When I visited: March 2017
Location: London, in St Pancras station
Rating in the Michelin Guide: Not in Guide
What to wear: Men – jeans or nice trousers and a shirt; women – jeans and a smart top or a smart dress / workwear
Ambience: Smart/casual, quite businessy
Course of the meal: Yellowfin tuna salad
If I could change one thing: Serve breakfast/brunch menu for longer
Searcys is a great addition to the wonderful St Pancras station, which has tons of shops and other restaurants to keep you entertained when waiting for your Eurostar train or just if you are in in the area. Visiting Searcys is one of the most glamorous ways to start off a trip to Paris if you can get a seat at the bar on which to perch while you sip your champagne. If you want a more substantial meal you can sit in the indoor restaurant and enjoy a salad or hearty traditional English food. The toilets are really nice and posh too.
Slight gripes are that they should serve the breakfast/brunch menu for longer (let’s face it, everyone loves breakfast food and not everyone has a morning Eurostar train to catch) and the music is a bit piped and incongruous – something like jazz might be better.
On my pre-journey visit with my partner Owl, we both enjoyed a glass of champagne (mine was a very dry Duval) and I had a yellowfin tuna salad, which was lovely and light. My partner Owl’s chargrilled baby chicken with mint yoghurt and rocket salad was good as well, but we did have to wait quite a while to get served, which is more of a problem when you have lots of guests waiting to check in through security and board an international train.