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    Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh Bistro
    Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh Bistro
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    Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh Bistro
    Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh Bistro
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    Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh Wine Room
    Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh Wine Room
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    Malmaison Aberdeen Brasserie
    Malmaison Aberdeen Brasserie
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    Malmaison Aberdeen
    Malmaison Aberdeen
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    Malmaison Aberdeen Private Dining Room
    Malmaison Aberdeen Private Dining Room
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    Malmaison Liverpool Brasserie
    Malmaison Liverpool Brasserie
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    Malmaison Liverpool Chef’s table
    Malmaison Liverpool Chef’s table
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    Malmaison Liverpool Private Dining Room
    Malmaison Liverpool Private Dining Room
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    Hotel du Vin - Newcastle Bistro
    Hotel du Vin - Newcastle Bistro
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    Hotel du Vin - Newcastle Private Dining
    Hotel du Vin - Newcastle Private Dining
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    Hotel du Vin - Newcastle Wine Room
    Hotel du Vin - Newcastle Wine Room

Edinburgh Hotel du Vin’s Bistro is an amazing space. Set over two levels in the existing structure of the old Bedlam asylum the bistro uses the architectural features of the building to create a dining area directly linked both visually and structurally to the bar and wine areas. Just at the entrance is a small snug that is linked by large windows to the reception and provides couples with a quiet eating area away from the rest of the Bistro. The upper floor level sits below the bar with a visual link to the guests above and is surrounded on three sides by the original stone walls. The lower floor is accessed through two large archways that were once windows in the old asylum. Down three steps and you are in the lower Bistro with is vast ceiling and exposed trusses. Within these trusses are four glass wine boxes where guests can watch the sommeliers pick their wines or head up these with the sommelier to discuss their choices. Linked again to this area is the wine tasting area again visually linked to the guests below so they can watch other while tasting wine. The interior finishes of the area combines the use of a typical Hotel du Vin Bistro finish such as the nicotine stained walls and eclectic mix of wine and food themes artwork with the exposed grey stone of the existing asylum building. The high exposed ceilings and wine displays create a dramatic Bistro and one that helps a guest to combine all parts of the dining experience.

Entering the Brasserie in Malmaison Aberdeen is an unexpected surprise. The space is dominated by the vast ceiling and exposed services with the lighting suspended below the ceiling on numerous theatre light tracks The walls are finished in grey timber panelling and slate and a large brick open fireplace with a snug waiting area. Dark timber floors and tables are offset by soft woollen upholstery in a variety of modern tartans that link to a subtle Scottish feel banquettes and alcoves and open tables create a variety of dining experiences. All the greys of the interior contrasted with specially commissioned artwork that makes a not so subtle reference to the food you are about to order including four huge canvases depicting different cows. Steak being a specialty of the restaurant and region. The main kitchen is linked to the restaurant with an open grill where guests can sit and watch the chef’s work. This grill has a walk in butchery area complete with glazed walls so guests can see their meat being prepared fresh as they order. This is then linked to a Chef’s table where guests can choose a private dining experience and directly watch the kitchen at work either through a glass wall or on the television link. The final dining experience is the Private Dining room designed to contrast the rest of the Brasserie. This room is designed in pink, black and a variety of loud fabrics. (Surprisingly the room is as popular with the men as the ladies of Aberdeen). Its large oval table is surrounded by oversized pink chairs, and above swings a feature drop glass chandelier. Pink walls and sheers make this a definite feature of Aberdeen Malmaison.

This was the first move away from the traditional Malmaison Brasserie design where panelled walls were replaced by brick and services were exposed to maintain the high ceilings. The Brasserie links a chef’s kitchen, Private dining room, wine tasting room with the bar and kitchen so guests feel connected with all dining and socialising experiences within the hotel. The feel is more raw than refined and contrasts strongly with the plush soft bar next to the Brasserie and the rooms above. It is hard and strong but the oversized fully upholstered chairs softened the space and full height sheers dampen excessive noise. For a variety of dining experiences the Brasserie also has a a soft, boudoir style private dining room which is fully enclosed within a full height glass and timber box draped with long velvet curtains and finished with a low hung feature chandelier over the centre of the dining table. The other private ding pace is the Chef’s Kitchen where the guests can have complete privacy or views into the kitchen and sounds and additional kitchen images coming from a television showing the chef’s at work.

The classic Hotel du Vin style of Newcastle’s Bistro has been beautifully set into the warehouse style of the rest of the hotel with views out to the courtyard or back into the kitchen and links directly to the bar and wine tasting areas. The space is divided carefully so it can be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner and for large or small parties without too much disruption to the overall space. It is cosy and comfortable in the winter but had also large folding doors onto the terrace that can be opened in summer to extend the bistro out to the terrace in the good weather. The entrance is through two large glass wine display areas and to the side of the Bistro is a walk in wine tasting room with bespoke tasting table and wall to ceiling racks of the sommelier’s favourite wines. For more private or group dining there are two private dining rooms which double as meeting rooms when required, and link back to the industrial feel of the architecture but incorporate a typically Hotel du Vin feature of full wall murals designed to represent the local traditions and history of the city.