The Autumn menu at Hotel du Vin, Cambridge

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The new autumn menu offered in the Hôtel du Vin bistro, located in a Grade II listed building on Trumpington Street in Cambridge, offers seasonal dishes with a twist.

The Bistro of the Hotel du Vin Cambridge. Photo: Wine Hotel

These include French Onion Soup and Pork Shank and Parsley Terrine, plus a selection of grilled meats (three steak options and one chicken) all served with French fries. There are also other French-inspired staples, from duck confit to pumpkin sage gnocchi.

Converted from former university buildings, the hotel retains impressive architectural features, including exposed brickwork and restored fireplaces. The bistro is remarkably bright and spacious with soft lighting, thanks to beautifully designed low lamps, dark floors, eye-catching artwork and comfortable chairs.

The ‘appetisers’ ranged from olives and sourdough baguette to dry French sausage and beetroot hummus, but we decided to go straight for a starter, opting for the onion soup (classic French onion soup – me) and chicken liver parfait, served with brioche bread and raisin chutney (my wife).

French onion soup is my favorite of all soups and obviously it’s not always as good here as it is in France. This one, however, certainly did, with the submerged cheese bread adding a gorgeous kick. My wife also enjoyed her chicken liver parfait. Other options among entrees included snails and tiger prawns.

Onion soup at the Hotel du Vin, Cambridge.  Photo: Adrian Peel
Onion soup at the Hotel du Vin, Cambridge. Photo: Adrian Peel
Chicken parfait at the Hotel du Vin, Cambridge.  Photo: Maria Escobedo
Chicken parfait at the Hotel du Vin, Cambridge. Photo: Maria Escobedo

For my main course, I chose the minced steak, described on the menu as “France’s chic hamburger”. It came with a small salad, pepper sauce and fries and was delicious. I don’t recall having had burger patty before, but I would definitely do it again. Other steak sauces offered are béarnaise, red wine jus and garlic butter.

Sirloin steak at Hotel du Vin, Cambridge.  Photo: Maria Escobedo
Sirloin steak at Hotel du Vin, Cambridge. Photo: Maria Escobedo
Chopped steak at the Hotel du Vin, Cambridge.  Photo: Adrian Peel
Chopped steak at the Hotel du Vin, Cambridge. Photo: Adrian Peel
Cauliflower cheese at Hotel du Vin, Cambridge
Cauliflower cheese at Hotel du Vin, Cambridge
The Bistro of the Hotel du Vin Cambridge.  Photo: Wine Hotel
The Bistro of the Hotel du Vin Cambridge. Photo: Wine Hotel

My wife went for the sirloin steak, which also came with fries, and we shared some nice cauliflower cheese. She enjoyed the steak very much but felt rather full afterwards, which meant that for the pudding she only had a mango sorbet (one of three sorbet options – there is also some flavors of ice cream), while I had the tempting name of ‘pot au chocolat’ (chocolate mousse), accompanied by a very nice yogurt sauce.

Mango sorbet at the Hotel du Vin, Cambridge.  Photo: Maria Escobedo
Mango sorbet at the Hotel du Vin, Cambridge. Photo: Maria Escobedo
Chocolate pot at the Hotel du Vin, Cambridge.  Photo: Adrian Peel
Chocolate pot at the Hotel du Vin, Cambridge. Photo: Adrian Peel

If you’re craving a bit of French cuisine in Cambridge this fall, I’d definitely recommend the varied selection – and service – that can be found at Hotel du Vin. For more information, visit hotelduvin.com/locations/cambridge/. The hotel is also offering a special Festive, Fire and Autumn offer if you book before October 31 for stays until February 28. To find out more, visit hotelduvin.com/offers/room-packages/hdv-feast-fire-fall/.


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