RAILS Restaurant and Little Bar

Afternoon tea, British, Modern European·

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Afternoon tea, British, Modern European
Cosy, Glamorous, Quiet conversation, Quirky, Romantic
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions


Tucked away in the Great Northern Hotel is RAILS Restaurant and Little Bar, a classy and luxe venue for a ‘relaxed yet refined’ meal. Formerly Plum + Split Milk, this reimagined restaurant, grill, and bar draws inspiration from French cuisine and culture, with the Eurostar conveniently around the corner for those for whom dining at RAILS ignites a passion for French culture and cuisine that can’t be ignored. 

RAILS Restaurant offers a fusion of French and British classics, combining the finest elements of both to create a range of decadent dishes. The starters include enticing dishes such as a chilled heirloom tomato and red pepper velouté, and classic beef tartare served with croutons. For your main course, choose from the likes of rib-eye steak, moules frites, or RAILS’ fish special, which varies every day. Not to be outdone, dessert is a frequently changing range of French signatures, baked and cooked to perfection. For example, indulge in the pistachio crème brulee with strawberry coulis, pineapple tarte tatin served with a coconut sorbet and – of course – a luxurious cheese board with a selection of chutneys, crackers, and breads. 

Worth taking a seat in before or after your meal is RAILS’ Little Bar, a cosy spot with both classic and signature French-inspired cocktails, aperitifs and digestifs, wine, craft beers, ales, and soft drinks. 

It's not only the food and drink that draw inspiration from French culture. The restaurant itself features notes of Parisian décor throughout, as well as splendid floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden panelling, and warm lighting which make for a bright, light, and inviting dining experience. 

Service at RAILS is not limited to lunch and dinner, in fact, you’ll find a thoroughly enticing breakfast menu on offer in the mornings, with options ranging from classic avocado on sourdough toast and overnight oats, to decadent buttermilk pancake stacks. 


Are there any vegan options?

Yes, there are a few vegan dishes on the menu.

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

020 3388 0818 020 3388 0818


Opening Times

Mon 07:00-10:00
Tue 07:00-10:00
Wed 07:00-10:00
Thu 07:00-10:00
Fri 07:00-10:00
Sat 07:00-10:00
Sun 08:00-12:00
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 12:00-17:00
Mon 12:00-17:00
Tue 12:00-17:00
Wed 12:00-17:00
Thu 12:00-17:00
Fri 12:00-17:00
Sat 12:00-17:00
Sun Closed
Afternoon Tea
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 13:00-16:00
Fri 13:00-16:00
Sat 13:00-16:00
Sun 13:00-16:00
Mon 17:00-22:00
Tue 17:00-22:00
Wed 17:00-22:00
Thu 17:00-22:00
Fri 17:00-22:00
Sat 17:00-22:00
Sun Closed


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13 Reviews 

Sandrine R

09 October 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 1
Service 1
Atmosphere 2
Value 1

Jill M

01 May 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 5

Mike G

28 October 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
On the Rails

Really excellent meal in a very nice setting and with a truly exceptional server. Chateaubriand was a treat. As it is in a soft opening phase the price was fair, otherwise it errs towards the pricey side. 

Will definitely return.

Fiona M

23 July 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 3
Super evening

Really lovely environment and ambience. Service friendly, I know it's central London but a bit pricy. We ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio - maybe our fault for not stating which one, £58 seemed plenty!!! 
it was a lovely evening however just the bill was a surprise ! 

andrew R

13 July 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Lisa S

21 August 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Lovely restaurant

I had taken my client here to this restaurant for breakfast as it's his favourite - will definitely come here again

Nicole P

10 October 2017  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 3
Value 4
A more formal food meeting venue
Although I have only been here twice, my boss comes here often. He mainly has breakfast meetings here and I have also been lucky enough to have the breakfast here. It is slightly more formal than some of the other restaurants around Kings Cross however, it is needed so it serves a purpose. There is a great range for breakfast depending on how hungry you are but I can say that the Eggs Royale are amazing! I would love to have them again soon. As a side note, the bar downstairs at the Great Northern Hotel also makes amazing cocktails and is a great venue to meet at before a long train journey.

Paul B

15 July 2015  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 2.5
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 young waitress in the whole dining room and getting a bill was an irritating delay in somewhere so pretentious. The fayre was not much to my taste. The fishes were tarted up with juxtapositions. Whilst I enjoyed my crab and avocado on toast and my partner raved about the devilled kidneys, the welsh rarebit I had was both dull and too much. Booze prices are HEAVY. A lovely light room and I noted a preponderance of ladies at lunchtime - a good sign. Punching above its weight at those prices and room for improvement both in service and refined cuisine.

Timothy P

18 November 2014  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3.5
Fine food, atmosphere and location.
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 at home) were a highlight, and the 2 dressed crab plates went down well. Main courses were lamb cutlets, venison, and sea trout, plus sides of cauliflower and carrots; all very fresh, well cooked or grilled, and hot (not always the case in London!). A good choice of wines at reasonable prices, plus others at decidedly unreasonable prices. A bottle of the NZ Tinpot S/Blanc at £38 and a Merlot Embleme at £25 suited the dishes well. Jugs of tap water were freely available. With 12.5% service it came out, without pudding, at £123 a couple; perhaps a little on the rich side?

Nevine H

05 April 2014  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4.5
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 as too similar, though equally delicous. We ordered an extra of cabbage with lardons – only complaint is that portion was too small as tasted so good! Well worth a visit if in the vicinity or plan on arriving eary when catching a train or dining after arriving on a train!
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