Restaurants, bars, cafés – the listing

Here's a selection of restaurants, bars and cafés in and around King's Cross

Restaurants

Parrillan – The new alfresco bar & grill restaurant from the  team behind Barrafina.  Beautifully seasoned cuts of meat, seafood and vegetables for you to cook to your liking on your own mini charcoal parrilla. Stunning views over the canal to boot.

Barrafina A Michelin-starred taste of Spain arrives at King’s Cross with the biggest branch of Barrafina to date. Expect the usual culinary magic. 

Chapel Down Gin Works – Enjoy the best of English food and drink with plates featuring the likes of Dorset crab, duck with apricot and grilled dough, sirloin with smoked anchovy butter and stone bass with razor clams.

Coal Office Designer Tom Dixon and acclaimed chef Assaf Granit have cooked up something new in this Coal Drops Yard restaurant.

The Lighterman You won’t get a better view. Drinking and dining over three floors right on the banks of Regent’s Canal at Granary Square.

German Gymnasium A big, bold, European-style restaurant in a beautiful historic building right at the station entrances. Recently voted the most stylish restaurant in the world.

Casa Pastor If you know El Pastor, you’ll know what you’re in for here: vibrant decor, great cocktails, and delicious Mexican food. Unlike the other El Pastor taco bars, however, the new N1 outpost also offers a Mexican-inspired breakfast menu, and a cosy, heated, covered terrace – Plaza Pastor.

Granary Square Brasserie An exciting addition to the King’s Cross restaurant scene. This stylish, all-day eatery is right on Granary Square.

Happy Face, A fresh and stylish take on the classic Neapolitan pizza joint plus a hidden gem in the form of a late-night, underground cocktail and vermouth bar, SUPERMAX.

Hicce Located above the new Wolf and Badger store, Hicce is the first stand-alone restaurant by celebrated British chef Pip Lacey. Just as unique as the fashion offerings below, it’s an informal, 80-seat space twisting modern European cuisine with Japanese and Scandinavian influences.

Beer + Burger Store is no average burger joint, serving up quality burgers and sides with an endless selection of craft beers.

Morty & Bobs It all started with the best-grilled cheese ever. East London’s hot sandwich maestros bring all-day dining, a bar, weekend brunches and, of course, grilled cheese to a new open plan space just off Granary Square

Bodega Rita’s brings modern American dining to King’s Cross, this global deli serves up takeout lunch and sandwiches by day, and drinks and small plates by night.

Plum + Spilt Milk An elegant brasserie in the Great Northern Hotel serving beautifully cooked classics courtesy of acclaimed chef Mark Sargeant.

Kimchee An authentic taste of Korea in the heart of King’s Cross.

Caravan Well-travelled food and mighty fine coffee in an old grain store. This ever-popular restaurant, bar and coffee roastery is fantastic for people watching.

Cut + Grind Could this be London’s tastiest burger? The chefs here are obsessed with burger perfection and it shows. Head to Canal Reach and decide for yourself.

Dishoom This popular Indian eatery pays homage to the Irani cafés of old Bombay. Just off Granary Square on Stable Street.

Vinoteca Inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy, Vinoteca offers a cracking list of characterful wines and simple yet imaginative food created from fresh, seasonal produce.

Drake and Morgan A sleek, modern flagship restaurant on Pancras Square, serving beautifully-cooked traditional food 7 days a week. Don’t miss the Sunday brunch.

Granger & Co. Bill Granger brings his sunny Australian vibe to King’s Cross. Healthy dishes with an intriguing mix of flavour and textures.

King’s Cross Station The station hosts the likes of Prezzo, Benito’s Hat, Giraffe and Leon, as well as more upmarket options such as Plum + Spilt Milk.

St Pancras Station There’s a vast choice of eateries here – from Fortnum & Mason, Carluccio’s and the Gilbert Scott to the more casual Fine Burger Company and Yo! Sushi.

The Gilbert Scott Marcus Wareing’s elegant British brasserie and bar in the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

Searcys at St Pancras Grand This restaurant and oyster bar is created by Martin Brudnizki, celebrated designer of both Scotts and The Ivy.

Rotunda Modern British food in a beautiful, canal-side setting at King’s Place. The meat is sourced from their own farm in Northumberland.

The Megaro Eatery Beautifully cooked food in a relaxed atmosphere.

