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The Betjeman Arms (Bar, Restaurant)

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Unit 53, St Pancras International Station, Pancras Road, Kings Cross, London, NW1 2QP
Cuisine: British
Tel: 020 7923 5440 | Email to The Betjeman Arms | Transport: Kings Cross St. Pancras | Write review

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Top 10 things you need to know about The Betjeman Arms:

1) Where’s the best place to evaluate whether you’re a Eurosceptic or a Europhile? Well, it has to be the last Great British pub before Paris or Brussels, The Betjeman Arms.

2) John Betjeman himself was a great nationalist who was credited with saving St Pancras Station; so it’s extremely fitting to find this gastropub housed in the magnificently restored Victorian building.   
                          
3) A sobering thought for those after a decent pint after hopping off the Eurostar: if the train from Paris didn’t stop on Platform 1, it would run straight through the pub.

4) Some pubs like to talk about using local produce; The Betjeman Arms is so patriotic it happily shouts about it: they’ve produced glossy booklets detailing all the British suppliers they use from their meat suppliers to the wonderfully assuring Sipsmith gin.

5) October is Go Sober month for some (not for Fluid Londo critics with livers made of steel). You can discreetly break the rules with of the delightful menu options. I managed to squeeze in sloe gin, ouzo and Baileys into my 3 courses respectively.

6) As their booklet proudly proclaims, sloe gin is perfect for autumnal drinking; so the cured duck, almond and sloe gin dressing starter was appropriately seasonal. The restaurant manager delivered the dish with some gusto: “We only use British ducks unlike most venues that use French ducks”.

7) The next dish really encapsulates modern day London, proud to be British but Euro-embracing: pork cheeks with ouzo and a Greek feta salad. It has that clever balance of melt-in-your-mouth naughtiness from the pork mixed with a dose of healthy Greek lifestyle.

8) If I had a stomach made of elastic, I would probably have tried their signature dish of Camden Hells chicken as well. John Betjeman would have enjoyed all this social lubrication in the food.

9) Their wine and Champagne list isn’t the longest but carefully selected and well-priced from a very drinkable house white of Grenache Viognier, to the most expensive being Moët & Chandon.

10) I used to resist eating for a day before boarding the Eurostar in anticipation of the Gallic delights across the channel. Nowadays, I would say a visit to the Betjeman Arms prior to boarding is almost as important as remembering to bring your passport.
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Customer Reviews for The Betjeman Arms

Average (based on 4 votes): 4 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“We were on our way to Paris & Rome & stayed nearby.We called in @ the start and end of our hols in October for arguably the best pint in London and the food was excellent. We will certainly be back for more.”
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Neil Robinson, Glossop (5 years 7 months 1 days ago)

“We found this pub almost by accident when we were waiting for the Eurostar in St Pancras station. I’m glad we did because it was a great British send-off - some proper posh nosh and a few old English pints before we left. The outside areas made it especially romantic because we could stare up at the magnificent architecture around us.”
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Leigh, Tooting (9 years 2 months ago)

“Coming into work, going home to "work". There's always that pub in the station for a swifty. This one isn't like the rest, mind. The Betjeman Arm's likeable soul is so well expressed in the thoughtful and calming decor, the location inside the grand old St Pancras Hotel and the quality gastro-selection that doesn't normally come with a transit-pub. Leaving work and going to the pub.”
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H Stevenson, London (9 years 2 months 9 days ago)

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“This is traditional pub food (fish & chips, bubble & Squeak etc) done really very nicely. The dining room round the back is a bit more formal but really a lovely place to have lunch and the front bar is more bustling if you like it that way. Whenever i have been (i work localy) the service has always been very good, like the bar staff who carried my drinks to my table, as there were a lot of them. You could do alot worse in the area, and none better in the station.”
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C Churcher, London (10 years 1 days ago)

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Food

Under the guidance of recently installed Director of Food Ben Maschler (formerly Soho House UK), The Betjeman Arms offers traditional British pub food; simply constructed and effectively delivered. Maschler’s menu at The Betjeman Arms primarily focuses on regional British classics: Lancashire Hotpot, Welsh rabbit, Steak & Ale Pie and Bangers & Mash, with pork sausages sourced from Artisan butchers in Devon.

Updated 11/06/2008

Drinks

Varieties of cider and real ales complement The Betjeman’s wine list, put together by John Clevely, Master of Wine. Clevely has focused on providing a wide variety of individual wines, typical of the region and its grape varieties.

Updated 11/06/2008

Additional Information

  • Cuisine Type: British
  • Dress Code: Not Specified
  • Group: Geronimo Inns

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