- 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.
On a previous visit we discussed with the head chef that we were disappointed to see cheese and biscuits had been removed. He said they were available on request and included in the price. This time we asked. We were not advised that we would be charged extra. This just appeared on the bill and only found out when we questioned it later in the day (no receipt providing break down was given). It's bad enough that you have to pay for 3 courses when you only have two. Only two had a third course - cheese and biscuits - which we were charged extra for!
Toilets could do with a up date.
Would be good to do different menus at the bar and in flame to give guests a wider choice. Room service was excellent
A very enjoyable lunch with excellent service from all staff.
We had a fantastic meal Saturday night...the duck was delicious. Service was a little slow, but the food was worth the wait. Would have loved some piano music in the background. But overall we had a great evening.
Well looked after.Friendly staff.Excellent food
A poor night out One of our parties food was simple but badly cooked Poor main course menu Dessert menu poor Expensive Poor atmosphere because it was empty due to comments above
Quality carvery in lovely surroundings with attentive staff, full marks and well deserved
After queuing for the food, it was tasteless. We will not be returning!
Staff are excellent nothing was to much trouble
The staff were amazing and made our visit very enjoyable. However, after being told we could only book by leaving a £50 deposit but that could be refunded or redeemed off the bill on the night, our night was tarnished by the lack of communication between hotel and restaurant staff. It took over 20minutes, and speaking to various staff members at reception to get the refund. The restaurant staff were amazing. So patient, helpful and genuinely interested, but the hotel staff were unhelpful. Due to this factor I would definitely return to the restaurant, but would not pay a deposit, and would just ring up on the night and visit. Huge thank you to all the restaurant staff who made our group feel loved.
apart from the soup being cold, such a shame, our lunch was excellent! lovely waiting staff, very happy, helpful staff at the carvery. Really nice experience. Please keep these standards up, thank you very much
Much improved , we had steak tasted amazing ! Roll on the next upgrade
Food, as always very good but the service was a little under par, we had to ask to be served with drinks and after our meal we had coffee in the garden. Our daughter and son-in-law ordered cappuccino, both drinks looked like an ordinary coffee, we ordered 2 flat whites, both were lukewarm, on hindsight, we should have complained but our daughter and family had to catch a train and we had no time.
The beef was very chewy and not enjoyable would check the next time to see what meat was on the menu.
Great meal and such good value
Our meal was very nice and could not fault the Carvery menu. However the only negative was the service - we were not offered wine therefore the glasses stayed on the table throughout the meal. A couple of plates were cleared away whilst some members of the party were still eating. We had to ask for extra drinks catching the attention of waiting staff. This did not spoil our lunch but just a slight negative.
Awful at best, a jug of water was put on the table when we sat down but no glasses so we had to use the wine glasses - starters, no label to identify what kind of soup was on offer, the hors d'oeuvres were fresh but there were no dressings at all. the main course was the worse - visited with my parents, my father had the gammon, it was sliced from the end and was given 2 slices but not asked if you would like more in fact none of us were, it wasn't until we got to the table that we realised that one slice was a big slice of fat, the beef was so stringy it was inedible, the vegetables were so over cooked they had no taste or texture they fell apart trying to scoop them with the serving spoon, the gravy just tasted of hot water, the only course that was ok was dessert. I can't remember having a worse meal.
Not able to give 5 starts for service because our wine and water wasn't poured for us and we waited quite a long time for the bill to come after I had asked for it, in fact I had to go find someone and ask again for it. However this does not impact on the amazing food and lovely venue. Will be back for sure, we had a lovely evening.
Lovely food, really good service, made the occasion feel special.
Booking simple. Starters and deserts were lovely. Main course not so nice. Hard veg, watery gravy thick slabs of meat.
I feel the quality of the food and selection was not great, it could be sooo much better!!
Lovely food, however roast potatoes didn't seem very fresh (a little stale) and gravy was cold. Cauliflower cheese was amazing, as were the deserts! Good value for money
Good value for money in a relaxed atmosphere