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Best restaurants in King’s Cross

Check out our favourite restaurants, bars and foodie spots in this buzzing area of north London. Try Mexican-style rotisserie chicken, low-intervention wines, bacon naans and more

Looking for King’s Cross restaurants? Here are our favourite restaurants in King’s Cross. Check out our ideas for eating and drinking in King’s Cross, from Coal Drops Yard to Granary Square and beyond…

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Best places to eat and drink in Coal Drops Yard

Sons + Daughters – for sandwiches

From the duo behind east London’s Pidgin, Sons + Daughters brings sandwiches, soft-serve ice cream and craft beers to Coal Drops Yard. The minimalist space centres around a curved bar, with soft, exposed-grain tables and navy-blue stools lining the outside of the room.

Next-level breakfast muffins include a Burford Brown egg scramble, or a creamy vegan tofu pepped up with corn kernels. Coffee comes from east London’s Climpson & Sons, or go back to basics and order the miso milk for a silky, salty kick.

Stay for lunch and tuck into hearty doorstop sarnies, anything from spicy lamb sausage with french fries, to old-school egg salad with truffle crisps layered between slices of white bloomer. End with a slick of daily-changing, imaginatively flavoured soft serves, from peanut butter and jelly with a crumble of croissant to savoury rosemary focaccia crunch.

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Sons + Daughters brings sandwiches, soft-serve ice cream and craft beers to Coal Drops Yard

Plaza Pastor – for Mexican party vibes

Dining is an alfresco affair at Plaza Pastor – with multicoloured tables and chairs grouped around a central bar in a covered, heated terrace, complete with Latin beats on the speakers.

The menu might be casual – spicy Mexican-style rotisserie chicken, tortas (Mexican toasted sandwiches) and tacos are the stars here – but there’s an attention to detail that elevates the food. A surprisingly meaty mushroom taco comes with oaxaca cheese, caramelised onion, pumpkin seeds and coriander, with a piquant salsa made with toasted árbol chillies and garlic oil (they have seven salsas in total, all made in-house).

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Dining is an alfresco affair at Plaza Pastor – with multicoloured tables and chairs grouped around a central bar in a covered, heated terrace, complete with Latin beats on the speakers

Hicce – for contemporary small plates

Pronounced ‘itchy’ and meaning ‘of the moment’ in latin, Hicce is the latest addition to King’s Cross chic new development, Coal Drops Yard. Expect a cool and casual space serving up sensational hot sticks and moreish small plates taking inspiration everywhere from Italy to Japan and Norway, alongside draft wine and sprightly cocktails. 

Wild red prawns, scarlet and skewered, are life. Sweet, supremely tender, and bathing in a butter laced with lemon, garlic, herbs and togarashi (all the good stuff) – even their crunchy coats of armour are edible. Spiked chicken thighs, too, are singing with flavour, thanks to Pip’s happy globe trotting for her ingredients – a shiso leaf imparts its unique pep, while crispy chicken skin is crumbled for crunch.

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Red prawns at Hicce Resturant Kings Cross
Wild red prawns, scarlet and skewered, are life. Sweet, supremely tender, and bathing in a butter laced with lemon, garlic, herbs and togarashi (all the good stuff)

The Drop – for wine

Exposed brick walls, low-arched ceilings and soft lighting give The Drop an intimate, unpretentious feel. There’s a counter to perch on, long sharing tables, and an open kitchen sends out fragrant aromas.

The chiefly European wine list focusses on mostly low-intervention and small producers, from France to Georgia. There’s lots to explore here, but unfortunately not much available by the glass (aside from aperitifs, digestifs and dessert wines).

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The chiefly European wine list focusses on mostly low-intervention and small producers, from France to Georgia

Vermuteria – for aperitivo

Vermuteria opened at Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, in October 2018 and it’s the first café and bar created by chef Anthony Demetre and designer Michael Sodeau. As well as charcuterie and dishes combining European and British influences (think rabbit in mustard sauce, potato and kale; Galician octopus and chickpeas; or venison ragu and gnocchi), there are more than 70 vermouths on the list. The vermouth takes centre stage in the form of simple aperitifs and a base for cocktails such as the sbagliato (Cinzano Rosso, Campari and prosecco).

