We agreed to meet at Searcys for a drop of something cold and fizzy before heading elsewhere for lunch. The menu looked nice and we only wanted nibbles so we opted to stay put in our leather booth.
We went for a bottle of the house champagne ‘Besserat Grande Tradition Brut’. Priced at £54, I think is pretty reasonable. The selection is huge, with all the names you recognise and wish you could afford – Bollinger, Louis Roderer, Dom Perignon. And if you are feeling flash, the range goes up to right up £9000 a bottle for the pre-order only ‘Drappier Carte D’or Brut’ – now I’d like to try that!
The service was impeccable – we made friends (or more, my mum did) with Daniele, our rather lovely Italian waiter. He was very friendly without being intrusive. He was also knowledgeable of the menu and different options available, all selected because they pair well with Champagne. A nice touch I thought. We didn’t want a full meal so we ordered a few nibbly bits and sat back to enjoy a catch-up. Specifically, we went for hummus & tzatziki which came with toasted ciabatta (not the pita as per the menu, but we didn’t mind), a bowl of gorgeous big juicy queen olives and the full cheese selection – 5 different kinds of cheese with a raisin chutney, grapes, celery and homemade biscuits.
*Searcys did not ask me to write this review and we paid for our meal. They had no idea I was reviewing. This is despite Mummy Bites doing her best to impress our Italian waiter with stories of her daughter being a ‘famous’ food blogger’. Hehehehe!*