Whether an early weekday breakfast meeting or lazy weekend brunch, here’s our pick of the best places to kick-start your day at King’s Cross.
At the heart of Granary Square, this warehouse-style restaurant has a buzzy atmosphere and a cool, laid-back vibe. There are no reservations at the weekend, so if it’s busy, leave your name and go for a stroll along the canal, they’ll text you when your table is ready. Or take a seat at the bar and enjoy a Bloody Mary or a coffee – some of the best in London.
Menu-wise, as well as the ever-popular Caravan fry, there are some really interesting combinations. Think coconut bread with lemon curd cream cheese, a rich, earthy plate of aubergine puree with poached eggs on sourdough, or a nutrient-packed red quinoa and buckwheat grain bowl. Ask for small plates to share – you’ll want to try everything!
Breakfast is Monday to Friday 8am – 11.30am, brunch Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
1, Granary Building, Granary Square, London N1C 4AA. Visit the Caravan website.
Owen Kenworthy of Brawn restaurant has created a bistro-style menu for Spiritland on Stable Street.
The breakfast line up is stellar: start your day with deliciously moreish toasted banana bread with nut and maple butter, violet granola, grilled cheese and ham with hot English mustard or good old “egg and soldiers”.
If you’re around later in the day, you can expect an interesting experience at the bar with an ever-evolving selection of beers, natural wines, botanical-inspired cocktails and spirits.
Breakfast is served Monday to Saturday from 8am and Sundays from 10am. Spiritland can be found at 9-10 Stable Street, London, N1C 4AB. Visit the Spiritland website.
The Greek Larder
This is the latest venture from Theodore Kyriakou, the chef behind Livebait and The Real Greek. From the station, head north along York Way, you’ll see The Greek Larder’s floor to ceiling windows just after you cross the canal. Inside, you’ll find a light and airy taverna and a fabulously authentic menu.
Treat yourself to a custard-filled, soft pastry bougatsa, or a bowlful of creamy Greek yoghurt topped with sesame, honey, smoked apple and pistachios. For a proper punch, as for the burger a la Grecque, slow cooked leg of duck, with yoghurt slaw rocket and an over easy egg in a tsoureki bun. The well-sourced regional brunch menu is packed with traditional dishes – stuffed vine leaves, skordalia, salt cod, squid fritto and seafood yiouvetsi (Aegean crevettes, shellfish and orzo pasta in seafood broth).
Breakfast is served weekdays from 8am to 11am, and the brunch menu on Saturdays from 10am – 4pm.
Arthouse, 1 York Way, London N1C 4AS. Visit The Greek Larder website.
Granary Square’s Grain Store is one of the most sought-after dining options at King’s Cross, thanks to its inventive, vegetable-focused menu. Die-hard meat lovers will find plenty to enjoy, but veggies are undoubtedly given the starring role and the weekend brunch menu is no different.
Service doesn’t start until 11am, which seems perfectly fitting – this is food to be lingered over. All the breakfast favourites are here, but with a Bruno Loubet twist. Try a sweet potato waffle with stewed pepper and Baghdad eggs, house baked beans with barley, chorizo and chunky green salsa or ‘Bruno’s power breakfast’: egg benedict with truffle, ham, broccolini, ratatouille, avocado on toast & dukkah.
Grain Store is open for brunch Saturday 11am -2.45pm and Sunday 11am – 3.45pm.
Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street King’s Cross London N1C 4AB. Visit the Grain Store website.
If you have strolled around King’s Cross lately, you can’t fail to have noticed the queue of diners lining up to get their fill of Irani-inspired deliciousness at Dishoom.
The hearty breakfast menu features spicy scrambled eggs, chilli cheesy toast, and great steaming bowls of porridge – all tasty options. But the real crowd-pleaser are the naan rolls. Each is freshly baked in the tandoor oven, and brushed with cream cheese, chilli tomato jam and fresh herbs. To this, you can add lashings of cold-smoked salty bacon, thick black pepper sausages and runny, saffron-yellow eggs. Firey, salty and brilliantly sweet – its little wonder it is the unofficial best bacon butty at King’s Cross. Finish your meal with a warming glass of chai and head home happy.
Breakfast is served from 8am to 11.30am on weekdays, and from 9am to midday on weekends.
5 Stable Street, London N1C 4AB. Visit the Dishoom website.
Standing proudly at the foot of King’s Boulevard is elegant Vinoteca. Perhaps not an obvious choice for breakfast, being primarily a wine bar, Vinoteca belies appearances to offer a lovely traditional menu with an emphasis on locally sourced produce.
Opening from 7.30am, Vinoteca thrives with commuters and early risers mid-week but the real treat comes in the shape of the weekend brunch menu.
As well as fruit salad and eggy English muffins, you’ll find chorizo hash with caramelised onions, a duck salad with chicory and capers, Cornish fish stew, and cauliflower cous cous with roast artichokes, truffle oil and pine nuts. Plus, the King’s Cross Vinoteca is the first branch to offer a breakfast wine selection. Ask the charming staff for recommendations for low alcohol wines, champagne and moscato to pair with your meal.
