The Lighterman

4.1
1259 reviews
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The Lighterman, a pub, dining room & bar, is open all day, every day, offering everything from a morning coffee or breakfast through to lunch, dinner and evening cocktails. Our Head Chef has created a modern British menu with European influences for breakfast, lunch, dinner & Sunday roast. The extensive drinks menu includes draught & bottled beers, craft ales and seasonal cocktails, together with a well-curated and affordable wine list. There is plenty of outdoor seating. The canal-side bar with alfresco terrace overlooks the water, the ground floor has seating directly onto Granary Square and the top floor has its own wraparound terrace, with panoramic views across the square and canal.

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The Lighterman is a British restaurant in Kings Cross that’s good for sitting on the canal with a drink and a snack.

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SH
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

It’s a lovely building but the menu was really quite uninspired & given the fact that our main meal arrived undercooked & has to be returned,I wouldn’t go back .
The staff seemed sarcastic towards us which really made us feel uncomfortable too .

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AM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A great summer venue in buzzing Granary Square with good food and friendly staff.

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T
London
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The staff were really helpful and attentive. The drinks were good and the food was fine. Only downside was that they need more vegetarian options.

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J
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved it , the best thing for me was the service. We were 6 and only manage a lunch a few times a year , so it was lovely that we weren’t rushed. The food was great but the staff really made it.

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J
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Lighterman never fails to impress. In large groups or small groups like this lunch. Our waiter was fantastic and amazingly picked up that we were there for a birthday and they presented my very surprises friend with a free dessert. Food, service and ambience always great there. Great views and not rushed.

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LN
London
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was nice enough but service was slow, even if you could get someone’s attention!
We went on a Saturday afternoon and it was very busy - the waiting staff were very nice, just not enough of them.
Very noisy too - wouldn’t recommend for a date :)

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CH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place and delicious food, but it is a bit too loud which makes it hard to speak to your friends around the table.

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BP
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and incredible staff, price isn’t ideal but you get your money’s worth

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S
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice location. Very friendly staff. Good food.

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D
London
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a brunch reservation for noon on Sunday. Upon arrival given the choice of outside or inside table :0). Immediately taken to our table. Menus delivered promptly as were drinks orders. Drinks arrived promptly. Food arrived quickly and was high quality. Place quickly filled up. Great ambiance without being too noisey.

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PE
London
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. A friend and I went for brunch and we liked the options and the food. The only thing we did not like was that brunch (breakfast) was over at 11 am. Apart from that the place and the service was great.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The food are all prepared ones. Only heated up before served our table. Really terrible to eat. My steak is cold and chewy. My friends ones were not really different as mine either. Good bye Lighterman. No more to visit you.

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EL
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good place food amazing good value,,recommend to friends ,nice setting service great and quick

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NM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Very disappoint that there is no brunch menu and breakfast finishes at 11am. Food was average, nothing special. Would go again to see if breakfast was any better. Would only go again for the lovely setting not the food.

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London
13 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very loud, not attentive on the service. Food was ok but wouldn’t recommend or go back. Granny Square, Dishoom and Gin works much better options in the same vicinity.

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MI
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely relaxed evening We sat on the verandah and the position over the square was lovely. Service and atmosphere very pleasant .

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JP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Table was 15 minutes late. A free drink would have gone a long way towards repairing the lateness.

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P
London
15 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Venue has great views but the acoustics are really poor and it’s way too noisy for a civilised dinner. Food was average - good (although expensive for such simple meals) and setting and decor nice, but having to shout to speak to your friends and the constant din and clatter spoiled it.

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SR
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I like this place because it's on a great location and the food is good but I always have an issue with the service. Our waiter was friendly but it is hosts and hostesses that always make me regret going there. They always treat you as if they were doing you a favour. I've been there a few times and whether I have a booking or not they always come across as preponderant. On this particular visit despite the fact that we had settled the bill and we were ready to leave, one of the hostesses came to tell us we had to leave the table in 10 minutes. She didn't even ask how are meal had been. It was embarrassing in front of my guests.
I visited the following day as one of my friends wanted to go there and it was again such a struggle to sit in the terrace. We were told it was for dining only. When we said we would definitely order some food, the hostess felt the need to emphasise we needed to order "mains".
I work just around the corner so it's very convenient for me, but I would not necessarily recommend my friends to go out of their way to visit. Definitely not with the attitude of front-of-house.

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i
London
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For visitors from Scotland I took them to the Lighterman, this was the perfect restaurant. Beautiful view over the canal, good service from attentive staff and great food brought to the table without too long a wait. This is the second visit to the Lighterman and I am looking forward to the next time!

