The frost may be cruel and pretty soon the snow may even start to lie deep and crisp and even.
Fortunately, there will always a be a warm welcome and the promise of a hearty meal at Edinburgh’s Hotel du Vin.
Today’s Big Deal is on a three course lunch with Champagne in the hotel’s charming bistro in the Old Town.
A glass of Champagne and a jolly lunch is just the ticket to brighten up the start of 2015.
Available Monday to Saturday, this Big Deal is for two people to enjoy a glass of Champagne and a lavish three course lunch from the prix fixe menu at Edinburgh’s Hotel du Vin. Tea or coffee will finish off your lunch.
Atmospheric Old Town
Tucked away off a beguiling courtyard in the atmospheric Old Town, Edinburgh’s Bistro du Vin is a warm, welcoming space with restored fireplaces and lots of wine merchant memorabilia.
This offer would be a lovely treat for a friend or it could make for a luxurious break in a marathon shopping trip. You could even use it for a lunch date with a loved one.
Champagne, lunch and then the afternoon is yours to spend as you please.
Robust, earthy dishes
Inspired by French home-style cooking with robust earthy dishes, and slow-cooked foods, Bistro du Vin’s Gallic influenced menu has an undeniably British flavour.
The exact dishes will change depending on the produce available. Typical starters might be the ham hough terrine with a celeriac reduction or a watermelon and feta salad.
Popular main courses include the coq au vin; grilled vegetable spaghetti and the poached salmon with a beetroot and new potato salad.
Desserts like the profiteroles and chocolate sauce or the banana bread and butter pudding with vanilla ice cream will bring your meal to a sweet finish.
Sides, such as the pommes frites, wilted spinach and honey-roasted carrots, will be charged at £3.75.
This 5pm Big Deal writer is a fan of the HdV Bistro. I like the laidback ambience; the food is hugely satisfying and the wine list, as you might imagine, makes for tempting reading.
I’m not alone. At the time of writing, just over 200 5pm Restaurant customers have rated the Edinburgh bistro a healthy 4.1/5.
This is what a recent diner had to say about their experience at Hotel du Vin in Edinburgh. As reviews go, it’s short and to the point:
‘Recommend. Food was delicious and service great, would go back for sure.’
Champagne and a delicious three course lunch. If that sounds like a corker of an afternoon then grab today’s Big Deal and book in to the Bistro at Hotel du Vin.