Last week I had the pleasure of staying at the newly renovated Backwell House. It’s just a short ride out of Bristol and absolutely worth coming out of the city bubble for. It’s surprising how a little drive out of Bristol can soon have you in what’s very much a countryside escape.
First, let me welcome you in with scenes from their lounge room. I can imagine this room decked out at Christmas, curling up under a blanket on one of those armchairs with a mulled wine in one hand and book in the other. Bliss.
Oh and the bar…
And a breakfast bar, on wheels!
So, you can stay here, you can get married here. Did you know about the food here? It still feels like a hidden gem despite opening a few months ago. See, I’d heard a number of great things about the restaurant at Backwell House and couldn’t wait to come try for myself! The restaurant is open for bookings between Wednesday to Sunday, for lunch and dinner. The menu, a fixed course price deal at £26 for two or £32 for three. And I insist you go for three.
I have always been a champion of seasonal ingredients and I was pleased to find Backwell House playing so many of them to their advantage. For starters, we both tucked into a delicious little dish of crab, beetroot, apple and nori seaweed. A wonderfully fresh start to our meal. A main course of ox cheek, sirloin, alliums, mushroom and a rich beef jus. A melt in the mouth kind of affair you really don’t want to end.
Onto the puds, which was a real tough one to call! After the relentless back and forth deliberation I so often struggle with when it comes to sweets, the only thing left to do was settle on two of the desserts and share. I got the best of both worlds and even now, having tried each of them, I don’t think I could decide. On one side of the table, fine artistic presentation of strawberry cannelloni, meringue and Cheddar Valley strawberries. An equally impressive caramelised lemon, tarragon and matcha green tea delight on the other. Both works of art, both utterly divine.
You can book yourself into a room at Backwell House from £95 up to £245, with breakfast too. After indulging in three courses, you’ll want to walk no further than up the stairs to crash face down onto their soft, comfortable beds. Sweet dreams!
*Backwell House kindly covered the cost of my stay and food for the visit, but as ever – all thoughts, words and opinions are of course my own
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