The Gilbert Scott


British | North London

This is Marcus Wareing's outpost at King's Cross - a lavish bar and restaurant in the St Pancras Hotel. The classic architecture has been enhanced by David Collins designs and there's a menu that focuses on the best of British, reinvented. There's an excellent bar alongside, which is worth a visit even if you're not going to the restaurant.

Restaurant details

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Rd, London NW1 2AR
Nearest tube: 
King's Cross
Telephone number: 020 7278 3888.
More info: 
  • Private Hire available
  • Bar area
  • Chef's table

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St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Rd, London NW1 2AR


Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 6
Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on July 24, 2011
"None of it was horrid, and I don't think the value was bad, either. But this menu has taken the trend for rediscovering English classics, and rendered it in quite a stodgy, unimaginative way." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
Richard Vines Bloomberg
Reviewed on July 18, 2011
"While the Gilbert Scott isn’t an instant classic, it certainly isn’t bad. It’s a decent restaurant that can become better." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6.5
Lucie Greene City AM
Reviewed on July 05, 2011
"In look and setting terms it does (well) with bells on (it’s abundantly clear why Collins is being tapped to design just about every new bar and hotel these days.) It’s just a shame the food doesn’t quite yet have the same sparkle." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Matthew Norman Telegraph
Reviewed on June 21, 2011
"As with so many hotel restaurants, this feels less like a labour of love than a project designed to maximise the profitability of a disused space." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
Lisa Markwell Independent
Reviewed on June 19, 2011
"If I travelled regularly via the nearby Eurostar I might pop back from time to time (there's a dearth of choices in unlovely King's Cross), but I can't quite love it. And if that fails me the foodie litmus test, so be it." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4
Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on June 08, 2011
"I can’t imagine ever being, or wanting to be, a regular here: too big; too imposing; too busy trying to be an event." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Hermano Primero Dos Hermanos Estimated score
Reviewed on May 31, 2011
"So great room and good service, both of which are the result of no little effort I assume. Shame then, that things went downhill when it came to the food." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on June 05, 2011
"It’s an exercise in sentimental hindsight. To remake the past, either as a carpet or a pie, is not to relive its glory, it’s to deny the present its moment." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9.5
Tracey MacLeod Independent
Reviewed on May 21, 2011
"Happily, the intellectual promise of the menu is followed through on the plate. The dishes we tried may not have looked particularly pretty, but they were prepared with the finesse you'd expect from a team with its roots in fine dining." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9
John Lanchester Guardian Estimated score
Reviewed by May 21, 2011
"The menu is a thing of beauty: it is full-on retro English. It draws heavily on the food writers of previous centuries – John Nott, Isabella Beeton – and makes a statement about the strength of this grievously underexploited culinary heritage." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on May 12, 2011
"It is the building that had the wow factor, not the meal." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on May 12, 2011
"The problem with an overarching idea more elaborate than something good to eat is that the cutesy monikers make the items all the more disappointing when they turn out ordinary." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 10
Stephen Farmer View London
Reviewed on May 05, 2011
"It certainly looks impressive, but it’s the delicious British menu that would make any man with Victorian sensibilities very proud indeed." READ REVIEW