The Lighthouse, Tytherington, Frome BA11 5BN
Gold Winner 2018
Judges comments - September 2018
'An incredible welcome from the moment we booked the table over the phone - we called to advise of our complex allergy needs and the owner, called back to confirm exactly what my son can and can't eat and promised to make him a lunch fit for a king. They had planned a special dish for my son, which was prepared fresh as soon as the rest of us had decided what we wanted to eat. The staff were all aware of our allergies and we were reassured they'd be looking after us well.
A great selection of sandwiches, toasties, main meals and tapas to choose from. The menu clearly shows which dishes are GF, DF, vegetarian or vegan and also indicates those dishes that contain sesame, egg or nuts - as well as detailing which nuts are in each one. The desserts are similarly well labelled and are beautifully on display, which makes them really appealing. There are clear signs up offering an array of milks (almond, coconut, soya and oat). We happened to visit on their first ever themed weekend - which meant they were serving a selection of fantastic waffles to try. We asked about the ingredients and were really impressed that the server we asked knew exactly what flour had been used.
My son's lunch was fantastic and incorporated a complimentary selection of his safe foods. The rest of us had a GF bacon and goats cheese toastie and a selection of their tapas. We also shared a waffle for dessert and a stem ginger flapjack with chocolate. All of the food was delicious - it's really hard to pick fault with any of the dishes that we were served as our plates were emptied very quickly!
It was incredible value for money - we paid a fraction of what we have paid for a similar number of courses/drinks at other restaurants for the 4 of us (£55).
The owner is completely passionate about what they're doing at the cafe and is continually striving for ways to improve what they can offer guests. The B&B next door is becoming busier and has expanded and they've now extended their hours also to serve breakfast to guests. I would highly recommend visit to anyone when in the area. They're great at serving delicious allergy-friendly food, but are keen to make it accessible to everyone without alienating anyone who might want to eat there. 10/10 although my children would reward it 11 or even 12/10!'