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 Brudenell

07758 848522


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 Jenkins

07808 296929


Gwynn is a very talented carpenter who can also work metal.  He has worked on the Silk Mill intermittently since 2007

Gareth Evans

07976 404395


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 Hann

07807 041738


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.

Sturman Craig Electrical Services

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 Boyce

07858 233477

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.


Mike Massey

07979 658758

Tends to be available evenings & weekends.


Sam Allen

07970 174718

01985 219610

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.

James Crossman

Iron Age Forge

07779 068451


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).


Avonfield Bookkeeping

07834 266 664


Very experienced local bookkeeper who specialises in Xero and will be able to do accounts for smaller operations.



01373 836008


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 Jones

07894 328029

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.

Prickly Pear Stretch Tents

07825 828671 – 07790 270742


Bristol based company with beautiful tents available.


07766 883037


These guys are based in Frome and sound lovely.

Vintage Marquees

01249 716119


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.

South West Marquees

01373 836999


Very good, local and know the site so can often quote without site visit.

Abbas Marquees

01749 890909


Based at Pilton. Not actually used yet but sound good.

Food providers

The River House and Fat Radish

01373 596102


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.

Ember & Vine


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!

Ebbie’s Kitchen

07782 369 896


Will do bar as well as food, know the Silk Mill well and produce excellent delicious food. Very lovely helpful team.

Cafe Bon Bon Ice Cream Tricycle

07515 893294


These guys have been here several times and they are wonderful.

Sarah Urquhart, Incredible Edibles

01963 33395


“Catering for all occasions”, particularly keen on making canapés etc.

Mrs B’s Catering

01373 452593


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

Miranda Catering


Makes lovely canapés and is the in house caterer at Drawing Projects in Trowbridge

Patrick Twigger

07812 365430 or

01373 836122

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.


More Wine

07940 732012


Properly selected French (& other) wines in 10litre, 5 litre & 3 litre boxes… cuts down on waste. Will do sale or return for unopened boxes.

The Griffin

01373 467766 


Local microbrewery

Bath Ales

0117 9474797


Do beers on tap and in casks as well as ciders

Lilley’s Cider

07594 926565


Very Local, great selection of ciders you can try in Frome

King Brain Cider

01963 441233


Lovely Somerset farm cider brewed from ancient orchards

Cotswold Mobile Bar Hire 07810 568423 info@cotswoldmobilebarhire.co.uk

These guys have not worked with us yet but they sound great. If you give them a try, send us a review to add here.

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 Cooper from The Three Swans Pub

07790 725145


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.

Patrick Twigger

07812 365430 or

01373 836122

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.

The Wheatsheaves

07595 974680


Full bar service or they can just provide staff at whatever level you need.

The Living Bar

07753 117323


Wonderful bar assembled around growing trees and hung with plants run by the lovely Tim Goodman.

Big Bars (Airstream Bar)

07580 673753


Full bar service from an airstream van!

Scout & Sage

07786 240505


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!


Bistro Lotte

01373 300646


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.

Stonnwall Manor




BA11 5AA

Big Cottages:

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.

The Old Granary


Trish Bowles:


01225 722246


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!

The Archangel

01373 456111


Nearest and very nicely appointed hotel and restaurant. (dog friendly!)

The George Hotel

01373 462584


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!

Jackdaw Cottage, Bruton

07906 242296


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:

Bower House Tree House

01749 812707


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.


Spam Bhok



Highly recommended local DJ

Luke Emery Nomad Solutions



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.

Live Music

Captain Cactus and the Screaming Harlots

Really good local band

The Hammervilles

07714 991 047


The Hammervilles are a great local band, one of whom is booked to get married here when possible!

Backwood Redeemers

Another really dancy band, local!

Sara Vian



Excellent local band with other music contacts


CSS Security

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.


Aimae Laoise Photography


Local photographer who specialises in family images.

Peter Wilbourne

07816 409984


Locally based excellent photographer.

Ciara Nolan

07703 843100


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.

Katherine Needles

07947 207408


One of the artists who has a studio at the Mill and exhibition in 2017 Frome Festival in our Gallery

Pip Newland Photography

(07780) 611 671

Sarah Godsill

Brilliant local artist who will come and paint/sketch at any and all stages as you wish.

Emily Coles

Works with Amy Spicer – see below, decorations – chandeliers of flowers!

Flowers & Other Decorations

Bramble & Wild (Flowers)

01373 473788


Lovely Catherine Hill flower and shop

Event Flag Hire

01749 850991


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!

Jigantics (huge artificial flowers)

07984 679421


Fabulous gigantic flowers often seen at festivals (they are based in Frome)

Crescent Moon Chandeliers

01373 454147

07976 369360


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

Amy Spicer

07974 836270


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)

Mrs J

07553 446372

01761 434906


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

01373 464444

Arrow Taxis – Frome –

01373 470110

ABC taxis of Frome –

01373 452211

Bruton and Mendip Taxi

07984 465864

Swift Taxi – Shepton Mallet –

01749 340820

Regal Taxi – Shepton Mallet –

01749 347750