Top picks for breakfast and brunch

A round-up of some of the best places to eat breakfast and brunch at King's Cross

Al fresco lunch outside Caravan in Granary Square, King's Cross

Caravan

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.

Granary Square Brasserie

Next door, you’ll find Granary Square Brasserie. If you like your eggs served with killer tunes, then this is the brunch for you. From 11am – 4pm, DJs take to the decks, with the likes of Jez Pereira, Miss Mavrik and Beau providing the perfect soundtrack to your lazy weekend morning. Menu-wise, as well as the classics, you’ll find the ‘HLT’ (that’s a halloumi, avocado, tomato and olive sandwich), plus a juicy shrimp burger and a French-dip steak sandwich, both served with thick-cut chips. Come hungry, pair with a delicious cocktail and chill-out to laid-back beats. If the weather’s fine then the terrace is hard to beat.

Breakfast is served Mon-Fri 8am – 11.30am, Saturday & Sunday 8/9am – 11am, and the brunch menu is available on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 11am – 4pm. Find Granary Square Brasserie on Granary Square, 1-3 Stable St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AB. Visit the Granary Square brasserie website.

Spiritland food and drink, Stable Street, King's CrossSpiritland
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.

Dishoom Restaurant, Stable Street, King's CrossDishoom

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.

Vinoteca, restaurant and wine shop, King's Cross

Vinoteca

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.

breakfast at Plum + Spilt Milk, King's CrossPlum + 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.

Breakfast at Granger & CoGranger & 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, 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 & Morgan restaurant, Pancras Square, King's Cross

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. 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.

The German Gym restaurant, One King's Boulevard, King's Cross

German Gymnasium

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.

The Lighterman, King's Cross

The Lighterman

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.

Maple and King's, King's CrossMaple & King’s

Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, and founder of Maple & Co,  Adria Wu opens her largest store and restaurant on Pancras Square. Maple & King’s serves up delicious healthy food for breakfast to have in or take away. The store also features a cold pressed juice and smoothie bar, seasonal rainbow lattes and a gluten-free bake shop. And watch out for the pop-up events.

The breakfast menu features their gluten free signatures porridges including salted date, almond butter caramel and banana. The London classic avocado and chili toast can be topped up with a poached egg or grilled slices of halloumi. Or you could opt for homemade granola parfait, which is low in sugar but full of flavour.

Maple & KING’S opens Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm at Three Pancras Square.

For more about the restaurants, cafés and bars in the area, visit the full listing.