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As well as charcuterie and dishes combining European and British influences, there are more than 70 vermouths on the list

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Dishoom – for casual Indian food

Inspired by the all-day Irani cafés that were an integral part of Bombay life, there are now four branches of Dishoom in London (and another in Edinburgh), each serving Bombay breakfast, lunch, afternoon chai and dinner. Dishoom restaurant can also be found in Shoreditch, Carnaby and Covent garden.

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Inspired by the all-day Irani cafés that were an integral part of Bombay life, there are now four branches of Dishoom in London

Ruby Violet – for ice cream

Run with old-school glamour but contemporary flair by ex-food photographer Julie Fisher (the name is a nod to her maternal grandmother), this north London ice cream hot spot developed from a stall at a local market. As Julie says ‘ice cream makes people smile’ and Ruby Violet’s certainly does that. As far as possible, Julie subscribes to the fresh, seasonal, local philosophy; look out for peach and rosewater, damson, English strawberry, Seville orange marmalade ripple and Kentish Town honey.

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Run with old-school glamour but contemporary flair, this north London ice cream hot spot developed from a stall at a local market

Canopy Market – for street food

This weekly food market in King’s Cross plays host to independent food producers every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Choose between honeycomb doughnuts from Bread Ahead, meats from The Charcuterie Board and hot sauces from World of Zing. Take your pick between indulgent risotto balls from the Arancini Brothers, or grilled cheese sandwiches at the Big Melt.

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A large street food market in King's Cross, London. People are busy walking around and some are sat around tables eating food
This weekly food market plays host to independent food producers every Friday

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Happy Face Pizza – best for pizza

Tucked away behind Coal Drops Yard, Happy Face Pizza is a must-visit if you’re after a low-key dinner without having to queue. A slick marble bar takes centre stage, with high stools and sharing tables filling the industrial-style space. Wood-fired pizzas (with dough fermented for 72 hours) come with puffy, charred crusts and sloppy centres. Try the salsiccia with smoked mozzarella, Neapolitan sausage and fresh fiery chilli, or the prosciutto one for a salty number.

If you just fancy a snack, order shoestring zucchini fritti, washed down with a house-bottled Roller Ball cocktail – a concoction of Suze, white vermouth and tonic cordial. For more party vibes, head downstairs to SUPERMAX, a vermouth-led cocktail bar that’s all glitter balls, plush pink furnishings and DJs every Friday night.

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Granger & Co. – for brunch

Granger & Co. King’s Cross  is the third London location of Australian celebrity chef Bill Granger’s restaurants. Focussing on his trademark sunny, healthy style of Med/Southeast Asian food, great cocktails, wine and top-notch coffee, Granger and Co is open from breakfast to dinner every day.

Granger’s menus are famously eclectic, bringing flair to the sunny Australian Med/South-east Asian melting-pot. The crispy duck, spring onion crepes, iceberg and plumb sauce, is an especially memorable dish which could be likened to a dream you might have had about what crispy duck pancakes might be like before you’d ever seen any.

Granger & Co. makes reference to 80’s Italian train station restaurants, with its Terrazzo floors and bar tops, olive leather banquettes, a wood-panelled ceiling, 70s table lamps, moody modern art, salmon and peach paintwork, an Italian style leather and brass fixed-stool-seated bar with a huge feature mirror dominating the space behind it.

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Granger’s menus are famously eclectic, bringing flair to the sunny Australian Med/South-east Asian melting-pot

Plum + Spilt Milk, Great Northern Hotel – for traditional British dishes

Mark ‘Sarge’ Sargeant is chef-director, and while he’s not hands-on in the kitchen, his menu of comforting seasonal classics is well executed at Plum + Spilt Milk, the restaurant at this slick hotel. Tuck into beef croquettes with horseradish mayonnaise or indulge in whole grilled native lobster with garlic butter and fries.

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Mark ‘Sarge’ Sargeant is chef-director, and while he’s not hands-on in the kitchen, his menu of comforting seasonal classics is well executed at Plum + Spilt Milk