Plum and Spilt Milk - Kings Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Rd

Restaurant, British Restaurant, Fine Dining Restaurant, Western Food



Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Rd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4TB

+44 20 3388 0818




Based on 133 reviews.


Agregated reviews (133) Plum and Spilt Milk - Kings Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Rd

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One of the up and coming areas, Kings Cross is bustling with more than busy train travelers as cool, hip, warehouse-inspired cafes and charming restaurants emerge. As it turns out the name 'Plum + Spilt Milk', derives not from two random food items off the shelf, but from the nickname given to the original LNWR dining car, painted in the railway's traditional lively colours. The other tables were mostly filled with office workers but despite being possibly the only three students in the relatively small restaurant, we did not feel the least bit out of place. It felt spacious given the size. Service was pretty good although we heard glass crashing incidents twice while dining, which prompted us to make a poor joke about the restaurant's name.

Beginning with appetizers, the Kentish tomato salad, goat's curd & oregano was basically a plate of tomato with goat's curd and oregano sprinkled on top, decorated with pretty zucchini flowers. Nothing all that special in terms of taste but presentation-wise it deserves some merit. The prawn cocktail was quite the quintessential fancy palette treat, fresh and juicy.

As for the mains, the Monkfish cheek & mussel curry with pilaf rice on the side was delicious but better yet was a Plum & Spilt Milk Classic - Steak Tartare with salad and paprika fries. The waiter kindly explained that it was in fact raw steak, as there had apparently been previous occasions when customers are shocked when the plate arrive. I suppose this is an example of the danger in ordering something when you don't fully comprehend every word on the menu (Eep!). There is never any harm in asking.

When it came time for dessert, I did not hesitate to go with the 'Plum & Spilt Milk', sugar-encrusted cake with sweet-sour plum and jam toppings, and a scoop of milk ice-cream on the side that complimented the taste. It took us a while to decide on the other but we finally settled on the Cold Valrhona chocolate fondant, supposedly one of the popular choices, pleasantly rich in its chocolate.

It worked out to be slightly over 70GBP for the two appetizers, two main courses and two desserts. Luckily, my flatmates had a 20% voucher and a cheque to redeem from opentable (you get it after accumulating a few thousand points), so it worked out to be barely above 30GBP. Not bad for an above average British meal for three.

Having read that the breakfast is a little pricey but good, i will probably be making my way back soon for crepe.

4 by I Yune Hoe Review source

I first went with a friend for Saturday lunch. the chilli passion fruit cocktails were fab, the scallops are to die for, crab cakes are ok, we both had ribeye and it was absolutely fantastic. Wines are a bit pricey, but the sticky pistachio and olive oil cake was also very good. we liked the meal so much we ended up with a bottle of sauterne and stayed till the dinner crowd was rolling in. Then I went again for a saturday dinner 2 weeks later, having bragged about it to another friend of mine. This time the chilli passionfruit cocktail was less good. not enough heat and not crispy cold. The scallops are still tip top, but the creamed smoke haddock and prawn starter paled in comparison to the scallop. we ordered ribeye again coz i raved about it. This time it was just an expensive slab of underwhelming beef. It wasn't butchered properly and was difficult to cut. the waitress came by to ask if everything was ok, it told her the beef was tough to cut, to which she said thats what ribeye was like! the taste of the beef was still good, but i struggled to cut away the inedible bits so much that by the end the beef was stone cold on the plate. for £37.50 plate of 280gram beef, I would have thought quality control should be tighter. When the bus girl cleared the table she could see the bits left over on the plate and she alerted the manager, who graciously gave us dessert and coffee, but it was just disappointing that the main dish was not nearly as good as the first time visit.

