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Hotel du Vin Review



Hotel du Vin; fine-dining and luxury accommodation in the heart of Bristol.

The Hotel du Vin is a stylish and sophisticated property taking pride of place in a beautifully converted Grade II-listed sugar warehouse in central Bristol, just round the corner from Colston Hall.

Dating back to the 18th-century, the hotel is home to a public bar, contemporary yet characterful bedrooms and an elegant dining room, and welcomes guests for everything from weekend stays to corporate dinners, weddings, wine-tastings, cocktail masterclasses and more.


hotel du vin

If you’re looking for a sophisticated setting for a special meal with friends or family, the Bistro — Hotel du Vin’s dining room — is an ideal option. The restaurant’s talented chefs bring seasonal produce to the fore, creating innovative menus which allow their ingredients to shine.

Open every day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, the Bistro offers a warm and relaxing setting where diners enjoy delicious food and attentive service without the stuffy feel.

Worthy of particular note, the 4-course Sunday lunch includes soup of the day to start and a choice of fresh seafood, charcuterie, pâtés and rillettes. Main course and dessert complete the experience, which costs a very reasonable £24.95. (The 3-course children’s menu is priced at £9.95).

Luxury accommodation

hotel du vin bed

The Hotel du Vin’s 40 bedrooms and master suites all offer luxury Egyptian linens, en-suite facilities, Nespresso coffee machines, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Once this little list is ticked off, the rooms differ in size and price — but all of them complement the stylish surroundings you’ll find elsewhere throughout the building.

From floor-to-ceiling picture windows and characterful stone walling, to loft-style mezzanine levels, rooftop terraces and comfortable king-size beds, the Hotel du Vin’s rooms offer a haven away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Many of the suites are named after the famous Champagne houses of Reims and Épernay — a nice touch which adds to the bespoke feel of the hotel. Rates start at around £149, with upgrades available to include full breakfast, a bottle of Champagne or a 3-course dinner from the prix fixe menu.

Further offerings in the Hotel du Vin

hotel du vin bar

The hotel’s Sugar Bar is open to residents and non-residents alike all year round, and opens out onto a pretty courtyard ideal for alfresco drinking in the summer months. With a focus on seasonal spirits and the fine art of mixology, the Sugar Bar ranks very highly among Bristol’s cocktail venues.

Bar Manager Dan Harrington prides himself on his mixing skills, and remains on hand to prepare everything from the classic mojito to your boldest cocktail concoctions. The Sugar Bar invites groups for wine-tastings and cocktail masterclasses, too. Just ask!

Further reading

To book a table, reserve a room, or view rates across the Hotel du Vin, visit the website here. To read more restaurant reviews by @cjcallaghan, click here.




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There’s A Website Reviewing Bristol’s Pub Toilets




It’s the website Bristol didn’t know it needed

A small group has started a Bristol website called ‘Review My Loo’ with the idea that the group go around and review Bristol bars and restaurant toilets hoping to improve the Bristol toilet experience.

Rated out of cleanliness, size, comfort and decoration with a blurb at the end about the overall toilet experience.

The best in Bristol is currently Hi Brazil at 4/5:

“A diamond amongst the rough. Located out of the way up the stairs. Pristinely kept with good quality basins and loos. They are of a good size, so there is no issue of crumbling under several eyes looking at your piece. They are comfortable toilets. Due to size you can do your business in peace , and it is beautifully decorated with a modern art deco feel.”

Whilst The Canteen stands bottom at 1.5/5:

“These toilets aren’t the best. The graffiti on the wall makes you almost intimidated to have a wee. They are very small and prone to queues, with the likelihood you  will be standing shoulder to shoulder with someone when having doing your business. The toilets looks like they have been vandalised by a youth gang. Overall bad experience.”

If you’ve got a Bristol toilet experience you’d like to share you can send your reviews into to be featured.

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HMSS Bar Launches New ‘Guide To The British Isles’ Cocktail Menu




I’ve been known to enjoy a cocktail or few. What sane 26 year old doesn’t? I’d take a cold, champagne pink cosmo over a glass of white wine any day. There’s something so indulgent about going out for a round manhattans or margaritas, whether it’s with friends or family – it puts a spring in your step. Well, spring is an understatement, especially if you have five espresso martinis in a row. They’re mostly coffee anyway right…? As I found out the other night at BeAtOne, probably not. But they are o so good.

I went to check out the new cocktail menu at Her Majesty’s Secret Service (HMSS) on Whiteladies Road on Monday night. Despite it being the start of the week, I never turn down a chance to don the lippie, get dressed up and sip on peculiar potions.

hMSS interior

HMSS can be found on the doorstep of Clifton Down station. Established two years ago, the 80-capacity bar’s interior is classy, quirky, romantic and rebellious. If you’re up for more than just drinking, there are games of jenga and a great selection of music to lose yourself in; from old school hip hop, through 70’s & 80’s funk to the occasional piece of classic cheese.

hmss bar

At the start of the month, the bar launched the first in a brand new series of British-inspired cocktail menus. This one comes in the form of Winston the bulldog’s Guide To The British Isles – a light hearted illustrated drinking journey through the UK’s favourite attractions. Drinkers are taken from the White Cliffs of Dover to Loch Ness and every great landmark in between. If you’re one for out-of-the-box or unusual ingredients, you’ll be a happy customer. Acorn vermouth, laughing gas and even a chip of prehistoric stone feature in the ingredients lists.

Founder of the Clifton-based bar, Ben Alcock, said: “The menu has been created to start conversations, be a visual aid, an icebreaker and a souvenir that embodies the bar and the inspirations of HMSS.

“Whether its tourists discovering the wonders of the country or simply reminding Brits of the delights we hold, the new series of menus will embody the best of Britain.”

The menu itself is presented in the style of a vintage pocket edition travel guide, which now looks very pretty on my wooden coffee table. Inside you’ll find an assortment of highly interactive, humorous, playful and impeccably presented drinks that are a far cry from the standard cocktail offerings.

Here are a few of my personal favourites:

  • Green Manalishi (£8.50)

Green Manalishi

Barcardi Carta Blanca, Hemp Orgeat, Lime, Aloe Vera Oil, 1 Chip of Prehistoric Stone

  • Loch Ness Mobster (£8.50)

Lochness Mobster

Patron Silver Tequila, Peach Wine, Lemon Juice, Absinthe, Laughing Gas

  • Twister (£8.50)


Grey Goose LaPoire, Mozart Strawberry, Kiwi Sherbet, Milk, Whole Egg White

  • Greenhouse Project (£9.00)

greenhouse project

Sugar Snap Hendricks, Dry White Wine, Spear Asparagus, Celery Bitters

Her Majesty’s Secret Service address: Whiteladies Gate, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2PH



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