After 150 years of industrial use, Kings Cross has undergone a huge redevelopment which has brought arts, culture, sporting facilities and big brand names to the area. There’s also now a plethora of places to eat and drink; making it a destination of choice for the foodie fanatic and cocktail connoisseur. So for this week’s Word of Mouth feature we’re going to talk Kings Cross eating and drinking. I’ve personally ticked a good few off the list so I can definitely recommend heading to Kings Cross if you want somewhere to go out – with the bonus of being stumbling distance to the station.
Right, let’s begin…
Head out the back of Kings Cross station (or take a few steps over the road from St Pancras International) and the first place you’ll find is The Great Northern; a luxury boutique hotel with a bar and restaurant (you don’t need to be a hotel guest to use the bar and restaurant). The GNH Bar is an opulent affair combining crystal chandeliers, black marble bar, dark walnut wood, red velvet and black leather. Breakfast is served from 7am and doors then stay open until late with live music on Tuesdays and DJS until 2am Thursday – Saturday. Small plates are available to soak up the alcohol as you work your way through the extensive cocktail list. The restaurant – Plum and Spilt Milk – is elegant and intimate but relaxed; serving food by acclaimed chef Mark Sargeant who has created a menu based on seasonal British ingredients. Breakfast, weekend brunch and all-day à la carte menus available.
Moving on towards Kings Boulevard and you’ll see the first of many new additions to the Kings Cross eating scene – the German Gymnasium. Housed in a Grade II listed building you can enjoy Mittel-European inspired dishes in the Grand Café or in the first-floor restaurant. There’s also two bars and an outdoor heated terrace. Breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, vegetarian and children’s menus all available. The Grand Café is the more relaxed of the two dining spaces – it has a wider menu featuring classic sausage and schnitzel dishes. The restaurant has a smaller, sophisticated menu with the option of a four-course special menu for £45 (matching wines available for an additional £25).
Next on your Kings Cross meander you’ll find Vinoteca, with its vast wine list (over 200 varieties!) and daily changing menu of British and European inspiration. Breakfast, weekend brunch, all-day and Sunday roast menus available. There’s outside seating – and you can buy wine at retail prices to take home with you.
Onwards to Pancras Square and you’ll find…
Granger & Co; the third restaurant of Australian chef Bill Granger. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus available. Dinner is an eclectic mix of flavours from around the world – choose from small plates, big plates, posh bowl food and BBQ dishes.
Next up you’ve got Drake and Morgan – with its two bars, restaurant and outside space. Breakfast, weekend brunch, all-day, kids and afternoon tea menus available. Cocktail making classes can also be booked for groups of 6 or more.
One of the newest names in the area is Maple & KING’S; serving up delicious, healthy food for breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. You can also get cold-pressed juices, smoothies and gluten-free treats.
Pancras Square is also home to KIMCHEE with its contemporary Korean food, you can enjoy a range of meats, fish and vegetables cooked in Korean barbeque style – and sample some Korean inspired cocktails.
Walk a little further to Granary Square for yet more…
The Lighterman – a restaurant and bar serving an all-day British menu. With panoramic views over Regent’s Canal, there is also an alfresco terrace to sip your drinks right on the tow path. Weekend brunch and Sunday roasts also available.
A few doors away in a Grade-II listed Victorian grain store you’ll find Caravan; one of the first restaurants to open its doors as part of the Kings Cross development. It has an outdoor terrace, coffee take-out bar and open kitchen cooking up breakfast, brunch and an all-day menu of cheese, meats, pizzas, and small plates to share or you can choose a larger plate and eat it all yourself!
One of the newest additions is Granary Square Brasserie; an all-day eatery serving modern British and internationally inspired dishes. You can head there for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. In the evening enjoy cocktails and DJ set, or head out to the terrace with its heaters and views over Regents Canal. Monday – Friday from 11.30am – 6.30pm there is a smaller set menu priced at two courses for £16.50 or three courses £21.00. At the weekend, brunch is available until 4pm, with music throughout the day. There is also a semi-private dining area seating up to 12 people.
For the music lovers, take a wander behind Granary Square onto Stable Street where you’ll find Spiritland – a café by day and a bar by night. The big thing about this place is the music. Promising to bring you a soundtrack from all genres and eras; the extensive programme of events includes DJ sets, album launches and artist talks.
Also on Stable Street is Dishoom; the place to go for Indian street food that pays homage to the old Irani cafés that were popular in Bombay throughout the last Century. This is the largest branch to date, but you still might need to wait at the bar or queue to get a table (you can only book in the evening for tables of 6 or more). Breakfast, all-day and children’s menus available.
And if that wasn’t enough, here are some other places nearby:
- Tortilla: burritos and tacos, chicken quesadillas and nachos | Pancras Square
- Leon: healthy Mediterranean fast food to take away or eat in | Pancras Square
- Notes: craft coffee shop serving light bites | Pancras Square
- Wasabi: Japanese fast food – sushi, bento boxes, curries, noodles and soups | Pancras Square
- Yumchaa: specialist tea shop that serves homemade cakes, chunky sandwiches and fresh salads | Granary Square
- The Greek Larder: restaurant and delicatessen showcasing the flavours of Greece and the Aegean | 1 York Way
- Rotunda: canal-side restaurant serving up meat from their own farm in Northumberland | 90 York Way
- Cut + Grind: the place to go if you’re serious about burgers | 25-27 Canal Reach
- Camino: bar and restaurant serving Spanish tapas, there is also a small sherry bar | 3 Varnishers Yard
- VOC: cocktail bar with a small plates menu and drinks based on centuries old recipes | 2 Varnishers Yard
- Honest burgers: good quality burgers made with great British produce | 251 Pentonville Road
- St Pancras Renaissance Hotel: inside you’ll find The Booking Office – the original train station’s ticket office that’s now a restaurant and late night drinking venue. There’s also The Gilbert Scott Restaurant which serves British classics by acclaimed chef Marcus Wareing | St Pancras Station
Phew, whistle-stop tour of Kings Cross done! If we’ve inspired you to try somewhere from the list, do come back and let us know what you think. And once you’re done eating and drinking, you can explore what else the new Kings Cross has to offer – here’s a link to more information and a walking tour.
Happy eating and drinking. x