Barrafina Coal Drops Yard

Spanish, Tapas·
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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Spanish, Tapas
Cool, Lively
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Special Features
Counter dining
Dates, Group dining [8+]

About Barrafina Coal Drops Yard

Barrafina Coal Drops Yard is the fourth in line of these Spanish restaurants by the Harts Group (who also own Quo Vadis and the El Pastor restuarants), which are as revered for their queues as their food. If and when you manage to snag yourself a table, you’ll be richly rewarded with a range of tapas plates that vary from the familiar to the adventurous. You might start with moreish Padron peppers that have been simply charred and sprinkled with olive oil and salt or enjoy a soft-centred tortilla that is crisp on the outside and filled with slivers of fried potato. Elsewhere the menu highlights the kitchen team’s commitment to nose to tail cooking, with pig’s ears, lamb brains and black pudding all featuring.

In the Barrafina signature style the space itself has an industrial feel to it, with exposed brickwork and an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs work in their meticulous and methodical way. For the most part red-upholstered bar stools at the long counter provide the seating for your meal, but there is an outdoor terrace and private dining room at the Coal Drops Yard outpost too. It’s a smart space with a large rectangle table in the centre, heavy green velvet curtains framing a wall-to-wall window and modern glass pendant lighting hanging from the ceiling. With canal views like this it makes the perfect spot to entertain out of town colleagues, friends or family to give them a true taste of North London.

Prices here aren’t cheap, with tapas plates ranging from £3 for bread and olives to £22.80 for lamb chops, but it’s an experience worth paying for. If you haven’t overindulged on the mains the puddings are worth a spin too. The choux based Lionesas with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce should satisfy any sweet tooth, and there is of course a selection of Spanish cheeses to choose from as well.  

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Stable Street, London, N1C 4AB

Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun 12:00-15:00
Mon Closed
Tue 17:00-23:00
Wed 17:00-23:00
Thu 17:00-23:00
Fri 17:00-23:00
Sat 17:00-23:00
Sun 17:00-22:00


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2 Reviews 

Tiffany C

08 July 2019  
Kings Cross has really used to be that place where I'd been warned to 'never ever visit after 10pm alone.." but now it's a place to shop, to eat, even just to hang out. I wasn't really that bowled over the restaurant choices but when I see Barrafina I was so happy. I've even taken my overcritical Taiwanese mother there and she loved it! Watching the chefs cook is always a treat and I like if I have any questions, they never ignore me and always happy to answer, sometimes even tell me how they prep! The food, while pricy, is always consistent and brings me much happiness. Not every dish is a hit, (made a mistake of ordering some langostini which turned out so underwhelming, expensive for 5 of the tiniest crustacean i've ever seen) but I'd say 85% it is always good.

adrain G

28 June 2019  
Cheerful welcome and extremely good service and advice about both the main and special menus. Never a bad plate and some quite exceptional - presa and turbot recently. Not as crowded yet as the other Barrafina restaurants and seeing the chefs at work is a bonus.
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