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From the prodigiously talented Bruno Loubet, a King's Cross dining king; modern cooking that takes bold gambles and consistently makes them pay.

Please note, Grain Store is now closed. Time Out Food editors, December 2017.

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. Outdoor café tables are ready for diners and drinkers willing to brave the elements.

Grain Store inhabits its warehouse corner a little uneasily, but it’s prettied up with an open kitchen, batterie de cuisine and wine racks, reminiscent of a Carluccio’s in a shopping mall. The resemblance ends there.

The patron of this excellent new restaurant is Bruno Loubet, a chef who made his mark on London’s dining scene with the sensational Bistrot Bruno in Soho (1993-’95) and then, more recently, Bistrot Bruno Loubet in Clerkenwell.

Loubet is Bordeaux-born, and his cooking is grounded in the classical traditions of south-west France, but not bound by them. The menu is a pick ’n’ mix of ingredients and cuisines, yet there is a consistency of style and imaginative, successful flavour pairings that is recognisably Loubet.

Vegetables are his current passion. Pretty colours and simple preparation made a platter of baked beetroots, pickled onions and a strained goat yoghurt labneh into an attractive dish; a dill oil dressing made the disparate flavours hang together well. Curiously, this dish wasn’t marked as vegetarian, though ten other dishes were, plus there were two vegan options (from a total of 26). That’s a lot of veggie action.

Meat is also given serious attention, though used mainly as the sideshow. A cube of sticky pork belly was served as an accompaniment to a corn and quinoa tamale, the filling kept very moist by the corn husk wrapper while griddled.

The dessert list doesn’t play safe either. Strawberries both fresh and cooked in a balsamic jam were topped with a spicy horseradish ice cream: an unlikely yet inspired combination.

The big catch with Grain Store is that the phone number diverts you to an online booking site, which shows virtually no free tables for the next month. But some are held back for walk-ins – you have to arrive early and hope for the best. This isn’t too bad an option as there’s an attached bar with excellent cocktails conceived by barmeister Tony Conigliaro. And if you don’t get in at all, Grain Store is still a great wingman for the area’s other good new dining options.

By: Guy Dimond


Venue name: Grain Store - CLOSED
Address: Granary Square
1-3 Stable Street
Transport: Tube: King's Cross St Pancras tube/rail
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I went to Grain Store for a Sunday brunch. After hearing good things, I'd set my expectations pretty high – and I wasn't disappointed. 

The menu proved a difficult decision, with at least 3 options that I would happily wolf down, it was after seeing a Salmon and Egg dish arrive on a neighbours table that food envy took over and I went with that. 

The cocktail selection was rather intriguing too, with lots of them having a foodie twist – I went for one with a Chai infusion, which I couldn't quite make my mind up on. They do change their menu frequently though, as the menu on their current site isn't the one I had in front of me! It is quite pricey though, so choose wisely...

When my food came out, it was absolutely spot on. Right there and then, Grain Store absolutely nailed brunch. 

