I confess, it's not a regular tipple of mine but still, every now and then it's a nice way to spend an evening (or afternoon).
I believe the bar is actually called Searcy's but Grand Champagne Bar is a pretty good description of just what this place is about anyway. Plush looking with a central bar area and two long, narrow stems of seating reaching out from either side ensures that this bar covers quite an area. Service is available at the bar but table service is the norm here and the staff have been attentive in my experience.
Obviously the sparkly stuff is the order of the day here and they have it in abundance from prices as low as one could reasonably expect from a classy establishment all the way up to the bottles which may as well be marked 'Are you having a laugh?'. Numerous nibbles as well as some cocktails are also available.
There is an inside bar here too, which I haven't been in to yet, so expect a review update when this happens. This is more likely now that winter is blustering in and the platform/outside (but not out-outside) bar does get chilly. We left our coats on last time but it'll only get more discomforting in the really wintry months.
Also, just a note on the service. Last time I was here, midway through a bottle a bill was dumped on our table and payment or a bank card for a tab was more or less demanded. Clearly quite disgruntled at being interrupted like this - it was done rather discourteously - apologies were forthcoming and complimentary snacks were also brought out after a brief remonstration but the act was more than a little unexpected. An equivalent would be inviting a person over to your house and then bringing the vacuum cleaner out when you're done with them. We were reassured a little that it has become more of a standard practise for them as a number of customers have fled without paying their bill. Though I understand this and I'll learn to be less affronted should it happen again, the situation could have been avoided if approached more tactfully. So now you know.
Aside from that one incident - proper lush!
Service left a bit to be desired but I imaging they get a lot of turn over. Wait staff seemed more interested in hanging out chatting behind the bar than actually working. We had to signal each time we wanted anything.
Snacks were good as was the sparkling and the G&T.
Interesting place with fun scenery.
I love this place, the beautiful building, decor, atmosphere etc. and yet every time I come to the restaurant/coffee lounge area, the service and 'couldn't care less' attitude of its staff lets it down. Things are slightly better across at the champagne bar so I may just visit there again. Today was the last chance however - just a basic coffee and croissant. What could go wrong? Coffee came quickly, croissant ten minutes later after I'd chased it up! Even when the manager gave me my change and I explained I didn't want to pay the 'discretionary service charge' (which he had just assumed when he gave me my change) he didn't even ask why. If this was the first time then I'd let it pass. It's happened on every visit though. Sorry guys you need to step it up!
There is something very glamorous about sipping champagne in William Henry Barlow's Victorian "cathedral of the railways".
Located on the upper concourse of St Pancras Station, this place is stylish, sophisticated, and nothing like what you'd expect from a neighbor of the Eurostar. The sleek white table top bar and dining area are alluring- if not inviting. The bubbly itself is the reason for coming here, and they have a little something for everyone. Options range from the affordable £8.95 glass of Grande Tradition Brut to the forever extravagant £1500 bottle of Nebuchadnezzar Taittinger Brut Réserve. Most prices hover around £13.50 a glass and it's worth every pound. The French 75 (cocktail consisting of Greenall's gin, lemon juice topped with Champagne) was literally the best thing I've ever had and no place I've been to subsequently has been able to recreate it. Even well established cocktails bars which aren't surrounded by extensive public transport.
The menu is clever and fitting, ensuring that you have the choice of lobster or caviar, luxurious French cheese, and smoked salmon. My only suggestion to them is adding scrambled eggs.
They have something called the Bubble Hour, which basically means some half priced flutes after 8pm. It's almost enough to make you miss your train to Paris...
This may be the bet gin cocktail I've had in London.
I was dubious about a champagne bar in the station, considering other things tried there have been... less than stellar, we shall say. But this was a wonderful surprise. Located on the second floor right next to resting trains (at least I think they were. The one next to us stayed stationary all night, making for great ambiance), comfortable seats around the bar, low-lighting and surprisingly quiet for being where it was.
And the drinks were great. For about £7, I got a gin cucumber cocktail that was fantastic. Cold, smooth with just the right hints of cucumber. Yes.
I would come back here in a heartbeat. No question at all.
My mom and I arrived too early at St. Pancras to check in for our Eurostar back to Paris, and the station was crowded and there wasn't a free seat to be found anywhere, so at first we thought we would grab a coffee or something, but since it was our last day in London we decided to splurge a little and have some champagne.
