The Lighterman

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£26 to £40
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British
The Lighterman is an all-day pub, dining room & bar 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 and 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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Dine out on Christmas Day for a stress-free Christmas

The Lighterman is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, reopening on 27th December.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a fantastic meal!

Our New Year's Eve Set Menu is £65pp and includes a glass of NV Billecart-Salmon "Brut Reserve" Brut Champagne on arrival. After dinner, head to the bar for drinks and dancing until 1am. Why not pre-order a bottle of NV Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Pierre Moncuit Champagne for £65 (instead of £85!)

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Celebrate Christmas Eve with family and friends!

We're open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

What 1423 People Are Saying
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SK
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

To noisy and my burger was tasteless. Over priced for what you get

RA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great quality and quantity of food. Service faultless. Noise levels were uncomfortably high. Very echoey. Price of drinks was breathtaking 10.50 for a small glass of wine is taking the mick. Left a poor taste in the mouth in an otherwise good experience.

The Lighterman
Responded 16 hours ago

Dear RichardA, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We do appreciate feedback, good or bad, as we are always aiming to deliver high quality food & service. We are sourcing our produce and our beverage from highly regarded local producers and suppliers. On the other hand, happy to hear you were well looked after by your server. Best, Emma

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FR
London
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Buzzy place friendly and good food and service and not overpriced!

LG
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The venue place is amazing but the food is hit and miss. This is my second time, and the salad was barely dressed, fries soggy. Such a shame. I also think the host on the door was curt but the rest of the staff were lovely

The Lighterman
Responded 15 hours ago

Dear LizG, Thank you for leaving us a review. We do appreciate feedback, good or bad, as we are always aiming to deliver high quality food & service. I'm pleased to hear our staff looked after you well. Disappointed to hear the feedback on our food. I'd like to discuss further, you can contact me on 020 3846 3400 Best, Emma

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DK
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good atmosphere and table over looking the canal was great.
Service was attentive without being annoying

The Lighterman
Responded 15 hours ago

Dear DeanK, Thank you for leaving us a review. Happy to hear you enjoyed your time at The Lighterman. Will pass on your feedback to the team. Best, Emma

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VR
London
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience5

There are not enough dietary alternatives to what is on the menu.

The Lighterman
Responded 15 hours ago

Dear VivienR, We appreciate your feedback. Sorry to hear there weren't enough options for you. We are constantly reviewing our menus and coming up with further options to suit everyone's needs. Regards, Emma

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AD
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely delicious food, great atmosphere and location and lovely staff :)
Only off-putting thing was being brought the bill without a) asking for it and b) being asked if we wanted any desserts or coffees (we did).
It was just literally slapped on our table out of the blue and we had on my been there an hour....
However I won’t let that put me off returning, but if management could take note to at least explain when the bill comes across!

The Lighterman
Responded 6 days ago

Dear AliyeD, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm sorry to hear that the way the bill was presented to you was not in line with our usual order of service. We do take all feedback on board, good and bad, and I will be sure to follow this up. I'm glad to hear however, that you enjoyed the food and your overall experience with us here at The Lighterman. Hope to see you back again soon. Best, Emma

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SC
London
43 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Average food but dreadful service. We were sat there forever and even had to gather our things and leave the table before they came to take our payment for dinner!!
We won’t be back

S
London
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very trendy, hope you like garlic, good service and food.

h
London
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Has to wait for the table we booked. But once seated we had a lovely meal

c
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

only problem was that our table was the 'first' sitting, but I wasn't told until getting to the restaurant that we'd have to vacate our table at 2.30pm which was a shame as we were not ready to leave at that time, but had to. other than that good food, nice space etc.

C
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Overpriced. Nice venue and good ambiance but average food for high prices and poor service. One waiter was even quite rude.

The Lighterman
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Catherine, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate feedback, good or bad, as we are always aiming to deliver high quality food & service. I’m sorry that you felt your food was not of the quality that you were hoping for. We take great care to train all of our staff to make sure that all our guests leave happy. Please get in touch with me on 020 3846 3400. Regards, Emma

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SL
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

We enjoyed the location, the decor, the really friendly staff and the food. But the noise level is simply horrendous - enough to discourage me from going back... A real shame.

MM
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We enjoyed our evening but this was slightly ruined when two of our party ordered a glass of white wine each , non specific and we noticed on the bill that we were charged £28 !!! Not impressed

The Lighterman
Responded 15 hours ago

Dear MarieM, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Sorry to hear you were surprised by the bill at the end. I'd like to discuss this further with you, please contact me on 020 3846 3400 Regards, Emma

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PB
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Nice food and friendly service.

