Set in a beautiful Georgian Manor house, just off the Quay front in Poole, sits the wonderful Hotel du Vin Hotel and Bistro. I was given the opportunity to head over and sample their Winter menu and I jumped at the chance! 

The restaurant sits towards the back of the hotel and nestles behind a well stocked bar and a couple of cosy lounge areas, as well as a lovely outside area under the shade of sails (if the British weather allows!). Decked out in dark wood and leather, the restaurant is the perfect setting for the culinary delights of the new winter menu.

My visit to the restaurant was made even better by this being one of the rare occasions that I managed to go with Mr East Dorset Foodie (Andy)! Together we chose from the menu, which has all of the of french flair and the bistro style cuisine that we have come to love from Hotel du Vin, all made fresh by the fab chefs in the kitchen each day.

I chose the Tarte Provencale and Andy chose the Chipirons and Courgette Flower Fritos to start – both full of flavour and not too big as to spoil the main course. For main, I chose the Boeuf Bourguinon and Andy the Lowther Estate Venison and Game Pudding. They came with a variety of potatoes and vegtables for us to try and each were perfectly cooked. I can recommend the dauphinoise potatoes if you are fan of blue cheese …and actually it was the perfect compliment to the rich flavours in both our dishes.

If a rich and hearty dish isn’t really your thing, the menu also contains a charming Bouillabaisse fish stew as well as some wonderful, light Devon crab cakes.

For pudding (for those that still have room!), and continuing with the french theme, I chose the Tarte Tatin au froid and Andy settled on the profiteroles – which were both as lovely as they sound. The menu also includes a seasonal pumpkin cheesecake, a baked chocolate and pear pudding and a kickerbockerglory – as well as a well stocked cheeseboard.

I have already mentioned the well stocked bar, but considering their name, it also is fair to say that their wine list is impressive and sommelier’s to help guide you should you need it.

There are couple of pricing options with a set menu for lunch or dinner (3 courses for dinner – £21.95), as well as an A La Carte menu with main courses between £15 and £18 (slightly more for the various cuts of steak). Sunday lunch is also available with 4 courses for £26.95.

Alongside this sumptuous menu, Hotel du Vin also offer a range of event catering for all manner of Christmas events, parties, weddings and corporate functions. They have a range of rooms for hire away from the main restuanrat if you are looking for private use, as well as a wonderfully intimate wine room which can seat 10.

We had a wonderful time, enjoying the food and the lovely Hotel du Vin setting. Make sure you book ahead, especially as we head towards Christmas – but with food this delicious and staff this friendly, you are sure to have a fabulous time!

For more information about their menus and private/event hire, visit their website –

Hotel du Vin – Poole
The Quay
Thames Street
BH15 1JN
(01305) 819027


Review Disclosures
Invited by PR company? No
Guest of chef/restaurant/owner? Yes
Restaurant/outlet knew ahead we were bloggers? Yes
Was the meal complimentary from the restaurant? Yes
Any complimentary items provided by restaurant/outlet? No
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