St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar by Searcys has recently marked the 150-year anniversary of St Pancras Station by unveiling its first ‘champagne school’ and a fresh new look.
The venue is synonymous with excellent champagne and is famously home to the longest Champagne bar in Europe – with an extensive bottle selection, including 9 champagnes available by the glass, it is the perfect place for a champagne lover like myself, which means I didn’t need asking twice if I would like to go along and experience a dinner paired with different champagnes.
There’s something magical about stepping off the train and walking through St Pancras station, it’s a little like stepping back in time (especially on the upper level where St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar by Searcys is situated), which is the same feeling you get when you step inside St Pancras Brasserie by Searcys. With a décor that consists of old station clocks, private booths lit by vintage-inspired lighting, Herringbone oak floors and gold ceilings you are effortlessly whisked back to the golden age of travel. While the station buzzes beneath you, this is somewhere for you to unwind in style, before you embark on your next adventure.
We began our food adventure with a chilled glass of Searcys Selected Cuvee Brut, fresh, crisp and light just perfect for tempting our tastebuds for the culinary journey in front of us.
And what a journey it was, starting with Celtic sea prawn cocktail and dressed Portland crab, the prawns were fresh and meaty, accompanied with a sauce that left a slight kick on the palette – delicious. The crab was another hit, presented in a shell, this was a real mouth-watering success. Perfectly paired by our knowledgeable waiter/sommelier Kevin with a cool glass of Taittinger.
Next came the Rump of Herdwick Lamb served with a goat’s cheese tart, whipped aubergine, broad beans and peas, full of flavour with a variety of tastes and textures all coming together to make this a winning dish.
Cumbrian saddleback pork T bone with grilled field mushrooms and watercress was the other mains, cooked to perfection the pork was succulent and delicious. Both dishes were paired with a refreshing glass of Furleigh Estate Brut, with its lingering citrus taste this was perfect for complementing the rich flavours of the meats.
Desserts were a real treat, Rainy Lane natural yogurt mousse with meringue and Yorkshire rhubarb along with summer berries cheesecake. The rhubarb dish had a slightly tart taste, which when taken with a sip of the Nyetimber classic cuvee produced a slightly nutty, almondy taste to the palette, a pure delight. The cheesecake was divine and literally melted in the mouth, the base was made from shortbread with a violet jus and was a whipped-up assortment of deliciousness.
Classic sophistication with a relaxed atmosphere best describes our fabulous dining experience. The food, service and setting were faultless.
St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar by Searcys offers a multitude of options, whether it’s just meeting friends for a glass of champagne or a bar snack. A champagne pairing dinner or booking a place in their newly launched champagne school (guests can take masterclasses to learn all about champagne and English sparkling wines), either at ticketed events, as part of a private party accompanied by a delicious meal, or as a one-of-a-kind celebration at the stunning new Tasting Room or Kitchen Bar.
For more information on champagne school or to book visit www.stpancrasbysearcys.co.uk