JDW to operate new £2m pub in St Pancras station

By Stuart Stone contact

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Autumn opening: the new £2m pub development in London's St Pancras International station
Autumn opening: the new £2m pub development in London's St Pancras International station
A new 6,500sq ft venue, to be operated by JD Wetherspoon, is to open this autumn in London’s St Pancras International rail station during its 150th year.

The Barrel Vault, which will serve food and drinks all day and cater for 270 seated people, plus standing customers, will create 60 local jobs when it opens following a £2m development.

The new site, located on the station’s ground floor with a terrace on Pancras Road, takes influence from the station’s original design, links with breweries in the Midlands, and the role the station played in storing beer barrels in the late 19th century.

With the station in its 150th year, St Pancras’s original design revolved around the storage of beer with more than 200,000 barrels each year arriving into St Pancras from Burton-on-Trent’s Bass Brewery alone during the 1870s.

Wendy Spinks, commercial director of HS1, the company that owns and operates St Pancras International said: “This is a hugely exciting year and as well as celebrating the past 150 years, we want to look forward to what we can offer for the next 150 and beyond.

“The Barrel Vault complements the station’s existing offer perfectly, giving tourists, commuters and people who live and work locally to St Pancras a place to socialise, as well as shop and travel.”

Since reopening in 2007 following an £800m restoration project, St Pancras International has been voted the nation’s favourite railway station every year.

With one in six of the station’s annual 50m visitors not using it for onward travel, St Pancras International has become a retail and leisure destination. It has more shops than any other railway station, hosts a fresh produce market, and already houses the longest Champagne bar in Europe and a gastropub.

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