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King's Cross restaurants

Discover the top restaurants and gastropubs in King's Cross

Rob Greig

Going out for a meal in King's Cross should be so much more than grabbing something at a station stall before catching your train, though you'll need to know where you're heading to find something special. This list of recommended restaurants near King's Cross St Pancras will help. Think we've missed a great restaurant in King's Cross? Let us know in the comment box below.

Grain Store

The one-time industrial wasteland north of King’s Cross station has been transformed by a hugely ambitious urban regeneration project. Grain Store occupies just one part of a vast former Victorian warehouse. Most of the rest of the building has been imaginatively transformed into Central Saint Martins, and so the forecourt, Granary Square, is now perpetually thronged with fashionably dressed students.

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Kings Cross and St Pancras

Caravan King's Cross

Critics' choice

Whereas the original Caravan (on Exmouth Market) is a small space, with a neighbourhood vibe, this offshoot is an altogether bigger, more urbane operation. The large, industrial-looking room lacks intimacy, but has a laid-back buzz and great people-watching opportunities. The ethos is the same in both branches: welcoming, efficient staff and a menu of what they call ‘well travelled food’.

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Kings Cross and St Pancras

Karpo

A hypercoloured graffiti mural covering the top four floors of the building sounds warning bells. Is Karpo going be a style-over-content kind of joint? Thankfully, no – the food delivers innovative flavours, the staff are friendly, and the location is ideal for an easy-going dinner date or catching up with friends near King’s Cross.

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Bloomsbury

Norfolk Arms

‘This is the most exciting opening in the vicinity in recent times.’ You wouldn’t know it as no date is given, but the Time Out quote adorning the front page of the Norfolk Arms website celebrated its seventh birthday in 2013. From E1 to W1, London is full of bars and restaurants that have been coasting for ages on the back of a good review received years earlier. Happily, the Norfolk Arms isn’t one of them; although 2006 no longer qualifies as ‘recent times’, this smaller-than-it-looks corner pub retains its place among the best in the area. 

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Bloomsbury

Gilbert Scott

The 2011 reopening of architect George Gilbert Scott’s former Midland Grand Hotel has resurrected one of the most visually arresting edifices in London; its former ‘Coffee Room’ is now home to this relatively casual venture from chef Marcus Wareing. His mark is evident in the well-drilled, personable service and flawless cooking. As with the rest of the hotel, the space is nothing short of spectacular – this is Victorian embellishment at its most exuberant, with pillars, gilt, cornicing and huge windows.

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Euston

Mother Flipper

Humble market stall it may be, but mother-f...lipper.... the burgers are brilliant. Fat, juicy patties, crafted from a blend of 28-day aged cuts, are grilled on a little hotplate and anointed with one of three toppings: molten cheese (Mother Flipper Cheese Burger, £5), hot-and-sweet pickled red jalapeños (Chilli Flipper, £5.50) or thick strips of 'candied' bacon (Double Candy Bacon Flipper, £6), then popped onto a rich brioche bun with lettuce, pickles and onions.

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Kings Cross and St Pancras

Kimchinary

It might sound a bit like something you’d hear Dick Van Dyke singing in Mary Poppins, but you won’t find much chimney sweeping going on at Kimchinary. Instead, this is the street food stall of Swedish burrito-meister Hanna Söderlund who fuses Hispanic street food with Korean ingredients. These include kimchi – Korean-style spicy, fermented Chinese cabbage – which features in just about every dish on offer. Hence the name.

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Kings Cross and St Pancras

Fortnum & Mason Tea Salon

The King’s Cross area is scrubbing up nicely –  so nicely that you need to look hard to find a discarded cardboard cup of builder’s tea. With the opening of this little outpost of a royalty-endorsed tea room inside St Pancras station, the gentrification is being buffed to a shine. Signature loose leaf teas, posh preserves and hamper goodies make a fetching display in the international terminal’s gift shop, while the café – a crown jewel of refined light bites – is the perfect setting in which to put the world to rights over the clink of fine china.

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Kings Cross and St Pancras

Aux Pains de Papy

A trip to Paris on the Eurostar might be the best way to indulge yourself in a French café experience, but what’s the next best thing? A trip to King’s Cross  for this endearing little café, a mere boule’s-throw from the Eurostar terminal. Aux Pains de Papy already has a loyal following of office workers seeking their daily bread and satisfying lunchtime sandwiches, but it’s also worth seeking out patisserie and boulangerie.

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Central London

Plum & Spilt Milk

The Great Northern Hotel takes its signals from the King’s Cross railway station that surrounds and dominates it. The livery looks swanky; the prices are high. It successfully evokes the glamour of travel rather than the drudge of commuting. The GNH even hired an ex-Ramsay celebrity chef back in the spring. Yet Mark Sargeant’s arrival was later than a First Capital Connect service – months, in fact, after the dining room opened to the public.

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