The Lighterman

4.4
2358 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 2358 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Energetic
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MikeD
Essex
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very smart place excellent set ode and great ambiance

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EmmaH
London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food and service - quite pricey for a salad with salmon added ….

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Seth
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Good designed restaurant with very good view, and very kind staff as well.. However, there is a big acoustic problem in design.. Noises are heard much higher because of acoustic problem.. Incredible noisy. So, when you make a dinner you need to speak very loudly to your partner :)
Please sort this problem.. :)

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Nadine
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Considering the restrictions that the hospitality business are under, The Lighterman made light work of it - they were very very organised. The venue was very clean and service good. It was a very busy evening particularly outside - but I didn't wait long to be served. Food and drink felt a little expensive, but in line with Zone 1 pricing. I will definitely come back to enjoy this really nice bar and the good location. All in all, had a good, enjoyable evening.

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PhilippaR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I booked a table for 6 inside and 8 people turned up. Staff were hugely accommodating and sorted out an additional table immediately. Great service and overall vibe. Thank you

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sallya
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, amazing service, really enjoyed it.

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RichardM
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Booked a table for 8 expecting us to be outside(as 8 being inside is against COVID rules and I’d used the outside check in open table) and was told we had to be inside and sit in 2 tables. Was at fist told that it was because they were allowed up to 12 inside and hadn’t specified outside in the booking. Then got a different person telling us only 6 were allowed inside and we had to sit on 2 tables and it was our fault for not specifying outside. She then tried to oust us from our table an hour before we had been told we had to leave and had to prove that we had agreed a 2.5 hr sitting. And loads of tables available outside the whole time. Rubbish.

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JulieG
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks again for a lovely lunch… This time outside, so enjoyed lunch in the Sun.

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Mireia
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Good for a drink. Don't eat there, not worth the money. Shame cause the location is really nice. If you're looking for food, there are lots of other places with good food nearby.

JK
JasonK
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic setting and great spot for drinks on the terrace!

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EllenM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good for business and fun meals. not sure about families. the canalside bar looked lovely but was not open for lunch.

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AlastairD
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Lovely spot and service excellent. Food was not as good as previous visits. Had the lamb and wild garlic pie which was a bit runny and beefburger was OK but nothing special. It’s a lovely spot for drinks though and has a great vibe and friendly staff so overall experience was good. If the food gets back to previous form I’d rate it even higher.

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NikkiM
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service, food and drinks on a busy evening.

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Worgadgie
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a table booked outside which was greatly helped by the warm, sunny weather. The awning provided plenty of shade without making the table seem too cold or dark.
The service was excellent - the waiting staff provided plenty of assistance in advising 2 of our party who have very specific dietary requirements and the kitchen were happy to make slight adjustments to the meals to accommodate.
The atmosphere was great - very buzzy without being so loud that you couldn't hold a decent conversation.
The drinks were slightly expensive, but hey, this is central London, what do you expect?

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SuzanneB
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Burgers were great and so was our waiter service, but two of us ordered flatbreads
with prawns - they were poor - hardly any prawns - when we asked the manageress
she did not handle this in an appropriate manner.

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JOANNAG
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, service, design and atmosphere.

Always a lovely experience.

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Jules
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect table outside in shade. Excellent restaurant. Totally recommend for all.

KM
KevinM
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Thank you for a great evening! We had a table at 6pm and left at 10.30. Great service lovely food and a great ambience!

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ElaineDC
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed my lunch outside. Great service and food was just what I was after..

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olivias
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the roast beef, it was the best roast I’ve ever had!!! Bit expensive but worth every penny.

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SophieW
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice friendly bar, staff are happy to serve, nice choice of drinks

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Kadia
Amsterdam
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was tasty. Place really nice and well located

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Kirti
London
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The booking process was easy and straightforward. On arrival, welcome was good, location was fabulous with the outside seating amazing, service and food also outstanding. Would definitely recommend and return.

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VictoriaE
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, friendly staff, just wish there was more of a breakfast menu

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ChristinaF
London
17 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Hi, wonderful place & staff good.
My shrimp burger was a bit too salty. On this occasion I was very hungry & enjoying my friends company too much to say anything...
Cream I believe in Eton mess extremely sweet... The cream didn't quiet cut through the sweetness of the meringue, it was just all very sweet. Nice food presentation. Lovely place for drinks anyhow. Thank u

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Sangi
London
24 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and venue with plenty of outdoor seating. Clean toilets too !

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BenG
London
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food and drink was very high quality.

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BarryS
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Shockingly bad. Acoustics made it very difficult to talk. Friend arrived 5 mins early. Not head of party. Made to stand outside & wait. Chicken was inedible. Stone cold. Full of water. The lamb pie a thin crust covering tiny amount of lamb & lots of water. Burger burnt. No taste. The salad limp. Service rude. Rushed from the start. Rushed at the end. Actually, on reflection, I do t think I can recall such a shockingly poor restaurant/bar experience. This place used to be a lot better. Management need to sort this out quickly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Thanks for a lovely evening

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great buzzy atmosphere!
Welcoming, courteous and friendly staff
Fantastic food
Great selection of Gins!!!

A great way to brighten up a miserable rainy day!!!

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AlisonR
London
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely lunch. Simple unchallenging menu. Food was great
We were on the entry level floor and it was very loud. People with hearing problems would have struggled.
Our waitress was lovely and we will definitely be back

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ChrisN
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was great, especially the Vegan options. I had booked an outdoors table for our visit. On the day we visited, it was pouring with rain so we were all crammed under the huge outdoor canopies. No-one got wet, and there are patio heaters to keep the chill off.
I think the weather impacted the service, as at times it was slow. All in all, a decent venue but the British weather let us all down.

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MatthewC
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and service was absolutely fantastic. Top marks, highly recommended and will definitely return again. Only reason I’m not giving full marks is we felt the table time of an hour and a half wasn’t long enough. We weren’t rushed, however having only had two courses, our time was up. If we’d wanted a coffee, dessert or another round of drinks we felt we couldn’t not to order. Two hours would have been more suitable.

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LawnaG
Essex
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All staff were really nice and accommodated our needs.

Thank you

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Brand
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good and they all try and sort you out with a nice table if you ask.

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GabA
London
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely visit to the Lighterman. The atmosphere was buzzy and social. Food was lovely and the service was fantastic. An excellent venue for meeting friends for a long overdue catch up.

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RobD
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely. Service was a little cold but otherwise fantastic.

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Alice1991
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Table was in a poor place, right next to huge group of loud people - way too close, felt like we couldn't hear each other. Had to wait when we got there because staff hadn't allocated a table in the right area as we were bringing a dog (we had already called ahead days before to specify we were bringing a dog). Staff were short and rude about this, made it feel like it was our fault. Wait staff seemed really busy and therefore dismissive and rushing us when it came to ordering etc. Wouldn't go back.

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vipRfoodie
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s very noisy inside. We were only a 3 and couldn’t have a conversation without shouting. We asked to move to an outside table and the staff were very accommodating. It was much nicer on the balcony overlooking the canal.

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ConnorS
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The experience was good, although there was a barking dog nearby and the bar forgot our order for about 20 minutes.

Good food however and the waiter/waitresses were friendly and attentive.

FAQs

The Lighterman does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

The Lighterman is rated 4.4 stars by 2358 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.