William Beatty, 28, is the bar manager at Granary Square Brasserie. He grew up in east London and has worked in bars and restaurants across the capital for ten years. He has shaken up Granary Square Brasserie’s cocktail menu with the launch of three new signature serves which take inspiration from the area’s rich travel heritage, taking guests on a journey of flavour discovery.
Platform 9 ¾
The first – and most magical – cocktail on offer, Platform 9 ¾, will be an instant hit with cocktail enthusiasts.
A feast for the senses, this gin-based potion changes from blue, purple to pink thanks to Yumchaa blue tea (made from South East Asian, Blue Pea flowers), citric acid and Crème de Bergamot. Topped with a cloud of candy, this sweet yet punchy twist on a martini will quite literally transform in front of your eyes.
The elegant Kentish Belle takes inspiration from the popular train service that connects King’s Cross with the beautiful Kent countryside and south coast.
A pretty pink cocktail, brimming with Manzanilla Sherry, Pisco, lemon juice and topped with a raspberry and tarragon foam and mini ice cream cone, evokes flavours of summer by the seaside. Does that summon up any nostalgic memories?
Passion of St Pancras
Last but not least is the Passion of St Pancras, a rum-based concoction inspired by the area’s international trading history that brought exotic ingredients to London. Mixed with tropical passionfruit syrup, Havana Club rum and pineapple shrub, it pays homage to the melting pot of flavours, trade and regeneration that King’s Cross became famous for, and continues to embrace.
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This article first appeared in the spring 2018 edition of King’s Cross Quarterly magazine. Read more about the people and stories that make King’s Cross, or find out where you can pick up the latest copy of King’s Cross Quarterly below.