Granger & Co
Tucked away a couple of minutes from the station, Granger & Co’s King’s Cross branch brings a slice of Australian sunshine to the heart of London. Inside chic, 70s inspired interiors customers are treated to a sumptuous menu, which offers old favourites like poached eggs and avocado on sourdough toast alongside signature dishes. Each plate has a Granger & Co twist though, and you won’t find flavour lacking. For those looking for a special start, the buckwheat bowl complete with sunflower sprouts and goat’s milk is a must try. The ricotta hotcakes with banana butter and the bircher muesli are also guaranteed to please. Pair with a beet juice for the ultimate morning refresher. Once inside, service is quick, attentive and friendly, though prepare to queue; Granger & Co commands a loyal following who will wait patiently outside, whatever the weather.
Granger & Co, Stanley Building, 7 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG +44 20 3058 2567
In spite of a great reputation for lunch and supper, Dishoom remains a relatively in-the-know spot for brunch. It shouldn’t be. Head over early and you’ll find a menu which offers morning-altering dishes such as The Big Bombay, a plate laden with Akuri, char-striped smoked streaky bacon from The Ginger Pig, peppery Shropshire pork sausages, masala baked beans, grilled field mushroom, grilled tomato and buttered pau buns, alongside a simpler range of naan options with egg or sausage. For conservative brunchers, the usual host of granolas and fruits are also available, sprinkled with a subtle Dishoom touch, though you’d be mad not to try something spicier.
Meal service:Breakfast, All Day, Dinner
Atmosphere:Casual, Loud, Stylish
Installed in the newly refurbished granary square, Caravan popped up a few years ago and has since become a go-to for savvy Londoners. With a large, open-plan space and industrial design, Caravan has opted for cool over cosy. Inside, rub shoulders with Guardian editors and advertising hacks. If the weather is good, the seats outside are great for people watching. Try the pumpkin waffles with baked ricotta, maple and pecans or Kimchi pancake, pork belly, fried duck egg and bbq crème fraiche. Caffeine aficionados can also enjoy Caravan’s emphasis on organic, flavoursome coffee, small batches of beans are roasted on site.
The Greek Larder
If you’re looking for truly authentic Greek food in London, this local favourite in King’s Cross is guaranteed to please. Located just up from the train station with views of Regent’s canal, the unassuming exterior allows the rich and vibrant menu to shine. Founder, Theodore Kyriakou serves up seasonal ingredients which means the offerings always stay fresh. Make sure to try the sweet bougatsa (crispy filo pastry filled with semolina custard) and the slow baked elephant beans and pastourma with grated graviera, straight from the island of Naxos.
A short walk north from King’s Cross station is Sunday, one of London’s truly hidden gems. Small and intimate, the cafe is always packed so expect to wait, although those that don’t mind their brunch late into the afternoon will find it much easier to get a table. Portions are large and prices are low, meaning you can gorge on piles of butterscotch pancakes or the stacked courgette fritters with haloumi. Other highlights include Sunday’s lemon ricotta on toast with grilled broccoli, roasted cherry tomatoes, poached egg & pistachio pesto.