Breakfast Monday to Friday from 7.30am, and Saturday & Sunday from 10am
3 King’s Boulevard N1C 4BU. Visit the Vinoteca website.
Plum + Split Milk
One of the most beautiful dining rooms in King’s Cross, Plum + Split Milk evokes the old-world glamour of luxury travel, and is a glorious spot to while away a morning.
Michelin-starred Mark Sargeant composed the menu, which is based on seasonal British ingredients, cooked with flair. Diners can choose their breakfast and levels of naughtiness from a menu of ‘hearty’, ‘healthy’ or ‘sweet’. The hearty menu features haggis, east coast kipper, and egg styled to the diner’s taste – benedict, florentine, royale or simply scrambled.
Creamy porridge with berry compote and pumpkin seed granola top the ‘healthy’ menu, as well as the to-die-for buckwheat crepe with coconut yoghurt. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in pastries, muffins, cereal bars or the brioche eggy bread with banana, pecan and salted caramel sauce. Yum.
Breakfast is served from 7am Monday to Friday, and weekends from 8am.
Great Northern Hotel, St. Pancras Station, Pancras Road, London N1C 4TB. Visit the Plum + Spilt Milk website.
Granger & Co
Granger & Co is the third London restaurant venture for Australian chef, Bill Granger. And if anyone knows how to serve up a mean brunch, it’s Bill. The Times described his scrambled eggs as the best in the world, while the New York Times said they were, ‘as light as the breath of an angel’.
As well as eggs, you’ll find Bill’s ‘classics’ packed with unusual ingredients and vibrant flavour: lightly sweet ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter, delicate jasmine tea-smoked salmon, hearty bowls of buckwheat with poached egg, rose harissa and alfalfa sprouts and a spinach, pine nut and halloumi bun with tangy sumac. Add a freshly pressed juice, tea or Bloody Mary, and dive in.
Breakfast is served from 7am Monday to Saturday, and on Sundays from 8am
7 Pancras Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AG. Visit the Granger & Co website.
Drake and Morgan
Drake and Morgan’s brunch options are well worth clearing your Sunday for. As well as traditional breakfast dishes such as eggs florentine, pancakes, and smoked salmon on sourdough toast, you can also order a full starter, mains and dessert, including a Sunday roast. Brunchers can also opt to share a number of small plates or charcuterie from the deli.
Drake and Morgan cocktails are as much a part of Sunday brunch as Eggs Benedict. With that in mind, for an extra £15, you can enjoy bottomless Bloody Marys or Bellinis with your brunch. Breakfast is served from 7.30am on weekdays, 10am on Saturday. The Sunday Brunch menu is available between 10am and 6pm. 6 Pancras Square, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4AJ. Visit the Drake and Morgan website.
Recently voted the most beautiful restaurant in the world, the Grand Café is a favourite spot for both weekday breakfasts and leisurely weekend brunches. Midweek, dishes including light options of Chia pots, energising smoothies, and runny poached eggs on toast, but for a treat head straight for the GG Specials. There is a Black Forrest Bake – cheddar cheese potato mash, Sauerkraut, Black Forrest ham and egg; a Puszta Pan with paprika, tomato, courgette, egg and creamy goats cheese and a Bavarian Morning – sausage, mustard and Brezel.
At weekends, the brunch menu stars signature breakfast dishes alongside European and German classics, with everything from oysters to salads, and a choice of German sausage dishes such as Kaserkrainer or smoked Schinkenknacker.
Breakfast is served Monday-Friday from 8am-11.30am, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm. Visit the German Gymnasium website.
Bright and airy, the glass-sided Lighterman sits over three floors, facing out onto Granary Square on one side, and the canal on the other. You’ll find pretty much any breakfast dish you can imagine on The Lighterman’s menu – you may want to leave your indecisive friend at home!
The ‘Toasted and Baked’ section features golden crumpets, banana and pecan bread, and avocado toast; or go for pancakes, with a choice of maple syrup, bacon or fruit compote with zesty lime yoghurt. For the health conscious, check out ‘Fruit and Grains’, with the likes of chai yoghurt pots, rolled oats, fresh fruit salad, or a particularly virtuous green superfood vegan bowl with flax, mixed seeds and goji berries.
If eggs are more your thing, you’ll find them baked with bacon, mushroom, feta and truffle; as a fresh ricotta omelette with lemon and herbs; or on toasted brioche with English ham and Hollandaise sauces as a creamy Eggs Benedict.
The Brekkie Flatbreads are also a popular choice – go savoury with smoked cheese, bacon, egg and Worchestshire sauce, or sweet, with ricotta and cinnamon. At the weekend, the brunch menu features all the highlights from the mid-week menu.
Weekday breakfast is served from 8am – 11am, and the Weekend Brunch menu is available from 9am – 4pm. 3 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4BH. Visit The Lighterman website.
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