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The old industrial landscape beyond King’s Cross station has been rebooted for the 21st-century, and Bruno Loubet’s cavernous high-end warehouse conversion fits the location to a T. “In terms of inventiveness, it’s right up there with the best” as the kitchen elevates vegetables to a starring role on the menu: chamomile-braised heritage carrots and artichokes are the key players in a dish with roast saddle of rabbit, for example. “Enlightened” Grain Store also suits the mood of the times: healthy but not preachy, and blissfully egalitarian when it comes to international borders. A salad of smoked aubergine and wood sorrel is embellished with seared sardines, while Asia is the inspiration behind a dish of udon noodles with squid and kimchi. With its child-friendly all-day vibe, clever cocktails, organic wines and outdoor space “like a Roman piazza”, Grain Store is “totally, surprisingly awesome”.

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  1. Grain Store is the latest restaurant from celebrated chef, Bruno Loubet. The chef has
    gained huge praise for his self-named restaurant at the Zetter Hotel; so I was excited to try his latest venture.

    What makes Grain Store a little different to other restaurants in London, is the team's dedication to sustainability and the importance of integrating environmental practices into all aspects of the running of their business. Grain Store has also recently won London's Sustainable Restaurant of the Year 2014...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 22 June 2013

    Agent Restauranteur :: Grain Store – London N1C

    Hurrying up King’s Boulevard towards Granary Square, a rush of adrenalin suddenly surged through me. I had managed to secure a reservation at the Grain Store – Bruno Loubet’s newest venture – through a friend the day before, who had generously invited me (and my plus one) to gatecrash his Saturday night date. A double date at one of this year’s hottest summer openings! I couldn’t believe my luck...
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  1. The Grain Store opened its door earlier this summer with quite a bit of fanfare. It is the second restaurant of the much lauded chef, Bruno Loubet and with the Grain Store Loubet has decided to focus primarily on dishes that are centered around vegetables. We’re huge meatlovers, but do like our vegetables too and love Bruno Loubet’s cooking. So, we decided to try out the food at the Grain Store...
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  1. Published : Monday, 3 March 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Grain Store

    The regeneration of Kings Cross has turned a once dubious locale into somewhere much more palatable. The derelict warehouses north of the station are now rejuvenated spaces, home to the restaurant Grain Store. The philosophy at Grain Store shines the spotlight on vegetables, demoting animal proteins to the periphery.

    Even though my loyalties will always remain with the latter, it would be a lie to say that the notion of butternut squash ravioli doesn’t excite me. The ravioli can be had as a starter or main, which sees perfectly-pressed pasta full of roasted vegetable. Peppered in between these playful sacks...
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  1. Grain Store is an informal place, letting in scruffy sods like myself and the Squelchie. Given the building’s heritage as a warehouse/granary, it has a suitably post-industrial look with the now pre-requisite exposed brick walls, ventilation ducts, worn-looking furniture and funky lighting. The open-view kitchen spills out into the dining room, fulfilling another restaurant design cliché...
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  1. Having caused quite a stir within the gastronomic community, I excitedly skipped into Grain Store and was greeted by a friendly set of staff, the host correctly guessed who I was as soon as he saw the buggy and whisked us to our table. It seemed we were to be the only mummy diners again. At midday, we were one of the first to park our hungry selves and our inquisitive babies at a table but it only took a matter of minutes for the lunchtime crowd of local suits to spill in and fill the large airy and echoing space...
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  1. Published : Monday, 30 September 2013

    Livelifelovecake :: Grain Store King’s Cross

    Ever since its opening last summer I’ve been itching to visit Grain Store. With a focus on fruit and veg, the menu is right up my street and the pretty photos shared by bloggers across social media has only heightened my appetite. Grain Store is located in the up-and-coming Granary Square a short walk from King’s Cross Station. In recent months the square has become a central hub for events such as the Ice Cream Festival and trendy eateries including Caravan and Shrimpys. When I arrived there appeared to be an unusual new art project which involved clothing garments hanging in trees by the colourful fountains – odd!...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 3 August 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Grain Store

