Backwell House, Farleigh Road, Bristol BS48 3QA
Tel: 0117 325 1110
Web: backwellhouse.co.uk  

Just outside of Bristol, away from the business of the city, is the quiet comfort of Backwell House, a resplendent Georgian estate surrounded by rolling Somerset hills. The picturesque hotel boasts boutique rooms fit for a queen, but it’s the chic dining room which has been drawing our attention lately. Head chef Ross Hunter wants for nothing when it comes to accessible ingredients, with herds grazing the lush surrounding pastures, local farmers’ pigs reared on the land, on-site bees providing the most delicious honey and chickens providing the freshest of eggs. We loved the pressed pork with crunchy garden peas, and innovative strawberry cannelloni with shards of meringue, not to mention the little amuse bouche of curried goat tartlets and deconstructed BLT sandwiches. The setting only enhances the experience, with hazy views of the landscape peeping through sash windows, posies from the Victorian walled garden on the tables and comforting English farmhouse furniture – and don’t forget to take a pew at the cider barrel bar before eyeing up the menu. We’re still dreaming about the Brixham crab bon-bon…