Summer is almost here, and in anticipation of months of lovely sunshine – we can hope – Hotel du Vin & Bistro has unveiled its new Summer à la carte menu.
Designed for lazy afternoons spent lounging in the sunshine, and long evenings unwinding and relaxing with friends over a glass of wine, the menu is packed with the fresh and light flavours synonymous with the season – all, as to be expected from Hotel du Vin’s famous Bistro, with a touch of something different.
Starting with the starters. The Severn and Wye smoked salmon is smoked in front of you, the chicken liver parfait is served with a hazelnut brioche muffin and tomato chutney, and there’s a whole host of tantalising new dishes to try, like the salt baked beetroot with whipped goats cheese, sumac and Greek yoghurt.
The main courses offer a delightful twist on some classic favourites. A succulent rack of Yorkshire Dales lamb is served with a pea, bean and goat’s curd salad – flavoursome yet fresh. For fish lovers, perfectly cooked sea bass is paired with a fresh panzanella salad and nasturtium pesto, and butter poached cod comes with lyonnaise potatoes, smoked salmon and a hispi cabbage sauce. For those that don’t want meat, the aubergine caponata is a wonderfully spiced stew with capers, olives, and tomatoes, served with flat breads and grilled halloumi that gives it a delicious saltiness.
On to dessert. A delicate tart of finely sliced apples with calvados ice cream, a lemon meringue cheesecake with elderflower jelly, the Italian-favourite affogato and a pineapple and coconut kulfi are just four of the heavenly desserts on the menu and each has been paired with a wine that perfectly complements the flavours.
The new à la carte menu is available at Hotel du Vin & Bistro Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Harrogate, Henley-on-Thames, Newcastle, Poole, St Andrews, Tunbridge Wells, Wimbledon, Winchester and York