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AA Notable Wine List 2016-17
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Versatile cooking in Gilbert Scott's majestic St Pancras hotel

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

Back in 1873, the Midland (now the Renaissance) was arguably Britain's finest railway hotel when it opened as an amenity to St Pancras station. Now meticulously restored, it is once more a London landmark at the heart of the rejuvenated Kings Cross quarter. A masterpiece of Gothic Revival, from its magnificent portico entrance to a sweeping double staircase that is broad enough to allow two crinolined ladies to pass each other without unseemly collision, the place displays the kind of opulence that has to be seen to be believed. A ticket to ride is not required for lunch or dinner at the Marcus Wareing-run restaurant, but the gloriously revamped interior is certainly a trip back in time – breathtakingly ornate and stylish, its glamorous cocktail bar and palatial dining room have soaring ceilings and gilding galore. The British-focused menu takes prime UK produce and a soupçon of French style to steer a course between tradition and modernity. A well-crafted, gently contemporary repertoire might open with torched mackerel with smoked eel, cockles, apple and hispi cabbage, followed by best end and crisp tongue of lamb matched with lentils, turnip, merguez sausage and salsa verde. Indulgent desserts might run to ricotta and white chocolate cheesecake with fig sorbet and cognac syrup.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12.15
  • Lunch served until: 2.45
  • Dinner served from: 5.30
  • Dinner served until: 10.45

Chef

  • Chef: Daniel Howes

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 2
  • Wines over £30: 200
  • Wines by the glass: 17

Price guide

  • Starter from 7.50
  • Main course from18
  • Dessert from7
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 130
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 18
  • Off-site parking available: NCP St Pancras

Additional information

  • Seats: 130
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 18

Getting here

Nearest train station

St Pancras
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