a unique concept set within a chic, convivial, subtly seductive environment
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a Wine Bar is a licensed establishment that serves many different wines. If you thought you already knew that, we suggest that a visit to Le Vignoble – the inviting new venture within the historic, elegant stylishly quirky Milsom Place quarter – will redefine your personal definition of a longstanding merrymaking tradition. Having successfully hosted the first branch of Le Vignoble in Plymouth for six years, enthusiastic oenophiles Yannick and Ele have come to Bath on a mission to provide a stylishly welcoming chillout zone specialising in a wide selection of quality fine wines, all carefully selected to represent a balance of styles, quality and price, with a focus on labels from small, independent artisan producers.
The selection of up to 32 tipples changes on a monthly basis, so the more you visit, the more new wine-world friends you’re likely to make. On the food front, a small but perfectly formed grazing menu goes large on tasty, tasteful little plates of exceptionally well-sourced cheese and charcuterie (much of it imported directly from the legendary Rungis Market in Paris) and a French tapas selection that changes with the seasons. You can, if you so wish, turn your lunchtime into a staycation experience at Le Vignoble courtesy of the £9.95 set menu, which brings a selection of French cheeses, saucisson, cured ham, olives and bread plus a glass of La Cuvée du patron to your table every day up until 3pm – be careful, though, because you may well find that you don’t want to head back to work afterwards.
And if you choose to linger long, this is where the whole Le Vignoble USP gets really interesting… There is, of course, a ‘traditional’ bar service area at the front of this beautifully designed contemporary lounge. But if you step away from the bar and take a little stroll around, you’ll encounter a range of self-service, state of the art Enomatic dispensers lining the walls, each displaying four bottles of wine – maintained by the machines at the perfect temperature for their temperament – alongside a thoroughly accessible description of what each tipple may taste like (oh, and there’s a dedicated gin selection, too.) Interest piqued, all you have to do is charge up your bespoke Le Vignoble ‘credit card’ at the bar (or use a ‘tab card’ that allows you to simply pay for what you’ve consumed at the end of your visit,) grab yourself a glass from the rack and decide your level of commitment to the wine of your choice, choosing from a taster sip, a small glass or a large glass, at prices that always, always defy the quality and provenance on offer and offering you the opportunity to take a delightful voyage of discovery at your own pace and price-point.
All the wines are available by the bottle to take away at discounted price, or to enjoy at a table with (or without) the aforementioned alimentation for the retail price plus £8 corkage. Simple? Yes indeed – and definitely the most unpretentious, lighthearted, no-pressure way to educate your tastebuds that we’ve ever encountered. Should you wish to take that education a step further, friendly, knowledgeable staff are on hand to offer advice, assistance and recommendations, and Yannick and Ele’s team regularly host lively, informative tasting sessions on the airy but intimate loft-style mezzanine area, which also happens to be available for private hire to groups of up to 20 revellers. Le Vignoble has bought a unique concept to Bath, set within a chic, convivial, subtly seductive environment – we heartily recommend that you raise a glass to our nouveau meilleur copains at your earliest opportunity. To keep up to date with news and offers from Le Vignoble, sign up for their newsletter here, follow them on Facebook or on Twitter @LeVignobleBath
- Wheelchair access ,
- Free wifi available ,
- Gluten free options ,
- Baby changing facilities
Sunday – Thursday: 12noon – 11pm;
Friday – Saturday: 12noon – midnight
Situated on the upper level off the northern (Broad Street) entrance to Milsom Place. Also accessible from the Milsom Street entrance, opposite Jolly’s department store.
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