Hotel du Vin is a beautiful Georgian Manor house, just off the Quay front in Poole, where you can relax and enjoy their gold standard service. Last week our planned visit was cancelled because of the threat from Storm Emma crashing into The Beast From the East, which it did with great effect! Luckily they were able to squeeze us in yesterday to sample their new A La Carte Classics Menu.
Walking into the hotel your first sight is that of a large mural and sweeping stairs, quite an entrance. Graham warmly greeted us in the Bistro and was excellent all through the meal. Things have certainly changed since our previous visit. Gone are the formal crisp white table cloths and in with a more relaxed comfortable feel to the restaurant, but still with an air of indulgence.
The menu is the same for lunch & dinner, with French classics of onion soup, steak tartare, cassoulet etc. You can choose between A La Carte menu, fixed price menu and during the day lighter meals, such as omelettes, eggs Benedict, sandwiches & baguettes. (click to view their menu) The menu is the same across all Hotel du Vin hotels, which makes it easier for them in ordering & preparing the food, but it does take away that local touch.
Graham talked us through the menu and he also advised on which wine we should try with our selected food. There is a standard wine list again across all the hotels, but each hotel has their own ‘exclusive’ wine list for the more discerning. He chose for Vicky a rather fine crisp Chenin Blanc and I enjoyed a glass of smooth Chilean Pinot Noir.
For starter Vicky had a goats cheese & caramelised onion tart, a beautiful light dish, perfect dish to start a meal with or as a light snack.
I had the moules marinière, with an added touch of fresh lemon to squeeze over the mussels, this really did add that little bit extra and made the sauce even more delicious than it already was. You can have these as a main served with fries.
My main was the French classic cassoulet, smoked Toulouse sausage, chunky lardons, creamy white beans & chopped vegetables in an hearty beef base stock. Sat on top was melt in the mouth confit duck. This was a totally belly filling, lip smacking good dish..
Vicky’s Parmigiana with thick sliced grilled aubergine and halloumi with a chunky tomato sauce, was delicious, but a little on the small size when compared to my dish, she was glad I had ordered a side of fries..
My dessert was one of my all time favourites, Tarte au Citron. There was plenty of sharp lemon, light pastry and it went well with the raspberry sorbet, it just looked a bit tired..
Vicky’s Île Flottante, Creme Anglaise, was light, extremely pink & sweet.
We finished off with coffee in the lounge, before a delightful stroll in the sun along Poole Quay.. Thanks to all at the Hotel du Vin, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Hotel du Vin
Poole, BH15 1JN
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