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Archangel raises St George’s Day awareness


THE new owner of one of Frome’s oldest pubs has been resurrecting the history of St George’s Day. Originally a major feast and national holiday in England, the day’s popularity has been overtaken by St Patrick’s Day in the pub trade, according to the owner of the Archangel in Frome. “We’re bringing back the feasting celebrations – and taking these to the people and businesses of Frome,” said Lisa Penny. To give locals a flavour of what’s new at the Archangel, Lisa and her colleagues offered up samples of its food for people to try on the high street on Monday 23rd April, St George’s Day, as well as visiting town centre businesses. The former coaching inn also took on the theme by serving customers a special St George’s Day menu on the day, with dishes inspired by traditional English ingredients. Lisa explains that the tradition of St George’s Day is an underplayed opportunity for the English pub and plans to use its history to help explain what Archangel offers to the local community. “A few things have changed here and as with any business changing hands, it has taken a little bit of time to get firmly to grips with what local customers want from us. “I now really feel that we’ve got things stabilised and am very proud to be part of such a special team and working environment.” She added, “Hopefully when we take our food out for people to try, we’ll brighten up the start to their week and let people know who they can expect to see when visiting us.” Since taking over the running of Archangel at the end of last year, Lisa says she has had to spend a long time determining how best to move the business forward. Lisa understands completely the importance of looking after local customers, while also attracting a more widespread and revered reputation. Her previous role was managing operations at The Pear Tree Inn, at Whitley; this Wiltshire inn is now owned by television and Michelin-star chef Marco Pierre White. “We’ve got a great team of staff here and I really want everyone who steps through the doors to feel welcome – whether popping in for a coffee, a quick drink or lunch with friends, or staying for an intimate evening. “This building represents an important piece of Frome’s history and I feel very strongly that it should offer something for everyone.” It is possible that the Archangel building’s medieval history pre-dates the declaration of St George’s Day; the saint’s day was declared on 23rd April, 1222 by the Council of Oxford. St George didn’t become Patron Saint of England until 1348. Several centuries later, Archangel’s restaurant and bar serves breakfast, lunch and evening meals. Morning coffee and pastries are also available, plus afternoon teas. Pictured l-r: Lisa Penny of the Archangel with ‘St George’, Mike Dyer, and Frome Chamber of Commerce president, Neil Howlett.