Friday, August 31, 2012

Recent arrivals - Summer 2012

So some of these places have been here for a while, but in case you missed them here’s what’s opened, closed or changed in King’s Cross in the last few months:

Shrimpy’s and KXFS

Improbably located in the shop of the old Goods Way BP filling station, Shrimpy’s brought a foody frenzy to King’s Cross with its soft shell crab burger. A few weeks later, KXFS arrived in the covered forecourt with a more down-to-earth booze and pizza offering along with an interesting events programme.


KXFS (Kings Cross Filling Station)

Granary Square and Caravan

With its child-friendly fountains and steps down to the canal, Granary Square is a space as large as Trafalgar Square that’s hosted a number of successful events over the summer, from Eurostar Traction to the King’s Cross Ice Cream Festival. Overlooking the square is Caravan, which opened in mid-August, a restaurant that’s industrial in both size and design with an interesting all-day menu and great coffee.

Granary Square


Brewhouse on York and Java Tree Café

Brewhouse on York is the first new wave independent coffee shop to arrive in King’s Cross and is a welcome addition to what’s always been a grotty section of York Way. Java Tree Café on Judd Street used to be called Bread & Butter then closed for a while. Foodwise it’s more of a traditional café, but smarter than some - the sort of place you could have a meeting or hang out making use of the free wifi.

Brewhouse on York

Java Tree Café

Tune Hotel and Kings Cross Inn Hotel

Tune is a Malaysian budget hotel with ambitious expansion plans for the UK. They should give our two very tired Travelodges a run for their money.

Kings Cross Inn Hotel replaces the Northumberland Hotel which was so bad that I used to read its Tripadvisor reviews for entertainment. Not surprsingly, Kings Cross Inn Hotel is pricier than the Northumberland but on a par with many of the other hotels in and around Argyle Square.

One other bit of hotel news: the St Pancras Novotel has re-branded as Pullman London St Pancras, and its restaurant changed from Mirrors to Golden Arrow.

Tune Hotel

Kings Cross Inn Hotel

Station news

Patisserie Valerie was a late arrival in the new King’s Cross concourse, while Caffe Nero recently opened a kiosk up near platforms 9-11.

Caffe Nero was also one of the places that will soon close its branch in the old arrivals concourse (which is going to be pulled down over the coming months - hurrah) along with Burger King, Upper Crust and Delice de France although only the last of these doesn’t have another branch nearby.

Patisserie Valerie

Caffe Nero King’s Cross

and finally…

Previously a private club, Base Bar & Club is a cosy basement drinking den in Keystone Crescent with occasional live music.

Base Bar & Club

Indian Lounge is a smart Indian restaurant and takeaway on the site of the old KFC.

Indian Lounge

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