    It’s a brave venture for two reasons: firstly, it’s a massive restaurant seating around 120 covers in total and secondly, it doesn’t serve burgers or brasserie dishes like most places right now. Instead, the concentration is on vegetables and meat takes a back seat. I was worried that I might struggle to enjoy the food as I’m such a carnivore but boy was I wrong!...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 6 October 2013

    Quaff & Scoff :: Grain Store, Kings Cross

    Bruno Loubet’s ‘veg-first’ concept had me from hello, and once the positive reviews started rolling in, Grain Store was successfully fighting off all new pretenders for the ‘to visit – top priority’ crown. I should perhaps have been unsurprised to find that the rest of London seemed to be equally enthusiastic to visit. Getting a table proved to be something of a challenge, mainly as I find booking weeks in advance to be peculiarly traumatic – waiting in any context is a challenge for me at the best of times, and when food is involved it becomes a special kind of slow, painful torture.
    Thankfully, late on a weekday...
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  1. It’s not very often that a restaurant appeals to veggies, vegans and meat eaters in one equal swift hit. Bruno Loubet and the Zetter Group‘s Michael Benyan and Mark Sainsbury’s Grain Store did just that. Fed up with squeezing in meals after dark, I took the day off with a friend and we pretended to be ladies of leisure for the afternoon. The Grain Store is housed in Granary Square by the very cool dancing fountains, a short walk from Kings Cross station in a very different part of town, one which Ade and I must find time to explore more. A very welcoming front of house team led us to a table with views overlooking...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 6 February 2014

    Munch My Way :: Grain Store, Kings Cross

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    Grain Store offers food that rather than basing the dish around the protein such as meat or fish, instead the vegetables take centre stage.

    The place was recently awarded the 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmand and proves that the place provides great food at great prices...
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  1. Published : Monday, 16 September 2013

    little swallow : china doll :: Grain Store, Kings Cross

    We trooped over to Grain Store for a little Tuesday eve dinner action as the sun went down (which is definitely not cool, summer, these shorter days are NOT. COOL.) There's something strange but equally interesting about having a meal that doesn't fall neatly into any particular cuisine. I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about it. It seemed like every dish we had was inspired by a different part of the globe - from Indian to Spain to Russia...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 14 September 2013

    Edesia Is Hungry - Food of the Gods :: Grain Store

    Grain Store is the all day restaurant from Bruno Loubet, part of the regeneration area behind Kings Cross. I'm more than familiar with the area, being a regular visitor to the now defunct Cross and Bagleys clubs that were there in the Nineties but now the area has changed beyond all recognition, the walk from Kings Cross taking you through a collection of building sites and over the Regents Canal to the finished Granary Square area, home to Grain Store, Caravan, Kerb and St Martins College of Art and Design.The restaurant retains its original warehouse dimensions, a large industrial space with bar and open kitchen,...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 29 September 2013

    Dinnerathon. :: Grain Store: can I go back already?

    "Surprise!", well that's the name of the menu we had. But it shouldn't really have been. Grain Store is Bruno Loubet's new place. Of course it was going to be good. I just didn't know it was going to be this good. This generous. This fun.

    King's Cross is growing up. The teenage years of all night raves seem a distant memory. Gentrification is working its wily way. Gone (almost) are the sleazy bars and warehouse clubs (much to Mr Meantime's disappointment). In their place, plush flats and restaurants. Set in a large warehouse next to (the rather disappointing) Caravan, is Grain Store. It's all open plan New...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 9 August 2014

    SamTheFoodFan :: Grain Store

    Back in the day, London's Kings Cross used to be synonymous with drug dealers and prostitutes. But that has all changed with the redevelopment of St Pancras (next door) and the new Eurostar terminal. The area is now a hub for creativity and the new Granary Square is an oasis in the very busy area with its water fountains, deck chairs and location right next to Regents Canal. This is where we headed for our monthly girls dinner club.