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Visited the Grain Store after reading a positive TimeOut review.We arrived at 10:30am on a Saturday for breakfast, to be told there are only pastries and coffee until 11:00am.Tip here; don’t advertise opening hours of 10:00am if you are not going to serve anything until 11:00.At this point, we should have given up and walked next door to Caravan, but foolishly decided to wait in the bar.There were loads of staff milling about with nothing useful to do, and only three customers other than ourselves.Why the owner employs so many serving staff at 10:00am when there are no customers until 11:00 is beyond me.We were then asked to make a reservation for 11:00.Why?There is nobody here…OK, deep breath, we make a reservation.“And your telephone number?”Really?We are going to be sat in your bar, 10 metres away, surely you won’t be calling us?OK, here’s our number. We sit in the bar for half an hour listening to the overly loud easy-listening musack, then approached reception again at 2 minutes before 11:00, expecting to be seated.“Sorry, the tables are not ready yet.”Well, none of your heard of staff have done anything in the dining area for the last 30 minutes and it looks no different now to how it looked when we arrived, and all the tables are laid.What exactly isn’t ready?Never mind, we take a seat again for another 5 minutes.Then we are finally shown to our table, the young man apologises for the wait, and we decide what we want off the menu.Then nothing…Five minutes nothing: No waiter, no offer of drinks, no water, no service at all.There are plenty of staff, just don’t expect them to deign to actually serve you.They’re far too busy chatting amongst themselves and generally looking like a bunch of fashion poneys.Ten minutes, nothing.My partner now, is waving at staff, looking expectantly, and starting to fume.OK, we’ll give them another 5 minutes.Surely some one will arrive by then…Of course not!Oh look, a waiter has gone for water.That must be ours.Eh, no,the waiters are drinking it themselves while they chat.That’s our final cue to desert this service-free Hell Zone.Sorry, I can’t comment on the food never got that far.We complained, we left, we walked next door and heartbreakingly Caravan has a 30 minute wait.Possibly all the customers who know how rubbish the Grain Store is?People who want breakfast before 11:00am?Who knows?But, it was only a short walk down the road to Vinoteca, who serve breakfast from 10:00am, to be reminded of everything that the Grain Store gets wrong.We are warmly greeted at the door, shown straight to our table, water arrives, drinks orders are taken, the waitress returns with our food order; and within 10 minutes we are sat down enjoying breakfast.The waiters/waitresses have obviously been trained and look like waiting staff, not out-of-work actors and models grudgingly forced into servitude at the Grain Store.Needless to say, we are never going there again.


I came here with some friends and my boyfriend for some dinner,booked my table in advance and everything! I had heard good things,also my chums were vegan sorts and I had heard that this place was good for that sort of thing. It was but I felt my whole dining experience was really nothing special or memorable. I also don't think that the veg/veg options weren't any different of that of any other restaurant in that price bracket. On the price front,I didn't think it was good value for money at over £40 a head for dinner/Drink/Dessert,excluding service. I really love Granary Square and there is a wealth of places to dine,all in a similar price bracket, but I wouldn't say that they are the best the square has to offer. 

I had the duck,which was ok. The bread was sparse.They forgot to bring our fries (which were lukewarm) ,so the meal was staggered. They also were so rushed off their feet that our waiter left us for ages before taking our dessert order. Everything was a bit haphazard and I felt,us the diners,were at the receiving end of it all. I won't be going back in a hurry,to be honest. it's a place that believes it's own hype and not got a watch on it's quality control. Go next door to Dishoom,they have it all figured out! 


The Grain Store caters for most, having a great selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options on the menu. My favourite thing about this place is the food is always so colourful! It's also healthy so don't worry, you won't feel guilty for eating out! They are always quite busy so my tip would be to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Sadly, the Kings Cross branch is closing permanently on August 23rd so definitely go and check this place out before its too late! 


I had been looking forward for ages to go hear - but it was a little dissapointing the staff were unfriendly and not very knowledgeable about the food. The plates were very small and didnt fill me up


Grain Store is situated in such a great area for brunch (and cocktails) - especially when the sun is out in all it’s glory.

What we had:

  • Bruno's power breakfast: egg benedict with truffle, ham, broccolini, ratatouille, avocado on toast & dukkah
  • Country fix: mixed mushrooms, sauteed potatoes, blueberry chutney, fried duck egg, game sausage wheel
  • Lemon creme brûlée tart with blueberry compote
  • Death In Venice: Campari with grapefruit bitters topped with prosecco & an orange twist
  • White Lady gin cocktail

Grain Store has a great space and atmosphere and perfect for a few weekend sunny cocktails; however I feel that they try and do a little too much on the menu here. Sometimes, keeping it simple and focusing on a few elements really makes a difference. Bruno’s power breakfast’s best part was the eggs benedict with truffle and would have been better on it’s own (truffles don’t like to share the limelight); whereas the ratatouille was rather average and the avocado on toast a little sad. The country fix was a lot better - focusing on the old fashion fry-up and you can’t go wrong with a luxurious fried duck egg. The lemon creme brûlée tart with blueberry compote was more creme than tart; however it did have a satisfying brûlée sugar crack on top. The cocktails here instilled a bit more confidence; though the service can be a little slow albeit friendly. I definitely think this place has a lot going for it and it has so much potential, but it just needs to tighten everything together and find it’s groove.

