The original Hotel du Vin & Bistro, from whence the small group spread. It’s housed in in one of Winchester’s most important Georgian buildings, dating back to 1715. While a bistro by name, the atmosphere is serious and might be considered too formal by those seeking a more light-hearted style.
The day begins with breakfast and covers lunch, popular afternoon teas & dinner. Their Sunday brunch is particularly recommended.
The menu changes a little each month, but a summer snapshot brought the likes of ‘Black Pudding Mousse with Poached Egg Salad’; ‘Chilled Pea Soup’; ' Chicken Liver & Foie Gras Parfait with Red Onion Marmalade & Toasted Brioche' and ‘Pan Fried Scallops with Pork Rillette, Beetroot & Pea Jelly’ among the starters.
Perhaps, ‘Pan-fried Turbot with Ratte Potatoes and Salmon Consommé’; ‘Confit of Duck Leg with Pak Choi and Red Wine Jus’; 'Whole Squab Pigeon with Fricassé of Summer Beans' and ‘Rump of Lamb with Ratatouille and Olive Mash’ among the mains.
Perhaps finish with ‘Gooseberry Fool with Lime Sorbet’; ‘Honey-roasted Figs with Goats’ Cheese Ice Cream; or Farmhouse Cheese, in peak condition.
No mobile phones.
- Food Style: Bistro
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-13.45 (Sun 16.00); mains about £11 to £30; set L from £18.95 (2 courses); Sun L £26.95 (4 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 17.30-22.00, Sun 18.00-21.30; mains about £11 to £30; set D from £18.95 (2 courses)
- Seats: 63, plus 35 outside
- Wine: A truly impressive wine list (about 700 bottles are listed) while having its roots in France, travels the world, prices are firm, and their 'by the glass' list might not be produced unless you ask - and wine service a formal affair
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Winchester Rail
- Directions: City Centre. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: enquire about Christmas opening
- Outside eating
- Rooms available