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The hype surrounding the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel may have subsided, but diners at The Gilbert Scott are still overawed by the high drama of the interiors. This is Victoriana with the dial
turned up to 11 – all arched windows, gold leaf and giddily ornate ceilings – and executive chef Marcus Wareing has devised a menu that reads like a proud archive of Britain's culinary heritage.
Expect to be entertained by the likes of Dorset crab with pickled pear and dandelion, ‘frighteningly meaty’ mushroom cobbler or Mrs Beeton’s barbecue chicken. Meanwhile, desserts such as the
‘mercurial’ snow egg with a marmalade ‘yolk’ mix nostalgia with on-trend trickery. Afternoon tea is a delight, Sunday roasts are a big occasion, and the sought-after weekend brunch now takes place
in the main restaurant. Bills can be ‘portly’, but service seems to have sharpened up of late.
There are few better symbols of the area’s rebirth than the St. Pancras building. Finally getting off the train in London no longer dashes your hopes of what the big city might have in store. With this grand building, comes The Gilbert Scott. In itself this is a sure sign that King’s Cross is on the up, given that no other than Marcus Wareing, the feisty dictator of the two Michelin starred restaurant in the Berkeley, is attached. And as a side note I like that it isn’t called Marcus Wareing at The Renaissance, because unlike other chefs he hasn’t sold himself to have his name above the door of a restaurant he doesn’t always cook in.The restaurant matches the grandeur of the building with one of the most opulent dining rooms in London...
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While I love the very central life of living around King’s Cross, I must say that the culinary choices just around (although growing) are limited and I mostly have to stroll to the Angel area to get something decent. Therefore, it was a pleasant surprise when a friend suggested the Gilbert Scott, just next to King’s Cross/St Pancras.Walking in up the stairs from Euston road, through the bar area into the restaurant the atmosphere of the brasserie with high ceilings and elegant interior seemed promising...
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just another food blog Home About me Contact Other blogs ScoreboardTexture TonkotsuThe Gilbert ScottPosted on September 21, 2012 by SamphireAndSalsifyFancy a Wikipedia history lesson? Well, in 1865 the Midland Railway Company held a competition to design a 150-bed hotel to be constructed next to its railway station, St Pancras. Eleven designs were submitted, including one by George Gilbert Scott, which at 300 rooms was much bigger and costlier than the original specifications. The hotel was upscale and expensive with costly fixtures including a grand staircase and rooms with fireplaces and gold leaf walls. The hotel closed in 1935, by which time its utilities were outdated and too costly to maintain...
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The Private Room at The Gilbert Scott is an intimate room seating up to 18 guests. It is adjoined to the bar, offering guests the option of enjoying the ambience from the bar and can be closed off exclusively for more private events and meetings. This space lends itself as a meeting room, a dining room for business gatherings or social celebrations. Expect a concise, yet varied range of menus as well as wine matching recommendations from the sommelier to accompany each dish.
The Kitchen Table's arc-shaped table seats up to 10, facing the kitchen for a birds-eye view of the action. Surrounded by walls of wine, this room gives the guests an ability to witness the buzz of the kitchen yet keeping the intimate atmosphere within the private space. Choose from a four or seven course tasting menu, brought to the table by the chefs.
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