WHAT LIES BENEATH

Pub-du-vin-015-copyGoing underground in search of peace and quiet.

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.

Tick.

Pub du Vin
Church Street
0121 200 0600
hotelduvin.com