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. In the meantime, the kitchen was idling in a siding.
Now ‘Sarge’ is in charge, Plum + Spilt Milk should be on the right track. Many dishes are assembled, rather than cooked. Minimal intervention is a good thing when the ingredients are first-rate, for example in our starter plate of charcuterie. The celeriac remoulade that came with it was a nice touch, although the titular plum garnishing the plate made it resemble a ploughman’s lunch. Toast topped with broad bean paste, pea shoots and crumbled Caerphilly cheese was also a simple but much more successful combination – the best dish we tried, as it turned out.
The menu’s British, in the very broadest sense. So British it includes monkfish curry, juicy and well-spiced, but served with slightly overcooked and oversalted rice, not the pilaf described on the menu. A vegetarian main course of potato dumplings – gnocchi, as the Italians would call it – were oversized and pan-fried. Without the pretty garnishes, they could resemble something reheated in a buffet car. The cocktails and wine service were, however, excellent; there are also two bars attached to the restaurant.
Save the Great Northern Hotel for drinks or business meals when travelling via King’s Cross – because flawed or not, it’s still the best place to eat at King’s Cross station, and is particularly good for breakfast.
Under the leadership of highly respected celebrity chef, Mark Sargeant, the Modern British menu has evolved continuously & now represents probably the best of its kind in the capital. Dishes reflect seasonal availability of ingredients from the best suppliers around the British Isles & are fresh, non-fussy & delicious.
The restaurant is located in the exquisite 5 Star boutique hotel, the Great Northern Hotel & has received several culinary & international design awards. The main dining room is stunning in its beauty, with all round oversized sash windows, deep navy walls with Black American Walnut panelling, organically sculptured banquettes & a dramatic central lighting feature comprising multiple inverted hand blown glass bulbs hung at varying lengths. A snug bar greets diners on arrival & this is another little gem.
Service runs daily from breakfast, through lunch & dinner, closing at midnight. The weekend menus includes a Saturday Brunch, available 11-3pm, as well as a Sunday Roast set menu offered from Noon- 5pm. Time Out lists Plum + Spilt Milk's breakfast as one of the best in London, with its menu being split between "Healthy" & "Hearty" choices.
Dine alone, à deux or celebrate as a larger group. The restaurant can serve 100 for parties, with the largest individual table seating up to 18.
|Venue name:||Plum + Spilt Milk||Contact:|
Great Northern Hotel
|Opening hours:||Breakfast served 7-10am Mon-Fri; 8-11am Sat, Sun. Bunch served 11am-3pm Sat. Lunch served 11.30am-3.30pm Mon-Sat. Brunch served 11.30am-3pm Sun. Dinner served 5.30-11pm daily.|
|Transport:||Tube: King's Cross St Pancras|
|Price:||Main courses £8.50-£39.50. Set lunch (Mon-Fri) £19.50 2 courses, £23.50 3 courses|
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Average User Rating
4.4 / 5
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What a wonderful surprise. I attended the Time Out Card dinner at Plum and Spilt Milk earlier this week. It was simply exceptional. From start to finish the staff were welcoming. After a brief drinks reception walking into the restaurant itself was a delight. What a beautiful room. Once packed with Time Out readers it really had a buzz ( which I guess is not the same every night ).
The highlight of the night was the food. Six courses introduced by the chef and impeccably served by the wait staff. Accompanying wines were expertly chosen to perfectly compliment each dish.
I am so pleased to have discovered The GNH. I did not know that such a great hotel existed right next to Kings Cross. I loved the bar - especially the outside area ( its was a warm sunny night ). I did not get to see the rooms but I imagine them to be very nice.
As for the restaurant , I truly hope the team that welcomed and served us read this review, as I can only say thank you and add one word ....... Perfect !
Really enjoyed the Time Out event here (August 2016). The food was delicious and the staff were incredibly friendly and attentive. The restaurant is warm and welcoming - a world away from the busy Kings Cross below. I would highly recommend Plum and Spilt Milk for dinner or drinks and nibbles. The perfect place to bring someone you want to impress or to celebrate that special occasion. I'll be heading back to try the weekend brunch and hopefully sunday roast someday soon.
Had one of the best dining experiences I think I have ever enjoyed here during a Time Out Card event. The venue is stunning, the food was perfect and the staff were all so knowledgeable about the products they were offering - a rare quality to find these days. Would recommend this place to anyone looking to go out for a special meal, whether that be a tasty brunch or the evening menu, or even for a cocktail or two!
