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We visited London's newest Wetherspoons in St Pancras station and it was pretty slick

We visited London’s newest Wetherspoons in St Pancras station and it was pretty slick

The best way to waste money anywhere is to spend it on alcohol.

But in London, the best way to waste money is buying stuff at the railway station. So if you put a Wetherspoons in a Central London train station you combine the two.

London train stations with Wetherspoons pubs in them include Liverpool Street , Victoria and more recently St Pancras.

The Barrel Vault, in St Pancras Station was built last autumn in line with celebrations of the station‘s 150th year.

Ooh it’s so new and shiny

Its name pays homage to the role St Pancras played in storing beer barrels from Midlands breweries in the late 19th century.

It replaced the station‘s MS which is now located opposite.

The 6,500 square feet pub cost J D Wetherspoon around £2 milllion and has room for 270 seats.

So I expected a pleasant dining experience on my visit.

The menus are the same as in every other Spoons

The pub is a short stroll through the station and looks on to Pancras Road. There’s a small area for outdoor seating.

I arrived during rush hour, so the pub was a bit busy.

Where to sit

There’s often the opportunity to opt for a quieter seat on the top floor in Wetherspoons, but here everything is all on one floor, so as I looked for a seat I found myself stepping over bags and misplaced chairs.

There weren’t many free tables for one or two people, the whole area was filled with a mixture of after work ‘meetings’ and commuters with luggage.

Although the pub was filled with people, the design ensured it was still spacious and there was a bit of wriggle room.

It was noisy but no more than the usual low rumble of chatter in a pub.

I managed to find myself a small table by the window, which was the perfect destination for people watching, or looking at the hustle and bustle of London go by.

The view from outside the station

I was joined by another lone visitor and we had a pleasant conversation, which felt strange as London commuters are usually a bit anti-social.

The decor

It had all the homely features of a regular Wetherspoons: warm lighting, comfy seats and wooden panels.

But the distinct, jazzy Spoons carpet was missing, and instead the floor has sleek, polished tiles. It felt a bit like a Wetherspoons in posh clothing.

Although it had the usual high ceilings, the weird dangly lights hung really low.

I decided to check the bathroom to see if they had opted for a quirkier carpet in the bathroom design, and it was also essential I saw what the ladies’ bathroom looked like to see if it was clean and selfie appropriate.

It was small, with only three stalls and two sinks. There was no carpet, tiles again.

But it was lit by bright white lights, so perfect to fix up in the mirror if necessary.

The bathroom was as stylish as a Spoons gets
The food

Back inside the bar was swarmed with people deep in conversation, so I opted for using the Wetherspoons app.

Customer service was excellent, staff were attentive, taking plates and wiping tables hot on the heels of leaving customers.

My food appeared in just under 10 minutes after ordering despite reading my table number upside down. I was pleasantly surprised at how quick the service was.

The meal was standard for Spoons – I opted for a buttermilk chicken burger and chips.

It wasn’t exactly fine dining, but it was cheap, enjoyable and did the job, the usual criteria for a Spoons meal.

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According to Google, people typically spend about 45 minutes to two hours in The Barrel Vault.

I can definitely see why – this is the perfect on-the-go Spoons.

Conclusion

Everything about The Barrel Vault makes it the perfect design for travel. It’s really easy to quickly get back into the station if needed.

In fact, the bar is perfectly placed as it faces the main station so it’s perfect if you need to down a pint, dart off and catch a train.

I definitely wouldn’t find myself perched here for hours or for casual drinks.

As it is a London pub, it offers a pricey pint. It will set you back at least £4 (a pint of Fosters is £4.20).

With quick service, sleek decor and inexpensive food, it’s definitely worth paying a visit if you have time in the station.

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