- 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.
Our most recent experience was very poor as per my email on your "contact us" page. The steak and lamb dishes came out COLD and the Diane sauce for the steak did not arrive after 5-6 minutes so I complained. The head waiter adjusted the bill and new meals were served. The worst of it was that there were only 18-20 people dining and we actually waited over 30 minutes between the starter and main courses and my guess is that the steak and lamb dishes were left somewhere cold "to rest" while the fish dish and sauces were prepared. Things will need to improve if I am to dine there again.
Good quality, great tasting food
Could not praise the staff enough when we visited on Sunday for the carvery. There were 21 one of us with lots off kids the staff couldn't do enough for us. The chefs were brilliant ensuring we all had what we wanted even getting strawberries and icecream for our Grandad and the kids, they all couldn't off done enough. The food was lovley, especially the beef. All in all it really was top class - thankyou all
Lovely food in flames restaurant great breakfast , carries somewhat like a holiday camp tho
We bring a large group 3 times a year, always good value. Visit this week was exceptional. food and staff first class very positive feed back from my members. Have a large group this is the place to go. Ken Gillians Carterton U3A
I think the quality of the food was not up to what we were charged
The service and food were brilliant. We have, over, many years stayed at Blunsdon House and always enjoyed our stay. We had an unfortunate experience on one of our stays but I feel Blunsdon House has come back on form again and we had a perfect stay.
Being a registered coeliac I always have great confidence that the catering staff can be relied upon to provide sound advice. We visit around 2/3 times per year and these are always pleasurable and satisfactory occasions.
Excellent food, good menu, plenty of options.
Two of our party are have impaired hearing and cannot enjoy converstaion in the presence of musac, The volume was turned down at our request but we would have liked trhe option of a "quiet area" within the dining room. I know many people of our age are similiarly afflicted. Otherwise, we had a lovely evening.
politre friendly staff, food good, Malt bar a winner!
A group of 20 old Uni pals met up from various locations. We had a lovely meal and then our children had a wonderful time playing outside. We were all so impressed we are looking to make it a regular meeting place and those who travelled the furthest may make a weekend of it! Thank you very much for giving us all such a memorable afternoon.
We had a very enjoyable meal in the carvery and the service was excellent. We shall certainly go there again
We were at your restaurant to celebrate an 80th birthday, the restaurant itself was lovely and the ambience was relaxing. We liked our circular table enabling the birthday girl to speak to all of her guest. The food and drink menu was adequate, and most enjoyed there choice of food. The service was good, nothing was too much trouble.
We ate early so did not have to queue for the carvery, however I did notice that as the restaurant became busier the queue was quite long for the carvery. Perhaps a second carvery station would help this problem. Our waitress Gael was very professional but friendly - great service !
Lovely Sunday lunch, plenty of choice.
always enjoy coming to Blunsdon House
I remember when this actually used to be a proper carvery , the food was of a good high standard but there are now too many limitations, only one serving of the starter, no tea and coffee added in. To be honest it was a little disappointing. My family and i used to come here a lot and it was always busy but at best there were 10 people in for lunch. The staff were excellent and attentive but we had to ask for the food to be uncovered 20 minutes after the restaurant was opened and there were enough of your staff to make sure this was done. Especially considering at this point we were the only 5 in there. The cleanliness was superb. It was a birthday meal and although we enjoyed our meal it certainly wasnt as it used to be. And with that being said I think i can say with some certainty that i wouldnt return again. Which is a shame.
A very good value lunch, but not a patch on its glory days. Everything is now very pared-down, so less choice on every course, particularly noticeable on the starters, & the same gravy offered for turkey & beef. Adequate, but despite the low weekday price, nothing to make us rush back for. Staff could be more welcoming: however we do not need to be asked by 3 different people if we are enjoying our meal.
Service très très lent au restaurant
We have been to the Flame Restaurant many many times and it was wonderful, albeit We have always visited on s Sunday. We arrived on Monday 29th (four guests), to celebrate my Birthday. From the start, tje service eas very good and remained so tbroughout, so thank you. My Dad had a pint of beer, which he ususlly does when visiting, which didnt look its best and we asked for it to be returned, which it duly was, but he later was left feeling a little poorly. However, on this visit the food was disapoointing. I would not comment about the service generally, but this wasn't up to the standard previously enjoyed at the Blunsdon House.
The Sunday carvery lunch was very good. It was fresh and tasty, not dried out as so many are.
Great location and food. Excellent service - staff very attentive.
The starters were ok - pate & squid but not offered any bread rolls despite side plate on table. Both steaks were dry and excessively fatty which was inedible. A lot of money for poor quality food.