Over the 15 + years that we have been working on the Silk Mill and running the business we have built up quite a library of contacts. Her are many of the local suppliers and services who we recommend because we have worked with or heard about (linked if they have websites). They are grouped by activity. There is a pdf version of this list that you can download here: GENERALLY RECOMMENDED LOCAL BUSINESSES
WHO (linked to websites where possible)
Carpenters/Joiners/Cabinet Makers & General Builders
Josh is a builder who has project managed much of the work that has been done to the Silk Mill since 2014. He also makes planning applications when necessary. He works with several of the people listed here.
Gwynn is a very talented carpenter who can also work metal. He has worked on the Silk Mill intermittently since 2007
Gareth is a very talented woodworker and has helped us out on many of the floors of the Silk Mill, most recently the beautiful new floor of Silk Mill west upstairs. He and his wife Lottie run Bistro Lotte at Badcox, highly recommended eatery/hostelry.
Joe is the partner of a wonderful Jeweller and bridal accessory maker at the Silk Mill. He has been our go-to electrican for many years now.
07743 643452 (Andy)
07747 722077 (Pete)
We asked Joe (above) to do our 5 year electrical certification but it was rather a lot for one person to take on so we went to Pete Sturman & Andy Craig who were brilliant.
Gary is an extraordinary mason. He has done almost all the pointing and putting in of new stone elements at the Silk Mill and was one of the very first people to work with us since 2005. He created the decorative walls on the courtyard with the words Silk Mill.
Tends to be available evenings & weekends.
Amazing blacksmith based at Corsley. He made the door for the electric locker with 2014 on it in spanners. Most of the ironwork in the building has been fabricated by Sam.
Iron Age Forge
James made the very solid new steel doors for the gallery kitchen. His wonderful workshop is on the same trading estate in Whately as Materia (below).
07834 266 664
Very experienced local bookkeeper who specialises in Xero and will be able to do accounts for smaller operations.
This company is based in Whatley just outside Frome and they have made the awning and seat covers for us for several years. They are brilliant
Andy and his friend Andy masterminded the rebuild of the roof of the Silk Mill in 2011. They put up with the Moore family providing much of the person-power and did an amazing job! He has returned to troubleshoot the very few problems we have had since. He is a very skilled lead artist too.
Kit Hire, tables, lights, PA etc.
07825 828671 – 07790 270742
Bristol based company with beautiful tents available.
These guys are based in Frome and sound lovely.
Great local company with a pretty two pointed tent that fits well outside the gallery door.
They also hire out a huge variety of furniture and decorations.
Very good, local and know the site so can often quote without site visit.
Based at Pilton. Not actually used yet but sound good.
The River House and the Far Radish are 2 fantastic eateries in Frome; both run by Ellen Porteous. Ellen has a personal licence and a great team. The food they create is wonderful so they are a very good solution to food and alcohol. They have catered etc for several events at the Silk Mill and all the feedback has been excellent.
They say “Ember and Vine is the marriage between owners Sean and Mary’s two loves, smoked foods and wine.”
They live in Frome and have not yet catered here but they sound absolutely yummy!
07782 369 896
Will do bar as well as food, know the Silk Mill well and produce excellent delicious food. Very lovely helpful team.
These guys have been here several times and they are wonderful.
Sarah Urquhart, Incredible Edibles
“Catering for all occasions”, particularly keen on making canapés etc.
Mrs B’s Catering
We have not yet used Mrs B’s catering at the Silk Mill but they are a local company who regularly sell produce at the monthly independent market. If you go for them will you give us some feedback so that I can update this listing? Thanks
Makes lovely canapés and is the in house caterer at Drawing Projects in Trowbridge
07812 365430 or
Patrick offers cutlery and crockery for events which he takes away unwashed. He has also provided bar licence cover with and without bar at the Silk Mill. He lives locally.
Properly selected French (& other) wines in 10litre, 5 litre & 3 litre boxes… cuts down on waste. Will do sale or return for unopened boxes.
Do beers on tap and in casks as well as ciders
Very Local, great selection of ciders you can try in Frome
Lovely Somerset farm cider brewed from ancient orchards
Bars and Licensing Services/Event Management
It is fine to bring your own alcohol (and/or ask your guests to BYOB) but do not then ask a bar to provide a paying service as they then do not sell enough to make it worth their while. If you are bringing your own then you will need to pay someone to oversee the alcohol consumption. The Silk Mill does not charge any extra corkage.
You can have one arrangement for the lunch time then have a pay bar for the evening so long as the bar know what you are doing.
