After decades of being a hub for travellers, King's Cross is becoming a destination in its own right. Case in point: the number of bars and pubs in the area. Bar Pepito it an Andalucían sherry bar and VOC is modelled on a seventeenth-century punch house.
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Venue says: “Don’t miss our truly iconic pop up bar and garden, in partnership with Belvedere Vodka, at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel until May 26.”
To sit in, or to sit out? Inside, Sir George Gilbert Scott’s lofty interior; outside, you have a nearly ceiling-level view of St Pancras International station.
Venue says: “New small plates introductory offers: two dishes £9, three dishes £12 and set menu £20 - Nibbles, two dishes, dessert & drink.”
From Fluid Movement, which brought us Purl and the Worship Street Whistling Shop, VOC occupies a smallish, cosy space in one of north London’s most restaurant-intensive precincts.
In Clerkenwell, this place would almost go unnoticed. Here, amid a Legoland of housing estates and shops catering chiefly to custom from the Indian subcontinent, it’s practically miraculous. Comprising a simply furnished room of stripped wood and tables occupied by after-work regulars, this corner pub enjoys considerable local status for being a smart but unpretentious spot for a decent pint, a natter and a Sunday roast. Früli, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Erdinger, Amstel, London Pride and Staropramen pour from the beer taps lining the long bar counter, staffed by friendly foreigners. Festival tables outside offer extra seating on sunnier days. Standard gastropub fare is well put together and fairly priced.
A well-dressed, subterranean spot on Stoke Newington High Street. The food menu has been put together by Sam Wilkinson, who has worked at Ottolenghi and Bentley's. Cocktails including Naked Lunches, Big Surs and Catcher in the Ryes hint at literary influence. The food menu comprises small plates such as stuffed mussels with spinach, coconut and turmeric, pigeon salad with dried figs, cobnuts and a sherry dressing, butterflied sardines with fennel, olive, orange and almond and rump of lamb with green tomato, apricot, chipotle and sour cream. 'Street food Sundays' feature too, with guest chefs and street food outfits strutting their culinary stuff.