The Lighterman set to open at King’s Cross

Posted: Thursday 5th November 2015

New pub, dining room and bar, The Lighterman, is opening in early 2016 on Granary Square, King’s Cross. Spanning the entire eastern side of the square, the brand new standalone building is the second venue from Open House. It will offer all-day drinking and dining across three floors, with outside seating overlooking both Regent’s Canal and Granary Square.

Located on Regent’s Canal, The Lighterman is named after the Victorian-era workers who operated ‘lighters’, flat-bottomed goods barges, on the River Thames and London’s canals. The contemporary building is designed by award-winning architects, Stanton Williams. Each floor will feature a series of dining and drinking areas, covering casual drinks through to destination dining. Interiors will be industrial and minimalist with large open spaces, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, exposed concrete walls and a neutral pared-back colour scheme. The exterior is finished in a linear brick façade, in keeping with the Granary Building.

The modern British all-day menu will be overseen by Executive Chef Diego Cardoso, who joined Open House in 2014 to launch their first restaurant and bar, Percy & Founders, Fitzrovia, in spring 2015. The extensive drinks menu will include draught & bottled beers, craft ales and seasonal cocktails, together with a well-curated and affordable wine list.

The canal-side bar with alfresco terrace overlooking the water, connects the building with the towpath. Inside, the wood-fired grill makes a fitting focal point for casual and relaxed drinking and dining. The ground floor, with seating directly onto Granary Square, will serve everything from breakfast through to dinner, with views into the kitchen featuring a pizza oven. The top floor has panoramic views across the square and canal, with its own wraparound terrace. It will host a more formal dining experience, making it perfect for long lunches, dinners and private events.

To find out about further openings visit our webpage.

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