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Plum & Spilt Milk

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Referencing the carmine and white livery of the Flying Scotsman’s first-class dining carriages, Plum + Spilt Milk occupies the upper floor of the swankily refurbished Great Northern Hotel. While not blessed with the grand assets of the nearby Gilbert Scott, the dining room nonetheless oozes down-to-earth class with its brown-leather banquettes and gold-rimmed tables on gleaming parquet floors. The menu, meanwhile, is a please-all selection of modern classics overseen by chef/director Mark Sargent – albeit at whopping prices. To start, the Cornish fish soup has real depth, or you could try smoked haddock under glazed hollandaise concealing a soft-poached egg. Blushing pink lamb chops with crisp sweetbreads and courgette is a sound main course, but skip the namesake dessert for a ruinously rich chocolate mousse with cherries and honeycomb. Service veers from engaged to distant, while keenly chosen wines offer better value than a train buffet car.

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Plum + Spilt Milk

Great Northern Hotel, Pancras Road, King’s Cross ,London N1C 4TB

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Calming

by   bronze reviewer (5)

Jul 2015

The location proves to be a haven in the midst of a mele of bustling travellers and poisonous streets outside. The conversion is a WONDERFUL legacy and the boutique Great Northern Hotel is to be praised to the heights for its sympatico restoration. Staff are a mixed crew. What appeared to be the duty manager wandered around in drainpipes and a jacket that look like it had shrunk fatally in the wash. But our african waiter was fine. Service was variable. By 2.30pm there seemed to only one...

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Paul B.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 5

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Great Northern Hotel, Pancras Road, King’s Cross ,London N1C 4TB

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Fine food, atmosphere and location.

by   silver reviewer (26)

Nov 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us (a group of 4), and I'm surprised it hasn't been reviewed more! Upstairs from a raucous GNH bar (it was a Friday night at 7pm though), we had a drink at the small cocktail bar prior to sitting down; cocktails were popular, as was the glass of NZ sauvignon blanc I ordered. Service was a bit slow to get going, but upon ordering we received fresh roast onion bread to tide us over till the starters. The spicy lamb's kidneys on toast (which I never eat...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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Great Northern Hotel, Pancras Road, King’s Cross ,London N1C 4TB

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by   silver reviewer (21)

Apr 2014

Excellent service, welcoming, great atmosphere, comfortable and delicous food, what's not to like! Recommend trying a small appetiser with a drink, we ate a small pork dish (they even sliced the small cornichons – perfect), and smoked aubergine pate with wonderful home made crips – fabulous. Excellent homemade bread. Extensive choice of wines including by the glass and carafe. Charming and attentive service. Starter – amazing creamy haddock with poached egg – just don't order the fish pie as a main...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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Great Northern Hotel, Pancras Road, King’s Cross ,London N1C 4TB

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Pleasant and helpful staff, good food and value for money

by   bronze reviewer (12)

Dec 2013

Plum and Spilt Milk serves up very decent fare in a more than pleasant space in the new Great Northern Hotel. The staff are universally warm, helpful and polite and the overall impression is very good. The downsides are that in the evening it can be little dark and so hard to read the menu and also that a lack of soft furnishings can make it a little noisy for anyone who is sensitive to raised voices. For others this constitutes great atmosphere of course !

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Great Northern Hotel, Pancras Road, King’s Cross ,London N1C 4TB

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Plum and Spilt Milk - Railway dining heritage on the right track

by   platinum reviewer (85)

Jun 2013

So you've heard about the big name chef, who made his name working under Ramsay, opening up in the refurbished grandeur of a once iconic King's Cross hotel. The yesteryear venue name, the appropriately quixotic decor, the confidently egalitarian food and the bar, well, at least a couple of steps up from the Weatherspoons you'd normally find in a location like this. You've heard about it? Which one, because now there's two of the buggers… Next door in the Great Northern Hotel and hot(ish) on the...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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Great Northern Hotel, Pancras Road, King’s Cross ,London N1C 4TB

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Fabulous Father's Day Lunch

by   bronze reviewer (11)

Jun 2013

Initially I chose this restaurant for Father's Day because of its association with Mark Sargeant and I always like to try somewhere new for my husband on his special day! We arrived about half an hour earlier than my daughter and had a drink downstairs where the staff were very friendly and efficient and we were entertained by a very good pianist. The drinks were transferred to our restaurant bill and we made our way upstairs to the delightful dining room. The decor was gorgeous and the lighting...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 10

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    London Unattached - London Restaurants, London Lifestyle, London Events :: Plum ampamp Spilt Milk Kings Cross

    As a teenager, well before the Eurostar existed, I much preferred travelling by train. The French family who used to host me every year were kind enough to help me travel from Norfolk to Chambery in Savoie that way. My own parents would put me on the boat train in London and Monsieur met me as I arrived in Paris. We then travelled to the French Alps by couchette – strange bunk beds with sliding wood partitions to provide privacy. In Paris, before our overnight trek, we used to stop at Le Train Bleu, a stunning brasserie in Gare de Lyon. I was more than a little impressionable – the decor, the food and the service...
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    The Plum + Spilt Milk restaurant is in the Great Northern Hotel in the heart of King’s Cross and headed up by acclaimed chef Mark Sergeant. The restaurant is beautifully designed and creates a relaxed but sophisticated atmosphere.

    Before our meal we sampled a couple of pre-dinner cocktails in the GNH Bar, including The Spilt Milk, a vanilla infused vodka based drink with a dash of irish cream, cocoa blanc and homemade chocolate syrup, and an Oriental Express, with dry martini, Stolichnaya vodka, red chilli and lychee. The bar clearly understood how to produce a high quality cocktail and we thoroughly enjoyed...
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  • Address: Great Northern Hotel, Pancras Road, King’s Cross, London N1C 4TB
  • Telephone: 020 3388 0818
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 7am-11pm (Sat 8am- ) Sun 8am-10pm

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