<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Somerset Life today click here

Restaurant review: Backwell House

PUBLISHED: 12:57 06 February 2018

Scallops with burnt apple and parselene

Scallops with burnt apple and parselene


Charlotte Skidmore tries out a recently converted manor house that is now a hotel and restaurant

I knew Backwell House existed - in fact it’s been standing in substantial grounds in North Somerset for 200 years. But only recently has it turned into a hotel with a restaurant, meeting rooms and events.

So having never ventured through the big iron gates, this was a new discovery for me, only about 20 minutes from my home.

The first impression of Backwell House is of grandeur with its big pillars and long lawns, where you can imagine generations of families playing croquet and enjoying the countryside views.

After a short wait in the lounge we were escorted to our room, complete with slipper bath, king size bed and flat screen television. The decor is very nice, ‘eclectic’ is the term I think I would use, with the house’s history reflected through several decades with trinkets and features.

When we went down for dinner, I have to say that the stand out feature for me was the bar - I described it as the ‘bar of my dreams’ on social media and boy was it that and more. Not only was it a thing of beauty, it stocked just about every spirit you could imagine.

The dinner menu wasn’t huge but was varied. For me, as it was winter and chilly outside, it would have been nice to have had some nice warming soups and at least one hot dessert, but we won’t hold that against them.

To start I opted for scallops with burnt apple and parselene and my partner had the duck liver parfait with blackberries, which he said was really good and tasty with a good mix of sweet and savoury.

My scallops were very well cooked and had plenty of flavour - but just a little easier on the salt for me next time please.

My first choice of main was unavailable so we both opted for the Cornish brill with potato terrine, Indian spices and fennel yoghurt. I got over my disappointment of the ox cheek and steak being unavailable pretty quickly as the brill was delicious; meaty yet falling apart in your mouth, flavoursome yet not overpowering and making a very clever use of the Indian spices.

I couldn’t manage a dessert but my partner had the hazelnut pannacotta and said it was perfectly set with just the right amount of nutty flavour going through it.

I was very happy with my meal and the wine list to accompany the food is extensive.

I would like to see some Somerset produce on the menu as the hotel is in North Somerset, but hopefully that will come with time.

It’s a really nice overall experience at Backwell House and I think with a few minor tweaks it could be excellent. Watch this space

Visit the Backwell House website here.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Somerset Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Somerset Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Somerset Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Fri, 15:37

Often overlooked in favour of its more illustrious neighbours, Bridgwater has a wealth of riches too, just waiting to be discovered, says Laurence Mcjannet

Read more
Wed, 16:58

It might still be winter but romance is in the air, as it often is in February. Flowers and chocolates and expressions of love become oh, so important and the setting has to be perfect too, so Bernard Bale takes us on a tour of Somerset’s beautiful and romantic surroundings

Read more
Tue, 12:07

We look ahead to an exciting year in the city

Read more
Tue, 12:03

Somerset is home to some of the country’s most breathtaking coastlines, and the landscape is a simply stunning place to enjoy a ramble. We pick seven stretches of coastline ideal for a walk (and the charming cafes to stop off at on the way)

Read more
Monday, February 5, 2018

Chris Gladstone discovers some fascinating tales from across the ages

Read more
Friday, January 26, 2018

Rich in history and legend, National Trust’s Glastonbury Tor is a pleasure to trek up and admire St Michael’s Tower. We choose 12 pictures that will make you want to visit Somerset’s iconic monument immediately

Read more
Friday, January 19, 2018

Bursting with flora and fauna and pretty in bloom throughout the year, Charles Williams picks the best of Somerset’s glorious open spaces to explore

Read more
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

This month Andrea Cowan visits Blagdon - think a fishing lake, community mosaic, dolls house shop and annual wassail

Read more
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

We scroll through the alphabet and reveal 26 reasons why Somerset is such a wonderful place to visit and for residents to call their home

Read more
Friday, January 5, 2018

Still hosting lively markets every week, there are many delightful market towns to put on a list of places to visit in Somerset. We recommend starting with these 8!

Read more
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

From playtime and pastimes, to ephemeral and esoteric, Simone Stanbrook-Byrne looks at 30 reasons why we love being at the seaside in Somerset

Read more
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Somerset is home to some of the UK’s most breathtaking coastline, and the landscape is a simply stunning place to enjoy a ramble. We pick six spots ideal for a walk embracing the county’s beautiful beaches

Read more
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Learn more about Jane Austen and her books by retracing her steps and discovering her favourite Bath haunts

Read more
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Memories of childhood holidays flood back when Stephen Roberts takes a walk down the beautiful piers of Somerset loved by many

Read more
A+ South & South West
Great British Holidays advert link
Pure Weddings advert link
South West Life advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
subscription ad

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area

Property Search