Tip: they have a lovely outdoor area where you can sip on your cocktail and people watch.

Good For: large groups, families, catching up with friends, casual brunch/ lunch.


I visited the Kings X branch for dinner with a friend recently and was pretty impressed.

It's not cheap but its well worth every penny. In particular the jalapeno corn bread with chipotle butter was incredible. Make sure you order that as a starter!

It's also in a great location - I love granary square. 

Always have great veggie options here. Bruno is so smart in monetising Monday nights with special guest events too. Love it wish I had time to go there more as menu is quite seasonal, the way it should be!


Popped into the Grain Store branch at Gatwick Airport with my brother prior to our flight to Milan last spring break and was pleasantly surprised! I went for an Easter special, which resembled a vegetarian breakfast. This consisted of a 'scotch egg' wrapped in falafel instead of sausage meat + broccoli steams + baked tomato + mushrooms + wilted spinach + a slice of toast with smashed avocado + yogurt mint dipping sauce on the side. I really liked this dish because it had so many components to it, which made every bite exciting and varied! I also thought it was pretty creative to wrap the egg in falafel to make it look like a scotch egg. 

The service was quick, given that it was at the airport and our food arrived not long after we ordered. It was also reasonably priced for an airport meal and presented well, as you can see from the picture. I would have liked to try out their actual breakfast menu though, as the items on that looked really appetising. Hopefully I'll get the chance soon at the King's Cross branch. 

Booked well in advance to get a table as I’d heard so many good things about this place and wasn’t disappointed.  Lovely setting, good buzz and attentive staff. Everything I ate was tasty.  There was a good choice for vegetarians and they were happy to adapt dishes to suit allergies.  The Coconut & Kaffir lime green tapioca, sweet potato, banana crisp desert was amazing.  A vegan treat.


I went there for an impromptu lunch date next to kingsX on Sunday, walked straight and was seated quickly. Sadly it took 10minutes for us to get a menu & we had to ask, so admittedly that could have been better. After that though it was plane sailing, menu was fab, coffee was excellent and our waitress was very friendly. I chose the sweet potato waffle, which was delicious & a sizeable portion. My opposition chose the beetroot tar tar ( I definitely had the upper hand) with taste and size ✌🏼 The price is mid range and about right for the area & would definitely return. I wouldn't have given the 5 stars if only we hadn't had to wait at the beginning for menu's and service.


I wanted to return here after having the phenomenal pumpkin ravioli in October. I had the chickpea "crepe" sans herbs for a starter, and my husband I split the roasted sweet potato with lime and yogurt. I got the Carrot & mandarin purée, potted green cabbage, parsnip croquette, Arctic char, parsley sauce and my husband got the Roast cauliflower & gingerbread purée, braised endives, green onions & duck fat salsa, roast partridge. Whilst both were plated well, I was disappointed how bland our food was. The char (two small pieces) in particular was tasteless, ditto with the puree. The best part of my meal was the one croquette, which has an intense parsnip flavour. My husband's braised endives were flavourful but the savoury taste didn't linger sadly in one's mouth. The crepe was actually pretty tasty with a heavy amount of herbs that I appreciated but it couldn't suffice for a main meal. The sweet potato side had a lovely kick to it but I've had much better at Redemption. I also got a glass of the Riesling and whilst dry it was also very flat and boring. My husband got the meringue for dessert, and the best part of that was the raspberry sorbet.