It ended up being a great idea, it was much quieter up in the champagne bar, so it made our wait feel more relaxing. We opted for glasses of the two cheapest champagnes, and even though they were the cheapest, they were still delicious. Yes, it may seem a little pricey, but honestly every thing in London is expensive and champagne in my hometown is very expensive, so keeping that in mind, it was almost a deal.
Overall I was very happy with our decision to choose champagne over coffee and vote for you to do the same!
This is a fun way to start off your evening if you've got money to burn. I joined a few friends for a cheerful night out and we had a wonderful bottle of Champagne at the St Pancras Grand Champagne Bar. My only reservation is the cost, £99 for one bottle is quite a markup. I understand businesses need to make a profit however this is a bit on the extreme side in my humble opinion.
This is a fun place to make your own party and enjoy some nice bubbles but remember it'll take some deep pockets y'all to keep the cheers flowing. This American Southerner enjoys a good glass of bubbly like most but at this price I could jump on the Eurostar and sip champagne in Paris for just a little more. Au revoir y'all and save up your quid if you're gonna sip champagne by the train.
If you are about to take a train to Brussels or Paris then the St Pancras Grand Champagne is 5 star worthy. The bar is adjacent to the rail tracks so you get to see the high-speed trains roll in and out of the station....I'm still not sure if that is romantic or just bizarre, so I'll go with bizarrely romantic to describe the ambiance. St Pancras itself is a gorgeous station with a massive glass curved roof that lets in lots of light. At sunset it is quite remarkable. By far this is the best place to have a drink before your train. Great selection of bubbles with actually semi-reasonable prices.
However, if you are not about to board a train for the continent, this bar is quite the let down and not recommended. The website and promotional materials claim this is Europe's longest champagne bar but as the other reviewers note, the bar itself is not very big, but rather there is an endless row of booths that make the bar as long as a full train. I happened to be here for an event (and was not boarding a train) and was disappointed with the bar...it has an awkward layout and for casual drinks it's just a bizarre setting. I would only come back if I was taking a train.
Situated on the upper concourse of St Pancras station this is a great place to eat either side of a journey given its proximity to the Eurostar terminal and HS1 to Kent.
The interior is of old school station restaurant style, although it is not as grand as Paris's Le Train Bleu in Gare de Lyon. The food is excellent if a little pricey, I always favour the steak burger which is about £15, and the service is great too. The size of the restaurant means that no booking is necessary.
Hopping on the train to Paris from St Pancras station is a very classy affair. It is almost impossible not to get caught up in the old fashioned elegance of the whole thing. Myself, well I took to waltzing about the station as though I had just stepped out of 'Brief Encounter'. The temptation to have a glass of Champagne in the world's longest bar (bit of an odd achievement that one) was too much for me and I quickly dragged my boyfriend to a couple of stools and flicked through the menu.
Our waiter was absolutely charming and very happy to offer us a few suggestions. I was impressed when these included a few of the cheaper glasses as well as the high end stuff. Maybe he'd seen through my Brief Encounter disguise and realised this was actually a one off special occasion for us, or maybe he was just a lovely man that cared more about finding us something we would enjoy than something that would cost a lot of money. Either way he had me smitten.
St. Pancras station is a wonderful piece of architecture, and this bar is cool because you can sit here and watch the Eurostars pulling up next to you.
It's hardly 'buzzing' though, but worth a quick drink as a 'different' thing to do.
Who knew that what's essentially a station restaurant could be so delightful?
I ate here buffet style at a conference I attended last year, and wanted to try out the a la carte.
We rocked up at 2pm on a Sunday, and say straight down. They had live jazz, which was lovely.
We both had salmon, which was delivered in minutes. That usually worries me, but this was the nicest smoked salmon I've ever eaten. Served with home-baked soda bread, also delicious, is was a real treat. I'm salivating just thinking about it.
Steaks were also amazing. Cooked to perfection, served swiftly, and with lovely fries and Bearnaise. Plus grill garnish of course.
We turned down dessert, but the wine was also tasty. All in all, a great stop off with surprisingly great food.
The place itself is GORGEOUS too.
