The Lighterman

4.4
2577 reviews
£26 to £40
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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2577 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.4
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3.9
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Noise · Energetic
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon on the terrace in the sun. All 4 of us found the food to be delicious. The watermelon cocktail and elderflower spritz are lush and very easy to drink. The waiter was super friendly, as were the rest of the staff. Been here a few times and we always have a good time.

The Lighterman
Responded 3 hours ago

Hello, Thank you so much for sharing your feedback. So good to see our returning guests and I am very glad that you and your party enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I prefer to be welcomed and shown the menus before I am told my booking is only for 2 hours. Similarly I’d like to be offered a drink or desert before you remind me that I need to leave in 30 minutes.

Seems you are only interested in getting as many covers through the door as possible rather than ensuring that the people who are already there have a great experience.

The Lighterman
Responded a day ago

Hello, Thank you for taking your time to leave a feedback. I am sorry to hear that your experiance didn't match your expectations. I'm glad you you brought those issues to my attention so I can have a look into it and address it to the team. I really hope it didn't ruin your time with us and I hope to see you again soon.

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Cricklehood
London
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. Highly recommend!

The Lighterman
Responded a day ago

Thanks Cricklehood for a review. We are super glad you had a great experiance at The lighterman. We hope to see you again soon.

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RichardW
London
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed a really good evening at The Lighterman. I have to say the staff were absolutely excellent, very efficient, attentive and polite. The top floor felt like a very safe, airy space and the spacing between tables was still good. Only minor gripes were that all my friends had the crispy squid starter which arrived lukewarm, which is apparently not great (my soup was piping hot) and people were not asked how they wanted their burgers which resulted in them arriving far more well done than would have been preferred. Small things to improve on but overall great.

The Lighterman
Responded a day ago

Hello Richard, thank you very much for sharing your experiance. Happy to hear that you and your party had a great evening with us. I'll make sure to pass your feedback on food to our chefs and we hope to see you again soon.

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DawnF
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service excellent venue good noise level awfully loud

The Lighterman
Responded a day ago

Hello DawnF, thank you for taking your time to leave a feedback. Sorry to hear that venue ambiance wasn't up to your like, it's a busy venue and it gets quite loud on some days. Although, I am very glad you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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Chummle
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great location with a real buzz and great food. Down to earth, perfect for drinks or dining out.

The Lighterman
Responded a day ago

Hello Chummel, thank you so much for your kind feedback. Good to hear that you experiance went very well. We hope too see you again shortly.

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LaurenD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Seemed to have not enough staff, so it was all a bit slow and to ask for forgotten items.

The Lighterman
Responded a day ago

Hello LaurenD, thank you for taking your time to leave a review. I am sorry to hear that you had a frustrating experiance. Thank you for bringing those issues to my attention. I'll have a look into it and I'll address to the team as we are trying to provide same standard of service no matter of staff levels. However, I really hope it didn't spoil your experiance and we hope to see you again soon.

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NickiJRose
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place for a special treat for a birthday. Excellent service. Great cocktails, delicious food and not too expensive for central London. Great location and ambience too. We’ll definitely be back! Thank you to the staff there.

The Lighterman
Responded 2 days ago

Hello NickiJRose, thank you so much for leaving such a lovely review. Me and the team are over the moon to hear that you had a great time with us and we are looking forward to welcome you back again soon.

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JulietteW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful setting, great food. Service started off great and very attentive, did get slower/ less attentive as the evening went on.

The Lighterman
Responded a day ago

Hello JulietteW, Thank you for sharing your feedback. Sorry to hear that your experiance wasn't 100% fulfilled I'll make sure to address this matter to the team. Overall, I'm glad you still enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again soon .

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SofiaL
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and cozy evening, we were very glad to be seated outside on the terrace! And thank you for not kicking us out after 3 hours of dining - it was so good! Cheers xx

The Lighterman
Responded a day ago

Hey SofiaL, thank you so much for a lovely review. We are delighted to hear that you had a great experiance on one of our lovely terraces. We hope to see you sometime soon.

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vipHHHHHHHH
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food
Sat outside & weather was warm & then we turned the heaters on as got cold later on
Staff friendly & on the ball
We will go back

The Lighterman
Responded 3 hours ago

Hello HHHHHHHH, thank you for taking your time to leave a review. We are very glad you time with us went very well. We are looking forward seeing you again soon.

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helenm
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food atmosphere and service. Great location. Recommend the fish and chips and thank service team for being so easy going around our table’s poor time keeping

The Lighterman
Responded 2 days ago

Hello helenm, thank you so much for your honest feedback. So good to hear that you had a good time with us and enjoyed your meal. I hope to see you again shortly.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails were amazing, beautiful food, friendly staff that were so helpful. Couldn’t have been happier.