Bars

Many of the restaurants listed above have great bars (and vice versa!). The German Gymnasium, Parrillian, Chapel Down Gin Works, Caravan, Granary Square Brasserie, and Dishoom, in particular, are worth a visit. And of course Vinoteca and The Drop for wine. In addition…

Little Creatures If you love craft beer, then you’ll love Little Creatures. This craft brewery has quite the following in its native Australia. The new taproom on Lewis Cubitt Park is its first in the UK. Great beer, delicious food and a venue brimming with atmosphere.

SUPERMAX The new subterranean cocktail bar from the team behind Spiritland with decor that’s all about curved edges and soft neon. Friday nights are all about the dance.

Vermuteria Welcoming and familiar, this characterful nook in Coal Drops Yard channels the spirit of the bars and eateries along the cycling Grand Tour routes of Italy, France and Spain.

Chapel Down Gin Works King’s Cross gets its very own gin distillery. The bar & restaurant overlooks the Canal and Granary Square.

The Drop You’ll find this wine bar in gorgeously intimate space inside a brick railway arch. There are wines at every price point, relaxed communal tables, and a small, classically British menu. For something special, ask for the little black book.

Spiritland This bar and café is heaven for music lovers. Built around a world-class sound system it’s all about the music, with creative programming seven days a week.

House of Cans Lower Stable Street, just below Coal Drops Yard is a little row of former horse-stalls that are now home to some of the most experimental pop ups in the city. Among the eclectic mix of creatives is House of Cans, brewery, bar and off-licence. Go for the exclusive craft beers and one-off can designs.

Anthracite You’ll find this ultra-glamorous martini lounge in the equally glamorous Great Northern Hotel.

GNH Bar Also in the Great Northern Hotel, this Art Deco Manhattan-style bar is the perfect stopping off point before boarding your train.

The Betjeman Arms On the upper concourse at St Pancras Station, this gastropub serves a mix of British favourites as well as new dishes with a well-chosen wine list and a good selection of ales and ciders.

Central Station King’s Cross’ gay-friendly hub hosts regular club nights and some of London’s best drag entertainment. Plus, there’s a roof terrace restaurant serving burgers, steaks and fish and chips.

The Megaro Bar An intimate basement bar with a bespoke cocktail and bar menu.

Simmons An electic bar with a nostalgic sweet-shop vibe interior and a disco-ball topped dance floor.

The Star of Kings Owned by the same team as The Star of Bethnal Green, Star of Kings caters to a cool crowd with live music and DJ nights.

Platform Theatre Foyer Bar This bustling little bar with its communal tables is great for a pre-theatre drink.

Cafés

Le Café Alain Ducasse – A boutique serving a unique range of quality blends and single-origin coffees roasted at La Manufacture de café Alain Ducasse in Paris to be enjoyed at Le Café or buy the beans to take home.

Redemption Roasters A  Coal Drops Yard coffee shop offering light bites, pastries and a range of espresso and filter coffee. The brews here don’t just taste good, they do good as well.  Redemption works to break the cycle of re-incarceration by teaching young offenders roasting, brewing and barista skills at their roastery and training centre inside Aylesbury Prison.

Maple & KING’S Adria Wu brings her delicious, healthy food,  juices and baked treats to Pancras Square. Eat. Juice. Be Happy.

Notes Coffee Notes combines the finest beans, the latest technology and the most important ingredient, their highly-trained baristas, to produce a special coffee experience. In the evening, things take on a different note with cocktails, wine and craft beers.

Spiritland Café and work space by day, bar by night, it’s all about the music at Spirtland. Although the coffee is pretty special as well.

Skip Garden Kitchen Healthy lunches, cakes and hearty soups, all made using organic ingredients grown in the Global Generation garden. It doesn’t get more local.

Yumchaa Tea enthusiasts Yumchaa have opened a new tea shop at King’s Cross. Find delicious teas in unusual blends, plus cakes, sandwiches and salads.

The café at Pancras Square Library has a handy café beside the youth zone and children’s library. Great for a coffee, cake and snacks while you browse the stacks.

King’s Cross Station The new Western Concourse is home to popular favourites such as Pret, Café Nero, Prezzo and Patisserie Valerie.

St Pancras Station You’ll find a whole host of cafés and delis in the beautifully refurbished station – Benugo, Caffee Fratelli, Peyton & Byrne, Starbucks and many more.

Green & Fortune This King’s Place café prides itself on honest British food, with a carvery station, hand roasted coffee and homemade baking.

Drink, Shop & Do A quirky café with salads, tarts and pastries during the day, and cocktails and madcap craft workshops in the evenings.

 

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