RestaurantsLondonKing's CrossN1

survey result

Summary

£56
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Due to its “great location on the canal at King’s Cross”, this “large and popular” modern three-storey restaurant at the Granary Square development is “always busy” and “so successful that, strictly speaking, it doesn’t need to try”. Accounts differ slightly on what that means for its food offering. The majority of reporters feel that “the traditional menu may have few thrills or surprises but everything is nicely done”. There is, though, a minority to whom the food feels “fairly bland”, or that the “pleasant buzz” can slip into feeling “really far too busy and noisy”.

Summary

£61
  £££
3
Good
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

An “ideal location overlooking the canal and the King’s Square fountains” means this King’s Cross gastroboozer “books up fast – I’d go again if I could get a table”. Despite the old-time name, it’s a starkly contemporary grey-brick-and-glass building over several floors with a big terrace, which can get “noisy when it’s rammed”. But reporters say it’s “fun” and the mod Brit gastro fare earns very solid ratings.

Summary

£61
  £££
3
Good
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

An “ideal location overlooking the canal and the King’s Square fountains” means this King’s Cross gastroboozer “books up fast – I’d go again if I could get a table”. Despite the old-time name, it’s a starkly contemporary grey-brick-and-glass building over several floors with a big terrace, which can get “noisy when it’s rammed”. But reporters say it’s “fun” and the mod Brit gastro fare earns very solid ratings.

Summary

£60
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“An unbeatable location by the water in Granary Square, with lovely terrace tables for fine weather” and a “scenic, glass-walled dining room” wins a very large following for this “three-storey pub overlooking Regents Canal”. On the downside, it’s “very busy and noisy”, but “service is efficient and personable despite what seem to be unrelenting crowds and the food’s surprisingly good”.

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The Lighterman Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Lighterman Restaurant in N1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Lighterman restaurant.
Clare H
Too noisy! Tables too wide! Too busy! Meant...
Reviewed 4 months, 20 days ago

"Too noisy! Tables too wide! Too busy! Meant to be a treat for our just turned 18 twins but didn't stay for pudding, don't remember the food, just too much. And too loud. "

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John M
Spring vegetables cooked with flair and fla...
Reviewed 11 months, 2 days ago

"Spring vegetables cooked with flair and flavour. Polite attentive service in a lively courtyard. The wine can be of dubious provenance arriving in already opened bottles which it seems to have just been decanted into. Another London eatery that appears to sell rough bulk bought wine for the price of a decent bottle."

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Sally M
Not a very exciting food experience - fairl...
Reviewed 11 months, 13 days ago

"Not a very exciting food experience - fairly bland salad with tasteless dressing. The staff were very nice but very busy so it was difficult to attract anyone’s attention. "

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£15.00 £21.80 £2.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
3 Granary Square, London, N1C 4BH
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑12 am
Saturday10 am‑12 am
Sunday10 am‑10:30 pm

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