The waitress was patient with our questions but as the food was so lacklustre we won't be returning.


The menus on stands outside pay tribute to the fact that table space in a rarity in this barn-cum-victorian drawing room in Granary Square. For those of those lucky enough to get to do more than just stare at the menu, the food is supreme. I've never seen more joy than on my 8 year old brother's face than when his pancakes with bacon and maple syrup turned out to be 3 inch think pillowy circle miracles literally floating in syrup and COVERED in bacon. 

It is, however, a pricey treat. You even have to pay for your table water, but you may as well splash out (hell, why not even go for a sparkly water?!) for this one occasion you can justifiably visit there. 


After reading other people's reviews I realise I was very lucky to get into this place! We walked in on a Friday night and got a table for 4 for dinner at 1800 but we promised to give the table back at 2000. Not a problem as half of our party had a train to catch at 2024. We were seated near the toilets but I dont think this was a bad thing as it was quieter and the gangway is big enough that people dont knock into you. 

The cocktail list was extensive and creative and had mocktail equivalents but what I want to highlight is the very odd way the menu lists things. First off its not clear what is starter and what is mains. The only way to assume is to look at the indentation of the prices. Furthermore the partner thought it was a vegetarian restaurant only to realise it did cater for meat lovers but instead of saying meat first that was left to the end e.g. Light smoked colcannon, cinnamon roast shallots, braised hare & bacon. No problem but Im use to the meat being listed first. 

I welcome non chains and this is a stones throw from the station so perfect for a meal before you have to catch a train. 

One thing definitely worth noting; its the first restaurant Ive been to where it distinguishes between vegetarian and vegan. Good stuff. 

A nice selection of vegan food is available.It's more about the atmosphere. Trendy and chic.

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I had avoided going here for a long time since I'm a big fan of Caravan right next door, but I finally made my way here a couple weeks ago since Caravan was full and the group was hungry! The only thing I'm sorry about now is not have tried it out sooner - I thought the food and service was lovely, admittedly overpriced, but considerably stylish. I'll return again.


Whilst I like the concept of a place where I can go with friends that have food intolerances/allergies, the price and flavour of the dishes here didn't excite.  Not only that, when a main dish came out it was about 1/3 of the size one would expect.  A vegan chef friend of mine commented "where's the rest of my meal?"

The irritating thing is that it had been a dish recommended to us by our waitress when we said we were hungry!

I can see this being a place I'd go back to as an easy option for gluten free etc. menu options, but it's definitely not top of my list!

Thoroughly enjoyed my meal at Grain Store. Found the food to be really unique and something different, incredible flavours. Plenty of very healthy yet satisfying options. Wasn't particularly blown away by the cocktails or the atmosphere but it was a Thursday lunch time. Reasonable prices for the quality

Located right next to the colourful Granary Square fountains, this place lives up to all the associated expectations! Comfortable interiors, well spaced-out seating, natural light and a view into the open kitchen give you the perfect experience of a summer brunch or a laid back dinner.

The menu offered a variety of choices, but I went for the Lobster Tortellini from their Specials. The small portion was enough for me for an early dinner and would work extremely well with a side of bread or cheese. My friend ordered the Quail, which was delicious. Our server was total delight and made the experience even better. She helped us chose best options for our taste preferences, and gave excellent inputs about pairing the right dishes. 

Do try out Grain Store if you are around, and ask the servers what might work best for you. 

Sadly the "bold gambles" that the Time Out review talks of did not "pay off" the night I went here. I had tried to book several times before because we had the most delicious canapés at a private party there. We finally got a table a couple of nights ago but I was bitterly disappointed by the food and embarrassed that I had suggested it to the friends we went with. I was not attracted to much on the menu - it all sounded like it was trying too hard and indeed it was. 

