The Lighterman

4.0
1017 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Casual
The Lighterman, a pub, dining room & bar, is open all day, every day, offering everything from a morning coffee or breakfast through to lunch, dinner and evening cocktails. Our Head Chef has created a modern British menu with European influences for breakfast, lunch, dinner & Sunday roast. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, European
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 11:30pm

Friday: 8:00am - Midnight

Saturday: 9am - Midnight

Sunday: 9am - 10.30pm
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020 3846 3400
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Public Transit
King's Cross Underground & Rail Station
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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The Lighterman is a British restaurant in Kings Cross that’s good for sitting on the canal with a drink and a snack.

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DM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really great meal, the service was really friendly and they kept bringing more tap water whenever we ran out. The quality of the food was excellent and for a group of 7 of us the food was also served in good time. There is a great selection of drinks, especially wine and the food was all well cooked. I would definitely recommend for a meal out with friends.

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EG
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was very friendly and the food was good. There was a slight mistake with the order but it was corrected very speedily. Really attentive but not overbearing services.

Thanks for providing a lovely lunch.

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VH
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Our mains got forgotten about and we waited over a hour for our food and then the food was not piping hot. We did get money off our bill but was disappointing none the less

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MM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Sadly this time the food let us down. Pork belly for main was more a starter portion. We mentioned to waitress as we had eaten this in the summer when portion was a decent size and were told people had complained it was too much!! Really,?
Was rammed as Christmas so couldn't fault the friendly service but overall food not amazing

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Arrived 15 minutes early, asked if our table was ready. I was reminded that the booking was at 6 not 5:45. When being taken to our table upstairs at 6, we found the restaurant almost empty!
Ordering was good, however food was mediocre. As a regular London restaurant goer, I found the food underwhelming and extremely expensive given the quality.

The atmosphere was interesting, the music choice was repetitive electronic music in an already chatter field environment. It became extremely annoying.

I would suggest going to the German Gymnasium! Same prices and far better quality and quantity.

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food, location and views were great. Only disappointing part of the meal was that the waitress forgot a few parts of our order and we were rushed to leave after 1hr 30mins even though we were supposed to have the table for 2hrs - it wasn’t even like they were extremely busy, there were a lot of tables empty. Overall 7/10 and despite average service food was great.

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AM
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really fantastic food - the venison pie was literally one of the best pies I’ve ever tasted! Recommended for high quality, British dining and an excellent drink selection.

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SP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, Lovely food, great service. But like all london venues, pricey.

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j
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Second time here, food is great, service (on this second occasion was outstanding. Its a lively (read noisy) place so don't go for a quiet, cosy time. And its dog-friendly - which isn't a tick box on open table. Why not?

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food, great location, too expensive and too noisy

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AM
London
14 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Menu is so promising but every course was dull and mediocre. Even the home made coffee ice cream was poor. The menu suggested so many lovely things at significant prices. So absolutely disappointing and NOT WORTH IT - especially having been to Native in London Bridge thus evening. Similar price, WAY better and truly interesting food and lovely staff. Go to Native instead! You'll still have change for the taxi back and have enjoyed a delightful meal.

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MH
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, great service, one of my favourite places to eat.

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KL
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Wonderful setting but staff struggling with the numbers and the food - beef burger - had obviously been cooked a while ago and kept under a heat lamp or reheated. it was dry, tasteless and overcooked as was the piece of bacon. how hard is it to serve up a fresh hamburger?

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food

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H
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great location and live the decor. Quite chilly with people in and out of the smoking areas. Very busy so service a little slow but friendly and great food.

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J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was rude and demanding, won’t be rushing back

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CS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Thank you to the Lighterman for a great night with a friend visiting from Scotland. Accommodated my request I made via my online booking for a seat overlooking the canal.

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CE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Service, ambience, location all very good.
Starters were fine. Trifle excellent and cheese good.
Main course, fish and Asian slaw, was very disappointing. The fish was dry. The slaw was just horrible - no Asian flavours but a sort of gritty, whitish, porridge that was apparently made of red cabbage and tasted very peculiar. I could not begin to guess what was in it.

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a
London
33 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great Sunday evening roasts. Friendly and helpful staff and nice canal views. Slight expensive on the expensive side.

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HM
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed my visit for brunch at the Lighterman with two friends on Sunday morning. The food was excellent and good value for money with decent portion sizes. The staff were neither friendly nor unfriendly so for this reason I felt the service could have been better considering the 12.5% automatically added as service. I would recommend this restaurant however.

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OT
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food in a lovely place

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TS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Been to the Lighterman a few times and was never overly impressed, usually just convenient for the time. This time however, the food was fantastic for just everyday dining. The ambiance always feels a bit flat and commercial especially upstairs, but the food and service made up for it. Surprisingly impressed.

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MP
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience, just a bit noisy! But looking forward to a return visit.

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MG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great evening. Burges were out this world. I do not like burges. Paulo was great.
Such an amaizing place.
Only negative it took me ages to get a drink at the bar.

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MD
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Decent gastropub menu, not cheap but good waiting staff and prompt service made it feel a bit more upmarket than a Drake &Morgan-style establishment. We had steaks and pork belly which were both pretty good. Relaxed and friendly place, good for catching up with friends.

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AR
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Have visited this restaurant a few times, but the standard of food is definitely dropping. Mat not visit again!

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The view from upstairs as the sun goes down and the trees and fountains light up is magical. Food, wine and service were excellent. We settled in for the afternoon and a delicious, leisurely Sunday lunch.

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JD
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely visit to meet family.The waiter was from Madrid and very knowledgeable.

He was very helpful in choosing a bottle of red and we selected a delicious new white.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely relaxed atmosphere, light and spacious, not too noisy despite being busy, pleasant staff, delicious Sunday lunch (especially the roast beef). Booked in advance for a group of 6 and got a nice table by the window looking onto Granary Square. All in all very civilised and enjoyable, would recommend!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The portion size was excellent for the price, and the food/drinks came very quickly. Fantastic, friendly and speedy service from the staff, they even offered to store my friend’s suitcase which was very thoughtful.

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ZM
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I attended the Lighterman on Saturday with three friends. My friends meal arrived slightly tepid and the way it was handled was extremely professional, no fuss was made they cooked her a new meal and gave her a dessert on the house. The other three meals were perfect. We each had a spiced bean cocktail which was out of this world!! Highly recommendable... Looking forward to returning.

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VF
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. We were only supposed to have the table for a couple of hours but the staff managed to arrange for us stay on as we were having such a good time.

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E
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was fantastic and they didn’t rush us which was lovely. We had a light lunch of their topped flatbreads which were delicious.
The tables are very close together though and although some have a view we were in the middle of the restaurant with people very close to us.

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AM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food not fazed by my extreme coeliac issues excellent service

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E
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great find. Close to Central St Martins. Welcoming. Great service. Good food. Well priced.

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E
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The food at the lighterman was lovely, but the staff were not friendly, we were joined by an extra person which was made into a very big deal and we ended up going elsewhere

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RJ
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Nice venue but poor customer service by waiters. Kept trying to take our plates away even though we hadnt finished our food.

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GE
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool restaurant space upstairs. Good salad choices.

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DR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I have regular lunch meetings with my ex Chairman at The Lightetman. I travel down from Doncaster at it is very convenient. The ambience is perfect.

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M
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I have been to this place a few times and it is always really good. Food is amazing and you have such a variety of options. But the most important is that staff does care about the restaurants guests. Great job! and I will definitely be back!

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