The Lighterman

4.4
2409 Reviews
£26 to £40
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2409 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.4
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3.9
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Noise · Energetic
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Angie
London
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The terrace area is lovely, but the food was disappointing. In particular, the steak was tasteless and it came well done although I asked for medium-rare. The same applies to the watercress sauce. Overall, the bill was overpriced for the quality we got. I would recommend having a drink in the terrace rather than dining there.

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CHAWK
London
28 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Great place with strict 2 hour limit, tightly enforced. Busy, very noisy due to hard surfaces everywhere, nice food, great service. Tables well separated indoors. Pity they didn't open the lower level and spread people out a bit.

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BWFC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

good beer range, great service, ample mains. Make sure you book though

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DebbieF
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very buzzy -and good drinks and food. The service was very caring and responsive and the staff helpful and polite.

However the outside flooring is not flat and the table was not steady - the chairs could also have been more comfortable.

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JeninLondon
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great location, very good food and lovely service. It was a birthday lunch with a friend and we had such a wonderful time. It was perfect

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MarianneC
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best meals we have had in a long time and I was particularly grateful for the response of the chef to my need to avoid 'alliums' - I have had very poor responses along the lines of 'take it or leave it' elsewhere!! It is clear that a lot of care and attention goes into all the details in the kitchen of this really superb restaurant. The food was excellent as was the service and the ambiance. I want to try more dishes from the lovely menu and we will be back as soon as we can. Thank you very much to the chef and everyone at The Lighterman, what an excellent restaurant you have created!

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slmuly
London
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and ambience are very good, although the interior is noisy. Was surprised to be told the table was only for 1.5 hours, this seems very tight as it’s a place to go and chill with friends. The helpful waitress explained this was a recent change. She then checked and came back and said we could stay for two hours but I think they should revisit their policy. It would make me think before booking again if they keep to 1.5 hours.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food very good, great menu. Interesting cocktails.
Would have liked to have seen English wines on the menu. Great ambiance’s for good views of the canal.

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VickiR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just overpriced....otherwise great lunch. Lovely service

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RichardJ
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Initially tried to fob off our booked for 8 with two tables for 4 but eventually backed down and did give us a table for 8. Food and service then very good.

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Donna
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. I would
definitely come again soon ☺️

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service.

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XXXX
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Service is poor (no one ever even brought us water)....
Noise levels are very high
Food is good

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Louise
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was lovely and the staff were great but trying to get someone’s attention when you needed something was difficult

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MarkH
Oxford
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Burger was amazing
Great afternoon out for fathers day

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went there for Father’s Day with our two children (aged 5 and 3). We all enjoyed our experience and the staff all took effort to make sure they felt welcomed. The setting was also lovely. We were up on the second floor and had a nice view of the square down below. We will return 😊

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Julius
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience5

I came for the Sunday Roast and booked 11:30am. They do not serve this until 12nn and I was too hungry to wait

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EilidhS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely view on the river. Great service and tasty coffee

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience3

The food was average - the price is higher than the quality and service received. The waiters also misunderstood my order

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KingsXCustomer
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were given a 1.5h slot, 25min no one had taken our order yet, all staff were avoiding eye contact with our table and other patrons as they were so overworked/understaffed. After the bartender made our drinks they were left on the counter for another 5-10min. £30 small jug of G&T was barely alcoholic and filled to the brim with ice. Also very noisy inside, we had to shout to hear each other.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and helpful staff. Wonderful waitress who indulged my desire to try various wines before making a choice. The vegan dishes were amazing especially the sharing farmers platter starter with pea purée and wonderful crisp breads and pickled vegetables - delicious. All in all I highly recommend this restaurant.

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gglim
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super lovely service, we loved the food! despite the rain we had a lovely time! Thanks

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StephenF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat outside, which had a good atomsthere. Table service was very good.

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1Diner23
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch outside on the upstairs terrace. Attentive staff . Thank you

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NicoleB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely brunch for my mums 60th birthday. Thank you for a lovely morning!

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LeenaM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and even better cocktails! Food was amazing too and the staff were super friendly!

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JanB
London
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service. Seated upstairs outside with a view of the canal so peaceful in every sense. Would recommend.