The Lighterman
Responded 2 days ago

Hello, We are very glad you had such a great time at The lighterman. We hope tp see you again very soon.

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Ketsiads
London
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the roof terrace. Swift service, quality food and well mixed cocktails.

The Lighterman
Responded 2 days ago

Hello Ketsiads, Thank you so much for your kind feedback. We are very happy to hear that your time with us went very well. We are looking forward to see you soon again.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely staff, great location and amazing views! We were looked after really well and for that reason, I will definitely return.

The Lighterman
Responded a day ago

hello Sarah, thank you for taking your time to leave this lovely review. I am very happy to hear that you were looked after during your time with us. The team will be delighted to see your feedback. We are looking forward to welcome again.

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lloydy71
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was nice, the staff were fantastic but it’s totally overpriced.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I invited my family for my final goodbye dinner in London because I wanted to have my last dinner on a rooftop bar. I had called and somehow between the phone conversation and OpenTable reservation that got lost. It was disappointing when they said we had to be seated downstairs with half of the party on a bench, not a regular chairs. When you make your reservation, be sure to call back to re-check with them. They were super super busy, so service was slow at times, hard to find our server sometimes. Appetizers, drinks, and main dish selections were fantastic. But their dessert menu is very limited, could use a fresh fruit option for those who need to avoid sugar. The vibe was great, but the noise level was sometimes too high we could not hear each other.

The Lighterman
Responded 2 days ago

Hello, thank you for taking your time to leave a review. I am sorry to hear that your experiance wasn't 100% fulfilled. Thank you for pointing those issues so I can have a look into it and pass your feedback to the team. Although, I glad to hear you enjoyed your meal and we hope to see you again in the future.

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LauraL
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! We had the two - they let us move when we got to hot yes two best tables on the terrace and the service was so good. So helpful and friendly. It was a great experience!

The Lighterman
Responded 2 days ago

Hello LauraL, Thank you so much for a lovely review. I am delighted to hear that your experiance with us went very well and staff looked after you . I hope to see you again soon.

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GabriellaK
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, wait staff were friendly and help, terrace was shaded and very pleasant

The Lighterman
Responded 2 days ago

Hello GabriellaK, thank you very much for leaving your feedback. Me and the team are happy to hear that you gad a great time on one of our lovely terraces. We hope to see you shortly.

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RonT
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at The Lighterman and certainly won’t be the last. I booked the same morning for lunch and requested an outside shaded table if possible. The request was not only noted on the system and acknowledged by the staff, not always the case, but we were provided with the perfect table on the first floor balcony, in shade looking onto the canal. The service was friendly and faultless. The menu offered a great range and the food was excellent. We were unhurried and enjoyed the perfect lunch with my son. Will be a regular in the future.

The Lighterman
Responded a day ago

Hello RonT, Thank you so much for this lovely review. I am very happy to hear that you and your son had a great time and enjoyed your meal with us. We are looking forward seeing you in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect location, great food, lovely service, plenty of variety to choose from on the food and drinks menu.

The Lighterman
Responded 6 days ago

Hey, thank you so much for a lovely review. I am happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. I hope to see you again soon.

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Pickle
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very busy sunny lunchtime & yet service was spot on & efficient! Had a wonderful visit -loved the jug of summer sip smith!

The Lighterman
Responded 6 days ago

Hello Pickle, Thank you so much for your kind feedback. We are very happy to hear that your lunch time with us went very well. WE hope to see you again soon.

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MariaH
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location and beautiful patio with pretty views. Service was top notch and most of the food was excellent. The burger was VERY well-done so make sure to ask for it medium as this is the default temperature.

The Lighterman
Responded 6 days ago

Hello MariaH, thank you for taking your time to share your feedback. Me and team are delighted to hear that you had a great time on one of our lovely terraces. We hope to see you soon again.

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CHR1S
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Waiting staff good.
Food reasonable, Pimms jelly gorgeous!

The Lighterman
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks CHR1S for a lovely feedback. Good to hear that your time with us went well. I hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was lovely and staff were great.

The Lighterman
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for a lovely comment. I/m happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Hope to see you soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Generally good, could be a bit better. Excellent service.

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vipsmyum
London
42 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Accommodated us al really well considering the short staff and the heat

The Lighterman
Responded 6 days ago

Hwy smyum, thank you for feedback. Good to hear that you were looked after on your visit with us. We hope to see you again soon.

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CarmelK
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My guest and I both went for the Sunday chicken roast and it was delicious. I can honestly say it was the most flavoursome roast we’ve eaten in a while. The portion size was spot on and there were lots of tasty vegetables provided too.
It was the hottest day of the year so far and although all the doors were open it was very hot inside so some ceiling fans would have been ideal. All in all, a great lunch.