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N
London
66 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Happy Summer place to dine! Happy sounds all around and beautiful setting in the square. Love coming here and it never disappoint.

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p
London
67 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch here on a very hot day. The inside was lovely and cool, the flatbreads delicious. What really stood out though was the service- this is such a great place to come if you have babies/ little kids as the staff go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need and you and your little ones are comfortable. The staff checked the table suited our needs, brought over high chairs and were very kind to our children. They even rushed over once or twice to pick up toys my baby had dropped under the table! Eating out with children can be stressful but they made it a very enjoyable experience. Thank you.

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SD
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our last booking over 6 months ago was cancelled due to a power cut. They remembered and gave us a complimentary glass of prosecco. Excellent service

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Glad we decided to have lunch at the Lighterman as it was great. Sat outside in the sunshine. Service was attentive and food very nice - mozzarella and mushroom burger. Also glad that we ignored the rather negative previous reviews as we didn’t have a negative experience at all. Place is modern with lots of glass.

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EW
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The food and service were sadly a huge disappointment. Very unfriendly, surly and brusque staff couldn’t turf us out quick enough after 2pm. Perhaps the maitre d could hold his fake smile long enough for us to turn our backs. I fear some staff feel they are too cool to smile or offer a friendly service. A limp Caesar salad had too few leaves and a mayonnaise dressing rather than the expected ‘Caesar’ dressing. All for almost £12 which is simply too steep. A huge disappointment when the cocktails and location were second to none. I shall not be recommending this restaurant as a dining experience.

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my daughters 25th birthday. We were seated outside, overlooking granary square, which was lovely, when it started to rain lightly, we were moved to a table under the shelter, but still outside, without any fuss at all. The food was fresh and delicious. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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CN
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant experience. Part of our group were delayed and the staff help them catch up . One of the courses did not arrive and the omission was quickly dealt with. All relaxed. Good venue

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BW
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Booked a table for 10 without a problem and the table was ready upon our arrival. Took a little while to get someone to take our drinks order but this may have been because it was the start of the lunch rush. The drinks menu was a bit of a joke in that at least two of our party made 4 different choices before they found something actually available. It happened with at least one of our party when it came to ordering food too.

The food came in a decent time, was well cooked and tasty. Service was friendly and on the whole very good. The restaurant is clean and well maintained. They just need to either cut their drinks menu or stock up on what they list on it.

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great buzzy atmosphere, lovely view and location, attentive, friendly staff and yummy food and cocktails!

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z
London
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 3

Service was excellent at the start and then non existent the moment our food arrived. Completely ignored and with dirty plates on our table for a good hour after we finished eating. No offer of other drinks or anything else. Food was awful, dry veggie burger with next to no aubergine. No rosemary on fries. The least vegetable content of any veggie burger I’ve ever eaten. So disappointing!

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s
Surrey
33 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good menu, friendly service and tasty food. Took a little while to get the food is my only gripe. Dirty ash tray on the table when we were seated.

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BA
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Service was very slow, we ordered food and veg for side but was not told by waiter that veg come with meal. service charge was added onto meal even though service was slow. We felt obliged to pay it and feel it should have been optional

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CW
Berlin
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We requested brunch as we told the guys when we booked it and brunch was not on the menu

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Terrible service. Waited for ages for every item. Finally brought my burger and it was raw; by the time they brought the replacement I didn’t want it anymore.

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AG
London
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Good location but so so busy and incredibly noisy.. possibly better mid week but just too busy on a friday night

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PS
London
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food: Lamb cutlets were great but could do with some sauce. It's all it was really so had to order a side of sweet potatoes fries which were nice and crispy. Chicken breast which my friend ordered was really good too. Mojito drinks on point.
Venue: outside sitting on ground floor is really cramped, we had a small round table and squashed into a corner with bushes.

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CS
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

Below-par food, trading on its location, but friendly and attentive service. Well stocked bar. Great terrace.

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DJ
London
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great location & venue in the sun, terraces lovely, restaurant feels airy & cool & inside/outside. Bit boring veggie choice, flatbread just a pizza with courgette & feta on. Could definitely do better. Meat & fish eaters enjoyed theirs. Drinks pricey. Rosemary nuts delicious.

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AW
London
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I loved this place!

Really nice vibe and food was yummy.

Drinks took a little while to come but they too were very good

Highly recommend this place- nice date spot too!

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HL
London
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had the best birthday! Experience was spot on! Wanted to come here for ages and it reached all expectations! Staff were incredible!

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