Searcys has announced a sommelier training initiative for 2020, focusing on non-alcoholic pairings to match with lunch and dinner menus.
Leading the new training programme will be Searcys beverage ambassador Joel Claustre, who will introduce the new pairing alternatives at St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar this year, with the aim to roll out across all the company’s venues.
Suggested pairing alternatives will include Big Drop, a naturally brewed low-alcohol craft beer, which uses more than 20 speciality grains across its range, and pairs well with dishes including a refreshing quinoa, avocado and pink grapefruit salad.
Real Kombucha is gaining popularity and Searcys mixologists are working to create kombucha-based cocktails as part of a non-alcoholic pairing menu. Kombucha works well as a wine alternative to dishes such as chargrilled chicken with lemon and couscous. Other serves will include the Sister’s Soda from Franklins and Sons Ltd; a collection of low-calorie sodas crafted with only natural ingredients and British sugar beet instead of sweeteners.
At the Champagne Bar, St Pancras by Searcys where Champagne schools are regularly hosted, alongside wine pairings to their menus, the restaurant and bar will offer the same level of expertise to non-alcoholic beverages for their diners, which will be available on their all-day menus, as well as for private events and group bookings in the private dining spaces.
Speaking on the new range, Joel Claustre says: “At Searcys, we pride ourselves on delivering the best service and experience to all of our guests. With the continued rise of non-drinkers, we believe it is key for there to also be suitable drink alternatives available which do not compromise on flavour or quality, and I am both proud and excited to be leading the way with our St Pancras Champagne Bar and Brasserie and extend the range to the entire Searcys venue and restaurant portfolio.”