Review on The Lighterman

Hot on the heels of their success with Percy & Founders in Fitzrovia, Open House, the sister company to Cubitt House who own The Orange, The Thomas Cubitt and The Pantechnicon Rooms have opened a gastro-pub called The Lighterman in King's Cross. Spread out over three floors, the stunning contemporary building designed by award-winning architects, Stanton Williams, takes its name from King's Cross industrial past and the Victorian Lightermen who operated 'lighters', the flat-bottomed barges on the River Thames and London's canals.

Located on the east side of Granary Square, The Lighterman has wonderful views with outside seating on the ground floor, looking across the Square with its choreographed fountains. While the bar has an alfresco terrace overlooking Regent's Canal and the top floor has its own wraparound terrace, with panoramic views across both the square and canal. Floor to ceiling windows flood the space with natural light, with pale timber flooring and exposed concrete and bare brickwork, it's decked out in neutral colours. Table tops are made from burnished metal and walls are adorned with photographs depicting the areas industrial past.

The kitchen proposes an all day menu of modern British dishes with European influences using seasonal ingredients. Amongst the starters look for cured trout, spiced mayo, cucumber and spring onion or English chicken terrine, mustard crème fraîche and crispy skin. When it comes to main courses there's saddleback pork T-bone, apple and crackling from the wood fired grill or for fish fans there's salmon steak on the bone.

There's a well curated wine list to accompany the food, seasonal cocktails together with bottled and draught beers and craft ales.

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Gastro pub / Modern British

Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: 8.00am (9.00am Sat & Sun) through
Lunch: until
Dinner: 11.30pm (12.00am Fri & Sat & 10.30pm Sun)

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Facilities at The Lighterman

  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties


The Lighterman
3 Granary Square
King's Cross
North London

Nearest tube station: King's Cross St Pancras

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