Searcys Champagne Bar at St Pancras
Bar in London
Searcys Champagne Bar at St Pancras is known to be the longest Champagne Bar in Europe and is the perfect place for a rendez-vous!
You are literally sitting meters away from the Eurostar trains as they roll in to their platforms. The bar itself is outside albeit within this beautifully historic station under the Barlow Shed with its quite stunning architecture.
The bar can be cold in the winter months but they do have blankets and very effective heaters under the tables, so it is advisable to wrap up warm. I have sat out here on cold January and February evenings sipping a glass or two of Champagne, but you know what, it adds to the whole ambience of the place and makes it something very special and unique.
You may however want to plan a few visits as their Champagne list is extensive and diverse, offering the largest selection of Grand Marque houses in the UK, giving you a choice of anywhere between 15 to 30 different glasses to choose from, depending on the time of the year. The list is far too long to go into too much detail, but I will just mention that they have some rare vintage champagnes from a Lanson Vintage Magnum 1979 to a Krug Clos du Mesnil 1996. They stock Veuve Clicquot, Tattinger, Pommery, Ruinart, Perrier-Jouët, Moët et Chandon to name just a few.
Searcys also have a great little small bites and food menu that pairs perfectly with your choice of bubbly. From small plates of cured British meats from Trealy Fram to fine cheeses and their daily seafood selection, such as dressed Weymouth prawns or potted crab on piccolos bread. They also serve Beluski caviar and if you are really hungry, a whole Portland lobster. For the oyster lovers amongst you, they have a great selection of seasonal native oysters.
I recall one visit when they had some tasty home-made pies to go with our Champagne and they sometimes have special promotions. One time I had some little smoked salmon canapés and more recently some wonderful smoked salmon on home-made rye bread that came with our glasses of Champagne. And if you have a sweet tooth, how about indulging in a Gold ball champagne truffle!
For those of you thinking that this would be a great place to hold a party or little gathering, well that’s perfectly possible. The Besserat de Bellefon Champagne Tasting Lounge is just across the platform and gives you your own private space.
Open from 8am to 11pm Monday to Friday. Saturday from 7am to 11pm and Sunday from 9am to 10:30pm.
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Ambience||Hot Spot, Romantic|
|Clientele||People waiting for their trains to the Continent as well as business and leisure guests wanting a unique meeting place in a fun location.|
Champagnes start from just under £9 a glass or £52 a bottle. Tasting Trios from £16. Beers from £4; Wine by the glass from just under £5. Fresh Seafood starts from £5.50. ½ dozen Oysters from £15; Cheese plates from £5.50; Charcuterie plates from £5.50.
Last updated on 29-11-2012