Nestled on the upper concourse of London’s St Pancras International railway station, St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar by Searcys is a haven of sophistication. Home to the longest Champagne bar in Europe, this sleek Art Deco venue is renowned for serving some of the world’s finest food and Champagne, as well as for its trademark “press for Champagne” button. To mark the station’s 150th anniversary, Searcys at St Pancras has undergone a major transformation, which will see a large-scale redesign and a host of new and exciting offerings.
The reopening sees the introduction of new and enhanced event spaces and design features. The main brasserie now hosts multiple semi-private areas that can be sectioned off by luxurious curtains, providing the perfect setting for anything from a business meeting to a private party. At the far end of the room, the brand-new kitchen bar can function as a daytime workspace or a casual setting for drinks and lunches for up to 37 people.
Elsewhere, the private dining space has become an exclusive tasting room, in which a carved-stone map of the Champagne region gracefully displayed on the wall greets visitors upon entering. This room can booked for meetings, private dinners, or Champagne tasting sessions.
These tasting sessions will make up part of the venue’s new Champagne school, where guests can learn about Champagnes and sparkling wines from Searcys experts. Classes will be put on as ticketed events, such as monthly masterclasses run by Searcys’ drinks ambassador, Joel Claustre. Those looking for an exclusive experience can book private sessions in the kitchen bar or tasting room, where experiences range from a pre-dinner champagne tasting to a full two-hour masterclass served with complementary dishes.
All of this will arrive with a refreshed cocktail and food menu, which have been at the heart of the Searcys ethos since its establishment in 1847. St Pancras by Searcys has always situated itself firmly within its iconic surroundings – reflected in the carriage-style seats of its 98-metre long bar and its ongoing partnerships with Eurostar. Freshly dreamt-up cocktails will continue to draw on the station’s history, with offerings such as “The Heady Highlandman” named after the long journey from Fort William to King’s Cross.
In the kitchen, Searcys St Pancras’s head chef Colin Layfield serves up new dishes that nod to Searcy’s British heritage. Smoked salmon fished from the shores of Aberdeen harbour and spiced Williams pear are just a couple of the eclectic breakfast options on offer, while later in the day guests can tuck into and Creedy Carver chicken pie or a 45-day house-aged rib of beef from the Lake District.
All of these additions will only enhance what is perhaps the venue’s most magical offering – its place as a leading wedding venue. Ceremonies take place under the arched roof of St Pancras Station, which fills the space with natural light. Guests can then wander over to the Champagne bar and brasserie before venturing on to the dance floor, brought to life with the sounds of a band or DJ.
Searcys have a reputation for pulling out all of the stops, and one story tells of two newlyweds who, having married in St Pancras, boarded the Eurostar to find “Congratulations!” written on the arrival signs at the Gare du Nord.
The new developments at St Pancras by Searcys herald a new and exciting phase in the venue’s history while maintaining its character and staple features. Whether booking a masterclass or stopping off for a glass of fizz before boarding the Eurostar, this hidden treasure truly is an unmissable stop for anyone with a taste for Champagne.
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