I recently had the pleasure of visiting Backwell House, a real hidden beauty in the North Somerset country side.
The newly refurbished hotel is not only an idyllic wedding venue, it’s also a great place to visit if like me, you’re a lover of good food. You can take in their stunning country views whilst enjoying lunch or afternoon tea or you may even wish to visit their fine dining restaurant which can hold up to 40 covers an evening.
Surprisingly this 9 bedroom boutique hotel with its incredible views and gardens, is located just 6 miles from Bristol city centre.
I was lucky enough to be given the guided tour of the house and grounds. Guy Richardson lead the way, he has taken on the running of the newly developed venue and enjoyed talking us through the history of this truly beautiful house.
Guy also told us about his hands-on approach to the renovations, upcycling the dining tables from reclaimed oak and building the impressive bar area from old kitchen floor boards. His heart and soul has gone into this place and I have to say it shows, Backwell House is a one of the most stunning venues I have visited in the UK.
Now, on to the important stuff, the food……….!
We were treated to some canapés before our meal, tasty mouthfuls of ox cheek filled into pastry casings. There was also a cod and tomato offering for the pescatarians.
My starter was the Pressed Backwell pork which came with new season peas, pancetta and tarragon. The pork was tender and full of flavour, it worked nicely with the medley of peas that were placed on top. The Crackling was the crowning glory of the dish, seasoned well and cooked perfectly with a nice crisp texture. This was a perfect starter for me.
For my main I decided on the Potato Gnocchi, Asparagus, Calcot Onion, Hazelnuts. The fresh gnocchi was light and delicate and had an earthy flavour to it. The asparagus was cooked al dente, just how I like it. Such an imaginative and well thought out dish, it really was everything I had hoped for when I read the menu.
My dessert was just heavenly, I chose the Assiette of Chocolate and Raspberry. A rich and dark chocolate sphere filled with a smooth and delicious white mousse. The sweetness from the raspberries, cherries and the drizzled coolie certainly complimented this rich chocolaty dish. I think I could have eaten 2 of these desserts!
A truly enchanting evening at Backwell house, I am certainly looking forward to returning in the future. I really can’t recommend this place highly enough, it’s such a beautiful venue and a great addition to the Bristol food scene. The menu was fun, creative and delivered to a high standard by Head Chef Ross Hunter. I can see exciting things in the future for this place.