That said, the pea mousse tartlet was delicious but there was not one other dish that any of the six of us liked. The tamale was bland - corn leaves filled with a tasteless salsa with watery corn, and a small piece of very fatty pork belly. The overpriced dashi was a watery soup with some bits of seaweed and pasta floating in it - not at all interesting and quite unpleasant. The ravioli was a few ravioli around a pile of leaves. 

The deserts could have saved the day but while the rhubarb mess was delicious, the pastry on the tart of the day was soggy and the chocolate sorbet was quite unpleasant, earthy and not at all chocolatey. The fruit sorbets were fine but we avoided the weird choices for the ice-cream having experienced the rest of the menu. 

At those prices I would expect something special but this was dire. We won't be going there again.


A warehouse of a restaurant, so not a place for a cozy meal. The vegan options are helpfully marked, and the food is well prepared.


With rumbling bellies, my friend and I recently dropped into Grain Store to avoid the crazy wait at Dishoom, and it ended up being a welcome diversion. The atmosphere in Grain Store is lovely, the informal feel removes any pretentiousness, but it still has a slightly high end feel to it. There's a abundance of delicious food dotted around the restaurant, from the drinks 'pram', in house bakery and open kitchen. The food is delicious and offers something a bit different. Location is ideally located close to Kings Cross and St Pancras. Highly recommended.

Booked a table for the Grain Store via Opentable and they were expecting us when we arrived. We luckily picked one of the only bright sunny afternoons of the year and were able to sit outside on the terrace in the blazing sunshine. The tables, chairs, crockery, napkins etc were all very stylish and appealing. Our waiter was calm and friendly, but non intrusive. We ordered a main and 2 starters to share and arrive altogether which they did, along with 2 glasses of prosecco. The food was mouth-wateringly good. We enjoyed every morsel. We didn't order coffees or desserts and the lunch came to well over £50 which was a little steep. But a nice treat, especially as we felt as though we were somewhere near the Mediterranean!

I'm not normally one to write restaurant reviews but after an amazing meal I felt compelled to show my appreciation. Every course from the starters to dessert was something different that I had not tried before. Seasonal fresh food, nothing stodgy, not too 'modern European' thankfully, much more flavoursome and inventive. A real treat to go out for dinner and go home full but without that bloated guilty feeling. We were served by the same waiter all evening who took time to explain the dishes and made sure we were always well taken care of. Thank you:)


This place is brilliant for veggies and vegan! As well as for meat eaters. The menu is usually about 50% veggie, and loads of the options can thoughtfully be made vegan, as well as meat options being able to be veggie i.e. more than just remove that ingredient - it's replace it with something else. It's got a really nice vibe in the evening and is suitable for everything from a romantic meal for two to a relaxed catch up with friends. It's one of the few lovely places in Kings Cross! Next door, Caravan is great for a drink too.

Large plastic and metal strip found inside the ravioli......the waitresses reaction....''i'll bring you another plate''. 

It is a shame that I cannot give The Grain Store a negative star rating. 

My family and I went there for lunch on Monday 10th August, having previously heard good things and being my parents last meal in London before they flew back home, i was looking forward to having some excellent food and service.

However, when my mother started coughing and then slowly pulled out a 5cm long metal and plastic strip out of her mouth that was INSIDE the ravioli we all panicked. We immediately told the waitress, who instead of offering that my mother have something else from the menu all she said was ''i'll bring you another plate''. We were shocked! No compensation was offered, no apology, just a replacement of the same dish!!!

When the bill came, YUP! You guessed it.....the ravioli was on it! 

We paid and left, without tipping, but it really soured my last meal with my folks before they headed off to the airport. Won't be eating there again! 

P.S.....Don't order the duck either, it was so dry and chewy, it was like rubber.

