Restaurant in London
English Restaurant & Bar
The Booking Office is the former ticket hall for St Pancras Station dating back to 1868.
Its Victorian history is not forgotten as the elegant Victorian surrounding are also reflected in the traditional menu but with some Midlands and Yorkshire influences as this was the station that served these two parts of the country.
Both the food and drinks menu are beautifully presented in a binder and are straightforward and not at all overwhelming. Whilst I tried a mug, and I do mean mug of their Billy Dawson’s Punch, my dining partner had a more conventional cocktail. They have a great range of cocktails and punches all reasonably priced. The Billy Dawson’s is an interesting mix of lemon peel and Demerara sugar, boiling water is then added to dissolve the sugar. Lemon juice Jamaica Rum, VSOP Cognac, Batavia Arrack is also added in and stirred with some more boiling water and finally some nutmeg tops it off. It can either be served hot or cold, I had it cold.
So what’s on the menu?
We started with the most delicious Loch Duart Salmon, smoked, poached and cured all presented on a square slate and served with warm blinis. I chose the Foie Gras and Smoked Ham Hock Terrine which came with pear chutney, again served on a square grey slate. Main courses consist of a choice of the classics such as Oxtail and Kidney Pie, Loch Duart Salmon Fish Cakes or Fish and Triple Chips with mushy peas and tartar sauce. They also have a Black Angus Beef Burger from the grill, steak sandwiches, Lamb Cutlet or Rib Eye Steak. However we both fancied the ‘Catch of the Day’ which was a delicious Haddock with mash potato sprinkled with chopped chives sitting on top some mixed vegetables.
We were too full for dessert, but you on the other hand may be tempted by the classic Sticky Toffee Pudding, Rhubarb and Apple Crumble, the Sherry Trifle of perhaps the Yorkshire Curt Tart with Golden raisin ice cream. They also have a very nice selection of Artisan Cheeses. If you want to finish off with a cup of coffee they have every type imaginable as well as a wide range of Tea and Infusions.
The Wine List
Booking Office offer a good range of bubbly from Perrier Jouet up to Vintage Champagnes and two English sparkling wines. They have a comprehensive range of wines from France, Spain, Italy and I do like how they have grouped the South African, Australian and New Zealand wines under a ‘British Empire’ heading. As well as serving a range of local draught and bottled beers they also stock a wide range of Gins, Vodkas, Whisky (Blended and Single Malt) as well as Cognacs, Rums, a few Tequilas and Liqueurs.
Would I come back?
Absolutely. I love the atmosphere, which is relaxed but has a real buzz. The staff are delightful and friendly and if you like classic English cuisine cooked well you need look no further. And if you like live music, then pop along on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening.
The Restaurant is open for breakfast and serves an all day menu, whilst the Bar is open until 3am 7 days a week.
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Need to book||Advisable|
|Clientele||Travellers passing by, hotel guests and locals in the know.|
|Restaurant good for||Couples, Bar scene, Doing business, Meeting up with friends, Outdoor seating|
|Cost per head||Medium|
|Dress Code||Smart Casual, Casual|
|Dining Options||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Victorian and almost cathedral-like with modern influences and a sense of space thanks to the very high ceiling. It is a mix between a station café and traditional English Club but without the airs and graces and I just love the 29 metre bar! You can also sit outside on their Terrace watching the Eurostar trains and passengers come and go.
Starters from £9; Sandwiches from £11; Mains from £14; Grill from £16; Catch of the Day £20; Desserts from £7. Bar snacks from £6. Punches from £6.75 a mug; Cocktails from £10; Beers from £5.50; Champagne from £13 a glass; wine from £6.75 a glass, £24.50 a bottle.
Last updated on 29-10-2012