Sometimes you visit a place and you instantly fall in love. And so it was when I visited Backwell House. The house has been lovingly renovated by Guy and his team, and it’s truly a wonderful place. Alongside beautiful views, there are sumptuous bedrooms, a glorious garden and wonderful food. To be honest, I’d like to move in.
I was invited to visit as part of the Bristol Bloggers and Influencers group. We started off with some Pimms while we took in the view. Isn’t it amazing? It’s hard to believe you’re so close to a city.
After our drinks, we headed inside for a tour. I loved the style; Backwell House is the perfect blend of classic country house, and clean and modern. There are no dark swirling carpets here! The handmade bar provides the perfect space to have a cosy nightcap, and there’s a drawing room with an antler chandelier and open fire. Every window gives you a view of something beautiful, and there’s an Instagram opportunity around every corner.
Next, we had a tour of the bedrooms. I didn’t feel anything spooky, but apparently, there’s a ghost! My favourite room had a bathtub with a view of the rose garden. With sides high enough to preserve your modesty, I think it would be absolutely blissful to relax here before bed.
If you’ve followed me for a while, or you’ve looked at my Instagram, you’ll know how much I love photographing flowers. Backwell House’s gardens did not disappoint. With an epic tumbledown greenhouse, rose garden and archways, I was in heaven. I was almost disappointed to be called in for dinner…
We started with canapes in the beautiful lobby, then moved into one of the gorgeous dining rooms where we nibbled on bread and whipped butter.
I had made my menu choices in advance and was very happy to have had Emily’s review to refer to. Everything sounded so amazing, I’m not sure how I’d have chosen otherwise.
To start, I had the Brixham Crab, Beetroot, Apple and Nori. The flavour of this dish was incredible. It was so light and delicate. I could have eaten about three times as much crab, but only because I’m greedy and it was so tasty; the portion size was great for a starter.
For my main course, I went with the Hereford Sirloin, Ox Cheek, Alliums, King Oyster Mushroom, Beef Jus. I’ve been known to drink jus directly from the ladle (there’s photo evidence) and I am pleased to report that this was a lovely version. The beef was succulent and tasty, and as you can see from the photos, beautifully cooked. If I had any criticism of this dish, it would be that the onion was a little too al dente for me; I’d have liked a bit more squish. I loved the combination of the ox cheek and the sirloin.
For pudding, I chose the Strawberry Cannelloni, Meringue, Cheddar Valley Strawberries. A reimagining of strawberry laces, I loved the variety of textures. I could have eaten a tub of the soft meringue!
Finally, we had some amazing petit fours with our teas and coffees; beetroot (and blackberry, I think? Possibly raspberry?) marshmallows, fruit pastilles and tangy shortbread. I loved the marshmallows in particular. Homemade marshmallows are a world away from the ones in bags; such a treat!
I loved Backwell House. The staff are so friendly, and the food and surroundings are wonderful. We loved it so much, in fact, that we went back a few days later to try the Sunday roast! I’ll be posting all about that meal later in the week, not to mention the fascinating discovery we had in the cellars…