‘Champagne is one of the elegant extras in life’ Charles Dickens
I’ll be honest I’m not a massive champagne drinker. For me it is something enjoyed on a special occasion – at a wedding, birthday, job promotion etc. not my usual tipple of choice. However on a couple of occasions I have indulged in a nice cold glass or two from Searcys Champagne Bar in St Pancras train station in London. The first time I took my cousin for her 18th Birthday. The second time my husband took me prior to us jumping on the Eurostar to Paris for my 30th birthday a couple of years ago.
I recently visited again, as my train arrived into St Pancras. Ok, not a special occasion but what a great start to a weekend in London with my lovely husband. On this occasion I opted for the February special which was 3 taster glasses of Rosé Champagnes. The tasting champagne’s are changed on a monthly basis. I assume the Rosés where available for February due to it being the month of Valentine’s Day? From left to right:-
- Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé, NV – Subtle aroma with a delicious bouquet, fine notes of red fruits and zest of citrus with a fresh finish.
- Piper-Heidsiieck Rosé Sauvage, NV – Intense pink colout, fresh with a slight tartness of red fruit which mellows and aromas of red plums.
- Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé, NV – Clean and well defined with intensely fruity flavours and hints of soft red fruits (and my favourite).
‘Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!’ Dom Perignon
Searcys Champagne bar at St Pancras is the longest champagne bar in the whole of Europe. The area is on the first floor of the train terminal and spans 98 meters. There is seating available for 110 people in a choice of areas – the bar, high tables and stools in front of the bar and the fantastic banquettes (booths) that line the back of the bar and seat 6 people each. The banquettes offer heated leather seats, as it can get quite chilly up there especially in the colder months of the year. Together with ‘press for champagne’ buttons via table service.
If sitting out in the terminal is not your thing or you fancy something to eat alongside your booze then why not try Searcys St Pancras The Grand Terrace which is right opposite the champagne bar. I haven’t myself eaten here however I have been inside and it looks fantastic. It also has was has been recognised as one of London’s best whiskey bars.
The St Pancras champange bar is not the only one Searcys have in London. So if you fancy this but cannot get to St Pancras why not check out their website to see which is the closest to where you are visiting/staying in London. Please remember that this is champagne in London so it’s not cheap, £42.50 including 12.5% service charge for two lots of 3 taster glasses. Quite pricey but if it’s a special occassion, you want a ‘welcome to London’ drink or want to toast your time that you have spent in this wonderful capital city why not dig deep and push the boat out?
‘Why do I drink champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone?’ Noel Coward