Hotel Du Vin Cambridge
PUBLISHED: 16:22 09 April 2010 | UPDATED: 16:50 20 February 2013
Colin Wilson takes a trip to the Hotel Du Vin in Cambridge
Across the border
Fancy whisking your loved one away for a romantic Valentines break, or treating yourself to a springtime get-away? You dont have to go far, as Colin Wilson discovered, with a trip to
the Hotel Du Vin in Cambridge.
Easily accessible from Norfolk by road or rail, Cambridge is a great location for a short get-away break and the Hotel du Vin is an ideal place to be based. We opted for the latter to avoid the citys complicated one-way system and the inevitable traffic bottleneck of a Friday afternoon and, as the hotel is just a short stroll from the station, it was a stress-free commute.
Opened in autumn 2007, Hotel du Vin and Bistro in Cambridge joined the array of prestigious locations already serviced by this small and intimate chain.
It has been fashioned from a row of Grade Two listed former university houses, just around the corner from the main sights of the city. As you would expect from any listed building, this does create quirky and unusual statements, from twisting corridors to rooms located on numerous levels, but as always this is the charm of staying at a Hotel du Vin location.
The dcor is of a contemporary classic design, combining existing features of the original building with modern touches these were particularly in evidence in our suite, Guadium, with its glass-covered open well and original bread oven.
The huge bathroom had a monsoon shower, freestanding over-sized scroll-top bath, delightfully hand-painted to match the feature wall-paper, as well as double sinks, fluffy bathrobes and towels and plenty of HdV bathroom products made exclusively by Arran Aromatics.
On a warm evening our own private walled terrace would have been just the place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink but unfortunately on this visit the weather was not conducive.
In total, the Hotel du Vin has 41 bedrooms and suites some encompassing the attic expanse with twin baths, and cellar suites that have private roof terraces overlooking the cobbled streets of Cambridge. For any film buffs, the Brown Brothers suite has an impressive private cinema.
To complete our stay in this delightful location, dinner in the hotels French-styled Bistro was a must. With the menu changing daily, it provides classic dishes which use fresh local ingredients.
On our stay, we opted for starters of Hotel du Vin crayfish cocktail and smoked duck breast with candy beetroot and pecans, followed by mains of grilled sea bass with kale, pommes puree and anise jus, and rack of lamb with confit shoulder and fondant potato, all rounded off by desserts of sticky toffee pudding with Chantilly cream and Cambridge burnt cream with shortbread.
A range of vegetarian options are available as well as many vegetable side options. Coffee and petit fours served at the table or in the lounge if preferred complete the meal. The bill, including wine by the glass, came to 85.
The Bistro is open to residents and non-residents alike, serving lunch and dinner daily, and is complemented by a La Roche wine tasting room that offers a wide choice of carefully selected bottles at all levels.
Breakfast is also served in the Bistro, either a full English, cooked to order, or a continental option with an extensive array of treats laid out to tempt you before you take on another day.
For a luxury break, without spending too much time getting there, Hotel du Vin in Cambridge has everything you could wish for amazing rooms, wonderful food and fine wines, fantastic historical city location, with fabulous shopping just around the corner. What could be better?
And to confirm that Hotel du Vin has full embraced its location, it has HdV bicycles available for its guests . . . well, it is Cambridge after all!
Hotel du Vin and Bistro
15-19 Trumpington Street