No Chips Please! Hotel Du Vin Bistro

Published On June 17, 2014 | By Helen Mary | Food & Drink Reviews

Helen Mary is on the hunt for great kids’ menus that buck the chicken nugget trend. She’ll be taking her children on a tour of Brighton’s eateries every month to find the best in kids cuisine. This month it’s Father’s Day at Hotel Du Vin.

Bistro at Hotel du Vin
2 Ship St

The Brunch in the Bistro at Hotel Du Vin had been recommended to me a few months ago and so I was looking forward to our visit. From the outside it looks very grown up, the type of establishment where children may not be welcome.  I have to say I was completely wrong.  For Brunch on Sunday it was pretty full and that gave it a nice warm and friendly atmosphere.  The décor is very French with so many interesting photos and paintings to admire on the walls, I really felt like I was sitting in a Bistro in Paris. From the moment we walked in the door the service was impeccable, probably the best I have received in Brighton.  The staff were there when you needed them but not looking over your shoulder while you were eating.

The kids menu is well thought out with some good choices although having three courses was a little much for my two.  For starters, I ordered them a prawn cocktail, and melon and berries.  I must admit that the prawn cocktail was a complete gamble as neither of them had tried prawns before and it didn’t pay off this time.  However, I personally think it is a good option for kids and remember this dish being the start of my love of seafood in my early teens.  The melon was a winner with both children, delicious sweet melon with juicy berries and a nice light option to start with.  For their main course they had perfectly cooked roast chicken with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, a selection of fresh vegetables and a rich gravy.  The roast was outstanding and the children loved the vegetables.  We also ordered the pasta of the day, this came with a tomato sauce.  I was a little disappointed with this as it was pretty basic and slightly lacking in flavour but the children still enjoyed it.  The portions were too large for my two and four year old but the kids menu is for under 12s so keep this in mind when ordering.  We just ordered one fruit salad for the two of them to share for dessert and that was more than enough, but there were other dessert options like profiteroles and ice cream.  The fruit salad came in a wonderful chalice bowl and had a good selection of fresh fruit

Overall for me this was a real triumph and the kids menu compared really well to the adult menu.  The menu is not cheap at £9.95, especially as we had to pay for drinks on top of that but for me it was worth every penny.  It’s a fantastic venue for special occasions and if you have children with small appetites then sharing could help bring the cost down.  I would like to add that the Bistro might like to consider adding ‘The French Market Table’, which is part of the adult menu, to the kids menu. My children were helping themselves to my plate of salad, salami, ham, fresh bread etc. and I am sure that many other children would love it too.

About The Writer

I grew up in London and studied in Brighton many many moons ago but it was only two years ago that I decided to return to this wonderful city, to make it my family home. There may not be sand on our beach but a view of the sea never fails to inspire me. I am rediscovering Brighton but this time as a 'grown up'. My writing has become my passion, along with food and Peach Bellinis.