Finding somewhere conducive to a comfortable City liaison – business, pleasure, whatever – without the glare of a canteen or the blare of a bar, can be a tough call. We all know what we want; big leather sofa, secluded space, chance of a decent nibble and acceptable background noise. Too much to ask? Maybe not.
Pub du Vin, underneath – and part of – Hotel du Vin (same group as Malmaison), hosts a vaulted cellar bar that, when it comes to battered couches, pub tables and dark brown woodiness, has few peers with so many boxes so forcefully ticked. There’s even a snug.
At first glance it’s pretty City, with weekday lunchtimes and early evenings filled by the suited guys’n’gals of neighbours like PWC and Barclays Capital. But go beyond the banking bluster – and pick almost any other time – and the mood becomes one of convivial calm. General manager Faye Kelly says: “Mid-afternoon we get ladies- who-lunch, informal business meets and surfing creatives using the free wi-fi. Later on, the guests from the hotel upstairs come down for a nightcap.” At the weekend it’s a locals joint, with “those-in- the-know” grabbing a cosy respite – i.e. coffee’n’cake – from Saturday shopping.
Amid the ever changing clientscape are the constants of decent wine in a decent glass, real English ales, and a gourmet pub grub menu from the hotel kitchen. We’re talking sarnies, salads & pies, home made sausage rolls, gen-u-ine Scottish steaks (flown in from across the border for their sizzling last hurrah) and, of course, pork scratchings on the bar.
Pub du Vin
0121 200 0600