CE
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were so great and accommodating though our party was running late, they still ensured we had a table. The food was delicious and we didn’t have to wait long at all for it to be served. Would definitely recommend!

c
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a lovely lunch, food was nice and not too noisy. I had requested a table by the window but wasnt given one which was a shame.
I would go back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and experience. Venue quite noisy because of all the glass and hard surfaces

S
Surrey
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely venue, food and service - a bit pricey but I would go back for a treat

NL
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing location and view.
To be honest I thought there were more choices (moreover for dessert) but the quality was there!
Music a little bit too loud for me.
But very good overall

MC
London
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the few dog friendly places around Granary Square, with very friendly service & a trendy vibe.

LH
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were new to this venue, but will probably go back. The staff were very friendly and attentive without being too pushy. The food was good and hot and the service was quick. The cost was moderate, considering this was central London and the service charge was 12.5%.

The Lighterman
Responded 6 days ago

Dear LynneH, Thank you for your review. I'm happy to hear that our staff looked after you well, and you enjoyed your food. I do suggest you come back, in the next few weeks we are bringing out our Winter Menu with plenty of delicious items to choose from. Regards, Emma

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P
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location, friendly casual dining, helpful and attentive staff.

M
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was ok for what I needed at that point but it is very noisy and although we had a quiet table as requested it was still quite noisy.
Food ok.

VL
London
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great food, service was a little slow at times but overall I love this place. Vegan Roast was amazing.

GR
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I would recommend, as service and food was good, but it is incredibly noisey, which is fine if you don't mind that, we personally, just found it too loud

RS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I waited 30 mins for salad dressing and the waitress wasn’t very attentive

K
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I enjoy coming here with friends for dinner or drinks but my last visit was disappointing. The staff were very keen to take our drinks order but then forgot about us when it came to taking our plates away from both main and dessert. We had to chase for the card machine to come over as we’d been sat waiting for 15 minutes. This hasn’t put me off but it wasn’t the amazing service I normally get there.

CB
London
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great experience. We came with our cockapoo and they were most accommodating. They were swift, polite, fast and great service. Really well priced for the quality. Higher quality than your average lunch or dinner place. Great roasts too.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great night. Nice atmosphere

TC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service very friendly.
The steaks we had were good. The salmon too but the other fish dish was bland.
As others have mentioned here before. The restaurant can get very noisy!

i
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Have eaten here many times for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner. We've yet to have a poor experience here and the staff are always attentive and friendly. Food choices are fresh and always cooked and presented well.

E
London
56 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service, and it’s dog friendly (not that we have a dog but it sends a sign that it’s quite a friendly place). It was a Friday night so it was very busy on the ground floor (and more so in the nightclub vibe of the lower floor). It was very noisy but as I said, that’s Friday night for you.

The size of the mains were a little below average but some might think they are ok. If you have a big appetite go for the burger.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Acoustics upstairs are awful. All glass means nice views but almost impossible to hear!

EM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Most of the food was good. The venison dish was excellent. However, the vegetarian dish of roast squash was poor. It was very small. The amount would have been fine for a starter, but for a main dish it was extremely disappointing. Your staff were all good. Particularly appreciated being found seats in the bar by a staff member who spotted us standing up outside with our drinks - a very thoughtful touch.

TV
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a dog-friendly restaurant near King's Cross and The Lighterman were happy to oblige as they have dog-friendly tables on the ground floor. There was a temporary water stoppage in the area when we arrived so we were unable to order food but that changed after 15 mins and they were very friendly about it and offered drinks and snacks. The food was good standard, and sufficient, but not huge portions. Quality over size but we came away satified. The staff were friendly and chatty without being intrusive. We stayed for about an hour and a half and really enjoyed it. The bulldog, JP was given a bowl of water too.

l
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

No coffee available .. waiter set about it .. food good enough

O
London
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience with a group of 10 people!
I would definitely come back

M
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Starters - Crispy squid, 3/5 stars: good but too small of a portion.

Flatbread - House-cured Cumberland sausage, 4/5 stars: overall good.

Roasts (sunday) - Half free range Windsor spit-roast chicken, 5/5 stars: very tender, well cooked.

Mains: Grilled 28 day dry-aged grass-fed Galloway sirloin steak, 1.5/5 star: cooked as ordered, but meat way too tough. Quality of meat disappointing.

Service (top floor restaurant/tables) - 5/5 stars: very attentive & serviable staff while discreet at the same time. I haven't witnesses such good service for a long time.

E
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The environment is very nice, great location for Sunday lunch. Unfortunately, we waited far too long for our food and it wasn’t even very good. The waiters all very kind and friendly. The bill was a bit higher than expected. I was wondering if it is always like that or if they had some issues in the kitchen.