Hotel bar matches beers and bites

st pancras lagerSt Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London has launched a beer and food pairing menu in partnership with beer sommelier Marverine Cole to tie in with the introduction of its own lager.

The Beer & Bites menu is running for one month on the hotel’s exclusive Hansom Hall Terrace before transferring to its Booking Office Bar.

It showcases the hotel’s new St Pancras Beer, brewed exclusively by brewer Kathy Britton at her Oldershaw Brewery in Lincolnshire.

The drinks menu also includes Meantime beers, the St Pancras Beer Mojito and a non-alcoholic root beer. It pairs them with a variety of bar snacks designed to complement the flavours in the drink.

The launch highlights the growing trend for beer and food matching in the UK. Pairing food and beer is widespread in the US and is growing in popularity in the UK.

As one of a growing number of beer sommeliers in the UK, Marverine is passionate about changing the way beer is perceived in this country. “Beer is as versatile as it is diverse, providing both complementary and contrasting experiences when paired with food,” she said.

“It has traditionally had a reputation as a very heavy drink, blamed for beer-bellied men across the country. However, being so much lower in alcoholic strength than other drinks, and with their fruity aromas and flavours, ever-increasing numbers of women are now opting for beer as their chic, elegant and refreshing first drink of choice.”

Pairing ideas created by Marverine include Meantime Wheat Beer matched with scampi and tartar sauce and with cheese straws. “The smooth, mousse-like nature of this fruity beer and the texture of the scampi, wrapped in its creamy batter, marry to perfection,” she said.

Meantime Stout is complemented by Haggis Bon Bons with pickled lemon mayonnaise and by crispy calamari with chilli aioli. “The dark chocolate and coffee notes in this stout make terrific bedfellows for these robust nibbles,” Marverine explained.

For the hotel’s own St Pancras Beer, the pairing dishes are salmon croquettes with homemade dressing and cheese on toast with ginger ketchup. “The refreshing nature of the St Pancras Beer sits in harmony with the herb-filled zestiness of the salmon.”

With Dominion Root Beer, she has chosen pigs in a blanket and truffle chips with grated parmesan. “The sweet honey beer flavour and the juicy pork bangers collide to make a lip-smackingly delicious combo.”

Customers choose any beer and one accompanying dish for £11.50 or two accompanying bites for £18.

The bottled St Pancras Beer was launched in March and is served in the Booking Office Bar and in the mini bars in the hotel’s rooms. It is a golden lager-style beer with an ABV of 4.6 per cent.

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