Diary: Let's do lunch - Hotel du Vin

Harrogate, recently named as one of the UK's best top ten towns in which to live, is blessed with over 120 restaurants. Choosing the right venue to meet clients, brief journalists or win new business can be a real dilemma.

But top of my list is Hotel du Vin, which borders The Stray, the 200-acre park that surrounds the town centre, and is opposite the famous Betty's Tea Room.

The restaurant is typical of the du Vin style - wood, leather, candlesticks and very, very French. While the target audience is mainly the leisure market, the restaurant regularly attracts big hitters from the corporate world. Private dining in the shape of the Henley Vineyards seats up to 18, and is certainly the best in the north of England.

What really sets this restaurant apart is the constant attention of the sommeliers - the hotel is rare in that it boasts two - and the wine cellar is impressive. The a la carte menu is a mix of simple classics that change with the seasons; where possible, fresh produce is sourced from local Yorkshire farmers. And as a business woman who eats out at least three times a week, it is a delight to be served portions that are not overwhelming.

If you want a classy venue, for either lunch or dinner, this is a restaurant that never fails to impress.

Where: Prospect Place, Harrogate, Yorks Contact: 01423 856 800 How much: £25 per person without wine

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