I have a few friends and family who own there own businesses, so I've come to appreciate the power of a negative customer review. However, sometimes you got to be cruel to be kind. Aside from the bar, this place is truly awful.
I was the waiter for our table. The restaurant was empty, there were plenty of staff yet I had to get up and top up glasses, and get up to fetch the waiter when we needed a drink.
The food was SHOCKING. I am not a fussy customer nor a food snob. I took one bight of my steak burger (which is just a normal burger) and instantly returned it to the kitchen. The meat was cooked to a char and i think the bun was over a week old. I never return food. I figured that it was more of a fish restaurant anyway so I asked for the prawns instead. When they arrived, some were still frozen. Un-be-lievable.
The service was awful. Not only did our waiter smell like a sardine factory on a hot summers day but he didn't even know his own menu. This is, of course, when he decided to grace us with his attention.
The prices here are extortionate. I wouldn't pay more than 8£ for anything on this menu yet they feel it's worth an average £18 per course.
This restaurant needs to change hands. It's a beautiful art deco venue so maybe it needs to just become a bar, but what ever is going on right now needs to be put a stop to. F**** this place... there, I said it!
In fairness, the espresso was fine.
Located opposite the St Pancras Champagne Bar, on the upper concourse. If you are coming back from Paris in the evening - this is a great place to stop and refuel. This place is full of quality, the decor is typically from a bygone era and fits perfectly with train travel experience.
Food and staff are excellent, as is the wine list. If you are passing through stop for some food.
I was a bit disappointed when I first came here, since I am sure that everyone had heard that this was the longest champagne bar, and in my slightly crazy and wild imagination I thought this would mean that the bar counter was going to stretch the whole length of the train, but obviously this is not the case. It is only the booths that stretch on forever.
That being said however, it definitely manages to add a bit of pre-glamour to your trip to Paris or Brussels. I do enjoy a good glass of champagne once in a while, and this bar has a wide variety of options, some more affordable than others.
And what better way is there to wait for your train than sit under a magical vaulted glass cieling with a full glass of champagne. All you need now, is a well-fitted 20's suit and trilby for the boys, and a flowing silk gown with lots of pearls and a fur coat. Oh, if only...
Love the atmosphere and the build out housed inside the working train station, truly worth a visit of you love train stations and/or champagne. Overpriced, but you're paying for the service & the novelty. Unfortunately the service sucked. Two champagnetenders together poured our flights when really one person should have been doing it. The man assisting accidentally poured the wrong champagne into the wrong glass, I could tell he noticed he effed up but he didn't say anything. I didn't mention it (I was with my
mom & she's already a little high maintenance) but I really thought he should have owned up to his mistake, especially given the painstakingly careful pours & the high prices.
No matter, they will always do a brisk business due to the great location & the stunning interior & exterior architecture.
This is a really cool place in an unexpected location. The food is really quite good and they were extremely accommodating for our group. They even substituted my starter to a delicious stilton salad as I am allergic to seafood and salmon was the starter on our pre-fixed menu.
The atmosphere was really nice and they did a good job with the decor mixing a classic train station style with a 40's era restaurant. Our group seemed to all enjoy the food and it was a great introduction to St. Pancras Grand!
I've dined here a couple of times in the last month, and have left happily (and sleepily) full both times.
There's a decent wine list here, and I struggled a bit to choose. The whisky selection (some of which is in cases along one wall) looks like it's worth a sample or three.
I was very pleased with the food, which was well prepared and seasoned. I was surprised at first as the menu reads like a standard pub (and not necessarily one with gastro as a prefix), but can report the food certainly doesn't arrive looking or tasting standard.
It's a nice quiet place in Pancras, and I'd recommend it if you're in the area.
i like the finer things in life, and i very much like a good glass of champagne. i particularly think this is a lovely thing to do before a quick weekend trip to paris. st pancras is a beautiful station so the atmosphere of having a glass of champagne whilst sitting here waiting for a train to beautiful paree is a really lovely thing to do - once.
the thing is - the champagne is mega pricey - even for champagne, it's a train station, so it's cold! the seating isn't comfortable, the gimmick of it being the longest bar in the world is stupid, and i find it a bit weird that the waiters in a super posh champagne bar are wearing big puffy black jackets. i totally get it, i'm a cold person too, so i'd need to as well, so logistically i know it has to happen, and there's no way around this, but personally, if i'm paying £15 for a glass of champagne, i kinda want to be served by someone who looks bloody dapper!
