Granary Square has welcomed pub, dining room and bar The Lighterman, a brand new building spanning the eastern side of Granary Square, offering three floors of all-day dining and drinking, with alfresco seating on both Regent’s Canal and Granary Square, plus a wraparound terrace with views over King’s Cross.
Named after the Victorian workers who operated the ‘lighter’ goods barges, this is the third venue from Open House (Percy & Founders, The Larder) and their most ambitious project to date. The pavilion-style building was designed by RIBA Stirling Prize winning architects Stanton Williams, who have contributed to the wider regeneration of King’s Cross with projects including Central St Martins and King’s Cross Square.
Open-House-designed interiors follow the same industrial look. Raw materials further showcase the building’s stunning design – from untouched concrete walls to pale floorboards laid in line with the exterior. Floor-to-ceiling windows encourage visitors to look outwards, taking in views of the canal, bustling square and the ever-expanding King’s Cross skyline.
The Lighterman’s modern British menu is overseen by Executive Chef Diego Cardoso, who joined Open House in 2014 to launch Percy & Founders. Catering for everything from an elegant dinner to a quick canal-side snack, the all-day menu majors in expertly sourced meats and seafood from the wood-fired grill, classic British cooking, spelt-flour flatbreads and decadent breakfasts.
Opening onto Granary Square, The Lighterman’s casual ground-floor bar serves everything from breakfast through to evening drinks. Clad in green, Mondrian-esque squares, the cast concrete bar with high stools for counter cocktail sipping, makes for a stylish focal point. On the top level dining room and bar, floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer panoramic views across the square and canal. For those wanting to get a better look at the surrounding buildings of King’s Cross, the wraparound terrace has extensive seating for sunny spring days or balmy summer evenings.
Connecting the venue with the canal towpath, The Lighterman’s final floor will be opening late April, offering a waterside spot for casual drinks and dining with yet another alfresco option in the form of the canal-side terrace.