With chic rooms, a plush bar & an elegant eatery, the Brighton branch of Hotel du Vin is a haven of luxurious comforts designed to help visitors unwind. Housed in a rambling venue close to the seafront, its romantic bistro is as pretty as the modern pictures that line the golden-walled dining room. Polished wood & brass twinkle in the soft lighting as unobtrusive waiters deliver plates of gutsy French food, from vichyssoise to sole Véronique, roast Barbary duck breast with dauphinoise, or ox cheek bourguignon – although British ingredients have their say in the shape of Donald Russell beef or Springs locally smoked salmon. The enthusiastic & knowledgeable sommelier helps diners make sense of the encyclopaedic wine list, which stretches from sub-£20 bottles to some blockbuster Bordeaux. Book early for HDV’s hugely popular food & wine events.