3 by Review source

I particularly enjoyed going to this restaurant. Although difficult to find (we had to ask numerous passing police officers and Kings Cross station staff where the restaurant actually was) we got there in the end and we were not disappointed. We went on a Saturday for lunch (note that the A la Carte lunch isn’t available on weekends; however, an ample selection of food is still available!) and I ordered the burger (medium rare). I have to say, it was very good for an upmarket restaurant; the patty was cooked to perfection and it came with a very nice sauce (it tasted like a pleasant mix of tomato sauce and BBQ sauce). For desert I ordered the signature dish: plum and spilt milk! It involves spiced-sweet plums on top of a sponge cake (the “plum”), served with a scoop of sweet-milk ice cream (the “spilt milk”). It was very nice and not too sweet; the perfect end to a perfect meal!

The restaurant itself was very nicely designed; it claimed to have been themed around the first dining car on a train (which was named the “Plum and Spilt Milk Cafe”).

All-in-all, I think this was a fantastic restaurant and I highly recommend eating here should you find yourself hungry in Kings Cross!

5 by Zachary Wilson Review source

Visited the place for brunch on a Saturday and I couldn't be more impressed. Wasn't too busy which I was delighted with. Especially seeing as it was the first official day of summer holidays.
Staff were a very good balance between attentive and not bothering you too much. It's the small things they do that make a difference compared to lesser establishments. Like whoever delivered the food knowing exactly who ordered what and not publicly announcing what youre having.
Food was very well presented and was delicious. Of course being a Michelin stared restaurant you get quality over quantity but that is not a criticism. We did not leave unsatisfied.
The complementary Bellinis were a great touch.
Google states that this is a ££ price range when it should be higher. Those looking for a greasy spoon are better off at Wetherspoons.
Signs outside kings cross could direct us to the place a little better though as you have to go through another hotel to get to it.
All in all we were all very happy.

5 by Review source

Beautiful place. Terrible portion size for vegetarians. Is this a joke?

For a restaurant in a train station you couldn't do better than here. This beautifully decorated first floor restaurant rises up out of the hustle and bustle of Kings Cross/St. Panc within the elegant GNR boutique hotel. Not that you'd know it's a hotel restaurant - as with the bar downstairs it feels entirely independent.

Service was great. Warm and welcoming. We had an aperitif in the bar. The decor throughout is very modern and beautiful. Chic and trendy but elegant also.

The place is Pricey. It's just expensive actually. But if you're game it's defo worth the cash. The food is pretty tasty. I'm vegetarian. There were only two options - I chose a poached egg. This is where I get really angry though. For a mere £19 for one egg. I had to ask for extra. One egg wasn't going to come close to filling me up!!

Location central. Ambiance elegant. Two glasses of wine and two mains about £80

4 by Russell Hall Review source

Plum + Split Milk is located on the first floor of the Great Northern Hotel, offering a beautiful elegant room that combines sophistication with style.

The main room is ample and full of light serving as an oasis from the bustle and hustle at street level. Food is served daily from breakfast, through lunch and dinner, closing at midnight. The service is attentive, professional and relaxed. 

I would highly recommend the weekend menu which includes the Weekend Brunch, available from 11-4pm, as well as Sunday Roast special menus. The weekday menu is overpriced for the value provided. Case in point when I visited for a business dinner I ordered a starter as a main. The waiter simply charged me twice, instead of adapting the price - making my main dish of fish and plums add up to an eye watering GBP £32.00. While the atmosphere is sophisticated and the ingredients fresh focused on a British menu, the weekday supper menu is not worth the high cost.

3 by alain portmann Review source

We had a mix up with one of the wait staff - we were seated in the restaurant and didn't get our orders taken for half an hour or more - we went to leave simply because it was getting late (we aren't particularly fussy people, to get annoyed!) when the lovely girl at the door who seated us stopped us. She insisted on bringing the manager over. Christian the Manager was so, so apologetic and helpful and gave us both our drinks order that had not originally been put through, and a glass of champagne on the house. The service we received after the miscommunication was 10/10 and we will definitely be back, purely because of how kind everyone was. 3 happy Aussie gals in London!

