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Flame at Blunsdon House Hotel

The Ridge, Blunsdon, Blunsdon, Swindon, Swindon, United Kingdom, SN26 7AS
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Opening Information

Always open

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Easy Access
  • Accommodation
  • Families and Children Welcome at lunch
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Business Lunch
  • Children's Menu available
  • Private Dining
  • Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
  • Buffets, Business Meetings, Functions catered for

About Flame at Blunsdon House Hotel

Blunsdon House Hotel was probably built as a Hunting Lodge at the beginning of the 19th Century on the 400 Acre St Leonard’s Farm. The earliest known owner, Captain Henry Walters, had Blunsdon House from the early part of the 19th Century and may well have been responsible for some of the fine specimens of trees which remain to this day. The house changed hands several times until it was purchased by Peter and Zan Clifford in 1947. Blunsdon House became a farm with pigs, cattle and poultry.

The year that changed Zan and Peter’s life was 1957, and the event was the Bath and West show. This huge agricultural show brought many visitors to Swindon. A hotelier friend asked Peter if he and his wife could accommodate some people in their 10 bedroomed farm house.

Within two years the hotel became a licensed Country Club. In 1960 Blunsdon House became a fully licensed hotel. In the mid 1960’s it was one of only three hotels in Swindon to achieve AA and RAC listings and twenty years later became the first four-star hotel in the county.

The hotel has continued to grow from the first extension in 1964 and in 2005 Blunsdon House Hotel achieved another accolade becoming only the fourth ‘Premier’ rated Best Western hotel in the UK. Plasma TV screens in the newly refurbished bedrooms are a far cry from the black and white sets of the 1960’s. Blunsdon House is set to go from strength to strength by listening to its guests.

Cuisine: BBQ & Grill, British, French, Steak, Sunday Lunch
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Visited On Sunday, 21 October 2018

Excellent staff and lovely Carvery. We are regulars and will definitely come back again

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Visited On Saturday, 20 October 2018

We had a very pleasant afternoon celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary with our friends.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

Great selection of yummy food!

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Visited On Sunday, 07 October 2018

Drinks are extortionate in price. Like all hotels

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Visited On Sunday, 07 October 2018

We went for the Sunday carvery. Superb value for money and you could eat as much as you wanted. A fabulous selection of very tasty food. The atmosphere in the restaurant is somewhat lacking, but for us it was more about the company we were with as opposed to the actual venue. Sadly we were sat out of view of the waiting staff which meant we were overlooked at times and had to go and find someone when we wanted a drink.

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Visited On Sunday, 23 September 2018

Service was poor eg drinks short delivered and forgotten and wine on menu not available. Seemed disorganised. Food was both under and over cooked. Potatoes oily and over cooked vegetables over and under cooked. Yorkshire puddings over cooked. Overall standard has dropped no end over the past year. Last time not as bad but still not good. Sad given ambience of hotel. Given standard well over priced.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 September 2018

The food was nice ad we enjoyed what we chose. The service was ok we felt that the staff were extremely busy and things were forgotten. We had about 5 different members of staff serving us, 1 taking the order, 1 bringing the food, another one bringing the desert menu another 1 bringing our bill and finally another 1 taking payment!! It just seemed a bit disjointed.

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Visited On Sunday, 09 September 2018

Lovely experience, great food and great selection. Atmosphere is very good and so is the service. Excellent value for money, will definitely come back again

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Visited On Sunday, 26 August 2018

Ordered 2nd cups of tea - they arrived and were shoe-horned onto the table without the previous pots/cups removal. I shouldn't need to ask they be removed - it should have been instinctive. Clearly a training issue.

