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Flame at Blunsdon House Hotel

The Ridge, Blunsdon, Blunsdon, Swindon, Swindon, United Kingdom, SN26 7AS
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Opening Information

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, 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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Visited On Monday, 22 January 2018

Everything had a brilliant time x

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Visited On Saturday, 20 January 2018

We, and our friends had a delightful evening in the restaurant. All aspects made it a special time. Thank you.

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Visited On Sunday, 21 January 2018

We had an excellent meal and will definitely book again..

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Visited On Saturday, 20 January 2018

Johannes was an excellent waiter. Great service from someone whose English is a second language but who speaks so fluently. Atmosphere was marked down as it was so quiet for a saturday night so not much buzz in the room.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 January 2018

we all enjoyed the day very much from one year to ninety. We all loved the spacious calm atmosphere and polite service by all. Thank you

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Visited On Monday, 01 January 2018

Not so much selection as previous years

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Visited On Monday, 01 January 2018

Lovely meal great food just felt slightly rushed by the staff clearing before we had all finished. Other than that a fantastic meal out.

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Visited On Thursday, 28 December 2017

Excellent food - nicely refurbished bar area

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Visited On Monday, 18 December 2017

Great food and service.

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Visited On Sunday, 24 December 2017

Service - We asked if we could sit on the lower level as my son is on crutches, we were told all the tables were reserved, but when we left all the tables were still not occupied and not been through out our visit. All the people who dealt with us seemed very - inexperienced for a better word, Nothing was explained when we sat down, the drinks order was taken to wait 10 minutes for the waiter to come back to inform us that the wine we ordered was only by the bottle as examples. Food - We all had to add a lot of seasoning to the soup to try to coax some flavour from it, The carvery, the meat was tasty but very dry and we were the first up at 12.00 o clock! the vegetables were - sloppy in texture - cooked to within an inch it's life and looked and tasted like cheap frozen veg. The layout was confusing the only option was onion gravy which was placed in the middle of the carvery row, so you had to go pass it to get the final elements and then try to squeeze back in to the line to add gravy - luckily it was tasteless otherwise not having a plain gravy option available would have been an issue. Rolls were on offer above the carvery dishes so assume they were an option to go with the main course we had one but when we returned to our table all our side plates had been removed? I am very happy to pay any cost if something is enjoyable unfortunately this made the meal very expensive, we used to be weekly regulars but have not been back for a while due to such a bad meal when you opened the flame restaurant, this does not seemed to have changed and that is a shame, what is worse Robins farm is close and offers a better quality product for less even adding a starter and dessert. Blunsdon house used to be our favourite place to eat but is now a disappointment. Sorry.

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Visited On Sunday, 24 December 2017

I would have liked hotter dishes for the soup as the plates were cold the soup didn't stay hot for very long.

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Visited On Thursday, 21 December 2017

Lovely atmosphere and fantastic service. The food as usual for the Blunsdon was delicious and plentiful, the Roasties where sublime. Really please they have changed the dessert process so that you can go up and choose yourself which is what they used to do a few years ago but changed. Looking forward to lots of visits next year.

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