The restaurant and bar scene is flourishing in King’s Cross, but it’s not only for those night owls. Here Dani Segelbaum rounds up 10 of the best breakfasts you can find in King’s Cross
Set in the old granary building behind King’s Cross Station, Caravan’s industrial chic look provides a fun vibe with even better cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Caravan’s brunch menu will have your mouth watering from the off. They offer everything from freshly roasted coffee and baked pastries, and plenty of unique dishes that will be sure to have you coming back for more. Breakfast is eclectic, from coconut bread through to eggs, field mushrooms, bacon and slow roasted tomatoes. Can’t make breakfast? Stop by in the evening for a unique take on pizza and delicious small plates.
Caravan, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square N1C 4AA; 020 8101 7661; caravankingscross.co.uk
2 The Gilbert Scott
Designed originally by its namesake, Sir George Gilbert Scott, The Gilbert Scott is housed within the stunning St Pancras building. The restaurant celebrates its historic setting with a grand dining room and a bar that features detailed painted ceilings. Stop in for dinner, weekend brunch or afternoon tea. The restaurant offers just as exquisite and elegant food as the restaurant’s design. The bar serves a weekend brunch for those late starters with a cocktail list: order a breakfast margarita or four different versions of Bloody Marys, and try classic British brunch dishes like buttermilk crumpets or unique twists on eggs Benedict and omelettes.
The Gilbert Scott, St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road NW1 2AR; 020 7278 3888; thegilbertscott.co.uk
3 Plum + Spilt Milk
We can’t think of a more stunning setting to start your day – and then there’s the food: acclaimed chef Mark Sargeant creates courses using classic British ingredients with a luxurious twist. Plum + Split Milk offers a variety of menus including a breakfast, all day a la carte, and even a pudding menu. Check out their healthy breakfast menu for a healthy morning boost, or their pudding menu for an indulgent sweet treat. They also offer an extensive cocktail list with unique signature drinks. Plum + Spilt Milk refers to their dishes as simple classics, beautifully cooked. We couldn’t agree more.
Plum + Spilt Milk, Great Northern Hotel, King’s Cross St Pancras Station N1C 4TB; 020 3388 0818; plumandspiltmilk.com
4 The Greek Larder
Food from the Greek regions and Eastern Mediterranean can now be enjoyed close to the Regent’s Canal. Stop by for their weekend brunch that offers healthy breakfast staples like Greek yoghurt or fill up on plenty of traditional Greek dishes and warm bougatsa pastries. Their all day menu offers more classic dishes to enjoy for lunch or dinner. What’s more taste and take home the unique flavours of the Mediterranean in their delicatessen with shelves of traditional cheeses, charcuterie, teas and more.
The Greek Larder, 1 York Way N1C 4AS; 020 3780 2999; thegreeklarder.co.uk
5 The Booking Office Restaurant and Bar
With its cathedral like setting, The Booking Office – located in, yes, the original ticket office in the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel – provides classic British dishes for any time of day. Choose from an a la carte breakfast menu to their breakfast buffet offering a classic English breakfast. Their all day menu offers plenty to choose from with snacks, sandwiches, or more decadent dishes like fish or steak. Just like the historic design of the restaurant, sip on a cocktail from their menu of drinks recreated from lost recipes of the Victorian era.
The Booking Office Bar & Restaurant, Euston Road NW1 2AR; 020 7841 3566; bookingofficerestaurant.com
6 Grain Store
Located in Granary Square in King’s Cross, Grain Store blurs the lines of kitchen and dining room with an open kitchen giving restaurants goers a front row view. With no geographical boundaries to influence their food, chef Bruno Loubet’s years of travel informs many of the dishes on the menu. While they offer food for any meal of the day, the Grain Store’s weekend brunch menu offers plenty of eclectic dishes to start the morning, from American pancakes to rolled omelettes with spicy shrimp. Rightfully known as one of the best restaurants in London right now.
Grain Store, 1-3 Stable Street, Granary Square N1C 4AB; 020 7324 4455; grainstore.com
Enjoy fun and traditional Spanish food as Camino offers a breakfast menu that is as satisfying as exciting. Churros with chocolate, Spanish omelettes and bacon sandwiches are just a few of the many dishes on the menu in their Regent’s Quarter location. In a hurry? Camino offers express takeaway options that won’t disappoint. Check out their deli with plenty of Spanish ham, cheeses, and other specialties like Spanish hot chocolate. Their all day tapas menu is also one not to miss.
Camino, 3 Varnishers Yard N1 9FD; 020 7841 7330; camino.uk.com
Rotunda’s location on Regent’s Canal provides the perfect spot to enjoy a Sunday brunch. Their menu features mouth-watering meats fresh from their farm in Northumberland and butchered and cooked by their own chefs. Known for their roasts, they incorporate them perfectly into their Sunday menu. The day of rest is all about sharing here as Rotunda offers a unique menu for up to six people. Enjoy their roasts of beef, pork, and lamb served with all the trimmings with friends. But start the day with the Rotunda Firecracker: tortilla wrap, poached egg, grilled mushrooms, spinach, tomato and Monterrey Jack cheese.
Rotunda Bar & Restaurant, 90 York Way N1 9AG; 020 7041 2840; rotundabarandrestaurant.co.uk
If you are looking for a full Bombay breakfast, Dishoom is the place to go. Better known for its dinner offering, Dishoom offers traditional Indian breakfast dishes with five different naan rolls on its menu. What’s better than freshly baked naan in the morning? Or how about the Kejriwal – fried eggs on chilli cheese toast with a breakfast lassi? They also serve classic breakfast dishes with an Indian twist like their never ending portions of house porridge. This place is very popular, so be prepared to wait for a table.
Dishoom, 5 Stable Street N1C 4AB; 020 7420 9321; dishoom.com
10 06 St Chad’s Place
Tucked away on a side street in King’s Cross, this old Victorian warehouse was restored and transformed into a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They offer good old fashioned breakfast basics including a variety of pastries and other originals like eggs on toasted bagels or porridge. Their evening menu makes for the perfect after work hangout with small bites and plenty of drinks, and for those looking for some evening fun check out 06 St Chad’s Place on Friday evenings for live music from local DJs and sit outside when the weather is nice.
06 St Chad’s Place WC1X 9HH; 020 7278 3355; 6stchadsplace.com