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We understand that the safety and well-being of all our staff and guests is paramount whilst coexisting with COVID-19. We have made necessary changes to our restaurant operations based on the advice from the government, industry leaders and our own safety consultants. Please visit our website for more information on our policies https://thelighterman.co.uk/covid19-policies/
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Clean menu provided to every guest
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waiting staff wear masks
chilli & lime
chilli & chives
bacon, tomato relish, cheese
It was a bit noisy considering we are in a time where the aim is to keep people talking at a temperate level. It was difficult to socially distance when going to the bathroom.
Otherwise it was fab. Clean, great & friendly service and overall lovely to be back! Thanks Lighterman!
Lovely been at a restaurant again, excellent service and attention to detail -making and keeping everyone safe. I’ll be back
We were there for drinks and the service was so great especially during the times we are currently in. We dined nearby and the place had no idea of organic wines and then we came here and Armando our waiter knew the whole wine list and most were organic which (shame on me) was quite surprising. Lovely place. Great venue. Great service.
Good food and lovely service. The background noise can get quiet loud though
Superb service from team who behind masks but still shined- Very impressed- Thanks
Great experience post lockdown at lighterman. Service was excellent in the outdoor area, food was delicious and the rhubarb daiquiri was to die for! It was my first visit and I’ll definitely be returning
It sounded like a pub with everyone shouting and drunk. Did not enjoy at all. The food was average the wine list is good.
Even though I booked, they couldn’t find me a nice table inside because they were all reserved. The table service was really slow. It took at least half an hour to get a drink. No one ever came to take a food order. Inside was so loud you couldn’t hear anything.
We had an absolutely lovely afternoon. It was the first Saturday of pubs being open and it wasn’t too busy and the pub was really well managed given the restrictions in place.
The staff were lovely. The food W was good and the cocktails were just wonderful.
Great location, friendly attentive staff, delicious food with high quality ingredients and a lively atmosphere.
Really nice food, service and ambiance! Would definitely recommend.
The staff were very attentive and the food was better than expected. I would definitely go there again!
Lovely relaxed Sunday lunchtime meal for 6
Friendly staff, nice open upperfloor
Good food, good service, not rushed at all
Lovely staff, lovely restaurant. Beautiful scenery. Will be back!
Thank you MarlonH for your review! Best, Emma
1 starter which was bland and over seasoned the soup
1 main a thin slice of steak .. no sides included
A beer each ,over £50??
Dear MatthewH, I am disappointed to hear you weren't satisfied with your food. We would always hope that in an instance where a guest was not happy with a meal, they would let a staff member or manager know immediately. If you would like to discuss your visit further with me, you can reach me on 020 3846 3400. Best, Emma
The vegetarian burger was delicious and unique! Service was very fast, helpful and friendly! Decor and location are great! Highly recommend for lunch of you're in Kings Cross :)
Thank you Narkut for leaving such a great review! I'm pleased that you enjoyed your whole experience with us! Best, Emma
Service excellent. Waiter knew their wines and was able to recommend a white to one of our party. Unfortunately, the glass of red chosen by another, was awful. It appeared very old and had to be changed
Fish and chips were excellent as was the veggie burger.
Location excellent, just a 5 minute walk from Kings Cross/St Pancras station. We were on top floor, inside because winter, and it was very pretty.
Highly recommend and will return.
One negative. There is no drapery to baffle sound so conversation became difficult for us oldies with less than perfect hearing. The young ones there seemed to have no problems whatsoever!
Thank you DeeKee for your review. I am happy to see that we delivered on great food and service! Thank you for your high recommendations. Best, Emma
Great venue for our girls lunch
Staff friendly and suitably attentive
Would use again
Pleased that you enjoyed your girls lunch with us Carrie! Hope to see you back again soon. Best, Emma
Love the food and have always had cheerful servers. Very good wine selection. Dining room is a bit noisy.
Thank you for leaving us such a lovely review! Best, Emma
Great food and super service. Amazing venue, just got rather noisy!
Thanks for your review FionaB!
Fab night at the Lighterman.. Superlatives abound.. Great food, impeccable hosting and an overall fantastic experience. We will be back
Great view. Good food, although a little pricey for what it is. For example, a really excellent burger, but it was £16.50. Real problem is that it is so noisy it’s hard to hear the people at your own table.
Thank you BarbaraF, We always take on all feedback, good and bad. I'm glad that you did enjoy our food, and your burger was up to your expectation. Best, Emma
All very good although as has happened at other restaurants the service drops off after the mains have been served. Desserts and coffee can appear one step too far at the end of long shift. Still an enjoyable meal
Booked this to meet with old friends and was a bit hesitate regarding the noise level when we first walked in but need not of worried as we were given a wonderful table which took us away from the bulk of the diners and we could hear each other speak. The food was excellent and good value and the table service was second to none. We ended up staying for three hours and at no time were we pressured to leave. We had a thoroughly pleasant time and I would recommend.
