Plum + Spilt Milk

Restaurants , British King's Cross
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Venue says: "Lunchtime set menu by Mark Sargeant. Available Monday to Friday, noon- 5pm. Two courses for £25, three courses for £29.50."

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.

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Plum + Spilt Milk says
The unique location of the Great Northern Hotel, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, 25-metres from the Eurostar terminal and the King's Cross Western Concourse, places it at the gateway to Europe. On the intersection of six London Underground lines, central London is on the doorstep.

A destination restaurant in its own right, Plum & Spilt Milk inspires and comforts guests with its exquisite décor and beautifully written menus. Bright and light-filled by day, offering iconic glimpses of King’s Cross, as night falls the lighting softens and gently flickering tea lights create a more intimate atmosphere. Katy, our vintage-loving, flame-haired director of food and beverage, warmly guides a team dedicated to providing effortless attention to the needs of guests.

Celebrated chef-director, Mark Sargeant, uses fresh, seasonal ingredients of the highest quality and provenance, favouring small suppliers of free-range and rare-breed produce from around the British Isles. Choose a delicate salad of marinated beets, figs, Shropshire Blue and walnuts. Or an inventive signature dish such as 28-day-aged beef Wellington that's designed for sharing, followed by Plum & Spilt Milk pudding, a delicious arrangement of sweet plums poached in a spiced syrup and toasted brioche coated in cinnamon sugar and served with milk ice cream.

Dine alone, à deux or celebrate as part of a larger party. Plum & Spilt Milk can feed 100 guests at once, with our largest table seating up to 18.
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Venue name: Plum + Spilt Milk
Contact:
Address: Great Northern Hotel
Pancras Road
London
N1C 4TB
Opening hours: Breakfast served 7-10am Mon-Fri; 8-11am Sat, Sun. 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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SJB
Staff WriterStaff Comp

Perfect Breakfast meeting venue. My EA discovered it when it first opened and I loved it. Quiet enough to hear yourself speak, located in kings cross, great service and great quality food with a really nice decor. Ideal if you are in that area.

Georgie
Tastemaker

I've been to Plum + Spilt Milk a few times now and have loved it every time. It's a little expensive but the quality is relative to this. My favourite dishes come from the starters and snacks for the table. The kidneys on toast are superb - meaty, juicy and almost sweet. This is also a great place for breakfast, and is exactly where I went for my breakfast this morning. It's the perfect location for a breakfast meeting because it's elegant but not pretentious, and the food is refined.

I adore breakfast, the ingredients are my kind of food. I love the mixture of healthy and comfort, and that's exactly what Plum + Spilt Milk's menu offers; the perfect mix.

This morning, I went a little unhealthy and chose the Brioche Eggy Bread (more of a brunch vibe: even better!) which was topped with warm banana, walnuts and a sticky caramel sauce. It was a good sized portion, filling enough for breakfast. The bananas were sweet while the caramel had an undertone of bitterness which actually I quite enjoyed, through it wasn't the flavour i'd have expected.

My colleague enjoyed the Haggis with Duck Egg which came presented similar to a steak tartare: very satisfying to the eye, and equally so to the tongue. I LOVE haggis and this was gorgeous, and brought together nicely by the gooey, runny egg. It was meaty but not stodgy.

I adore the design of this restaurant; the chandelier hanging above the central tables is beautiful and eye catching. There is an elegance about this place that is just beautiful and makes it the perfect place for business or pleasure.

Chesca R
Tastemaker

Such a beautiful and decadent restaurant with a great menu celebrating the best of British. I have eaten both lunch and breakfast here and both were delicious. The breakfast menu has all the classics with some extra exciting additions such as haggis with ducks egg and brioche eggy bread. Always worth booking as it is a very popular spot. The staff are very attentive and know their menu very well.  

NatalieO
Tastemaker

I had wanted to go here for ages - so I had quite high expectations and they were mostly met. The decor is really fitting with the menu. I had the lemon sole for main, which I really recommend. And you have to try the plum dessert - perfect way to end the meal.

Bluesuncle

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'.

Ben

Went for Sunday brunch with family today. Delicious food. Great atmosphere. Good service. Lovely decor. Fair prices. Very impressed! Definitely five stars.

Stacey

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.

Special Offers

2 courses: £25

From a set menu, 3 courses £29.50.

Offer valid until Nov 26 2016