Today’s the day when many of us will be tempted to try our hands at love poetry but, from rhyme crimes to misjudged romantic messages, the lexicon of love is often treacherous.
If you are looking for romantic inspiration, we have two words which sing beautifully on their own but sound even better when they get together: Champagne and lunch.
Available Monday to Saturday, this harmonious offer is for two people to enjoy a splendid three course lunch from the prix fixe menu at the Bistro du Vin in Edinburgh’s Hotel du Vin.
A chilled glass of champagne will help ease you into your lunch and, of course, there is tea and coffee to finish.
The Bistro du Vin is tucked away off a beguiling courtyard in Edinburgh’s atmospheric Old Town. It’s a warm, welcoming space with restored fireplaces, reclaimed floorboards and lots of wine merchant memorabilia.
Seasonal & locally sourced
The kitchen team specialise in producing the sort of hearty, delicious cooking that people want to eat.
It’s not fine dining or faffy but it is fresh, seasonal, locally sourced and, wherever possible, created from organic produce.
The chef’s prix fixe menu changes every day depending on what is available but typical starters might be the Isle of Mull Cheddar and tomato quiche or the pork rillette served with cornichons and sourdough.
Popular main courses from the prix fixe include the pork schnitzel served with braised red cabbage and the sea bass with fennel and clams.
Leave space for desserts such as the treacle tart with clotted cream or the strawberry knickerbockers glory.
This 5pm Big Deal writer is a fan of HdV’s Bistro. I like the cosy feel of the place; 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, 5pm Restaurant customers have rated the bistro a healthy 4.2/5. This is what a couple of recent diners had to say about their experiences:
‘The Hotel du Vin is a lovely place to go for a great meal out. The service is excellent and the food delicious.’ Rating 5/5
‘Favourite Place. Lovely bistro with nice outside eating area. Food is top class and staff are wonderful.’ Rating 5/5