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DesVins Cafe and Wine Bar, St Pancras International Station

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user reviews of DesVins Cafe and Wine Bar, St Pancras International Station

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Cheap and cheerful on my recent visit. Prices a good quid cheaper then nearby establishments. Staff were helpful, knew how to pour a pint and the service was slick. The ale my friends had was in good nick. I had bottled beer who can complain about that. It seems as if it is a place where most people come in for one drink and move, for train or whatever, but we did get talking to an Irishman who is a regular who visits once a week for a quiet drink. I asked him how he gets a quiet drink here as the place is busy. His reply was " Nobody bothers you here, a few cheap drinks then a quick tube home. What's not to like". For a station pub this place is far far better than The Parcel Yard over the road in Kings Cross station.
droggs - 13 Mar 2019 17:56
Re : The Barrel Vaults - this has now slipped into typical Wetherspoon mode. Has more of a through other feel to it as well. Now £3.65 for ales (Truman's Swift - which wasn't up to much) or £4.15 for Pride. How can they justify an extra ten bob for an inferior product ?
Snarling_Mallard - 12 Mar 2019 13:37
This hasn't re-appeared as a pub/bar but within the station along the opposite end (towards Kings Cross) there is a new Wetherspoon (can't seem to add new pubs anymore - maybe they won't let me because I'm such a twat).

It's called the Barrel Vaults and was absolutely manic on a Wednesday afternoon. The pint of Darwin's Original was a good pint. Unlike many Wetherspoons they had 9 staff behind the bar working like demons and it was still a struggle to get served - you need all your barging and shouting skills to manage it. Pretty understandable why it was so busy though - even at £3.55 for your pint of ale it's still substantially less than the fiver plus most of the neighbouring establishments charge.
Snarling_Mallard - 3 Oct 2018 22:06
The area of the bar is currently under hoardings for refurbishment - not sure if it will be re-appearing. The Sourced market across the way is usually better for beer anyway though it doesn't open late.
Snarling_Mallard - 21 Apr 2017 19:07
A slightly upmarket station bar. It's alright. Not a destination, but alright. Especially handy for when the Thameslink goes to pot. The keg Speckled Hen is surprisingly good. Haven't eaten there.
catbert - 8 May 2013 01:43
For the record - it's a cafe bar type of place that serves keg lagers. At best it is somewhere to grab a swift pint before catching a train - it's nothing more than that and is hardly ever likely to be.
I have flagged the ridiculous reviews (obviously by staff or management) for deletion as they seem to do the same to any genuine reviews of the place.
anonymous - 17 Aug 2011 20:36
..incidentally 7.2 it most certainly AIN'T
3.5 would be more realistic.
anonymous - 17 Aug 2011 20:29
Why are any negative revues of this place deleted ?
anonymous - 17 Aug 2011 20:28
I regularly travel to and from St Pancras Station and DesVins is a great little place to grab a bite to eat or just a coffee or even a glass of wine..or a few! They have a great selection of wines from around the world, as well as meat and cheese platters to enjoy. The interior is classy and unique and the place has a general relaxed atmosphere to it.
g.summers - 6 Nov 2009 15:16
We caught the Eurostar on Friday for a romantic trip to Paris for our anniversary and we were recommended by a friend to try out desVins before we left. Our train was just after lunch so we decided to try out their menu and was happy to say it was excellent and we only wish we had more time to relax there. Loved the lasagna and splurged on a couple of expensive glasses of wine to toast the occassion. Next time we will give ourselves and couple of hours to savour a bottle or two and do some people watching.
pjpeterson - 3 Aug 2009 13:01
I was another one who came across desVins by accident! I was intrigued by the drinks cart and I have to say I was impressed with that the most! Being able to grab a quick Gin and Tonic for the train was right up my street. Being in St Pacras a lot, it has become my new place to watch the world go by, and I'm a big fan of the massive pastries in the mornings now!
SaraRo - 16 Jul 2009 15:09
Was waiting for a train in St Pancras when stumbled accross this great wine bar / cafe restaurant., with a 'take a way' liquour cart outside!!! I enjoyed lovely fresh sandwishes on display and enjoyed a home made soup and fine glass of wine from the large selection. Was lovely to watch the world go by in a 'non chain' with homemade food and delicious wine in a relaxed, vibrant atmosphere.... this combination plus the service makes me certain go there again for a longer stop, perhaps before my eurostar trip in May... i couldn't help but pick up a gin and tonic from their liquor cart before i got the train home.. What a brilliant idea, best journey i've had in ages!!!
Angelina_Jansa - 9 May 2009 22:49
Came across this by accident while walking through St Pancras but was pretty impressed. There is a lot of wine on show but also a fair selection of beers so enjoyed a pint or two of old speckled hen while the girlfriend had a glass of chateauneuf du pape, normally 44 a bottle but she could get it by the glass at desVins which didn't dent my wallet too much. While waiting for our delayed train to Luton, we decided to try some food and loved the leg of lamb while my other half had a cheese platter that was fantastic, although we didn't really know what everything was but it was excellent anyways. Will definitely be back.
p.s .staff friendly although language barrier was a bit difficult although I suppose its to be expected at an international station..?

edglen - 8 Apr 2009 09:30

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