The Gilbert Scott (bar) at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

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The Gilbert Scott’s dashingly handsome, stand-alone bar comes across like the sort of mise en scène that would quietly unravel restrained love affairs. From the seductive glow of the gold gothic arches, bell chandeliers and romantic, ornately painted ceilings, it’s ‘truly awe-inspiring’. What it offers is ‘cocktail o’clock from a bygone era’ – a soul-satisfying selection of drinks to soothe those in need of good-time drinks. Here are straight-up shots of the hard-stuff, bottles of English fizz and beautifully elegant cocktails such as 1873 – a subtle, autumnal concoction of gin, apple, cranberry and rhubarb charged with CO2 for a fresh lick of molecular trickery. Capable staff push bar snacks with good reason: corned-beef hash bites, hearty sirloin sandwiches and Carlingford oysters are a notch above your average comfort nibbles, although steep prices may dampen spirits.

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  1. They've settled down at St Pancras station, all of the builders have moved next door to repair years of damage to the original monstrous carbuncle King's Cross. Railway restaurants are one of those things we don't seem to be able to get right in this country. They're too often poorly operated by franchises with low to no service standards, just an excuse to rip off occasional visitors...      
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  1. After Wife's lunch at Gilbert Scott sometime back, we headed back again to check out its Sunday roasts. As it was a spur of the moment, we didn't make a reservation. Turned out that the dining hall was full at 1pm and we were directed to the bar instead.

    It turned out to be a blessing in disguise...
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