BOUTIQUE hotel Hotel du Vin Brighton's newly appointed general manager has helped unveil the hotel's new-look bistro.

Staying true to its classic French roots, the new style restaurant aims to combine elegance and informality - with a modern twist.

It was revealed at a lavish launch party on Thursday, where guests enjoyed charcuterie, cheese and pickles; roast beef, vegetables and Yorkshire puddings; shellfish and cured salmon; as well Sussex sparkling wine from Ridgeview and craft beer from BrewDog.

The relaunch comes weeks after the appointment of Ben Haynes as general manager, who has previously worked at The Grand, Brighton.

It also comes after Hotel du Vin's sister group Malmaison rebrands the former Seattle hotel at Brigthon Marina, while newcomer rival Harbour Hotels launches at the former Hotel Umi site on Kings Road.

The new-look bistro is characterised by marble topped tables and rich brown leather benches for what promises to be a classic Parisian experience.

Entrance curtains unveil a luxurious setting with pictures inspired by the nautical and famous seaside destination.

Seafood classics such as sharing platters will be available as well as a new 'Flavours' menu, which has an array of small and large plates filled with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

A specialist in wine, the hotel boasts an ever evolving and impressive wine list for all tastes.

The refurbishment comes 15 years after Hotel du Vin Brighton’s launch, and aims to update the hotel's bespoke offer for food and drink and lovers as well as business visitors.

The new look follows a period of significant investment into the hotel with upgraded outdoor terrace, bar and guest rooms.

Nick Halliday, chief operating officer of Hotel du Vin, said: “We are delighted that the refurbishment of the new bistro has been completed at Hotel du Vin Brighton.

"We look forward to welcoming guests into our new bistro and showcasing the fantastic food we have on offer.

"Whilst Brighton is fast paced and always changing, it has always been recognised as a great dining destination.

"We are confident that the new experience we are offering guests will ensure that Hotel du Vin remains the cornerstone of what the city has to offer those who love great food and drink in a stylish setting."