Tucked away inside King’s Cross St Pancras Station, this spot delivers home comforts in a cosy setting, sitting perfectly inside the grandiose brick arches of the station’s architecture. With an expansive wine list and the best of British produce on the menu, it’s the ideal spot to grab a drink and some food before a long train journey
Words: Rachel Mantock
With a decked out outside area that cleverly makes it feel like a summer’s day indoors and a homely indoor area clad in busy, newspaper like wallpaper, with high, crawling ceilings, The Betjeman Arms gives you two settings to choose from. The bar area features luscious woods and a traditional black and white chess floor, with every spirit and wine imaginable on offer.
The Gressingham duck breast dish with turnip puree, gazed carrot and yellow bean is a concoction of flavours, all contrasting and complementing each other at once. However, the stand out performer of the evening was the white chocolate panna cotta with drunken cherries and honeycomb dessert, along with a second dessert dish, the British cheese board.
They were probably not meant to be eaten together but everything on the dessert menu was so appetising, I had to choose at least two options. The white chocolate panna cotta dish was like eating fruity, cream filled clouds, dotted with specs of honey, while the cheese board was filled with bitter and soft cheese, each one just as good as the last.
Juicy burgers were making their way out on wooden platters all around us, making me second guess my healthier choice, though my doubts were alleviated after one or two bites. The Betjeman Arms even has a light and airy private dining area with vintage luggage sat beside the table, setting the tone, for those who want their own space in the restaurant, along with the rustic wooden terrace available for private hire also.
They often run spirit tasting events where you can sign up and join in for free, it’s the perfect station spot for post or pre-train journey drinking, with a friendly buzz always in the air.
Unit 53, St Pancras International Station N1C 4QL; 020 7923 5440; thebetjemanarms.co.uk
Under £20 for all dishes, between £20 and £50 for wine bottles
Atmosphere and a traditional setting
What to eat…
The cheese board! Gressingham duck breast, turnip puree, gazed carrot & yellow bean is a great choice for a main
What to know…
It is situated right in the corner of the upper deck of the station, opposite from the departing trains. Also, they hold spirit tasting sessions regularly, which are free!