This restaurant is stunning. The art deco interior design is breathtaking, and somehow - combined with its train station location - makes you feel as if you have stepped back in time and are dining in the 1920s. I almost wanted to slap on some rouge, wear a pensive expression and light a cigarette to fully embrace the moment....until I remembered that I detest smoking.
The food was delicious too. I went for the two courses for £20 option. The portions weren't huge, but not stingy. The service was efficient and polite, though certainly not friendly.
Despite the opulent setting, I would probably recommened this restaurant as a good business lunch venue, rather than a 'will you marry me' type of place. Mind you, I'd be quite happy for someone, ANYONE, to propose to me in a Wetherspoons right now .... ;)
Pricey but worth it! St Pancras Grand is a (British) Restaurant that deserves to succeed.
I imagine during the day that this is a bit of a business hangout. By evening it's a classy joint wth great food, excellent service and a super choice of drinks . . . . . the champagne list is almost as long as the legendary bar outside!
We arrived for a second sitting booking (post 9pm) and our party was a flexible feast with more people ariving - the staff accomodated us by adding seats and settings to our table . . . with consumate charm and good grace.
We had champagne to drink - what else?! - then moved to our table.
We had Rock Oysers to start - huge, soft, fresh and served with shallot vinegar and red and green tabasco. One of our party was a vegetarian with allergies to almost every foodstuff known to humankind. The staff could not have been more accommodating and plied said person with oodles of crudite and various dressings, dips and sauces for flavour and amusement. The white Rioja complemented the Oysters perfectly.
For the main course we cleaved neatly into two with half the table ordering steak and chips, the other half opting for liver and mash. The red Rioja was a hit - big bleeding red fruit, perfect with meat. One of the Liver eaters was heard to mutter that there wasn't enough Liver (there was, it was just too yummy!) . . . hey presto the kitchen conjured up some more, gratis. Impressve!
Our 'veggie' friend was served up a dish made to her spec - an off-menu dish cooked to order? Uheard of - and was delightfully considerate of the kitchen too.
The steak was delicious . . . . medium rare, the chips were huge and chunky but crisp too . . . yum. The Liver was reportedly soft and rich whilst the mash elicited many oohs and aaahs.
I had ice-cream for pudding - by that stage I didn't much care what anyone else had . . . . I had recessed into childhood as the fresh strawberry and nutty vanilla flavours swirled in my mouth . . . . heaven.
The bill was a reassuring £80 a head . . . we weren't left feeling disappointed, far from it. St Pancas Grand satisfies. Hell, I can go better than that; St Pancras Grand excels beautifully.
Overhyped in our travel book.
"The world's longest champagne bar" I guess I should have figured that it wouldn't actually be the entire bar, just the table and booths but I didn't so I was a little disappointed.
We ordered a glass of the champagne of the day and it was good but nothing special and it was so cold that it distracted from the experience. There were heat lamps at some parts of the bar but the one above us was either broken or just turned off so we got no relief.
I am glad to say that I had a drink there but I wouldn't be sad if I don't get back there again. If you have some time to kill and don't want to shop in the station, stop by for a glass. Otherwise - skip-able.
Eating in this place really makes you feel like you are waiting for your train at a station way back when trains were the only way to travel and dining was done in style. All the original Art Deco furnishings have been kept and eating here is a lovely experience.
Great food, great atmosphere, attentive and helpful staff if you have a couple of hours to kill around Kings Cross, an empty stomach and a few quid in your pocket then definitely check this place out.
I was lucky enough to eat here for free as I was writing about the Foyle's literary dinner with Jilly Cooper (I know, scream). This is a really beautiful room in that arty style I can never tell is deco or nouveau. This is something I need to work on. The staff were friendly and polite, and we were looked after very well.
The literary dinners are £55 for three courses with a glass of wine which seems rather pricey to me, although we were all greeted with a champagne cocktail on arrival and the bottles seemed to be free-flowing throughout, so maybe they'd noted it wrong.
We had duck to start which was delicious, served with a beetroot coulis which I avoided, and a horseradish creme which I inhaled. We had a really good red wine which I forgot to note down, but which managed to be punchy without being overpowering.
