Bistro at Hotel du Vin - Edinburgh
11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZWe hear a great deal about recycling these days - du Vin recycles attractive but sometimes un-loved buildings to restore real gems in the best tradition of British understated style. Complement that with all that is best in the French bistro ethos, bars that reach out to please, and you have a setting that provides an inspirational background for people to meet, do business, get married, provide a base for golf or fishing, somewhere you can call your own for a private celebration, a spa or - most engagingly - a wine school that breaks the mould. In Edinburgh, du Vin has taken on the site of a former lunatic asylum, squirrelled away deep in the Old Town of Edinburgh, only a short walk from the historic Royal Mile.
We hear a great deal about recycling these days - du Vin recycles attractive but sometimes un-loved buildings to restore real gems in the best tradition of British understated style.
Complement that with all that is best in the French bistro ethos, bars that reach out to please, and you have a setting that provides an inspirational background for people to meet, do business, get married, provide a base for golf or fishing, somewhere you can call your own for a private celebration, a spa or - most engagingly - a wine school that breaks the mould.
In Edinburgh, du Vin has taken on the site of a former lunatic asylum, squirrelled away deep in the Old Town of Edinburgh, only a short walk from the historic Royal Mile. Next door to the well-known Bedlam Theatre, this striking luxury boutique hotel has 47 timelessly furnished rooms and stunning suites offering monsoon showers, luxurious Egyptian cotton linen, and air conditioning. Plasma TVs and DVDs are also standard. As a comfortable base from which to explore the fascinating city of Edinburgh, with its great historic and cultural heritage, as well enjoy the nightlife and entertainment scene, the hotel could hardly be bettered.
In the trademark classy bistro the choice of starters could include shell on prawns with garlic mayonnaise, an Isle of Mull soufflé, pig terrine with homemade pickle, or duck rillette with crusty bread. How often the simple things in life are the best, and it applies here to the classic dishes on offer, amongst which the devilled lamb's kidneys, or the choux farci a l'alsacienne, are notable.
Head Chef Matt Powell leaves no recipe book unread in his quest for new dishes, including those of his own, and main courses demonstrate his success. Natural smoked haddock cassoulet with Montgomery's cheddar crust, char-grilled squid, fennel, leeks and a warm chorizo dressing and chicken Cordon Bleu with potato salad all demonstrate an independence of approach that is mirrored throughout the menus, which change daily.
Whilst one might argue that the whole point of being in a du Vin is to snuggle up to the wine list, this list is designed to march with the food and can only be described as superb. With a team of two sommeliers, headed here by Romain Audrerie, there is no room for anything but the best. Service is telepathic in the best possible sense.
Click on their Website for full information and rates. Hotel du Vin, with fourteen options throughout Britain, awaits your call.
Bistro, French, Modern European
: 07:00 - 10:00 12:00 - 14:30 17:30 - 22:30
: 08:00 - 11:00 12:00 - 14:30 17:30 - 22:30
: 08:00 - 11:00 12:30 - 15:00 17:30 - 22:30
0845 365 4438
11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ [Map]
£10.95 (1 course + glass of wine followed by coffee)
£40 (3 courses incl coffee)
(Avg Price is the average cost per person for two courses, coffee, half a bottle of house wine and tip/service)
REVIEWS OF Bistro at Hotel du Vin - Edinburgh
Hamilton (20 July 2010)
We just got back from Edinburgh where we stayed at the Du Vin. The entire experience was amazing and we look forward to going back. I can honestly say, we only ate breakfast at the Hotel. The one night we wanted to dine there they were booked solid and we had failed to make a reservation. So, I will tell you about the breakfast. Each morning everything was fresh like it had just come from the market. Everything that was baked or prepared was perfect and mouth watering. The fruit, cheese and juice was all perfect, and we had a great start to each day with our breakfast and service there. Now, if I could just get the recipe for the oat, wheat, yogurt or rasin mix they had - I have never had anything like it! I think it's a Du Vin original - worth going there just for that. Thanks du Vin, you were all Wonderful.
Jo Patrick (7 September 2009)
This place was recommended to us by a friend and selected as a venue for a wedding anniversary night out. The service was relaxed and friendly and sufficiently attentive without being over zealous. I had the Isle of Mull soufflé followed by steak and chips, the man had eggs Benedict followed by the Pollock. He made the best choice! Soufflé insufficiently cheesy for my tastes but physically very impressive, steak was cooked to perfection and the skinny chips that came with were delicious. Eggs Benedict were reportedly perfect and the Pollock on a cheese mash dollop was amazing, very, very delicious. Pinot Noir by the glass was spot on and at a good temperature. Whilst you are asked if you want bread, you are charged extra for it, which wasn't obvious, and the service charge of 10% was automatically included, personally for tables of two I prefer it to be discretionary. Overall though, the dining room had a lovely feel, good hubbub and a real treat. We will be back I feel.
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- Children welcome
- Air condition
- Groups allowed
- Outside seating
- Cover charge
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