The Paddington Champagne Bar is the new addition to the Searcys family of Champagne bars around London – including those at St. Pancras Station and Westfield. Located amidst the busy food court area of Paddington, The Champagne Bar may not provide the serenity of its sister at St. Pancras, but it does make the perfect pit stop for an after-work drink – or perhaps a pre-flight treat en route to Heathrow. Offering Champagne both by the glass and bottle, as well as Champagne-based cocktails, the menu has an option for almost any budget – ranging from £8.50 for a glass of their house champagne, (Le Marquis De Marillac Brut NV) up to £25 for a splurge on a glass of their Prestige Cuvée (Dom Pérignon 2002). I’m tempted to return and try the Pommery Tasting Tray -a selection of four 50ml tastings of Pommery’s seasonal champagnes – and priced at £18, it’s an affordable treat for those interested in sampling a variety of Champagnes.
Serving a selection of charcuterie and cheeses, the food menu provides a perfect complement of nibbles to the 14 different Champagnes by the glass – with staff more than happy to recommend a dish to match your fizz of choice. Staff were lovely and incredibly knowledgeable about the Champagne, offering a bit of history on its origins and helpful tasting notes that guided us novices through the menu.
Thanks to the Friday Fizz competition run by the Twitter presence of Searcys Champagne Bar, a friend joined me for a glass of Dom Pérignon 2002 at The Champagne Bar during a busy rush hour at Paddington last week. We also enjoyed a glass of the very reasonable house champagne with a Grana Padano cheese plate and a surprisingly good Champagne jelly.
The Champagne Bar is a pleasant and much-needed addition to the otherwise depressing food and drink establishments of Paddington. Be sure to follow @thechampagnebar on Twitter or pop in to keep an eye out for the specials, including a Valentine’s Day Special: two glasses of Francois Dilligent Brut Rose and chocolates for £15.