We hadn't been to the Hotel du Vin for some years, but went there for a special family dinner. Overall the dinner was very good, but I do have a few reservations. The waiting area/bar area has been designed by somebody who clearly doesn't every use the sofas and tables him/herself. The sofas are very deep, extremely low and the back is angled in such a way that you feel yourself almost lying backwards unless you steal all the cushions and prop yourself up. The table just in front of you is actually a sort of box, which means your feet/toes have nowhere to go, and as a consequence of both sofa and box table, it is actually a very uncomfortable seating area. Designed for maximum visual effect and minimal comfort I'm afraid.
Dining room was lovely, suitably shabby/chic, with a mix of tables (shapes/sizes/colour) and chairs. The acoustics are not brilliant, which can make the room a little noisy if there are parties at other tables, but that's not anybody's fault and didn't really detract from our enjoyment.
Food was superb - lovely scallops (though not enough for my liking) and superb ribeye steak, which completely made me change my mind about ribeye steak! :-)
Lovely desert too, and excellent wines to complement all courses. Lovely evening was had!
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