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The Lighterman

4.1
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1585 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
The Lighterman, a pub, dining room & bar, is open from lunch through to dinner and welcomes you all day on weekends. Our Head Chef has created a modern British menu with European influences. The extensive drinks menu includes draught & bottled beers, craft ales and seasonal cocktails, together with a well-curated and affordable wine list. There is plenty of outdoor seating. The canal-side bar with alfresco terrace overlooks the water, the ground floor has seating directly onto Granary Square and the top floor has its own wraparound terrace, with panoramic views across the square and canal.
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/

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 1585 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.0
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
3.7
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jane
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

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!

JK
JKLL
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely been at a restaurant again, excellent service and attention to detail -making and keeping everyone safe. I’ll be back

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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London
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and lovely service. The background noise can get quiet loud though

ML
MartinL
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Superb service from team who behind masks but still shined- Very impressed- Thanks

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DanielleW
Kent
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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PatriciaC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It sounded like a pub with everyone shouting and drunk. Did not enjoy at all. The food was average the wine list is good.

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Anon
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

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AnnaB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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.

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SarahN
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location, friendly attentive staff, delicious food with high quality ingredients and a lively atmosphere.

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Robyn
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice food, service and ambiance! Would definitely recommend.

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ArmaniU
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very attentive and the food was better than expected. I would definitely go there again!

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AlisonW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely relaxed Sunday lunchtime meal for 6
Friendly staff, nice open upperfloor
Good food, good service, not rushed at all
Thank you

MH
MarlonH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff, lovely restaurant. Beautiful scenery. Will be back!

The Lighterman
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you MarlonH for your review! Best, Emma

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MatthewH
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

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??

The Lighterman
Responded on 10 March 2020

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

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Narkut
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 :)

The Lighterman
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you Narkut for leaving such a great review! I'm pleased that you enjoyed your whole experience with us! Best, Emma

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DeeKee
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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!

The Lighterman
Responded on 10 March 2020

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

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Carrie
London
12 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great venue for our girls lunch
Staff friendly and suitably attentive
Would use again

The Lighterman
Responded on 10 March 2020

Pleased that you enjoyed your girls lunch with us Carrie! Hope to see you back again soon. Best, Emma

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love the food and have always had cheerful servers. Very good wine selection. Dining room is a bit noisy.

The Lighterman
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you for leaving us such a lovely review! Best, Emma

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FionaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and super service. Amazing venue, just got rather noisy!

The Lighterman
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thanks for your review FionaB!

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vipCosmickitten
London
40 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab night at the Lighterman.. Superlatives abound.. Great food, impeccable hosting and an overall fantastic experience. We will be back

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BarbaraF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

The Lighterman
Responded on 10 March 2020

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

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GrahamD
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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Fleur
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

The Lighterman
Responded on 10 March 2020

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

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HollyG
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

The Lighterman
Responded on 10 March 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was very good

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anonymous
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

The Lighterman
Responded on 10 March 2020

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

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PennyG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

The Lighterman
Responded on 10 March 2020

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

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Kd88
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very basic food. Non existent service. We were a party of 4 and our food arrived in minutes. Really makes you think.

The Lighterman
Responded on 2 March 2020

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

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TamasineP
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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ClareK
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

The Lighterman
Responded on 2 March 2020

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

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JayneG
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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!

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MartinA
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely selection of food and good service.
Great views of you are lucky enough to get a table by the window.

The Lighterman
Responded on 26 February 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good quality honest, fresh, simple food cooked well.
Lovely staff, especially Mitchell who went the extra mile without asking. Thank you..

The Lighterman
Responded on 26 February 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience1

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.

The Lighterman
Responded on 26 February 2020

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

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GarethH
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the view from the restaurant over the canal is beautiful.

The Lighterman
Responded on 26 February 2020

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!

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DawnR
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

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.

The Lighterman
Responded on 26 February 2020

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

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vipHerbie
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

The Lighterman
Responded on 18 February 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Quick catch up with family who were visiting - nice place.

The Lighterman
Responded on 26 February 2020

Glad to hear we were a good spot for your family catch up!

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Foodlover
Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening and the staff couldn't do enough for us.

The Lighterman
Responded on 18 February 2020

Thank you Foodlover, Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your evening with us at The Lighterman! Best, Emma

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