Similarly inhaled was the sea bream with fragrant, crispy potatoes and a really delicious sauce to dip them in, and an astonishingly decadent toffee and chocolate tart with honeycomb ice cream and caramel sauce. For puds like this, really you have to take your daily WeightWatchers points allowance and put it in a cupboard, lock it and throw away the key and hurrah! I did.
I've never been remotely impressed with restaurants at train stations, and why I certainly wouldn't detour here for dinner, if I were catching the Eurostar or had just descended and didn't have awful train hair and someone was picking up the bill, I would find it a wildly romantic place to eat.
I've had Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester, and I've had Afternoon Tea here. Yes, The Grand is half the price, but it's not even approaching half as good. If you can't be bothered to read this whole review/rant, I'll sum it up for you in three alliterative words...shambolic, stingy and surprising (that it wasn't better).
£25 each for a glass of champagne, tea or coffee, finger sandwiches, scones and cakes isn't exactly a cheap, and what with the fancy gold ceiling etc, I was expecting a decent showing. Um, nope.
Service was slightly shambolic. Having been shown to the table by the receptionist lady, six of us were abandoned at our table for ten to fifteen minutes before anyone came over to ask who we were and what we were having. Unfortunately, the staff betray a lack of training - for example, it's not appropriate to advertise the price of the afternoon tea to all the guests already seated, when it's clear that it's a party of people were being entertained by one of the group. In general, they're a miserable bunch of sods. Oh oh, some look like they've been watching Grange Hill for tips on how to tie a tie. Stupid.
The tea selection was, just, meh. They didn't have a menu, the waiter stumbled over them as he tried to remember each one (Earl Grey, Assam, Darjeeling, Green Tea, Peppermint Tea, Fresh Mint Tea) ending with:
"...and we also have a fruit tea, which, you know, is not good."
"What, you mean it's horrible?"
Way to sell your product, fella. Our orders also got mixed up, peppermint tea instead of green tea, cold coffee. Not very reassuring.
Sandwiches - three finger sandwiches each. No more. NO MORE. NO MORE FATSO. No, you are not allowed any extras. Unless of course you pay for them. Fillings were smoked salmon, chicken salad, and what on inspection looked like grated cheese and tomato, just like your mum used to make for your lunchbox at school. Except I think they may have run out of cheese and grated a stick of butter instead, such was the lack of flavour.
Scones - warm, lovely texture. But there was only one each. One. They should call this place Scrooges.
Cakes - Two slivers of sponge cake. One chocolate, one plain. Blah. Two tartlet things, filled with gloopy custard and fruit.
The tea was fine, just an unadventurous selection.
I know it's not fair comparing it to The Dorchester, but it just isn't in the same league, or planet. I implore you, if you're going for afternoon tea, save up your money and go somewhere else instead.
As soon as you step into St Pancras Grand, you feel like one of the nearby Eurostar trains has actually transported you into a whole other time and place. The hustle and bustle of the station drips away, and all's that left is lovely English food, great drinks and the beautiful art deco ambience.
Sadly the service wasn't up to scratch on my second visit last night, with lengthy waits when ordering and waiting for the food, and a rather inhospitable maitre d. Look past that, and you'll have a fabulous time here. You don't even need to be catching a train to warrant a visit to this gorgeous restaurant.
The St Pancras Grand does old-school, and it does it very well. If the food were any cheaper, it would certainly merit five stars, but here you get exactly what you pay for (it is, you might say, reassuringly expensive).
In fact, when I ate here I found everything to be pretty much exactly what I expected. From the decor (reassuringly old-school) to the service (reassuringly attentive) to the menu (reassuringly English) and the prices (see above).
A little more about the service: it was superlative, probably the best thing about the place. When you're running a restaurant inside a railway station, where people may have a train to catch and limited time on their hands, you have to have staff who are (unobtrusively) attentive and quick to respond to the customer's every need. That's exactly what you get at the Grand.
I only had time for a quick single course (smoked haddock with crushed potatoes, poached egg and mustard butter - £16 + service) and a kir royale (which was excellent, as one would expect from an establishment which is basically an extension to Europe's biggest champagne bar). The food was excellent, cooked to perfection. There wasn't that indefinable extra zing which the very best chefs somehow impart to their food, and which would truly merit a five-star review, but like I said, it was worth every penny of the £16 (total bill, including the kir royale and service, was just over £30).
