Review on Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Opened in 2002, Hotel du Vin Brighton stands in the heart of the Lanes conservation area, a stone's throw from the seafront, and it's one of the most unusual buildings in the group. Its bedrooms are housed in a collection of eccentric, Gothic revival and mock-Tudor buildings erected – appropriately – by a wine merchant on the site of an ancient inn.
Curious features abound: bizarre gargoyles look down from the interior, which also boasts a heavily carved staircase and a double-height hall which now serves as a wine bar overlooked by the billiards and cigar gallery. It's quite a place!
The menu stays with the successful group formula of crowd-pleasing 'simple classics' backed up by more modern brasserie-style dishes. Steak tartare, locally smoked salmon and veal saltimbocca are likely to satisfy the traditionalists, while seared scallops with roasted celeriac purée and gremolata, roast rump of lamb with wilted spinach and tapenade jus or pan-fried turbot with cauliflower and chorizo risotto should please those with a taste for something more modern.
Homemade ice creams and sorbets back up a list of desserts that could range from gooseberry fool with lime sherbet to honey-roasted figs with goats' cheese ice cream. Needless to say, the wine list is a corker, with around 20 by the glass and a huge selection of top quality drinking to suit every palate and preference.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 7.00 - 10.00am (8.00 - 11.00am Sat & Sun)
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm (12.00 - 5.00pm Sat, 12.00 - 4.00pm Brunch Sun)
Dinner: 5.30 - 10.00am (5.30 - 10.30pm Fri) (5.00 - 10.30pm Sat) (6.00 - 10.00pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express