Thank you Fleur! I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed The Lighterman experience. I will pass on your feedback to the team who I know will be really happy to hear also! Best, Emma
Great location, the weather was amazing so the vast windows and the outdoor space was spot on, and my friends with babies and toddlers really appreciated the canal being so close so you . could pop out and have a wander down the canal then back in for a swift drink. we sat downstairs which was super informal and buzzy, upstairs seems a bit more formal but still buzzy and great views. the wine was real delicious and an extensive list but i would say it is all pretty expensive. we were a big group and it was prefect for our get together. I would go back and highly recommend.
Dear HollyG, Thank you for such a lovely review. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed The Lighterman and your group had a great time with us! Best, Emma
Was very good
The place is stunning and the service is great but it did get very loud and quite difficult to hear each other after it got busy.
Otherwise we had a lovely time. Thank you for looking after us.
Thank you for leaving your review. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed The Lighterman, and that the team looked after you well. Best, Emma
Good food, we had great views of the canal, but felt that the menu was a bit limited and given that they are open from breakfast it would have been nice for there to have been a weekend brunch option. The service was unhurried but always attentive, and the staff were very welcoming and friendly.
Dear PennyG, Thank you for leaving us a review. I'm glad to hear that the team looked after you and were attentive. We do always take feedback on board, and your comments regarding our weekend menu will be something to consider in the future. Best, Emma
Very basic food. Non existent service. We were a party of 4 and our food arrived in minutes. Really makes you think.
Dear Kd88, I'm sorry to hear you were not satisfied with your food, and that the service wasn't up to our usual standards. I'd like to discuss what happened further with you. You can contact me on 020 3846 3400. Best, Emma
I love this pub - always looked after. Plenty of staff. Great atmosphere. Simple and stylish. We sat upstairs - great table. Very popular so best to book ahead.
My salmon was outstanding, beyond my expectations. It was so delicious.
My friends were happy with their meals (venison and a burger) too. The service from greeting to leaving was impeccable, more what you'd expect from a high end restaurant but the atmosphere was still relaxed. I have already recommended the restaurant.
ClareK, Thank you for your review & your recommendation of us! The team will all be happy to hear that you enjoyed your meals, and I am delighted to know that you were looked after so well by our floor team. Best, Emma
I had dinner here with a friend. Warm welcome, lovely ambience, very attentive staff. Great food, we had squid which was the best I’ve ever had, nice and crunchy with a balance of chilli and fish. Rich venison and matched perfectly with parsnip and celeriac. Chocolate log nice. Lots of fine wines and drinks on offer. I’d go back anytime!
Lovely selection of food and good service.
Great views of you are lucky enough to get a table by the window.
Dear MartinA, Thank you for your kind review. Come back in the summer when the views can be appreciated from our beautiful first floor balcony! Best, Emma
Good quality honest, fresh, simple food cooked well.
Lovely staff, especially Mitchell who went the extra mile without asking. Thank you..
I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience at The Lighterman so much! Mitchell is a star and I know when I pass on your lovely feedback he will be very happy to hear that you had a great time. Best, Emma
The Lighterman were told this was a special occasion involving a disabled customer. We have visited many times before. Special requests were completely ignored and table not set up on our arrival. Food was ordered wrong and 2 people did not get food until after all was finished.
Thank you for your review. I'm sorry to hear of your experience with us. I'd like to know more about what happened during your visit. You can reach me on 020 3846 3400 if you would like to discuss it further. Best, Emma
Food was amazing and the view from the restaurant over the canal is beautiful.
Thank you for your review GarethH. We will soon be launching our new Spring menu with some mouth watering new cocktails and food dishes you will be able to enjoy in the Spring sunshine!
We had booked in advance but still had to wait half an hour to be seated. No where to sit whilst waiting so stood in the middle of the bar area having to constantly move out of the way of waiters and bar staff. When we eventually got seated we were starving and ordered bread and butter to munch while we were waiting, only to be told they had run out! When my veggie burger arrived it was stone cold but I was so hungry by this time I just ate it anyway. We had to remind them to bring our wine and then my husband's chips. The service depended very much on which waiter you were dealing with. We did not pay the service charge and the waiter was very understanding about it and apologised for the cold food. Wouldn't return.
Dear DawnR, Thank you for leaving us your review. We do always appreciate feedback, good and bad. I'm disappointed to hear of your experience during your visit for dinner, and that we didn't deliver our usual standards. I would like to discuss what happened further, if you would reach me on 020 3846 3400. Best, Emma
This is a favourite to return to. Great table, great service, great food. Not at all rushed, we could spend time catching up and having a leisurely mean. Staff were great fun and made it extra special. Would heartily recomend.
Dear Herbie, Thank you for your lovely review. I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time at The Lighterman and our team left such a mark with their service! Best, Emma
Quick catch up with family who were visiting - nice place.
Glad to hear we were a good spot for your family catch up!
We had a great evening and the staff couldn't do enough for us.
Thank you Foodlover, Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your evening with us at The Lighterman! Best, Emma
The Lighterman is rated 4.1 stars by 1585 OpenTable diners.
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