- 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.
Another very good lunch in the Flame Tree with family Food very good, but choices especially with starter and dessert appear to be reducing eg this time no cheese and biscuits Staff very pleasant and helpful as always One query the party had was why did we have to wait for booking confirmation that our party could be accommodated, as when we were in the dining room , only half the tables were being used?
Everyone in our party said what a lovely place Blunsdon House is. The buffet for our Christmas lunch was excellent in every way. We will be back for mext Christmas, why would we choose any where else, this is the best.
We had a lovely festive family lunch at Flame Restaurant. The staff could not have been more helpful, professional or friendly and did the hotel credit. The selection from the menu had something for everyone, including children and vegetarians. The catering staff also made sure our vegan family member had a delicious meal too. It was great to be able to have as much or little food as each person wanted. The chefs even ensured a meal was kept warm whilst our youngest family member was being fed by his mum. Afterwards there was plenty of space in the lounge for our large group to relax and chat over coffee, while the little ones made full use of the children’s games room. It was a special day for many of our family had not seen each other all together for ages and the staff made our day extra special. Thank you.
Good service, helpful and friendly staff and a great atmosphere
Drinks a bit on the expensive side. Nice welcome by our waitress on arrival at Flame. Food ok for a busy carvery.
I ate the carvery beef and turkey, both very nice but the vegetables were very disappointing, mostly overlooked and soft except for the sprouts. Sweets were nice.
We enjoyed a fabulous festive 3 course lunch at exceptional value. We hope to return again next year. Thank you!
Nice food but not very warm.Beef tough.My son said best soup he’s had for a while but still just warm .Could have been a lot hotter.
Always a nice place to visit for a meal with good table service and friendly staff. If you have the buffet meal I suggest you go as soon as it opens when the veg etc are freshly cooked. Lovely starters and puddings.
Lovey Christmas meal as usual. Good variety of food to suit everyone's taste and excellent value for money.
A perfect lunch venue for a meal with friends and great value for what was a very enjoyable lunch with friends from away. Happy to return anytime.
I was charged for the Christmas lunch when I did not book the Christmas lunch - I booked normal lunch (approx £4.00 extra per head). The service was very slow, we had to request for our starter plates to be cleared. No one came to us to advise of the menu and if we wanted any drinks which you normally do.
Meal for 14 for a Christmas Works do, this is our 4th year. Food is always great, great choice and great quality. Nice and spacious even for big groups. Would recommend to groups or couples.
Very helpful and welcoming staff, 8 family members this week, after being amazing with our booking which became 44 family members the week before (when the original booking had been thirty)
We got seated and if it wasn’t for the fact that we have fined here before we wouldn’t have known what to do. No one came to say to go to the starters or where they were, no one took our drinks order - my Dad has to go and ask so Wine to come over to do this, there seemed to be a lot of staff milling about, it was near the end of service, but surely. Table has allotted staff meme era and they should be attentive whether it’s nearly the end of shift Or not? Same for asking for more drinks, we had to get someone’s attention. It was busy - but still. Also I was still eating and plates were being cleared around me, I thought it was table etiquette to wait until all diners had finished until you clear the plates from others? Otherwise - the food was very good, and we had a good meal.
All staff friendly, good food , clean surroundings, lovely Christmas atmosphere
Great Venue for our purpose - food and choice of food was good - waitress service excellent - bar pricey but meal reasonable. Would recommend but ask for attention to detail if a special event. Would have given 5* for service but it was awkward that table was originally set for 20 (to cover a later booking) when we were only 13 which was changed but looked like the booking had been done wrong. Also we specifically asked for the person arranging to be given the bill and told staff who this was and then I presume as they needed the table and wanted us to move quickly they presented the guest of honour with the bill causing huge embarrassment.
Very Christmassy, decorated nice. Food good. Choice varied.
Theres 3 alcohol-free drinkers in our party and the only option was Becks Blue. Poor showing from such an established venue. We all drank tap water instead.
Good Saturday lunchtime carvery and nice venue and relaxed as can help yourself to starter,main & dessert.
We have stayed many times and always found the hotel comfortable and the staff friendly and helpful. Dinner was nicely presented and enjoyed by the four of us.
Definitely changed in the last year ,not a great selection of deserts no cheese board anymore.
Very friendly and helpful
An excellent Sunday lunch
We felt that the selection of dessert choices was very limited and disappointing in taste. Chocolate pudding was especially dry and not of a quality you'd expect for the prices you charge. On a positive note my husband was accidentally charged by your staff for 2 tables. We were unaware of this until a short while later when I received a phonecall from yourselves letting me know and assuring me that we would receive a refund immediately. This honesty was appreciated!!