The Lighterman restaurant reviewed

The Lighterman external view

Director visited The Lighterman, a business meeting-friendly pub, dining room and bar that sits handsomely on Regent’s Canal, to sample the elegant breakfast offerings

A hop and a skip from King’s Cross station, in the regenerated Granary Square, the modernist, three-storey Lighterman restaurant is an exquisite marriage of form and function. Designed by architects Stanton Williams, its floor-to-ceiling windows and wraparound terrace overlook Regent’s Canal, while the imposing grey facade, conceived as a single sculptural form, complements the surrounding architecture. It’s a sublime base for a business breakfast, weekend brunch or post-work supper with dishes that are modern British in flavour with European influences. The elegant breakfast menu features the likes of Lambton & Jackson smoked salmon with crushed avocado on rye and homemade ricotta with cinnamon, grapes and honey. Online bookings are available, though there is also space for walk-ins on the ground floor.

What the website says

“Our name is inspired by the industrial past of King’s Cross, and the Victorian Lightermen who worked on flat-bottomed barges, known as “Lighters”, on the canals and rivers of London. With three floors offering stunning views across Granary Square and the Regent’s Canal, The Lighterman is a place to relax and enjoy all day dining and drinking.

“Executive Chef Diego Cardoso has created a modern British menu with European influences for breakfast, lunch, dinner & weekend brunch. With seasonal produce at the forefront of our menus, we have a range of choices from healthy salads and spelt flour flat breads to aged beef burgers and beautiful marinated meat, fish and veg cooked on our wood-fired grill.
The bar offers seasonal cocktails alongside biodynamic and affordable wines, as well as independent craft beers.”

The Lighterman – view the gallery (click to enlarge)

About author

Lysanne Currie

Lysanne Currie

Lysanne Currie is an editor, writer and digital content creator. Her first job was at Melody Maker and she then spent over 10 years in teenage magazines working from sub editor on 19 Magazine to editorial director of Hachette’s Teen Group. Her previous roles include group editor and head of content publishing for Director Publications and editorial director at BSkyB overseeing Sky’s entertainment, sports and digital magazines. Lysanne lives in London with her music promoter partner and a four year old Jack Russell.

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