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Hotel du Vin & Bistro Newcastle
4.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   Allan House, City Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2BE , England   |  
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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“Thinking of any excuse to go back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

My husband and I first went to Hotel Du Vin for a wine tasting purchased through one 'Livingsocial' and we had such a brilliant experience we thought we would go back and have dinner one night. Well we weren't disappointed!
I booked a table for 6 to celebrate my husband's 30th birthday using their website, it was for 7.45pm on a Saturday evening. We were shown to the table, greeted warmly by all the restaurant staff as we walked through to our table which I thought was very welcoming. Our table was in the back corner of the restaurant next to the wine tasting room. The ambience of the bistro was very relaxing, and welcoming.

The wine list was comprehensive but there was a condensed version on the back of the food menu which was quite wide and varied. It was helpful to see the wines in sections of crisp and dry, soft and fruity, etc as this quickly helped us to choose. We decided to get the Gavi which was a light earthy Italian wine and a bottle of Syrah which went down well.

For our starters 4 of us ordered the pan seared scallops which were perfectly cooked, well seasoned and came with an artichoke and pistachio puree - it was delicious! Other orders were the mushrooms on brioche which had positive comments and the croque monsieur lollipops which were well received. The staff were helpful, polite and attentive.

What we liked was the time between courses it helped us to relax and enjoy the wine, and appreciate when the mains arrive. There's nothing worse the 'being fed' and manoeuvred out of a restaurant. It felt like we had 'dined'.

For our mains 2 people shared the chateaubriand which was tender and cooked to perfection, the only gripe was the peppercorn sauce which wasn't peppery enough. It was the sauce that let the sirloin steak down too unfortunately otherwise it would have been a perfect dish.

Other had duck with caramelised apple and pear it looked very tender, the rack of lamb was a substantial portion and cooked beautifully. It was well presented and lovely and tender in the middle. I ordered the half lobster Thermidor, which I tried for the first time. I really enjoyed it. The hollandaise sauce was well seasoned and the lemon cut through the richness well. The lobster was easy to eat (I asked the waiter before ordering as I didn't want to be cracking claws etc) and I order the wilted spinach with it.

We were given some time to digest and ordered a round of mojitos and one non alcoholic one. Delicious! very refreshing and well made - they can often have too much sugar!

The desserts were no let down either! Chocolate fondant was probably the winner, moist, rich and chocolatey it came with a flavoured ice cream. Others ordered rhubarb strudel, creme brulee and chocolate mousse.

Overall, great service, love surroundings, helpful and knowledgeable staff. The bill came to £390 for two bottles of wine, 3 courses for 6 people and a round of mojito's.

Now.... We are looking for an excuse to go back. This was a winner!




As it was a mixed party of females and males between 26-30 year old, we all loved it and would recommend it

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

i have stayed in many hotels, the majority 4-5 star, and i must say i was blown away with the stay i had!!!

we opted for £89 this was for room only, and cancellation before day of arrival. we got given the room and all rooms are named! when walking into the room it was breathtaking with a free standing bath and a huge bed with a patio dorr and when opening this, welcomed with terrace and bistro set!!!

the bathroom was huge with a walk in shower!!! breakfast was ordered separately with reception and were lucky we didnt get charged!!!! butey!!!!

the hotel itself is out of newcastle which is good as only £5 in a taxi to grey street! the hotel is spotless and the bar service was personalised and the barman made cocktails of ur choice if non on menu u fancied!!!!

even though we got a bargain i would pay top rate again and definitely choose this over malmaison, hilton in newcastle now!!

round of applause to you all at the hotel and thanks for a memorable stay :0)

