- Disabled Access
- Families and Children Welcome
- Easy Access
- Families and Children Welcome at lunch
- Free WiFi
- 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.
Even though I booked on line with ALL the relevant info, my wife's wheelchair came as a surprise. There was a minor panic in accommodating us. Instead of being seated at square tables which have ample leg-room for the wheelchair, we had to make do with a circular one which was NOT wheelchair friendly Consequently my wife had difficulty reaching her food - which made us all feel uncomfortable. If the on-line booking procedure allows for a narrative, then someone should at least read it.
Excellent in all areas
Everything, and the staff were absolutely fantastic.
A thoroughly enjoyable carvery, definitely value for money and we will be returning as soon as we get the opportunity.
We visited Blunsdon House Hotel's Flame restaurant for its Sunday carvery lunch. Was a family birthday celebration in a pleasant relaxed environment. Everyone enjoyed the food and the service was excellent without being pushy. Cost was very reasonable and pretty much on par with the local pubs.
We really enjoyed the meal, however we thought there were some things that could have been improved. No one welcomed us when we entered the restaurant No one explained how the restaurant worked, No one asked if we enjoyed are meal There just seams to be a lack of interaction or someone letting you know that they were there to look after you. Also even though I payed a deposit I payed the fully amount and had to be refunded my deposit While the food was excellent and we would come back, it would be help if some of the above was considered. This was a special occasion for us which could have been made nicer
This meal was for my 50th Birthday Celebration with 10 friends. It was absolutely fantastic. The food, location, venue and most importantly the staff, were all completely brilliant. I cannot thank you enough for making my day so special. It was wonderful. Thank you.
VERY GOOD WAY TO RUN A CARVERY, ENJOYED CHOICE OF FOOD AND THE MELBEC WAS VERY VERY GOOD. FIRST TIME, BUT WILL GO BACK FOR SURE
Booking system really easy. Food was great and really accommodating for large family group. Just a little noisy
Food is fantastic with a great range to select from. Service on arrival and continuous throughout our meal.
Excellent staff and lovely Carvery. We are regulars and will definitely come back again
We had a very pleasant afternoon celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary with our friends.
Great selection of yummy food!
Drinks are extortionate in price. Like all hotels
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Very quiet, no background music, had to wait for the soup to be put out and the starter bar to be uncovered.
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.
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.
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.
Desserts uncovered & unrefrigerated on a hot day, with people queuing alongside. Really unhygienic.