We came for a Timeout Card event - had a fantastic meal. The food was lovely (some of the wine wasn't to my taste, but I realise that this is probably a personal choice!), love the decor of the place (feels like somewhere special to go) and the staff were great - really attentive (but as someone else put in their review earlier, not in your face).
This was a great night - thank you Timeout and thank you Plum + Spilt Milk. There is no doubt, we will be back (looking forward to the Sunday roast :-) )
Had a fantastic evening here. The building itself is amazing as is the design of the restaurant. The food was top quality with good fresh produce, as you would expect. I would recommend the fish dishes. Also a great place for cocktails in the bar downstairs. The staff were very attentive and friendly but not in your face. Would highly recommend for a special dinner out.
This is the place to come when you're feeling flush and want to spoil yourself (and others). A very sophisticated venue, with staff who are all eager to please. The canapes are light, mouthwatering and unusual enough for you to take notice (asparagus mousse, anyone?), the signature cocktail which tasted of frozen blood oranges is to die for. The main meals are light, perfectly cooked - the baked hake was the best I've tasted - and actually interesting. It was rather strange to be served a pre-dessert before the dessert but I'm certainly not complaining. The wines were high quality (though the dessert wine maybe a little over-sweet). The evening was noisy and I found it difficult to hear my companions across the table - the venue doesn't soak up sound well, so I was pleased to be seated by the window, But for superb food and service, this place is hard to beat.
Came here last night for a Time Out Card event which was absolutely fantastic. We were served a ridiculous 6 courses, all of which were beautifully cooked, combining great flavors in a really unique and interesting way. The staff were super friendly, knowledgeable and very attentive, whilst the setting and restaurant interior was luxurious. Admittedly it felt a little strange being attached to a hustling train station, but other than that Plum & Spilt Milk could not be flawed.
exceptional service, good atmosphere. Steak cold on a cold plate. Too expensive for the standard of food on offer. Better spend more time there 'Sarge'.
Went for Sunday brunch with family today. Delicious food. Great atmosphere. Good service. Lovely decor. Fair prices. Very impressed! Definitely five stars.
Fancy PANTS. My first thought upon entering the super glam Plum and Spilt Milk’s grand bar – it was probably the chandeliers. Cooking up “Simple classics, beautifully cooked in the heart of King’s Cross St Pancras” is the tag line but I don’t feel this does it justice. Just to clarify if like me you turned your nose up at the thought of dining with some dude announcing the train departures over the tannoy, this little gem isn’t actually in St Pancras, but rather in the Great Northern Hotel. Upon entering you’ll instantly realise this is going to be a blow-out. Go with it – do it properly. Dinner for 2 will easily cost £100 but you won’t feel short changed. I’d recommend starting with a cocktail in the bustling bar downstairs before moving upstairs to dine under the hand blown glass light bulbs in the elegant dining room. Ladies try the Lady Violet champagne, elderflower vodka and raspberry liqueur, Gentlemen, I’d suggest the masculine 1854, Woodford Reserve, smoked pineapple syrup. The menu featured a number of sharing dishes for 2 people, such as the whole roast chicken with caramelised garlic or the special of the day, Beef Wellington, at *cough* £75 we passed. Instead I opted for the perfectly summery starter of Broad beans and Caerphilly on toast which was light and perfectly seasoned. Also delicious but much richer was the gooey Creamed smoked haddock and poached hen’s egg, perfect for dipping the homemade bread into. We tried 3 of the mains, the Salt Marsh lamb shank hot pot was nicely presented with potatoes topping melt in the mouth lamb, spiked with plenty of red wine. Also fantastic was the Monkfish curry which came with pilaf rice – beautifully spiced without overpowering the meaty fish. Slightly weaker was the Fish pie which came with a parmesan crust and a side of braised peas. I wanted just a little more fish but the mash was buttery heaven. The house carafe of wine represented great value and quality at just £12.50. The set lunch menu also looked like an affordable way to taste a little bit of luxury. Staff were absolutely flawless, being attentive, personable and not in the slightest pretentious. Highly recommended, do not hesitate to visit.
2 courses: £25
From a set menu, 3 courses £29.50.Offer valid until Nov 26 2016