This splendid Georgian townhouse, previously The Mansion House, is now a branch of the expanding Hotel du Vin group and blends in with their successful formula of comfortable bedrooms packaged up with brasserie-style dishes. Much of the best has been retained including the main dining room with its cherry wood panelling.As a group, the base menus change with the seasons, but allow the kitchen team a little room for manoeuvrability. While a bistro by name, the atmosphere is serious and might be considered too formal by those seeking a more light-hearted style.
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 amongst 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. If you plan ahead, you can book a room in one of their comfortable bedrooms.
- Food Style: Bistro
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.30, Sun 12.00-16.00; mains about £11 to £30; set L £16.95 (2 courses), £19.95 (3 courses); set L Sun £24.95 (4 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Thurs 17.30-22.00, Fri & Sat £17.30-22.30, Sun 18.00-21.30; mains about £11 to £30; set D £16.95 (2 courses), £19.95 (3 courses)
- Seats: 80
- Wine: an impressive list, has its roots in France, but travels the world. Prices are firm, and you might not necessarily be shown their list of wines offered by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Poole Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating
- Rooms available