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TheEconomist
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Extremely noisy. In particular, although not just because of, there was a group of four drunk people shouting at the table next to us. It seems this was their way of communicating with each other. The food was okay but this is the first meal out post Covid I’ve had where I felt uncomfortable because of the behaviour other people. I’ve had a nice lunch and brunch there before but I don’t think I’ll go back for dinner for sometime.

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AnnaH
London
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Reserved an outside table as we were 8 but at 7.30 the heavens opened so the terrace was not an option. The staff worked a miracle to seat us under umbrellas downstairs and the service throughout was exceptional. Food was delicious and a good time was had by all despite pounding rain and chilly wind.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Staff were genuinely the most obnoxious I've ever come across. We arrived on time, were told that our table wasn't ready and it would be 15 mins. We were told to wait inside by the stairs which we did. The hosting sraff then rolled their eyes at us and huffed and puffed as they passed us while we waited (it was throwing it down with rain outside). We were then taken to our table where we ordered expensive (£85) wine and food. Half an hour before the table was due to be released we were told we needed to vacate on time. When we challenged that we were late getting the table we were brushed off, and then the bill was slapped on the table ready to pay. It's a real shame because I've visited a lot, but the Staff were snooty, rude and seemed more interested in pandering to the large parties making a load of noise. Seriously, if your staff don't care about giving a good customer service get new staff.

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David
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Not quite happy with the person/people in charge of the service. It seemed to me they are more worried about getting you out of the restaurant for their next booking than giving you good service/attention.

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juliadarvill
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Fabulous team making for a pleasant dining experience

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johnlondon
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good location and ambience, friendly and competent service.
Quite noisy.

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StephenP
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service in fantastic surroundings. One of my favourite central London bars

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Harriette
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This has become my go-to restaurant for when family and friends visit, getting the train in to Kings Cross. Location is convenient. Beautiful spot next to the river. Staff are always helpful and friendly. Food is quick and delicious! Pricing is very reasonable for central London. I would definitely recommend!

The Lighterman
Responded 4 hours ago

Hello Harriette, so good to hear that The Lighterman is your number one place to go. We are happy to welcome you back every single time and we are delighted to hear that your experience always math your expectations. See you next time!

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RikaT
London
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor table setting and great for group drinks - delicious and potent cocktails!

The Lighterman
Responded 4 hours ago

Hey RikaT, thanks for you feedback. We are happy you had a great time with us. Hope to see you again very soon.

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TamsinN
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, sat outside upstairs with a lovely view of Granary Square! Booking was simple and the food was delicious. A little on the pricey side, but a classy experience so worth it as a treat!

The Lighterman
Responded 4 hours ago

Hello TamsinN, thank you very much for taking your time to write this lovely review. I am happy to hear that you had a great experience on one of our lovely terraces. We hope to see you again.

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Bhuva
London
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice drinks choices from spirits to cocktails. The atmosphere and location is really nice and the chilli squid appetiser was excellent.

The Lighterman
Responded 4 hours ago

Hey Bhuva, thank you for a lovely comments. Chili squid is my favorite of all and I am glad you enjoyed it as well. we are looking forward to welcome you again soon.

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Zxdse36
London
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The Lighterman is in a great location and has a nice, buzzy atmosphere. We dined there on a busy Saturday evening when the weather was balmy, which I think contributed to the chaotic service as there was a never-ending stream of people queuing for tables. We arrived 10 minutes early and were told our table wasn't ready and to come back at the time of the booking, which we did and still had to wait a further 15 minutes before being seated. We weren't offered any refreshments while we waited, although we were pointed in the direction of their takeaway bar.

We were sat in the ground floor outdoor area facing the fountain, which catches the evening sun and there was enough shade from the umbrellas. The upstairs terrace looked nicer, so would recommend asking for a table there when booking.

The food was average. 3 of us had the beef burger which we all thought had an odd texture and tasted cheap. I found a bit of bone in mine and the others found gristle. The chips were nice though.

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NatashaT
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were a table of 9, it was a very busy Saturday afternoon. We had a great time, however the time went far too quickly. We had the table for two and half hours, but as you can imagine with a table of 9 things do take more time. The food was great, the service was great and it's a lovely location.

However, we were given our bill as we finished our mains. We didn't even ask for the bill, this is my one bug bear, at least clear the table first and ask us politely. I did talk to one of the waiters and they gave us another table so we could finish our drinks.

FAQs

The Lighterman does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

The Lighterman is rated 4.4 stars by 2409 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.