Plum + Spilt Milk – King’s Cross N1

Sunday roast perfection – faultless dining experience in tastefully designed space 

 

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Carefully sourced ingredients turned into beautifully presented dishes

 

My in-laws were returning to the north east by train this Sunday afternoon, so we wanted to eat somewhere convenient for King’s Cross station. A quick restaurant search by location using the Open Table app showed Plum + Spilt Milk as a hot contender. It’s situated in the Great Northern Hotel on the Kings Cross St Pancras complex, was highly rated by Open Table users and seemed likely to have the level of comfort and ‘treat’ we were looking for. It’s currently ranked #378 out of 17,000+ London restaurants on TripAdvisor. Booking made.

The hotel has a classy feel without being stuffy, with lovely decor and art work (see Debbie Smyth’s textile art that lined the hotel staircase) and this feel of comfort and relaxation continues as you enter into the restaurant, Plum + Spilt Milk, where service was prompt, informed and attentive when required.

 

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Plum + Spilt Milk restaurant interior

 

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Cosy booth-style seating and low-hanging, soft lighting

 

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Fresh bread + butter

We began by ordering a bottle of Izadi Rioja reserva @ £40.00, while nibbling on fresh seeded bread and butter and decided to order from the two-course Sunday lunch menu @ £26.50 a head.

Like everything else, the menu is beautifully designed. This intro is worth sharing: “Fresh, seasonal ingredients create cuisine of the highest quality. Using small suppliers of free-range and rare-breed produce from around the British Isles. Our fish is sourced daily from the historic ports of Brixham on the English Riviera and Hastings and Rye on the South Coast. Adding a unique barbecue flavour to our meat, the kitchen’s Inka Charcoal Oven grills at high speeds and temperatures of up to 500° C producing an unrivalled tenderness.”

 

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Menu – beautifully designed

 

For starters, G and M ordered Cornish fish soup with herb mayonnaise, croutons and Gruyere while K and I had marinated beets, plums, Shropshire blue and walnuts – a gorgeous mix of flavours.

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Cornish fish soup

 

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Marinated beets, plums, Shropshire blue and walnuts – perfection

 

For main course, the others had roast sirloin beef, Yorkshire pudding and red wine gravy while I had crispy roasted Suffolk pork belly, pickled red cabbage, apple and mustard chutney – all served with roast potatoes and seasonable vegetables (multi-coloured root vegetables that were as tasty as they were visually appealing).

 

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Roast sirloin beef with red wine gravy – amazing Yorkshire pudding too

 

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Crispy roasted pork belly – as served, on a bed of pickled red cabbage with apple and mustard chutney – so visually appealing

 

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Crispy pork belly with crackling – along with colourful seasonal vegetables

 

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Inside the Great Northern Hotel – comfort awaits

 

 

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Travel-themed cocktail list – including Mind The Gap and Release The Brakes

 

Thankfully, we didn’t have time for a pudding (we were all full but that may not have stopped us!). Our bill for four came to £164.25 including service (£41.00 a head).

The verdict: Everything about this restaurant was excellent. I’m restrained when it comes to giving 5 star ratings as there’s usually some room for improvement but I don’t see how our experience could have been better in any way. The restaurant (and hotel) was elegant and comfortable without being stuffy, service was excellent, and the food was stunning – in presentation and taste. And it was reasonably priced for such quality. I’ll be coming here again.

 

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Hotel bar 

 

Restaurant info:
– Lardbutty rating: 5 / 5
– Type: British, International
– Address: Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Rd, London, UK
– Postcode: N1C 4TB
– Nearest station: Kings Cross St Pancras
– Website + menus: Plum + Spilt Milk website
– Photos on flickr: Plum + Spilt Milk images
– Location: Plum + Spilt Milk map

 

Plum + Spilt Milk - Great Northern Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

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