The Lighterman
Responded on 20 July 2021

Hey CarmelK, thank you for taking your time to write a review. We are delighted to hear that you and your guests enjoyed Sunday roast with us. We hope to see you again soon.

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KristenT
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great spot. Great food and service. Wish the downstairs was open!

The Lighterman
Responded on 20 July 2021

Hey KristenT, thank you for sharing your feedback. We happy to hear that you keep coming back and always having a good time with us. We have some great news, we are reopening downstairs bar from this week for Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. We hope to see you soon.

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Kristina
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I have been the lighterman many times, such a good location especially when the sun is out. Staff was great and very friendly and the food was delicious. Massive letdown that they charge for sparkling water (not bought in bottles but sparkling water they make there). On arrival, we were offered water and opted for sparkling but no mention that we would be charged. Bit disappointing.

The Lighterman
Responded on 20 July 2021

Hello Kristina, thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear that communication from your server wasn't clear at the beginning. We are using a high quality Nordaq filtering system to bottled water on site for the respect of the environment and a good taste. However, I am happy to hear you enjoyed the rest of your time with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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lizzieH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely atmosphere and really appreciated the effort they made in getting us an outdoor space despite being full.

The Lighterman
Responded on 20 July 2021

Hey lizzieH, thank you so much for a review. So good to hear you were looked after on your last visit with us. We hope to see you again soon

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KatyH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Superb location and great service and food. The loos were grim.

The Lighterman
Responded on 20 July 2021

Hey KatyH, thanks for feedback. Good to hear you had a good time with us. We are doing our best to keep our loos as clean as possible and check them as often as we can. However, it happens that one minute its clean another min it's not. However, thank you for pointing it to me so I can address it to the team. And I really hope we will see you again soon.

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IsobelB
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely situation overlooking the water. Excellent service and food was beautifullypresented. Interesting menu with enough choices. Light and airy upstairs with well spaced seating.
I would definitely eat there again.

The Lighterman
Responded on 20 July 2021

Hello IsobelB, thank you so much for your such a lovely feedback. We are over the moon that you had a great time with us. We can wait to welcome you again.

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GINAD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burger was excellent - definitely recommend this dish

The Lighterman
Responded on 20 July 2021

Hey GINAD, I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal. We hope to see you again soon

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SamS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing salad and drinks. Great vibe and plenty seating. Very polite staff

The Lighterman
Responded on 20 July 2021

Hey SamS, thank you for your kind feedback. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your experiance at The Lighterman. WE hope to see you again soon.

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AllisonH
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fab place to meet with my friends in the sunshine and catch up. Service was brilliant as we the cocktails!

The Lighterman
Responded on 20 July 2021

Hey AllisonH, thank you for your lovely feedback. we are happy to hear that you and your friends had a great time on one of our beautiful terraces. We hope to see you again soon.

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KathS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great space to eat & drink! Really friendly & super helpful staff. The food was delicious but some of the “large” plates really aren’t large at all so if you want something filling go for the burgers or fish & chips. But overall a great experience and I’d definitely go back.

The Lighterman
Responded 6 days ago

Hello KathS, thank you for taking your time to leave a review. We are glad you enjoyed your time with us . We hope to see you again soon.

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KathyS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Children’s burger was massive but tough and didn’t taste great so my daughter struggled to eat it at all. My smoked salmon with egg came with cold hard boiled egg cut up on top of it - had expected poached or scrambled as it was brunch - though to be fair I should have checked - and was a pretty small portion. Lovely setting and staff very friendly but disappointing food. It’s a pity as kings cross is a place I go often and would hesitate to return to lighterman given other great options nearby.

The Lighterman
Responded on 20 July 2021

Hello KathyS, thank you for taking your time to leave a feedback. I am very sorry to hear that your experiance wasn't 100% fulfilled. I am happy you shared it with us so we can have a look in to it and address it to our chefs team. Although, I am glad you were looked after and I really hope you will give another chance to The Lighterman in the future.

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SarahT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rooftop terrace.. great views, great location, easy to get to.

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KathrynG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Very noisy and crowded. Could barely hear my companions

The Lighterman
Responded on 20 July 2021

Hey KathrynG, thank you for your feedback. Sorry to hear that you had frustrating time with us and that ambiance wasn't up to your expectations. We know that The lighterman can get busy and quite noisy some days but we trying our best to make every guests experiance as good as possible. We are really hope it didn't put you down and we hope to see you again soon.

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FAQs

The Lighterman does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

The Lighterman is rated 4.4 stars by 2577 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.