Sunday, March 18, 2012

Parcel Force

UPDATE: For directions, opening times, contact information etc see The Parcel Yard information page.

Never mind the station - with The Parcel Yard, King’s Cross now has a beautiful new pub.

The new King’s Cross station opted for a sneaky soft launch the Sunday before its official Monday rush hour opening on March 19th, which felt like a good excuse to investigate its new pub, The Parcel Yard.

We’ve known for a while that a new “flagship” Fullers pub was going to be part of the new station, although you have to look quite carefully to spot the brewer’s distinctive red rectangular logo that marks the way up from the impressive but already photographed-to-death new station concourse.

But what a treat awaits you. Spread over two floors with several rooms and corridors surrounding a central indoor courtyard, The Parcel Yard is a gem of a pub which makes the most of its railway heritage without feeling like it’s had to try too hard. With lots of space, and views over both sets of platforms below, I suspect this will become a popular watering hole for commuters and railway buffs alike.

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Central station: the high-ceilinged space at the heart of the pub

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Attention to detail: parcel trolley as pub furniture

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Trainspotting heaven: sip your pint while observing the comings and goings at platforms 0 to 8

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Original features: old station interiors never looked so good

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Toilet humour: loos and basins brought to you by Thomas Crapper

For directions, opening times, contact information etc see The Parcel Yard information page.

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