4 by Review source

Nestled within the Great Northern hotel at Kings Cross, Plum and Spilt Milk (the name is a nod to the railway's old colour scheme) is a quiet and cosy fine dining experience, combining high quality food and wines with great service and elegant decor. The place is unmistakably British with nods to the past, yet it does not wallow in nostalgia; the setting is light rather than stuffy, and the dishes are contemporary and well presented. Most important of all, the food here tastes great - Whilst some menu options don't look exciting on paper, the results when served are spectacular. Thoroughly recommended.

5 by Ian C Review source

Came for breakfast. It's a nice room but as it was quite empty the AC was too cold. They adjusted it when I asked. This place follows the inevitable paradoxical law of breakfast: the more expensive the less good it is. Service is very nice but slow; means you are always looking at your watch if you have a train to catch. I had the full breakfast. It wasn't a patch on a greasy spoon. Everything warm and rubbery. Can't argue with the location, if you want somewhere nice before seeing someone off on an early train, but come early and don't expect too much.

3 by Review source

Surprisingly average meals for a restaurant with great decor. Service and ambience were outstanding but basically spoiled by the very thing that we went for - Food!!
I took my son and his girlfriend and all three of us rated our meals at poor to average.
The Irish potato cake was a square grey mush! My smoked beans and poached eggs was passable but tasteless. .. I ordered it for the smokey beans - and just got beans!!
Girlfriends fried gnocchi was equally average.
Disappointing. ..

3 by John Chalmers Review source

As soon as I walked in I was impressed. The decor is lovely, dark wood with cream leather booth seats and armchairs, the ambience is cosy and warm. The service was great, first class. I ordered the lobster egg benedict as a starter and it was amazing. My main course was the burger, it came with crispy bacon and cheese, it was huge, if your hungry definitely order this, I wasn't able to eat it all. My friend ordered the dark chocolate Mousse and she was in heaven. Am definitely going back, amazing food.

5 by Lisa Cawley Review source

Definitely recommend this restaurant for brunch! Close to St Pancras International and Kings Cross station makes it a great place to stop off if waiting for a train.
The gorgeous and elegant decor creates a relaxed atmosphere. The art work on the wall as you go up the stairs is worth looking at!
The service is excellent and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
All meals are beautifully presented and taste devine.
I can recommend both the Haggis and duck egg and The eggs Royale!

5 by Tracey Burfield Review source

Excellent, as always.

I really like this restaurant for either breakfast if you’re staying at the GNH or for dinner and I’ve tried both.

Apart from the food, the service is the best part. Staff and genuine, friendly and consistent. The same faces are on hand each time you visit and nothing is too much trouble.

Considering it’s a such a busy location this is a fairly quiet restaurant and is definitely better than the noisy bar downstairs. Highly recommended.

5 by Mr Pickle Review source

Perfectly located between Kings Cross and St Pancras train station, this elegant venue is ideal to host a business meal. Good vegetarian options. Modern design thought for travellers with USB, continental and British plugs conveniently at shoulder height above the sofas seatings. If budget allows, plan a bit more time before and or after your meal to spend time in the cosy bar. Dinner was 110 £ for 2. Starters and main. No dessert.

5 by Flora Dupont Review source

Pricey with a side of pretentious. Came for brunch. Turns out they dont do weekend brunch so we settled for a sunday roast. Well that looked good on the menu but in reality... Small portions and the roast beef was very tough.

Bit sad as the place was listed as a top breakfast. Skip it and go to caravan or grainstore up the road.

On the place side..the decor was great and its located right next to the station.

2 by Alex Boyce Review source

The hostess has an absolutely horrible attitude. Came to the bar to have a drink and trying to hook a table for dinner but then the hostess has a lot of attitude and said 'we are very busy' and looked away.

Not sure why she behaves this way but the main thing is no one should have been spoken this way. At the same time I did catch her using her personal mobile before I approached her, awful attitude.