Lucy can provide a normal bar service for you or she or one of her many colleagues at the Three Swans has a personal licence and can be employed by you to meet our licence requirements if you bring your own alcohol. Her pub is the nearest to the Silk Mill (just opposite La Strada; Cheap St/Kings St) and one of the nicest pubs in Frome.
07812 365430 or
Patrick has provided bar licence cover with and without bar at the Silk Mill. He also has a business providing cutlery and crockery for events which he takes away unwashed.
Full bar service or they can just provide staff at whatever level you need.
Wonderful bar assembled around growing trees and hung with plants run by the lovely Tim Goodman.
Full bar service from an airstream van!
Travelling Gin bar in a horse box! They say: “We create our own small batch, limited edition Scout & Sage Gins with different Master Distillers. Our mission is to distil a gin in every region of Britain!” We have not tried them yet but they sound interesting!
Lotte and Gareth run this excellent bistro a short walk from the Silk Mill at the top of Catherine Hill/Street. They also have excellent accommodation which one wedding recently booked all 6 of their luxury ensuite rooms.
0845 257 1510
This is a wonderful huge Elizabethan Manor house right in the town and can sleep at least 28! We had a group stay there who were very happy with it. It is a bit heavy on the dark wood furniture but a really good size and well within walking distance of the Mill. I took lots of photos which you can see here. There are more pictures if you follow the link in the first column.
They say: “The Old Granary is situated in the countryside, just 5 miles from Bath and within a mile from Hartley Farm Shop & Café, the village pub and shop. A beautiful, award-winning converted barn that sleeps up to 12 people. Indoor heated pool and games room available at Church Farm, ¾ mile down the lane.”
I am planning to go and visit soon, will report back!
Nearest and very nicely appointed hotel and restaurant. (dog friendly!)
28 rooms varying from singles at around £60 to premium ensuite and family rooms up to £140 in high season. Very centrally located in town (so some rooms on the front might not be all that quiet) and will do discounts for bulk booking for weddings. Speak to Dawn. I have not looked at all of it but the rooms I have seen are nicely done, fairly traditional.
Here is a website with local B&Bs on it, I cannot vouch for all of them but would welcome feedback!
A really beautiful cottage with 2 bedrooms in Bruton, no detail has been left unperfected in this lovingly created space.
Bruton has several other airbnb places that the Jackdaw Cottage people recommend so if you were to go for Bruton as your main accommodation spot there would be plenty of good choice… including:
Totally amazing tree house (between Bruton and Frome) that we have been lucky enough to stay in ourselves. Sleeps 2 and has all mod cons you could wish for including hot tub on the terrace! 2 night minimum stay and not cheap but a real treat.
Highly recommended local DJ
These guys really understand the unusual acoustics in the Gallery.
Luke also does a busking stage at the Independent Market (1st Sunday of every month except Jan/Feb) and knows lots of excellent local musicians.
Really good local band
07714 991 047
The Hammervilles are a great local band, one of whom is booked to get married here when possible!
Another really dancy band, local!
Excellent local band with other music contacts
07415 867007/ 0800 002 9855
Lester Silk/Carley Watts at CSS Security.
Security has to be organized through an accredited organization so if you do not use these guys then it must be another such. Please let Kate know who you are using asap.
We know it is a pain but you need a guard per 75 people so if you have 150 people in the evening you will need two security people.
Local photographer who specialises in family images.
Locally based excellent photographer.
Ciara has photographed a couple of events at the Silk Mill and she is excellent. Her style is quirky and interesting. She has the shop Poot on Catherine Hill in Frome and has always been a really good friend to the Silk Mill since we started the project.
One of the artists who has a studio at the Mill and exhibition in 2017 Frome Festival in our Gallery
(07780) 611 671
Brilliant local artist who will come and paint/sketch at any and all stages as you wish.
Works with Amy Spicer – see below, decorations – chandeliers of flowers!
Flowers & Other Decorations
Lovely Catherine Hill flower and shop
Recently moved to the area these guys have the most beautiful collection of bunting and flags. They will put it up for you or just send it to you for you to do your own thing in the usual Silk Mill way!
Fabulous gigantic flowers often seen at festivals (they are based in Frome)
Wonderful enormous chandelier selection. Local company that hires to film sets and events. They did a photoshoot of their wares at the Silk Mill in Sept ‘19
Local, partner to More Wine, chandeliers of flowers and fabrics; work very well on our 7 beams
Works with photographer Emily Coles (see photography entry)
Lovely local flower designer who uses seasonal home grown flowers as much as possible. She also has a great many vintage china items available as well.
Tony’s Cabs Frome
Arrow Taxis – Frome –
ABC taxis of Frome –
Bruton and Mendip Taxi
Swift Taxi – Shepton Mallet –
Regal Taxi – Shepton Mallet –