Ed and I used to go on date nights religiously, every month without fail. With three children, as they’ve gotten older, it is not always as easy to find the time, but we do still aim to have some time to ourselves when we can. Last week we had the chance to head along to Hotel du Vin in Poole to try out their Prix Fixe menu, and it was the perfect excuse for a date night.
The Prix Fixe menu features a mix of fresh, local seafood and meat, along with a vegetarian option for each course, and is priced at £24.95 per person for three courses (or £19.95 for two).
We were asked if we would like to sit inside or outside and, as the sun was shining, and I knew the daylight would be much better for taking photos, we asked to be seated outside. The garden area is lovely and, even with several tables occupied, it felt spacious and peaceful.
We were given a drinks menu, and I decided on a cocktail whilst we waited for our food and enjoyed some fresh crusty bread with butter and a mix of oil and balsamic vinegar, which tasted immense. I could have quite happily sat there and eaten the whole thing on my own. I want more right now, to be honest!
For our starter and main, we went for the same, which I usually try to avoid for review visits, but I knew we would fight over the food if we didn’t. The Dorset Smoked Red Cheddar Arancini Balls were absolutely gorgeous, perfectly complimented by the mix of tomatoes and basil mayonnaise. I wouldn’t ordinarily opt for this as a starter, but I am so glad I did, as it tasted just as good as it looks.
Our main was the Palmers IPA Braised Lamb Breast, and oh.my.word. it was incredible – so juicy and tender, it melted in my mouth and went really well with the crushed potato, anchovies and buttered green beans.
After we had finished, I felt comfortably full, and we enjoyed our drinks (I had moved on to a tasty New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc) whilst we waited for our food to settle before ordering our desserts.
To finish, Ed had the 1833 Barber’s Cheddar, served with Fig chutney and cheese biscuits, and I couldn’t resist trying the Warm Portland Pudding, which was served with a scoop of Vanilla ice cream. I hadn’t heard of this dessert before, and I usually shy away from trying anything new, but I am so pleased I gave it a go. It was utterly divine, total party in your mouth vibes. I loved it and need to go back just to have this again!
If you are looking for somewhere nice to visit for a date night or special occasion, I would 100% recommend Hotel du Vin. As well as their Prix Fixe menu, they have lots of other options, as well as an extensive wine and cocktail selection. The location is perfect as well, set just back from Poole Harbour, and within a short walking distance from the main car parks.
We were gifted our meal for the purpose of this post, however all words and images are my own.