    Grain Store is the second restaurant by chef Bruno Loubet, focussing on vegetables and according to their website "although many dishes have a meat or fish element, this menu...
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  1. Published : Monday, 8 July 2013

    The Hedonist :: Grain Store – Review

    Grain Store is situated in Granary Square, London’s newest city square and one of the biggest in Europe. As the centerpiece of the new King’s Cross redevelopment it is a confident and striking piece of urban planning tying in the old-the canal and huge warehouse buildings with the soon-to-be-completed office spaces that are the present day economic driver for the area. There is a powerful white sawtooth motif...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 16 October 2013

    vialaporte :: Grain Store // King’s Cross // London

    Located just behind King’s Cross station on the new Granary Square development, Grain Store is the latest opening by restaurateur Bruno Loubet. More casual than his Clerkenwell bistrot at The Zetter, the idea at Grain Store is to …
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  1. Published : Friday, 23 January 2015

    Her Favourite Food :: Her Favourite Food: The Grain Store

    Located in one of the most exciting quarters in London, The Grain Store certainly is an exciting restaurant.

    As diners walk through The Grain Store they are met with a vast dining space seems to go on for miles. This enormous space, once a warehouse, is now composed of white-painted wood, whitewashed brick walls quirky furnishings. This makes it brightly light and lightly coloured and despite it being a cavernous space, there is an artful and creative mood to it too.


    These impressive interiors are created by the acclaimed Russell Sage who also worked on Bread Street Kitchen. Yet at The Grain...
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  1. But at Grain Store – the restaurant Loubet co-owns with Michael Benyon and Mark Sainsbury of the Zetter Group – the menu is inspired by the Frenchman’s love for stuff pulled out of the ground. And that’s no problem, not any more. I’ve grown to love vegetables when they’re not being forced down my neck by an insistent parent. Although there’s something disturbing about reading ‘fermented cabbages, ash baked turnips & celeriac, persimmon & chipotle ketchup and venison steak’ on a London menu that seems to revive your mother’s distant voice, that one where she’s singing “here comes the aeroplane!”...
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  1. As much as I love London's prolific food scene, the sheer number of options for a simple meal can be painfully overwhelming. Take brunch, everywhere does brunch, and everywhere serves the same pancakes, fry-ups and porridge. So when convenience and cost are taken out as factors, how does one choose? Restaurants must make themselves stand out with something different, some imagination, something that makes your eyes light up in anticipation --- and with Grain Store, its brunch menu was just a beautiful list of exciting and original dishes...
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  1. Published : Friday, 29 May 2015

    Emma Rose Tully :: Review: Grain Store | Daydreamer

    Last weekends adventures are another example of why I love London. I’ve lived here almost 3 years now and I’m still discovering new places all the time. Having recently reviewed Caravan, I returned to Granary Square in King’s Cross, this time to sample brunch at the Grain Store.

    Whilst meat and fish do feature on the menu, vegetables take centre stage at the Grain Store which opened it’s doors in June 2013 to rave reviews. The chaps behind all the awards are Chef Bruno Loubet and The Zetter Group’s Michael Benyan and Mark Sainsbury...
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Bruno Loubet

There have been two phases to Bordeaux-born chef Bruno Loubet’s UK career, with a period in Australia in the middle. In the 80s and 90s, he went from La Tante Claire to Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and The Four Seasons, before opening Bistro Bruno (1993) and L’Odéon (1995). Loubet returned from Oz in 2010 to launch Bistrot Bruno Loubet at the Zetter Hotel, and his vegetable-focused Grain Store followed in 2013.

Essential Details for Grain Store

  • Address: 1-3 Stable Street, Granary Square, London N1C 4AB
  • Telephone: 020 7324 4466
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-11.30pm (Thurs-Sat –12M Sun – 4.30pm)

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