As we shuffled along the pavement attempting to weave between tourists and commuters to York Way in King’s Cross we remembered how dirty and well, real this part of London felt just a decade ago. But between the latest Five Guys, Kerb Street Market and, of course, Dishoom ; this part of London has transitioned from old man pub to foodie destination and we’re here to check out one of the new additions; Bar + Block.

Super close to the station, we immediately felt that the Parisian striped awnings were there to welcome in weary Eurostar travellers and, in fact, being attached to a super modern Premier Inn – this would be absolute heaven if your train to the City of Love was delayed or you’d just arrived back with a bump!

Now you probably clocked the casual name drop, yes Bar + Block is cosied next to Premier Inn and this restaurant is actually part of the Whitbread family but do not let this put you off. Coming from a great value chain, Bar + Block provides killer cocktails (not to mention a generous happy hour) and a wide choice of steaks, sides and crazy good desserts that make dining out with friends a riotous experience with none of the usual steak snobbery and you can even book a booth!

We kicked off with bruschetta and raspberry chicken wings (very subtle hint of fruit and very more-ish) and tucked into the Brisket special and a more traditional sirloin steak with samphire. Pub food this was not!

Even though we were happily stuffed we had to do you dear readers a solid and review desserts, didn’t we? Cue a fantastic chocolate fondue and ‘freakshake’ style churros sundae….with an espresso martini. Considering we were visiting on a Monday night, this kicked off the week perfectly!

For a great value meal, cocktails and a super easy location, we can see this becoming the perfect friend catch up spot. They also do, our favourite, steak and eggs for breakfast….see you there?

You can find Bar + Block at 26-30 York Way, London N1 9AA


Living on the sunny Kent coast you'll find Anna tracking down the best new coffee shops and craft beer dens. With a penchant for vintage, she's more likely to be exploring thrift stores than Bond Street but she'll never say no to a little touch of creative luxury.

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