The Lighterman is a beautiful modern restaurant in Kings Cross’s ever growing and trendy Granary Square area. Divided into three floors, the space consists of a pub, a dining room and a bar and boasts gorgeous views over the square and Regent’s Canal.
The name ‘Lighterman’ comes from the area’s industrial past and the Victorian Lightermen, known as ‘Lighters’, who worked on the flat-bottomed barges on the canals and rivers of London!
The decor inside the restaurant is very light and modern with lots of lovely hanging plants, light wood and massive windows. It has a sort of Nordic feel which I’m very into (being from Finland myself!) and I love the simplicity of the space.
If you can, ask to be seated next to the massive windows – the views over the canal are lovely!
The food menu at the Lighterman is a bit on the fancy side, but there’s still plenty for everyone to choose from. Even though some of the dishes sound overly healthy, they’re not lacking in taste which can sometimes be the case with these things!
I went for one of their flatbreads which is basically a thin crust pizza (my favourite kind!) and was absolutely yummy. Mine was topped with yellow courgette, broad beans and lovage pesto (SO good!). It was a sizeable portion (though it should be – it’s not cheap for £9.50) and I also ordered a side of skin on fries with it. I’m a bit of a chip-snob so didn’t love these, though they were perfectly adequate – just a bit hard and not fluffy enough on the inside for my tastes!
My friend Alex opted for their vegetarian burger that consisted of a supergrain patty, avocado and red onion marmalade. This was one of the things that sounded a bit too healthy for a burger, but was actually really flavourful – I tried a bit and can confirm it was really lovely! The burger came with sweet potato fries (better than the normal chips, in my opinion) and cost altogether £14.50.
Overall our experience at The Lighterman was a good one, though my one qualm with it is that they didn’t have any aircon, which for such a modern restaurant I found a bit odd. This is of course not usually problem in London, but we happened to go there on the hottest weekend of the summer!
I’d definitely love to go back on a cooler day, though, and trial more of their menu – their brunch dishes and cocktails all sound pretty yummy.