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The Lighterman

4.2
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1678 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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 1678 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall1food3service1ambience4

The manager informed us that we were closed out after one round. Only after I approached for clarification was I informed that the reason for this was that a waitress passing by believed my colleague was drunk. It was incredibly embarrassing for my colleague to be treated this way due to their speech impediment. Shameful.

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danb
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great night, staff were excellent and accommodating

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Jules
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had been before for drinks only. However, we will come back for food as they have one of the best burgers I have tasted. Very accommodating and attentions staff.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service brilliant food was amazing

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JackD
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Went to the Lighterman for a drink after work. Didn’t get a table in the balcony because it was too busy and it’s first come first serve you can’t book. But we did get a table downstairs out the back what was nice. I had the steak wish was lovely only thing was the service was a bit slow

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KatR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Somewhat surprised by the bill at the end of the night. Drinks are v expensive - but we had a good time and the food was good

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Evieyve
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Think this place was great and location.
Just would prefer to ask how to cook the burger.
I would definitely go back.

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CaroMol
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time. We booked an early sitting, had excellent food and were offered drinks regularly.
The atmosphere was relaxed and atmospheric without feeling too busy.

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GrahamB
Oxford
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

safe, friendly and efficient service and environment.

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ParvJ
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food and drinks were great. Service was very slow considering the restaurant was not full. But would definitely go back as it was a lovely spot and food was great!

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Josh
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Need screen for v sunny warm days upstairs balcony

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NathanaelL
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and even better drinks. Happy to recommend to friends

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vipSamanthaP
London
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice easy and cool place to grab dinner with a lovely ambience, especially down by the canal.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Weather was scorching, a couple of the waiting staff were amazing even though it was super busy!

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Ks709
London
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely atmosphere, great service. Lovely cocktails, food was a bit pricey but I suppose that’s London pricing. Could do with more variety in the food menu - especially for vegetarians. Overall, should check it out! Great location by the canal.

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CarolineE
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We didn’t have food, just booked for drinks. Georgio ( I think ) at front of house was fantastic, he came to find us to let us know a table had been cancelled for outside . The service was great in these challenging times, it was so nice to go “out” and feel a bit “normal”.
The cocktails were delicious!
Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The food it’s alright, I ordered cauliflower fritters, a burger and a drink for two which was lovely but it came down to £30 (just the drink) which was quite surprising as I asked for a sangria (about £10) and they said they ran out so they offered me an option but didn’t mention it cost 3x more. There’s no A/C so it was all very uncomfortable as we were put next to the window and the heat was just ridiculous. It was indeed very hot in London, but no a/c on a heatwave... : /

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CNNN
London
66 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Perfect afternoon catch up with a friend. Lovely canalside location that felt like a haven, despite being in busy King's Cross. The food was delicious. Appetites were less in this heat but the small plates were just right. Recommend the spinach waffles with perfecy poached egg, and amazing salmon roe. Service was attentive and friendly, with a pleasant bustly atmosphere.
Lighterman had considered the social distancing restrictions carefully, with one way entrance and exit, though could have had more hand sanitisers available e.g. bathrooms, top of stairs.

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vipAnna
London
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Ordered from the brunch menu and no one in our party really enjoyed their food - for example the waffles were dry and stodgy. Staff were inflexible with regards to small changes to dishes. A couple of members of our party needed to make complaints about their meals but their was a lack of willingness of staff to engage with this or offer alternatives.

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Boldandswiftly
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service. The avocado toast was well above average.

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SazS
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The wait staff were lovely but the FoH staff were unhelpful when I asked for an outside table and said that I'd requested one in my booking. The woman I spoke with was rude and condescending. Not necessarily a reflection on the bar as a whole but ruined our experience - we left after one drink.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot with attentive, friendly service, nice food and plentiful drinks.