1 by Charlie Lewis Review source

Went to this place with colleagues. We had a set menu. No complaints with the quality of food. The location of this restaurant was ideal for the business dinner, given the different locations we were coming in from and right next to Kings Cross / St. Pancras. The signature Plum and Spilt milk dessert was great, though the server's recommendation of Iced peanut & salted-caramel mousse was probably a better one.

4 by Suresh Nair Review source

A cut above the rest for us. The setting and ambiance was beautiful (with helpful staff there when you needed them and the decor fitted perfectly, clearly very well thought through).

The food was amazing - we had lamb shank which melted off the bone and mackerel with pickled rhubarb which was both unusual and defies description.

5 by Symon Russell Review source

Had a great dinner out with some girlfriends here the other night. The food was fabulous, service staff were very attentive, knowledgeable and genuinely seemed to be in high spirits.

I have awarded one less star as the recipie of their signature dish - plum and spilt milk - has changed! Please bring back the old version!

4 by Review source

Enjoyed a cocktail with my wife on our wedding anniversary. We were directed to just the bar area as we didn't want to eat here the service was smooth and efficient however the bar area is small and cramped unlike the larger room for food. Prices are a little over the top and we would expect a comfortable seat for that.

4 by Vince James Review source

The mint choc chip baked Alaska is to die for that is all you need to know. Waiter was so sweet, he asked if we were celebrating and I explained my daughter had just qualified as a doctor, so he went straight to kitchen and came back with plate of chocolates on which he had piped the 'congratulations doctor'!

5 by Dennis Wright Review source

It was a bit over-priced for the experience. We paid 17 pounds for a full English breakfast, which was filling; however, we had to sit in the bar, which wasn't the best dining experience. At 10 pounds for a meal, I would have given this 4 stars, but 17 pounds should've gotten me a better experience.

3 by Daniel Slick Review source

Breakfast at this cozy restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel. Nice staff, stylish interior, excellent choice of dishes for breakfast à la carte and quick serve. I liked English breakfast-traditional bacon, sausage and delicious blood sausage. For my wife a large selection of dietary products.Recommend

4 by Олег Покровский Review source

Delicious and very accommodating of our short schedule due to our train. We had the Sunday roast and a vegetarian dish (both delicious and beautifully presented), two glasses of delicious wine (the Marlborough Sauvignon blanc was delicious!) and the preached pear for dessert, which was also very good.

5 by Patricia Davidson Review source

I've often thought of Kings X as a bit of a back spot in the heart of town. However, that changed when I went to Plum and Spilt Milk. The surroundings are plane, and crisp and the food good.
The bar on the ground floor is also worth a visit. Lively, if a bit isolated from the restaurant.

4 by Daniel Subramaniam Review source

Had a lovely time here with a friend. The food was excellent and service relaxed but not slow. Like a lot of restaurants, when I mention my allergy to certain nuts (not all), this caused a little problem, but did not ruin the experience. I would return for the salted caramel truffles alone!

5 by Davina Lee Review source

Magnificent breakfast! A proper full English with quality ingredients. Vegetarian breakfast was well done and portion size was satisfying without being too much in both cases. The orange juice and coffee were both excellent, the staff were lovely, and the interior design was supurb.

4 by E Pritchard Review source

Great atmosphere, especially when it is heavily raining outside. Service was very friendly and helpful. Steak tartare was excellent. I would love to come back for a Sunday roast. One of the few places that serve Kentish Gipsy Tarte. Lovely bar for pre/post dinner drinks

4 by Yvanne Teo Review source

Fantastic restaurant located right in the heart of King's Cross. Had a great evening out with my wife. Great food and great service. Decor is nothing exceptional but it does have great views of the King's Cross station. Enjoyed the filet very much.

4 by Josh Auffret Review source

Fantastic restaurant located right in the heart of King's Cross. Had a great evening out with my friends. Great food and great service. Decor is nothing exceptional but it does have great views of the King's Cross station. Enjoyed the filet very much.

5 by Review source

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