Please note opening times may vary owing to the staggered lifting of lockdown
- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
- Outdoor Seating
- Families and Children Welcome
About The Blazing Donkey
Quite simply creating a place where you come and enjoy great food and drink in relaxing and comfortable surroundings is and always has been our aim. Scrub-top tables, flagstone and wooden floors provide a relaxed and convivial environment for dining in the casual bar and barn dining room areas while our gardens and terrace are perfect Summer alfresco dining.
We don’t count how many calories are in a dish but we will spend a lot of time trying to get the best out of the ingredients. For head chef and Maitre ‘d (both are local lads), it’s all about creating dishes that put a smile on your face served by a team with a smile on theirs!
Unfussy, clean & simple dishes all prepared entirely from fresh local produce is what you may expect. Indeed, our restaurant provides truly fantastic food, cooked exceptionally well and priced affordably to ensure everyone can enjoy delicious dishes cooked with enthusiasm. In addition to baking all our own breads, making our own marmalades and jams and ice creams, our kitchen’s ingredients our kitchen team source virtually all their ingredients locally.
Whether you’re joining us for breakfast, a coffee and slice of cake in the morning, or it’s lunch or dinner from our main menu, you can be sure to be served the freshest of food, in a very relaxed and comfortable environment . The little ones will love it too as head chef will look after them with his junior menu.
Why have you sent me this review to complete when you rang me 4 days before my booking to cancel it?
The bar and restaurant area were lovely. The service was fast and efficient and the food delicious. We stayed as a bed, breakfast and dinner package and as such the stay was very good value. The only down side was that the room (5) was scruffy and dated and did not in any way match up to the standards of the rest of the place.
Thankyou very much for upgrading us, we had a very comfortable night and an excellent dinner. Your staff are delightful so friendly and efficient, nothing was too much trouble for them.
Delightful food well presented
Lovely staff, lovely food! A gem of a place.
Very accommodating could not do enough for us. Looking forward to returning as our wedding venue.
Beautiful location. Friendly service and an excellent meal. Will definitely be back.
Service was really poor especially on our first evening we had to set up our own dinner table in the bar !!! Waited ages to be served! Staff visibly stressed out!! Bed in our room VERY uncomfortable unfortunately! Such a shame because the food was good once we got it!
A very welcoming hotel. We will be back in the spring or summer. Loved Sandwich and local areas.
Overall a very enjoyable stay, staff very accommodating and helpful. Food was extremely well presented and delicious, breakfast was very good. A few points for development: Lime in g & t was brown in colour, first gin requested was not available despite it being one of the specialty drinks on offer by hotel. Main areas were a little bit chilly, although 2 fires lit, they weren’t pumping out much heat. The sink in room 8 was exceptionally high, which made it a bit uncomfortable to use for shorter guests!
excellent food, well cooked and presented
We had an amazing roast! The service was outstanding, we will be back.
Never had a roast dinner and had to go to Mac Donald’s straight after roast consists of 3 roast potatoes one piece of beef one Yorkshire pudding and one chopped carrot won’t be going back
IT was vey quiet the day we went so lacking a bit in atmosphere but neverthless we enjoyed everything about the occasion and would go again.
Super place, looking at booking our wedding here we liked it so much!
Super meal in a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Their artisan cheese selection was very impressive. Staff were charming and service fantastic.
This was a meal for our 10th wedding anniversary - we got married at The Blazing Donkey on 27th July 2009, Hence why I booked the meal. I did put in the online booking that it was our anniversary. Our table booked for 6pm but when we were sat down at 6:15pm we were advised that ‘due to the kitchen being busy for the wedding party’ we would have to wait until about 7pm for food. I made a booking online AND phoned up confirm booking was ok so why should a wedding affect my meal in the restaurant? It made me feel like we were in the way. If you have a wedding on, don’t take restaurant bookings. Every other person that came in to the restaurant after us were given the same message about the wait for food. I spent around £140 last night on food and drinks and felt like I was in the way. It really was very uncomfortable. There was a long wait between courses and to have our plates cleared after each course. Also, there was no music being played in the restaurant, just BBC Radio 2 - which is not really appropriate for a Saturday night meal at such a nice restaurant. There was an £8.00 service charge added to my bill - I don’t think this should be taken as a matter of course, I am paying for the service in my bill price. If I have received good service and food THEN I would leave a tip for the staff. The menu was very limited and little choice for children.
We went back to the Blazing Donkey for dinner following our wedding there in February 19 and again it didn’t disappoint. The setting, food, drink and staff was outstanding as usual and we are looking forward to going back soon.
Lovely food, very nice. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. Very quiet on a Tues evening. Menu a little bit pricey.
Service was off to a rock start due to a large family group decamping from the hotel as we arrived for our Mothers Day lunch. Once the numerous lovely people , their cakes and kiddies departed we were sat down by the window. The menu was small and varied but we only had eyes for the roast beef. The food was delicious and cooked to perfection for us. We were joined by my brother who arrived late so ordered the tomato soup starter which looked lovely and tasty with a chunk of toasted bread. The desserts were strummy, brother and i had the vanilla cheesecake with toffee sauce whilst mum's cheese board with 4/5 different cheeses, assorted crackers, butter, grapes, celery and pot of what looked like cranberry jam. Mum had loved the roast but said the cheese needed to be out of the fridge for longer than it was. As it was Mother's Day i refrained from suggesting she left it a while to get to room temperature! However, i too would have been tempted to get started as it looked a picture. There was an open fire going in the bar waiting area which looked so pretty and cosy. A constant stream of people arrived throughout the time we ate. We were delighted to have found a really decent Sunday Roast, as we'd nearly given up hope of finding one! Would highly recommend the food, location and attentive staff. Thank you!
Exceeded our expectations-will be back
Lovely restaurant surroundings and settings, was there for a first date, nice and quite midweek, nice open log fire, helpful staff and accommodated our dietary needs, Vegan and low fat catered for.
The food was amazing and staff are very friendly. Also nothing better than sitting in front of the open fire with a nice drink.