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cassssss
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Beautiful place, great location overlooking Granary Square. We came here for a special birthday lunch and sat on the balcony upstairs. Food, drinks and service was faultless. I would have given a 5 star review, except that the people next to us were smoking throughout our meal. I would have asked to move but my teenagers didn't want me to make a fuss. For me it did spoil the experience, I don't except to ever have to sit in a cloud of someone's cigarette smoke, especially when I'm eating a meal. I think the Lighterman should change it's smoking policy, or at least give diners the option not to sit near smokers.

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NatashaK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great to get a table - we had a large booking of 12 which they were able to accomodate. A good buzz and good table service. Good ambience. Nice to feel more "normal".

The Lighterman
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Natasha, I am glad to hear that you had a great time with us the other day, and we are happy to invite people back into our venue once again! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks

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nockabolokov
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Pleasant enough meal. Food was fine but not outstanding. The waitress did not understand the terms snd conditions of eat out to help out and insisted to qualify for the discount on the food we had to buy a soft drink. Never mind!

The Lighterman
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Nockabolokov, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are continually training our staff, and making sure they know all that we are offering! We hope to see you again soon!

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JoM2020
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a lovely long lunch outside on the balcony overlooking the canal. Food was good and service was excellent. Friendly staff and great atmosphere.

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Jane
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great location. OK food. No track and trace details collected.

The Lighterman
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Jane, I am sorry that no-one offered to take your details, but can assure you that we are doing our very best to collect all the relevant information from all our customers. We hope to see you again soon!

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idg20
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Location is great, nice outdoor areas and veranda, inside looked spacious with nice views as well

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Sassy
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a friend for a birthday lunch sun was shining, service was great and the food was amazing! definitely would recommend it.

The Lighterman
Responded 4 days ago

Hey Sassy, Thank you for leaving a wonderful review! We hope to see you again soon!

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LizN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Drinks were flat and service was confused.
Lovely outdoor seating but not worth the money.

Didn’t have food so would recommend you make a n/a option in your survey.

The Lighterman
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Liz, I am sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your experience with us. Please can you let me know which drinks you ordered so that I can look into it. Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Met up with son for a lunch .. this place is fab the way the system is working for covid is great felt very safe
Food was lovely and reasonably priced drinks bit much but guess it’s the area!

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NatalyG
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good service. Staff very helpful. Nice food and cocktails :)

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JoanneS
Essex
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and really attentive service and staff.
Really good vegan options as well.

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vipJanineG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best roasts in London, the beef was melt in the mouth delicious, crispy fluffy roast potatoes and lashings of gravy. The raspberry and elderflower pavlova was absolutely gorgeous, definitely one to share though. Two lovely terraces, perfect on a sunny day. Will definitely be going back for more!

The Lighterman
Responded 4 days ago

Hi JanineG, Thank you for taking the time to leave a wonderful review. I will be sure to pass on the compliments to the chefs!

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FionaDonovan
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic afternoon , the atmosphere and food was great and the staff were perfect. Thankyou x

The Lighterman
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Fiona, thank you for the kind words! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us!

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TimG
West Sussex
13 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice setting. Food and drink was OK, although a little expensive for what it was. Service was good but a bit slow.

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VanessaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice service
Nice food
Nice location

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place lovely location limited menu for lunch time overall was great .

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MariaR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a drink and a bite on a sunny day

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vipMARKP
Surrey
15 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Truly bad food. Overcooked, dry, tasteless burgers and fish. It tasted like it had been precooked and reheated. I was assured that this is not the case. Pity as it’s as great location with good service.

The Lighterman
Responded on 4 August 2020

Hey Mark, I am sorry to hear that your experience did not live up to expectation. All our food is cooked fresh to order, and served to the tables immediately. We usually have very good feedback from these items. I do hope that you will pop in again soon to try again. Please feel free to let me know directly so that I can make sure you are well looked after.

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The Lighterman does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

The Lighterman is rated 4.2 stars by 1678 OpenTable diners.

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