One of my favourite places for lunch on a Sunday is Hotel du Vin on Parabola Road, Cheltenham.
They offer their brunch menu on a Sunday, which includes a soup course, the option to graze from their French market table (as many times as you like), a main course (with choices varying from traditional roasts, to burgers in brioche buns and risotto) and then dessert; all of this for £25.
So, all set to meet up with our friends, we wandered down the sweeping staircase into the bistro complete with two glass wine cellars stocking hundreds of wines from across the world. We picked out a bottle of Planalto Reserva to go with our lunch, a Portuguese white wine.
We all had the tomato and vegetable soup, and then eagerly rushed up to the French market table to fill our plates with goodies of pate, seafood, cured meats and plenty of freshly cooked bread. Although I don’t eat seafood, this is one of my favourite parts of the meal, there is plenty to choose from and it’s just like going for a picnic but without the stinging nettles, wind-chill factor and lumpy ground.
We weren’t very exciting with our choices for mains, none of us wanted to get food envy so three of us went for Roast Rib of Beef (served pink), and just one of us had the Steak Frites. And then for desserts we each had our favourites: Crème brulee, profiteroles, and banana bread and butter pudding with rum and raisins.
A great lunch (lasting four hours), it felt like Christmas day - only warmer!