Enjoyed a lovely Friday lunch with the wife. Bagged a table outside over-looking the Piazza. Currently the view is spoiled slightly by the building work opposite but once this is all finished it will be a great spot for Alfresco dining and the sound and site of young families enjoying the fountain rounded off the summer ambiance. Food was very imaginative and looked and tasted fantastic and the waitress was extremely friendly and helpful. Look forward to eating here again. 

I always find myself taking people here when they visit London. The combination of an expansive and well designed space and delicious food always seems to impress. I've been many times and am always impressed by the changing menu. Good options for vegetarians and hard to go past the homemade breads to start. Can get pretty noisy in the busiest times but seems to add to the vibe with an open kitchen and big warehouse style space. Also nice to be in Granary Square and centrally located which can also be ideal. 

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The Grain Store is usually less busy than it’s neighbours Caravan and Dishoom and I probably should not recommend it to leave it that way and so I can continue to get a seat on the outside terrace on a sunny day! It’s a great spot for brunch, especially if you want something a little more interesting that the usual suspects – the yoghurt and chickpea pancake for example! But what I like even more here is coming for an evening of cocktails and inventive small plates, which are also great for Vegetarians as the flavour and ingredient combinations liven up any vegetable and the menu changes regularly too!

I had been waiting for the chance to visit Grain Store since it opened. As a vegetarian, I was excited to see what they had to offer, as a restaurant that focused its menu on vegetables and winning Sustainable Restaurant of the Year. We visiting for Saturday Brunch, I ordered the Yoghurt and Chickpea Pancake with Jalapeño Salsa. The dish was bland, and over priced at £9.50. My boyfriend had a better experience with this meal having the Chicken served on a English Muffin (though not very vegetable focused). Service was ok, his sides accompanying his meal were served almost at the end of finishing the main unfortunately. And when we asked if the chicken was free range, the waiter replied "does it matter". Not really the response we were hoping for my an apparently sustainable restaurant. Overall, very disappointed with the vegetarian options. I probably won't be visiting again.

I ate here a couple of weeks ago, after Caravan next door was full. The main course I had was interesting and nice, but so small I could have finished in 90 seconds – so small that we went for tapas elsewhere afterwards. Considering the Grain Store isn't cheap, it worked out as an expensive evening! Our waitress was good, but the front of house were a little short with us for not having a booking. All in all, I didn't really 'get' this place – the menu, the decor, its positioning. I probably won't go back.

Been here twice now and both times great food and great service. In fact, the service on our first visit was so spectacular that I would almost say the best waiter I have ever had. So attentive without being over the top and an immaculate knowledge of the menu and each dish (I ask a LOT of questions as I love my food!). Every time I go there are so many options I want to try on the menu - will be coming back here for a long time. The ambiance is fabulous as well with a great layout and perfect for a lazy Sunday morning/afternoon.

The food was excellent. So much so we bought the cookbook afterwards. It was a fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon with friends. The only gripe we had was why were we initially denied a table even though there were empty tables (which is extra strange considering Sunday is no-booking - or did I understand this wrong?)

I was slightly wary about venturing into salubrious Kings Cross en familie to a birthday lunch at Bruno Loubet's newest culinary addition, 'The Grain Store'. It was not only the location but the veggie heavy menu (not a ' kids menu ' in sight) that vexed me. Thankfully my preconceived ideas were misplaced and I was enlightened to the wonders of Granary Square. This area has been given a complete industrial makeover London style, with popping fountains that move to the beat (big hit with the kids) , luxurious fake grass and benches by the canal side, an abundance of deck-chairs and 2 fabulous restaurants side by side (one being The Grain Store, the other Caravan). The Grain store is a cavernous space with a high end, industrial chic interior and an impressive open kitchen. On a warm day the atmosphere and tables spill out onto the square giving us a London version of a Roman piazza. Staff and service create a trendy, relaxed but accommodating feel. There is a mysterious music man in the corner of the bar playing an old piano which adds to the eclectic feel of the place. I understand there is also a superb bartender that makes savoury cocktails, unfortunately I could not indulge at the time. Back to the food, initially I thought there was a distinct lack of fodder for carnivores but look harder and you will be rewarded. We had a hearty, rustic rabbit pie, all buttery with melting bunny meat. But, this place is about the might of the vegetable and sated any meaty need. Highlights included a pretty sweet salmon and melon salad, moreish cornbread, lush chilli con veggie, creamy risotto and interesting combinations of vegetables and spices from around the globe. Our kids happily munched on risotto, chips and veg. Desserts were light and delicious, spiced candied tomatoes and panna cotta topped a pleasing meal. The menu is exciting and novel and is based on Bruno's travels around the world. This restaurant and location heralds a new era of cuisine, architecture and London life.