I shall definitely be back here soon, and hope to sample more of the menu including their £18.47 fixed meal.
The grand is in a fantastic setting and has been done very well to capture both the old and the contemporary it feels typically english but also stylish. The wine list is very good and i must say i prefer going here for a drink after work or on the way home rather than for a meal as the food is quite pricey and a little old fashioned.
This may sound like an odd point to mention too but the bathrooms are some of the best you will ever see a welcome piece of luxury.
The champagne bar is great although a little cold but you truely forget that your are in a station once you have a nice chilled glass of good bubbly in your hand. If you are around st pancras you should visit the grand.
Disappointed. Went for the 'Easter Feast" which is £30 for three courses, plus a Bellini.
Service - relaxed, which is not what is required in a Station. My waiter was smarmy/surly and wanted a slap.
Fish starter was competent yet dull and was of small portion. Main dish - well cooked Bream with boring potato, greens and a really basic tomato sauce (sautéed onion and puree....and little else).
Cheese board was the biggest course of all (wrong) and was cold!
Overall: competent yet dull.
Nice space though.
Had a wonderful meal here that was very much helped by the fantastic selection of scotch whiskey. The leg of lamb was outstanding - as was the bone marrow starter. My wife had scallops that were perfectly prepared. Service started out slow - but got better. The woman that seated us was a real gem. I'd recommend this place wholeheartedly.
Located inside the newly renovated St Pancras train station, the Champagne Bar, is one of the coolest, most romantic, and old world bar I have been to. Situated next to the Eurostar, one sits in heated booths sipping champagne as travelers come and go from various destinations. There are many champagnes to select from, by glass or bottle. Food is served as well but not recommended. You come for the champagne and the atmosphere. As you sit under the vaulted glass inside St. Pancras, I get nostalgic and remember my youth traveling around Europe by train. This is a great place to start any evening and a sure way to impress your date.
ambiance is delightful, basked in natural light from the glass ceiling of the station. it's a bit noisy for my taste but i'm also the one who wears noise-cancelling headphones in the office because the hvac is so freaking loud (to my ears).
we went there for brunch on a social deal and while the food was ok, i just couldn't justify that price for soggy eggs. HOWEVER, the champagne list is extensive and looks like fun to explore with the palette. i didn't give it a go since i was picking up my parents and picking up parents with a bubbly buzz...well, they wouldn't be amused.
great location to hang out if in between trains or waiting for someone (depending on the situation).
Supposedly the longest champagne bar in London or something? I didn't notice that. But ....impressive selection of champagnes including my favourite Phillipponat
This is a great place to enjoy a beautiful train station and to watch all the coming and going on the Eurostar.
Service isn't awesome but it's the perfect place to sip champagne for as long as you want.
Well if you are about this start a journey into Paris how could you not enjoy a class of Champagne before your train takes off. At least that was exactly what I did! And would do again, anytime, even without the train ticket in my pocket.
There is a cool vibe in the hall like train station. That slightly exited atmosphere, the same you will find from airports, when people are looking forward of going, something new and exiting is about to happen.
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The Champagne selection is divine, and if it really is your holiday you are about to start, splashing a small fortune on a glass of bubbles does not hurt at all.
What a fabulous place to spend your time in a train station. Definitely a good addition to any travel experience. I wish more airports/ stations had places like this!
Better than your average station bar but not worthy of the hype. I found the lighting level positively dark. Drinks as you would expect on the expensive side. Service was a little surley
I think this place is all-right esp if you want to stop-by right before you hop onto the Eurostar. Their oysters were quite decent!
I did a wrapping service at St Pancras and went here a couple if timesIt's awsome and the wines are reasonable too (Chablis for £25)...Definately recommend it. The Champagne bar is good but VERY cold so wrap up warm!
We've just had an excellent week day business lunch here. Quiet enough to be able to talk without feeling deserted, and very well located, the restaurant provided a spacious and airy environment, with delicious food at a pretty reasonable rate. The service was attentive but they were happy to give us space - only let themselves down with poorly presented coffee, so not the end of the world!
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