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“Good food, good service and a great wine list :)”

Hotel du Vin - Winchester
Ranked #109 of 213 Restaurants in Winchester
Price range: US$48 - US$69
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The Bistro at the Hotel du Vin in Winchester is exactly where the whole stylish, witty, wine-loving hotel group began, in one of the town’s most important Georgian buildings, dating from 1715. The Bistro offers a menu rooted in classic European cuisine with a contemporary edge augmented with daily additions from head chef Matt Sussex. The Hotel du Vin’s famous funky-chic décor is in evidence here with wooden tables and chairs, open fireplace, period paneling, and collections of wine bottles everywhere. The wine list is, of course, extensive and eclectic, with many available by the glass. Enjoying the intimate ambience? Stay the night in one of the 24 individually-decorated rooms.
Reviewed 6 July 2014

A really lovely place for a meal. We don't frequent the restaurant as frequently as some others in the city, possibly because it's that little bit more expensive. However, of the several times we've eaten here I cannot recall a disappointing meal or a complaint by anyone with us. It's a great place to stay as well having stayed here in the past before moving to the city. I highly recommend it.

Thank Herbie H
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

The Hotel Du Vin always had a great reputation as a fine dining establishment in Winchester, and given the plethora of very good dining establishments in and around Winchester, that is quite an accolade.

So when a special offer for Lunch came up on Bookatable, we jumped at the chance to try it out, during Winchester's Hat Fair.

The Restaurant seems to be slightly schizophrenic, i.e. the staff are superb, and the setting is very nice; nice regency building, well maintained courtyard garden, old world charm upmarket rustic interior, huge decorative fronds of Hops around the windows well lit with natural daylight; but the food itself was average at best, and was more like a good pub lunch than fine dining.

Maybe this is intentional. I suppose if you are staying at the Hotel and want fairly plain food for the family, then the approach will suit that market, but if you are trying to stand out in a place as nice as Winchester, which shrugged the recession off as if it never happened (the per capita richest city in the UK, and a wonderful place to live) then you have to up your game considerably.

My wife's Feta Salad with "heritage" tomatoes was bland and the tomatoes fairly tasteless, the pint of Tiger Prawns I had was fine, we had the same main, Steak Frits, with a good sized piece of Rump Steak, obviously not the best cut, and mine was a tad on the gristly side, although my wife's was fine, unfortunately the Frits that came with it were reminiscent of McDonald's thin, cold, and smothered in lots of salt.

The House wine was fine.

All in all if we had paid full price for this meal we would have been highly disappointed, but on a discount offer it was barely acceptable. It's unlikely we'll go back.

There were extremely high noise levels in the Restaurant as well, reflecting that the dining here is more about guests socialising (which is fine) than the sophisticated dining experience that would be expected given the high prices.

Unfortunately this is the second restaurant in Winchester that has gone from fantastic to mediocre after a change in ownership (the other is the Wykeham Arms Pub). It seems that the people buying in to Winchester's boom don't realise that they are dealing with a clientele that a. Have a massive choice in the area, b. are prepared to pay for quality but will vote with their feet if dissatisfied (and put comments on trip advisor etc) and c. want the best not the average.

Let's hope someone get's the message.

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3  Thank Paul M
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Visiting Winchester on a Saturday night on boys trip to Festival of Speed, Goodwood we decided to have a meal at Hotel Du Vin. Shared a lovely cooked chateaubriand with fantastic service throughout the evening. As you would expect wine choice excellent and recommendation of Sommelier spot on. Lovely little courtyard garden for pre and post drinks.

Thank ianlpaterson
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Fabulous evening at Hotel du Vin on Saturday night. First of all in the new bar, looked after by Danny and Clare. Then to dinner, with Flora arranging for the younger children to have their chicken and fries as soon as possible. The lamb was lovely and our eldest made the burger disappear pretty fast. Finally siting out in the garden, which has a great feel to it, although the gravel on part of it is a bit too deep.

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Thank Richard H
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Reviewed 22 June 2014 via mobile

We actually started with a cocktail masterclass which was excellent. Well done Danny!
We had decided to dine also and had tried to reserve a table probably 10 times via the phone. Eventually the phone was picked up but only be told there was no one available to help. Not good HDV. We booked online in the end. We ate in the courtyard which was lovely. Service good, food so so. A fairly standard bistro menu. Three of us had mussels. Even though not in season they were some of the best I've ever had. However the chicken liver parfait was decidedly grey and seemed to be old. We all had steaks. They were cooked well but looked like they had been battened out. A rib eye is usually cut quite thick so you can get good colour but still rare within. Also dry on the outside, so basting juices and little seasoning. What a shame. It still has a great wine list but there is a lot of choice for food in Winchester nowadays so you have to be on the top of your game which I feel they aren't presently.

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Thank jamlucy
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