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The best food in Bristol by miles
Hotel du Vin (City of Bristol)
Member Name: tleefox
Hotel du Vin (City of Bristol)
Advantages: Everything, the atmosphere is amazing, the food is amazing, the people are amazing.....
Disadvantages: You will not want to leave!
I am only going to base my review on the Bistro du Vin, at the hotel in Bristol, purely because I have not stayed in the hotel.
Having lived in Bristol for the last 12 years, and being a foodaholic, I can quite happily say that the Bistro du Vin is by far and away the best restuarant in Bristol, both for the quality of food on offer and for the whole culinary / dining experience.
I will break this review down into sections to make it a bit more legible:
The Bristol Hotel du Vin is located in the Sugar House Building, which is a number of old warehouses daing back to the 1700's. It is right in the centre of Bristol, a short walk from the Hippodrome Theatre and everything else that Bristol city centre has to offer. This makes it an ideal venue if you are visiting for a short city break.
The old building has been sympathetically restored - the original brickwork is on display throughout, along with old artefacts from the building's days a sugar factory.
As stated above, the building has been very nicely restored. Although the old building is visible throughout, the interior has been designed in a very modern manner - all of the furniture is extremely comfortable. The modern interior contrasts nicely with the age-old exterior to give an extremely comfortable and welcoming ambience to the building.
The main reception is merely a small desk, from where they will direct you to the restaurant or to your room if you are staying.
The service at HDV is absolutely first class and I could not say a bad word about any of the staff. From the moment you turn up and give them your name, you do not ever have to ask anyone for anything again. The reception staff will transfer you to the bar staff, who in turn will transfer you to the restaurant staff - and back to the bar staff again if you are like me!
The staff will only show you to your table when you are ready - you are never rushed and are made to feel extremely comfortable and at home.
Most of the staff here are French, and they really do know their stuff when it comes to food and wine. They have an extensive sommelier team who will give you the best advice on what wine to have to compliment whatever it is you are eating.
I always think that the standard of the staff and the service goes a long way to deciding how goor or bad a restaurant is - the service here is first class in every way.
I'm not going to go into great deal about the food, strange as it may seem, all I will say is that it is absolutely fantastic. HDV is not one of these restuarants that serves you tiny portions of food on a massive plate with some fancy sauces on it - the portions are what I would call "proper sizes" and will actually fill you up, as opposed to just looking pretty.
My own personal favourite 3 course meal is devilled lambs kidneys on brioche toast, fillet steak and chips for main, and a creme brulee to finish off with.
Whatever your own personal taste, there will definitely be something on the menu for you - my partner is the fussiest eater ever, but she always loves it and never wants to leave!
DRINKS BAR / CIGAR BAR:
Before you go for your food the bistro has a lovely bar area attached to it, which in turn has a cigar humidor attached to it. Both the drinks bar and the cigar bar have the most extensive menus I have ever come across, at any restaurant or bar, anywhere in the world. In both cases they have an extensive collection of drinks and cigars, all the way from normal everyday products such as Hamlets and Smirnoff Ice, all the way up to the most expensive and unique drinks and cigars you can imagine. When I was there last the most expensive item on the menu was some rare cigar which cost £11,000 - I bought 2!
Again, in both bars the service is outstanding, they will happily talk you through any of their menu options and are very able to advise you on everything they have to offer.
There is no hiding from the fact that HDV is expensive. For a 3 course meal with drinks for 2 people you should probably expect to pay about £150, depending on what drinks you have. At certain times of year and certain times of the day they will do special offers, but these are never available on Friday or Saturday nights.
In my own opinion, as a special occasion the money is worth it. If you want to treat someone to a special occasion then this is the place to do it.
As I said at the beginning I cannot comment on the hotel - all I do know is that it is not a 5 star, apparently only due to the fact that they do not have a pool or leisure facility.
The restaurant is by far and away the best in Bristol - the only place I have been which comes close is Blanc's Brasserie, but even that falls short. The food is fantastic, the staff are brilliant, the building is lovely and the atmosphere is very relaxed. You may even be able to do some celebrity spotting - Piers Morgan, Posh and Becks, Gordon Ramsey and many others have all been known to call in here.
Score? 200 out of 10!
Summary: If you want to treat or impress someone special, this is the place to do it!