We hear a great deal about recycling these days - du Vin recycles attractive but sometimes un-loved buildings to restore real gems in the best tradition of British understated style.
Complement that with all that is best in the French bistro ethos, bars that reach out to please, and you have a setting that provides an inspirational background for people to meet, do business, get married, provide a base for golf or fishing, somewhere you can call your own for a private celebration, a spa or - most engagingly - a wine school that breaks the mould.
Think quintessential British style, elegant and unpretentious. Combine this with a great spirit, wit, and an unquestionable devotion to wine, and you have captured the essence of Hotel du Vin.
In Newcastle-on-Tyne du Vin has looked to the Merchant Navy for its location. Shipping Lines rarely used to stint on HQ's and The Tyne Tees Shipping Company long ago had built an impressive Head Office on the heart of Newcastle's historic quayside. Hotel du Vin have maximised this into one of the most luxurious and outstanding hotels in Newcastle.
The hotel has 42 stylish bedrooms and stunning suites. Every room has handsprung mattresses, fine Egyptian linen, deep baths, monsoon showers, plasma TVs, DVDs, air conditioning and high speed wireless internet access. Life’s little pleasures are by no mean neglected so there's a cigar shack and a Laroche tasting room where you can take a bibulous journey round the world's finest vineyards with minimal effort, even if you miss out on the airmiles.
In the 2 AA Rosette bistro a choice of nine starters might include braised risotto primavera, smoked salmon, tuna carpaccio with horseradish, and chicken liver parfait and toasted brioche. Main courses pursue much the same line, with wild sea trout with braised peas, and lettuce, new season lamb with garlic, aubergine and samphire, and the shin of beef cooked with carrots, oyster mushrooms, tarragon,
Whilst one might argue that the whole point of being in a du Vin is to snuggle up to the wine list, this list is designed to march with the food and can only be described as superb. With a team who look after the bar and the cigars, there is no room for anything but the best. Service is telepathic in the best possible sense.
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