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

The hotel appears nice enough, and is very well kept in terms of cleanliness, but the service we received was absolutely appalling. Staff were unhelpful and downright arrogant. The prices were extortionate for food which wasn't the best.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The Du Vin is 'nicely nestled' a one mile trip to the East of Newcastle and is something different from the norm. From the outside it looks o.k. but is slightly quirky in a strange way, not what was expected. The usual suspects of rooms, restaurant and staff etc. are quite good, even classy compared to the boring run of the mill we all look alikehotels that adorn the whole country and were fascinated by the 'cigar/smoking shelter' in the grounds. Although non smokers even we were impressed at something that cost reputedly in the region of £30,000.00!! On a good weather day you can stroll down to the river and enjoy a long stroll before luch. Would go again if asked the question.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Beautiful hotel, away from the hustle and bustle of Newcastle's city centre and yet only a £5 cab ride away. We had a room on the top floor, with double height ceilings and exposed beams, and a gorgeous bathtub ob one side of the bedroom which was near a small window and had great views of the city and Gateshead. It was snowing when we went and frankly I loved staying in the room and chilling! We ate in the bistro twice and although twice we tried to order the fish option and both times they had run out, the food was really really good and very affordable. The staff are attentive and know their wines (as you would hope!). Great place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Those of you who have stayed in a Hotel du Vin before will know what to expect from this hotel. Comfortable rooms, good food, reasonable service and a moderate price tag.

Check-in was fine, although not perfect. The receptionist was not particularly friendly and seemed put out when I asked her how dinner worked in terms of payment (I'd booked to include dinner, but wasn't sure what this included).

The room was generally very good. Certainly above average in terms of comfort, well furnished and with good amenities (Nespresso machine always appreciated). If I were to be very picky I'd point out that the shower screen had gone a little mouldy and that the towels and bath robes were certainly not the 'softest ever' (their quote), but rather old and scratchy feeling. These are essentially minor points and are easily made up for in the size and comfort of the room.

I think it's unfair that previous reviewers have said this hotel looks 'tired'. I've stayed in much worse, but think it might need some TLC soon. Certainly in good enough condition to more than satisfy most travellers.

Dinner in the bistro was excellent with very good service. Having booked to include dinner made it very good value. Breakfast was also good as was the service.

The only major downside I would point out is the location. I'm a very fast walker and getting to the hotel from the station took me over half an hour. In the morning I had a meeting at the university and opted to fork out £10 for a taxi rather than walk there carrying my suitcase.

Overall, really quite a good hotel which represents good value. I consider myself quite a picky traveller, but couldn't find a great deal to fault.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We booked for Sunday lunch on Easter Sunday and the price reflected this fact, £24.95 for the meal, rather expensive so we expected something special. Soup arrived which was tepid. My partner went up to the buffet section to get bread and I joined him, during which time the soup was swiftly taken away, I asked for more for my partner and the waitress brought two back, when I said I didn’t want any the look I got could have killed! Anyway onwards we went, it has to be said that the buffet help yourself selection is second to none, potted shrimp, crab, fish, ham, pate, meats, lovely lovely food, no complaints here. However, we did feel rushed through this course, no sooner had we cleaned our plates then across came the waitress to take them and all the cutlery away, even though we said we would like to go up for more. I ordered the roast beef and my partner the steak. My beef was beautifully cooked although the accompanying veg, in particular parsnips, were very undercooked (I do like my veg crunchy but not raw) and the food was cold. My partners steak was also undercooked and the chips looked like they had been hanging around for a while, also they did resemble oven chips. Rhubarb crumble and crème brulee were okay, but only okay. All in all at £24.95 each a very expensive and disappointing Sunday lunch. Apart from the buffet everything else was very "ordinary". Whilst I appreciate the staff are busy the look we got from the waitress was inexcusable and now I wish I had said something but one doesn't like to make a scene! This restaurant needs to improve its main courses, cold food and undercooked veg is totally unacceptable when you are paying this sort of money. Don’t think we’ll be back. In fact I know we won’t!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Allan House, City Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2BE , England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Tyne and Wear > Newcastle upon Tyne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Newcastle upon Tyne
#6 Luxury Hotel in Newcastle upon Tyne
#6 Business Hotel in Newcastle upon Tyne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel du Vin & Bistro Newcastle 4*
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