Updated 16/3/16 with news on the soft launch
One of the best things about St Pancras station is definitely Sourced Market which has fuelled many of Hot Dinners' trips from that station. And now we hear that following a successful Crowdcube campaign, it's going to be opening two new shops in Marylebone and Victoria next year.
The stores will stock more than 100 small artisan food and drink suppliers from across the country including Crosstown Doughnuts, Beavertown Brewery, Dalston Chillies and The Pressery.
Hot Dinners caught up this week with Ben O’Brien, founder of Sourced Market, to get the inside story on what you can expect. "We will be taking pretty much everything that we have at St Pancras and putting it on the ground floor of the site," Ben explained. That means a coffee bar serving up speciality filter coffee and pour-overs as well as Sandows nitro cold brew on tap. "Be warned," he told us, "it's dangerously addictive!"
There'll also be a bakery selling artisan bread and pastries plus a rotating guest baker for cakes, a juice bar for freshly made juices and smoothies and a deli with locally produced charcuterie from Cobble Lane and cheese from Wildes Cheese. A selection of platters and small plates to eat in will also be on offer.
In their Kitchen Deli you can eat in or take away from a daily changing menu incorporating a full salad bar, hot counter and free range Scotch eggs and sausage rolls. It's good news for office workers nearby, as they'll be looking to set up deliveries too.
What's a first for Marylebone will be the bottle shop in the basement. "We'll have an expanded range of craft beer showcasing the best of London's craft brewers as well as a selection from the rest of the UK and further afield," says Ben. "As well as bottles we will have eight kegs on tap available to fill growlers to take away and sample on site and we will be running regular "meet the brewer" evenings.
"We will also have an equally fantastic wine offer with carefully sourced wines from small producers around the world. We will have eight wines on keg, which like the beer will be constantly changing according to what we find. Wine on keg is still unusual in the UK but it keeps better and is better value and more environmentally friendly (because shipping glass bottles is costly and inefficient and creates lots of waste) so we can offer better wine for less."
All sounds pretty darned good to us.
Sourced Market opens at 68-74 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2SD with a soft launch on 21 March 2016. For that, you'll get a free coffee with any purchase from 7am-12pm and visitors to the bottle shop and wine cellar will get 50% off food platters with any glass of wine or beer bought. Keep up with their news on Twitter @sourcedmarket