Raise a glass to romance at Harrods' Perrier-Jouët Champagne Terrace

By Tempus | 13 Feb 2020 | Indulge

Perrier-Jouët's Valentine's celebration feature the bar's stand out sharing platters

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The Perrier-Jouët Champagne Terrace is known as one of London's most romantic venues. As perfect for an evening tipple with a view as an afternoon glass of rosé, the indoor/outdoor bar extends the length of the famed department store’s southwest side, and is a relaxed but elegant dining venue.

The Champagne Terrace's Valentine's weekend offers couples a romantic dinner with a view over London – a glass of prestige Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé greets guests before tucking into sharing platters of Charcuterie, smoked salmon and fine cheese, created by executive head chef Andy Cook, before a duo of desserts. 

But while the Valentine's Day menu might be finished come Monday, the romance of this intimate bar and restaurant certainly isn't. Chef Cook's fresh seafood and seasonal dishes are designed to pair perfectly with the champagne brand's classic cuvées. 

The venue's latest menu, created with the help of deputy chef de caves Eric Trichard, features Carlingford Lough Oysters and Golden Oscietra Caviar as well as charcuterie and cold, hot and sweet dishes such as heritage-breed beef Carpaccio with caper berries and 24-month-aged Parmesan, and Native Lobster Roll with Pickled Radish Slaw and Mayo. >>

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Perrier-Jouët, now own by prestige spirits brand Pernod Ricard, began as the most famous love story in Épernay. Perrier-Jouët was founded by husband and wife Pierre-Nicolas Perrier and Rose Adélaide Jouët in 1811;  a natural fit, with Perrier’s family owning vineyards and Jouët the daughter of a Calvados producer. The couple began producing fine champagne and by 1815 they were exporting to Britain, and to the United States in 1837. In 1846 the brand created the first ever ‘Brut’ champagne, to appeal to the drier English palate.

Years later, it was familial love combined with a passion for art that brought the brand’s iconic Belle Epoque cuvée to life. Henri Gallice managed the family business in Épernay while younger brother Octave delved into Paris’ early 20th-century art movement. When the  younger’s friend, Art Nouveau pioneer Emile Gallé, designed an emblem for Perrier-Jouët in 1902 it became a symbol of the house for years to come.

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