Hotel du Vin,
The Sugar House,
+44 117 925 5577
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Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-10.30pm
A former sugar refinery and several grade II listed warehouses dating back to 1700’s have been sympathetically restored and converted into this wine led boutique hotel. The hotels small bar retains the old warehouse feel with a planked floor, exposed beams and white washed ruff brick walls. Comfy sofas around low coffee tables give this homely bar a lounge feel and should the weather be clement, there’s a shady courtyard with tables around a small fountain.
Drink-wise this is an exceptional bar with access to the hotels extensive and superb wine list, some 70 rums including 1930s Bacardi and well over 100 Scottish malts including many rare bottlings. The choice continiues with more than to cocktails from across the decades, and in my experience, all are well-executed.
A great bar to chill in at any time of day but despite the great service, drinks selection and cosy surroundings it somehow lacks that “I never want to leave” factor.