beef was a match made in heaven, and being so succulent, didn’t really require a sauce at all.

Our other option was the baked aubergine, spiced tomato and rose harissa ragout; a sublime combination of rich tomato sauce, tangy olives and sweet fragrant flavours.


And for dessert

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Full with feverously good food, we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to sample one of the desserts and settled on a treacle tart to share along with a frothy cappuccino each.

Complete with a gooey treacle centre, the tart’s pastry crumbled beautifully and the moreish sweetness was contrasted with the sharp and zesty raspberry coulis alongside it.

Offering everything you could want from a classic British pudding, the tart was quite literally the icing on the cake on what proved to be a meal amongst some of the best we’ve ever had.


SoGlos loves

The Frogmill cooks all of its food in either its in-house Smoker or its Josper Coal Fire, creating exceptionally tasty food, with a real depth of flavour.


Top tip

If you’re looking to enjoy a tipple or two, make the most of your visit to The Frogmill and book one of its stylish rooms for the night. With a delicious breakfast included, it’s the perfect opportunity for a Cotswold getaway.


What next?

For more information, see The Frogmill, call (01242) 386364 or visit thefrogmill.co.uk directly.

By Sophie Bird

© SoGlos
Monday 30 July 2018

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