Posts Tagged ‘bistro du vin’
All seems calm. St John Street, Clerkenwell. But there’s something bubbling away behind the scenes. Car chases, mystery, action… and ‘Gotham city police station’. All directed by Christopher Nolan (of the massively successful Inception). So bat fans, it’s time to check out Gotham’s finest. You might not catch a glimpse of the Dark Knight himself, but as I sink a spoon into one of the temptingly gorgeous cheese soufflés with a glass of Merlot at hand, I wistfully smile to myself. Forget Batman, I prefer our local food heroes. Sitting right amongst the buzz of the action, behind our trademark green canopy and wine barrels, keeping an eye out for Mr Bale et al on one of their breaks, I look forward to the movie release and will always remember, in the wise words of his super onscreen lady friend Rachel Dawes, “It’s not who you are underneath, it’s what you do that defines you”.
What are you going to do tonight? (eccentric billionaires welcome)
Big city neon lights. Big clothing. Bigger hair. Even bigger mobile phones. With The Apprentice hitting our screens again and a menagerie of ever hungry young guns treading over each other to be the next big thing, I find myself hooked once more. The catchphrases, the tasks and the cunning strategies of the select few individuals that shine through, got me to thinking.
It may come in various guises and face an assortment of good and bad challenges over the years depending on the world’s economic conditions, affecting perceptions, trends and decisions from top to bottom. For example, the time to be seen to be flash, big and ballsy is one of the past. Old school business ways are perceived as too showy, not productive, a waste of spare pennies – why have a top meeting over lunch in a local restaurant or bistro, when you can grab a severely pale coffee from the machine and stay within the beige four walls of your 6m x 6m office? Companies are still looking for ways of doing business that show value for money whilst at the same time seen to be ‘looking after’ their clients and colleagues and show that they are important to them. A meeting of minds over an unpretentious brunch and a Bloody Mary, or a late Friday afternoon lunch arrangement that turns into a nip or two of malt to see in the weekend, gives the impression that you care to take the time and show the importance of your clients or colleagues. An important trait to gain loyalty and trust.
Technology is advancing at the speed of light so much so that we don’t even need to be in the same room to have a meeting or hold a conference. I feel a little sad that this may cut out some of the personality, the face-to-face that helps build trust and longevity in business.
The world may have changed, but I believe business on a whole has not. The hunger, the drive, the ambition and the dealing, all still make up the bones of business. Whether a small business of one, or an organisation of hundreds, perception and creating an impression is still a major factor. Ok, so we can’t be seen to be splashing the cash on fancy locations, travel, and popping the Champagne on a regular basis – this doesn’t make good business sense especially in this current climate.
But there’s a balance. To build good relationships and discuss important deals and decisions, there needs to be some sort of respect given to this process. Is it not all part of the perception to take a leaf out of the old school style and add those little touches that made the difference? That impressed or made clients or colleagues feel relaxed and confident in each other? A local beer in the bar was always where the best nuggets of an idea formed, a quick and efficiently served lunch on comfortable stools round the open island kitchen is a great way to kill two birds and eat while you meet. A glass of bubbly to celebrate a success is always well deserved and keeps up spirits and moral.
So, it looks like the big hair’s making a come-back so I say let’s invest in a glass of exceedingly good Claret or chew over a decision on a succulent, melt in the mouth steak once in a while – the devil is in the detail, and if you’re going to do business with him, we should all embrace him.
Once the remit of the cooler wine shops, the “By-the-glass” wine dispenser will take pride of place in the new Bistro du Vin. For all those who love to try wine but don’t want to risk the whole bottle or a full glass, this machine will allow you to be more much more adventurous with your wine choice.
The process is simple. Buy a card at the bar of the bistro and top it up as and when. Wine measures come in two sizes – 50cl and 150cl. As far as we’re aware this is the first of it’s kind to feature in a bistro, and is perfect for the du Vin disciple who love his or her wine.
You can see a similar device in the Vagabond Wine shop in London.
We’re incredibly proud to announce the opening of our first Bistro du Vin in London. Not only is this our first foray into the big city, but it’s the first Bistro du Vin of its kind. We’re thinking all the Bistro taste, style and classic dishes you know and love from your visits to Hotel du Vin in the heart of Clerkenwell.
Over the coming weeks prior to the big launch we’ll be featuring pics of the construction and general paraphernalia surrounding this exciting step for the du Vin brand.
If you want to check it out yourself in person on location the construction work is currently taking place on the former Eastgate Inn. To get there alight at the Farringdon tube station take a left on exiting and walk up the hill passing a plethora of bars and the obligatory Starbucks on your left. At the end of the road you’l see the majestic Smithfield Market , turn left then left again at Pret. Cross over to the other side of the road, walking past St. John’s restaurant and we’re on the right hand side.
We think London is ready. Are you?