There’s no denying that in recent years London has seen an explosion of food markets and food halls championing the very best street food the capital has to offer and creating social hubs where people can indulge on top quality food in an informal and fun environment and without the steep prices so commonly associated with restaurants.
Leading the way in 2017 Ben Lovett, founder of Venue Group set the trend running with the development of Flat Iron Square providing a space for street-food traders, restaurants bars and outdoor performers to come together and form a collective of aspiring creatives. Ben, a sounding member of award winning and world-famous band Mumford & Sons comes from a musical background however holds a strong and commonly felt belief that the world of music and food are intrinsically connected.
Speaking of his decision to merge these worlds through Venue Group's latest venture Goods Way (which opens in March) he explained “In a world that seems increasingly obsessed with perception over substance or digital over analogue, there are few more honest experiences than live music and eating fresh food from a small, independent and passionate operator.
“The DNA of musicians and chefs is actually quite similar. It’s about putting a lot of heart and passion into what you do with little to no regard for whether it helps to pay the rent, and all in the name of their art. A menu is a chef’s setlist, and a signature dish could be a band’s breakout single. Despite this, there have been very few examples of where the two have been brought together successfully to date. Our philosophy is to celebrate all this independence and create an environment for them both to thrive within.”
Commenting on the choice of location for the new project he added, “We hope Goods Way will quickly become a positive story about soul, collaboration, and bringing happy memories to King’s Cross and inspire everyone from our new neighbours at Central St. Martins, Havas, Universal and Google to absolutely any and everyone else who likes to eat well and enjoy the best new live music.”
What is Goods Way?
A new all-day food, drink and live music space in King's Cross inspired by the vibrancy and energy of New Orleans but showcasing the very best of upcoming culinary and musical talent in London. The Courtyard will host and support a variety of quality, eclectic independent food and drink traders, whilst Lafayette will be a music venue with a capacity for up to 600 people to come and watch exclusive ticketed shows.
Where is Goods Way?
Goods Way is a short two-minute stroll from King’s Cross St. Pancras Train Station, and located at 11 Goods Way, King’s Cross London, N1C. It is nestled behind Pancras Square, and over the adjoining bridge from Granary Square.
What restaurants are at Goods Way?
Sushi on Jones
This hugely respected New York brand will be making their UK debut with their clean dishes of top quality fish proving that Japanese omakase can be both authentic and affordable. Sushi novices will be given all the guidance they need from the friendly and highly skilled chefs.
Temple of Seitan
Pioneering vegan fast food favourites Temple of Seitan are bringing their famous plant based ‘fried chicken’ to King's Cross. The brand which started on Brick Lane before opening up a permanent residence in Hackney will no doubt go down a storm with Goods Way’s vegans, veggies and flexitarians looking for an instant hit of satisfaction.
From the owners of Borough’s Lupins, Pomelo is a modern British restaurant serving a selection of tapas dishes that focus on fresh, flavoursome and seasonal ingredients from around the UK. Look out for the crab thermidor croquettes – a take on Lupins’ signature Cornish crab thermidor dish.
Situated in Lafayette, the venue’s 600 capacity live music venue, Sweetwater is an American-style bar serving up creative sips inspired by the bright lights of New Orleans and the Mississippi. Perfectly suited to King's Cross’ creatives, it’s a buzzy meeting spot pre- and post-shows or just for a casual morning tea or coffee.
London’s Mexican aficionados will already be familiar with Breddos from their popular Clerkenwell restaurant or kiosk sites at Swingers City and West End and Flat Iron Square in Bermondsey. At Goods Way they will be serving up more quality versions of the street food favourite for which they have become renowned, filled with vibrant fillings from Mexico, Asia and beyond.
Pitching up in the Courtyard area of Goods Way, the Duck Truck is arriving from Shoreditch and no doubt bringing queues of people with it who’ve heard about its knockout duck dishes that include a duck brioche bun, crispy duck wrap and duck fat fries. Their focus on quality meat and tantalising flavour combinations have earnt them a well-deserved reputation in East London.
What are Goods Way’s opening times?
Monday and Tuesday: 10:00 - 23:00
Wednesday and Thursday: 10:00 - 00:00
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 - 05:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 22:00
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