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Visited On Monday, 20 August 2018

We had our wedding reception here back in 1977 and still celebrate some anniversaries at Blunsdon House Hotel. It has always offered first class food and service and we would highly recommend the hotel. We've been visiting for 41 years and have not been disappointed yet.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

Very quiet, no background music, had to wait for the soup to be put out and the starter bar to be uncovered.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

Food was ok but I expected better at the Blunsdon hotel. The Gravy was runny and tasteless. Carvary at the DeVere is much better quality and slightly cheaper, plus kids eat for free whereas we had to pay child prices for a 3 and a 4 year old who hardly had anything on their plate as they have small appetites. The service was average. I had to ask for the wine glasses to be removed as we had children with us, then I had to ask waitresses to clear the starter plates and then again the main plates so we could get the next course. Staff were happy to do that but they should have used their initiative to do so. More training needed maybe? On a positive note the restaurant is nicely kept, stylish and clean.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 July 2018

We were delighted by the personal attention to detail evident in our dealings with the hotel receptionist: Sandrine, who showed initiative and empathy when we decided to reserve a room on the day of our meal. I cannot fault our visit and it was clear that staff were briefed to ensure the experience was a delight. My only concern was that when asked which meats were available in the carvery, the chef seemed impatient and shrugged his answer! Perhaps he was dealing with an issue not related to our party but I felt it was worthy of a mention as it was so uncharacteristic of the hotel’s character.

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Visited On Monday, 16 July 2018

Good food in a very pleasant environment . Good to be able to relax with a coffee or drink in the hotel after finishing our meal.

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Visited On Sunday, 15 July 2018

Desserts uncovered & unrefrigerated on a hot day, with people queuing alongside. Really unhygienic.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 July 2018

Service was great and it's was a relaxing atmosphere but in afraid the carvery wasn't very nice, with fatty meays and cold veg which is a real shame

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Visited On Saturday, 07 July 2018

This is about the fifth or sixth time we have used Blunsdon House for reunions but, to be honest, the quality of the experience is getting worse. In Flame, despite sending our menu choices in a few days before, only 24 out of 27 starters were prepared and the waiting staff seemed shocked we wanted 27 starters. The quality of the starters was good but I did not feel they represented good value for money; also despite asking for bread rolls for the whole table none were served (surely it is normal practice to serve bread rolls!). The mains did all arrive together but a number of people commented that they were only warm; my wife sent her chicken back as was 'unacceptably cold'. I would also expected the hotel to have provided a selection of side dishes for such a big party (although we did not order anything specific) - just a nice touch to show the custom of a large party is appreciated. In value terms, the mains represented better value than the starters (although there is no excuse for serving luke warm food). Desserts were generally good and reasonably priced. The wine was good and a considerable amount was consumed so no problems although it would have been nice to have at least the first glass served by the waiting staff. Overall, I can only rate our dining experience as acceptable. A little disappointing really and perhaps not up to previous experiences.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 June 2018

Lovely meal, good choice of food and very good value!

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Visited On Saturday, 02 June 2018

Lovely stay with our two children, tennis courts, a gym and a lovely outdoor recreation area made even better by the sun! Dinner was good too, along with the wine. Really nice stay, well done to all at Blunsdon!

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Splendid lunch as always. And, even though we weren't in Carries Bar for long, we loved the new decor!!

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Visited On Thursday, 10 May 2018

I ordered the Rib eye steak and asked for it medium. When it came it was well done and was very dry. I complained and it was changed but was still overcooked in places. It was very disappointing for the price you pay. Also my friend ordered the chocolate pudding which after she had ate a third of it she got a mouthful of a hair in it. We again complained but she did not want another one and it was taken off the bill. All in all not was not a good experience to say the least.

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Visited On Thursday, 03 May 2018

Welcoming, friendly environment. Good menu selection.

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Visited On Saturday, 21 April 2018

My guests said the food was either OK, poor or a bit disappointing, mostly the latter. Steaks and mixed grills were a bit chewy and some meals could have been warmer. Nice hotel though, so maybe it was an off night.

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Visited On Sunday, 22 April 2018

Food was great. Good value for money. Really friendly waitress. First time visited but will be back.

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Visited On Saturday, 21 April 2018

Always excellent

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