Harden's survey result
This “beautiful” first-floor dining room is part of the restored Great Northern Hotel at King’s Cross (the name derives from the Flying Scotsman’s colours). By the standards of railway-related restaurants, it’s a distinct cut above, with a “good-value set lunch” and “some nice options on the menu”. Fair to say, though, that the cuisine is generally overshadowed by the “elegant decor”, but that helps make it “a good spot for a business lunch”.
“Smart” railway-hotel brasserie at King’s Cross (named after the livery used by the Flying Scotsman’s dining carriages) that can provide “surprisingly good quality meals and attentive service”. A “lovely place for lunch” – “not too businessy” – it wins particular recommendations for its “tasty and well-executed breakfast”. The worst folks say about the place? – “pleasant enough but mystifyingly pricey”.
Right by King’s Cross, this “well-located” hotel brasserie (named for the livery of the ‘Flying Scotsman’) is attractively “slightly out-of-the-ordinary” and has a good atmosphere. At best it’s a “professional” spot with “decent food”, but inevitably “it trades on its location” a bit: it can seem “reasonable but pricey” or merely “pleasant enough”.
This “beautiful dining room” has a “top location” – if you’re travelling through King’s Cross station anyhow – and it’s a particularly handy option on business. Fans say it’s “better value than its neighbour, The Gilbert Scott”, although like its rival, the food can seem “lacklustre”.
Plum + Spilt Milk, Great Northern Hotel Restaurant Diner Reviews
"A railway hotel restaurant. Located at King's Cross Station, the space has been remodeled nicely. Somewhat on the expensive side, the food is pleasant but not exciting."
|Wine per bottle||£27.00|
Plum + Spilt Milk N1
In a setting that's practically part of the railway station, this first-floor King's Cross dining room is a remarkable 'oasis' - it offers a very pleasant setting in which to enjoy British staples which, even if they have no great ambition, are realised with impressive consistency.
One of the least likely restaurants we've encountered in recent times, Plum + Spilt Milk is located on the first floor of a refurbished hotel, adjacent to King's Cross Station. The hotel itself is equally rather a surprise - the entrance barely proclaims that this is a hotel at all, and is so inconspicuous you could very easily miss it. (It's the one behind the line of standing taxis.)
The interior is a series of interesting and intimate spaces, configured - and decorated - in a relaxed and funky way which you wouldn't expect to work in a Victorian railway hotel, but which, curiously, works very well. On the ground floor, there's an alluring bar, and upstairs a light and comfortable chamber, Plum + Spilt Milk itself. Much of its seating is at comfortable circular banquettes, often enjoying impressive views over this fast-changing part of town; for a dining room immediately adjacent to a major railway terminus, this really is, to a remarkable extent, an 'oasis'.
Indeed, it's hard to see how any traveller - for business or leisure, through King's Cross, or through St Pancras, across the slip road - is going to do better than here, as the staff are charming, and the food eminently satisfactory. If that sounds slightly like damning with faint praise, this is simply a reflection of the fact that the food has none of the wackiness the name might hint at, nor any real originality at all as far as we could discern. This is simply posh gastropub food, and a fairly modest range of it too, but it's done really well, and it's also reasonably priced.
Oh, and let's not forget the twice-baked smoked haddock soufflé - that actually is worth crossing town for.
King's Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Road, London, N1C 4TB
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||7 am‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||7 am‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||7 am‑11 pm|
|Thursday||7 am‑11 pm|
|Friday||7 am‑11 pm|
|Saturday||8 am‑11 pm|
|Sunday||8 am‑10 pm|