Great interior, shame about the staff. Foodwise it was average - ordered the pancakes as recommended by TO and found them to be dry and bland - if you want great American Style pancakes I would go anywhere but here!

I recently ate here for the first time as I work around the area, to put it simply: Food - really tasty and amazing value for money. They have a great selection of dishes - we tried more than 6 dishes and there were no complaints. All of us were quite impressed, Venue - really nice and spacious. There is no elbow to elbow seating here, and even in such an expansive space they have manged to make it homey with all the scattered knickknacks. Service - some of the worst in London. Our waitress was amazing and extremely courteous. However, the restaurant manager and receptionist/want to be restaurant manager were appalling - by the end of the night we had been sneered at, scolded, and told that we should be thankful for even getting a table. This really would have been one of my new go to places for friends and clients but after my experience with specific staff members its officially on my never again list. Its unfortunate, my recommendation to the restaurant would be to invest to better trained staff as they are driving customers away with their attitude.

I went with a group of 6 for a friend's birthday dinner. The food was absolutely impeccable (we went for the Surprise tasting menu and plenty of drinks- excellent value), the service however left much to be desired. Our server was good. We were told that we had an hour and a half at our table and that we may be asked to move if we're late- we were more than happy to comply. Before ordering we had asked our server whether we could order the tasting menu given the time that we had for our table- we were assured that it would be plenty of time. We finished each course promptly as it arrived (the food was so good that it didn't take long to disappear). At 9:45, who we assumed to be the manager of the restaurant arrived at our table and asked why we were still there when we were suppose to have given up the table at 9 (we were still waiting on 2 courses) and why had we ordered more food (which we hadn't) and what was she going to do with us- she then left exasperated (we found out later that it was the person at reception named Caroline?). The manager of the restaurant and Caroline(?) returned and told us to quickly to move to another table. The manager then went on to "scold" our server in front of us. As you can imagine this was a pretty awkward situation and we told them that we were happy to move and had been anticipating it since 9. When we paid our bill we gave our server a generous tip, thanked her and apologised if we had put her in trouble with her manager. She was extremely considerate and in turn apologised for the behaviour of Caroline(?). As we were about to leave, the manager came to our table and said that he had heard that our table had a complaint about the move (we naively expected some form of apology). When my friend clarified that we weren't upset by the move but rather the mannerism in which we were moved, the manager actually told my friend to be quiet and "please let him finish". The manager then carried on to say that he appreciated us taking the tasting menu but that had meant that we had overstayed on our table and had to be moved and that he had 45 staff to manage and hence will always side with his staff, before finishing with a happy birthday to my friend. We were stunned. Needless to say we will be thinking very hard before returning (earlier my friends and I had thought of taking our clients for lunches etc there- very unlikely we'll be doing that now)

I have not eaten food as good as this since I was in Bordeaux at the wine show, excellent food, and a real joy to eat here. What a plus for London a chef who can really cook.

Excellent food - everything is cooked to perfection and beautifully presented without being pretentious. The drinks list was spot on, with an interesting variety of cocktails and a decent wine list. The staff are attentive, friendly and knowledgeable and the setting is very nice. An great new restaurant - and reasonably priced too; would definitely recommend!