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Flame at Blunsdon House Hotel

The Ridge, Blunsdon, Blunsdon, Swindon, Swindon, United Kingdom, SN26 7AS
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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, 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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Visited On Friday, 13 April 2018

Very good service and food had better choice on non mid week carvery and better joint of beef but otherwise can't fault!

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Visited On Saturday, 31 March 2018

Excellent service for 18 people.

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Visited On Sunday, 04 March 2018

Very good carvery. Lots of choice. Bar area is really clean and inviting with comfy furniture

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Visited On Sunday, 04 March 2018

always a good experience. nice to see old kitchen staff still doing an excellent job.

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Visited On Saturday, 17 February 2018

Although the food was good the overall experience was disappointing.(valentine menu) .It was advertised as a romantic evening by candlelight, it wasnt. There were no romantic touches and worse still there were other diners on normal menus around us.I feel a seperate area should have been allocated.The service was slow.Starters took 40 mins.When queried there was an apology and wine given on the house.We did however have to remind staff of this when we paid the bill. It is a shame Tawnys is no longer available to the general public.It was a superb restaurant.

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Visited On Sunday, 11 February 2018

Celebrated my sister in law's 50th Birthday with 25 members of the family. Everyone like the venue and the Carvery very much. Very relaxing in Carrie's Bar afterwards, it was great that your staff let me put the Birthday Cake in the fridge then when requested presented it with candles too and brought it out to us.. very nice touch! Only observation was that many of the ladies loos didn't flush. Will definitely return.

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Food was not exceptable at all, I did complain and was offered another meal which I declined. The meat was very tough and hard to cut, asked for steak to be medium and it was well done! No complimentary drink or anything was offered, we had a voucher for £60 in which the value was not met and staff were not willing to reduce payment on our bottle of wine. The voucher was not even explained to us on how we should order. Overall poor service and not able to eat the food. Will definitely not return to Flame restaurant to eat and will be letting others know.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 February 2018

meal was overpriced you can eat a lot cheaper with a better menu far better food and a far better service within a half mile radius

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Visited On Thursday, 01 February 2018

Lovely luncheon with attentive waitress and great service Ambience in rsetaurant good albeit only four groups dining - quiet as it was a Thursday lunchtime I have always enjoyed the dining experience on all occasions when I have been fortunate enough to visit Blunsdon House so can highly recommend.

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Visited On Monday, 29 January 2018

It the third time we have dined here. It is great value for money. Great choice and great service.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 January 2018

The Flame Restaurant is fabulous. A shame though the other areas, mainly Carries Bar is no longer up to this standard. The hotel used to be quite exclusive - not any more.

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