Is there a more exciting clink than that of a Bon Voyage toast? If for you, like us, a trip is something to celebrate, then you need to know about the newly transformed St Pancras Champagne Bar by Searcys.
Europe’s longest champagne bar, set to the backdrop of St Pancras’ Victorian Gothic canopy, proves that there’s no better way to toast your travel than with a glass of France’s finest export – and nowhere does it better than Searcys.
That’s because the Champagne Bar by Searcys, located on the Grand Terrace of the iconic St Pancras station, right above the Eurostar platforms, and therefore, at the doorstep of Europe – has just enjoyed a dazzling renovation.
The transformation sees a plush bar ideal for people watching, and an all-new selection of cosy private booths join the venue – perfect for escaping the bustle of the train station below, or for enjoying a romantic glass or two together with a date. After all, the bar does find itself below Tracey Emin’s intimate light-fixture artwork “I want my time with you”.
Thankfully, guests at this bar will never have to spend that time waiting a moment longer than necessary for a glass of bubbles. Both bar and booth seating alike comes complete with ‘Press for Champagne’ buttons. As, we must now demand, every self-respecting bar or restaurant do from now on.
And what will arrive post-button push? Expect an extensive selection of champagne by the glass, bottle or magnum, including Searcys Selected Cuvée, and the champagne experts’ limited edition of Blanc de Blancs, made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes in honour of its 175th birthday, as well as classic champagnes by Taittinger, Bollinger and more.
English sparkling wine – currently proving to hold its own against champagne – is also on offer from some of the UK’s best winemakers, as are some of our favourite champagne cocktails, such as the Kir Royale and French 75.
But, it’s not all about the bubbles. Or at least, not entirely. The newly reopened venue also features a just-as-attractive seafood bar, providing the perfect pairing for your fizz of choice. Think: Rock and Native oysters with a mignonette sauce, Portland Crab rarebit, and hand-dived Orkney scallop ceviche.
Can’t decide? Just order the shellfish platter, a centrepiece comprising the aforementioned ceviche and oysters with prawns, Shetland mussels and dressed Portland crab.
Our verdict? So good, it’s a destination in itself. We’ll see you at the station.
- Open seven days a week from 12pm, the new St Pancras Champagne Bar by Searcys is now welcoming pre-bookings and walk-ins.
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