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Hotel du Vin - Cambridge

15 - 19 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QA +44 1223784802

((()* French
Average
Main course: £18
Food spend: £35

Excellent food.

Gary Bigg 13 April 2016
from Cambridge

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An elegant retreat, Hotel du Vin Cambridge has a trademark French bistro, a vibrant open kitchen and a quirky outdoor cigar shack. The former University-owned building has a cosy library, while the labyrinthine cellar bar features seductive alcoves and a sophisticated Laroche wine tasting room.

The Hotel du Vin menu celebrates elegant French bistro-style dining, using fresh premium ingredients. Delicate starters such as seared scallops give way to bold mains, which include rich duck confit and wild venison haunch with cranberries and bitter chocolate.

The exquisite Hotel du Vin wine list is brought to you by the head sommelier, featuring a huge variety of carefully selected bottles. A Sunday lunch menu and an array of delectable desserts also feature.

Opposite Fitzwilliam Museum, Hotel du Vin Cambridge offers sophisticated French bistro-style dining in the centre of Cambridge. The historic King's College is just a 6-minute walk away.

Hotel du Vin - Cambridge

15 - 19 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QA

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Customer reviews for Hotel du Vin - Cambridge

3.6 ((()* (based on 55 reviews)
80% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (32)
  • lunch (27)
  • romantic (20)
  • luxury (11)
  • private dining (10)
  • business (9)
  • value (9)
  • trendy (5)
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  • child friendly (1)
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  • ((((* by from Cambridge

    Good food, excellent service, and a lovely location. Had Chateaubriand, with an excellent Cotes du Rhone Village, followed by ice cream. Service was attentive, but not over the top, meat was cooked to our requirements. Overall, a very pleasant dining experience. Recommended.

  • ((((* by from Cambridge

    The Châteaubriand and bottle of red wine deal, two diners for £50, was excellent value. Service and ambience were both splendid. Dessert and coffee rounded off a very special birthday experience.

  • ((((( by from Cambridge

    Excellent food.

  • ((((( by from Cambridge

    It was part of my wife's birthday weekend. We were given a free glass of champagne at the start and a decorated plate with a couple of truffles, both of which were really very nice gestures. The food was excellent, chateaubriand, fries and a side and the complimentary bottle of wine was very drinkable. The staff were great too, the restaurant is also very pleasant. Highly recommended.

  • ((((( by from Newmarket

    chateaubriand was cooked to perfection, blue as we requested.
    Steak tartare was really really good, but the muscles were amazing, from another world. We were seriously impressed.
    The service was really good, everyone was nice, caring very careful in looking after us.
    Lovely experience.

  • (((** by from Cambridge

    The food was nice. It didn't blow me away but what we had I enjoyed. The Bistro was very dark in appearance. Service was good, if not a little to attentive because the restaurant was quite and there was a few staff working with little to do.

  • ((((( by from Cambridge

    My favourite restaurant, gorgeous food, excellent wine, good service, lovely ambience.

  • ((*** by from Cambridge

    Where do I start? We had high hopes having both wanted to try this place and left massively disappointed, albeit in moderate hysterics at the experience. The service was a shambles. We think everyone had a set role in the operation, however it's not entirely clear any of them knew what it was! There was certainly no head waiter that we could see to direct things. After a couple of reminders we finally received our free glass of wine (we were on the fixed menu deal), but were on to our starters by this point. However, at no point after that did anyone ask whether we wanted more drinks (this goes for tea and coffee post meal too). Even just from a business point of view this is poor form as we could easily have spent another £20+. By the time we had got the bill and paid, the staff doing the greeting etc had vanished leaving a waiter to dip out of service to help us locate our coats.

    Food wise, the starter (fish soup) was good if nothing special. As for the main, well according to my girlfriend the highlight of the night was my face on its arrival so there's that. I went for the lamb steak with ratatouille, which on paper sounded lovely. Unfortunately it turns out their definition of a ratatouille was a few spoonfuls of warmish tomato with no other discernible vegetables or flavour. Upon voicing disappointment at this I did get some fries added, but how they thought this was a winning dish I don't know - it was an average lamb steak with about 2 tomatoes. Dessert was decent, nothing special but nice and certainly beat what came before. This was also the only "French" restaurant we've ever visited where there was no bread available.

    In the interests of fairness, I should point out that my partner had no real complaints over her starter and main although it would be fair to say she was underwhelmed.

    In short, we definitely do not recommend based on this experience (and this seems a common theme having had a looked and laughed at reviews when we got home).

  • (((** by from Cambridge

    Excellent food. Service was a bit slow. Were overcharged for wine on the bill.

  • ((((* by from Cambridge

    We had the set menu at £19.50 for 3 courses. This is very good value for such good food. The portions are small but quality is good. The desserts were especially nice. Drinks in the bar downstairs are expensive but the ambience/setting is lovely. Definitely a special occasion place (for us anyway!).

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