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Harrison, St Pancras / Kings Cross

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user reviews of The Harrison, St Pancras / Kings Cross

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Used this pub at lunchtime approx 12:30 and as you would expect it was quiet. It did start to fill up a bit later for lunch time food.
Uninspiring beers. The ubiquitous Doombar, Pride and Landlord you seem to get in London pubs these days. I had the Landlord which came up hazy and was just ok. Food was good and plentyfull.
rpf1955 - 14 Feb 2014 11:11
Was in here early September. Decent ale on tap, and some good music on the jukebox (or was it a staff selection?). Not sure about the decor - not into poncy 'minimialist' interiors. Good pub though, have been back a few times over the last couple of years.
wbafc_beer - 16 Sep 2011 23:39
Very nice pub and only 5-10 minutes from both St Pancras & King's Cross stations, so a far better place to sit and wait for trains than the stations themselves.

The beer is decent and well looked after, and although I never ate any food it looked amazing and people seemed to enjoy it. Good staff and the atmosphere was great. It has trendy bare floorboards, armchairs and big tables whilst at the same time feeling like a decent traditional local. Clearly popular but not too busy.

They seem to have regular music nights, and the Irish music that was being played by some people just sitting at a table in the corner was very good and added to the nice ambience. Definitely worth going to.
andyshire - 2 Aug 2010 17:32
This is my favourite pub in Kings Cross. Has Staropramen, Golsch, good wines and excellent good value food. The seating is a good mixture between quite spartan wooden tables and chairs and good quality firm leather sofas. There are often folk or acoustic evenings on Sundays. Its both an after work pub and frequented by a lot of locals.
Thursdayevening - 22 Feb 2010 16:46
Once we'd found outr way in, I liked this place. There were two huge groups at long tables having their work Christmas parties, and the service looked very efficient. But crowded though it was, the barman was very acommodating to us two drinkers and even put a makeshift table together for us out of something or the other. My London Pride stank but the same friendly barman changed it (to a Timothy Taylor) for me no questions aksed, even though I'd already had quite a few sips.
Greshon - 10 Dec 2009 15:02
I love this pub - used to come here all the time when I lived in Bloomsbury - one of the bext in the area, but a little off the beaten track of Marchmont Street pub, but worth a look. The owner is a good guy and the food has always been lovely.
KBmo - 22 Feb 2009 12:15
One of thse bar conversions that that takes a run down building and puts modern fixtures in but leaves the bland decor untouched giving it a sort of warehouse feel. This one works quite well and they've got the balance between drinkers and diners about right. Thereís also a pretty good choice beer wise with one real ale, Fruili, Stowford Press, Staropramen, a weissbeer and some Belgian bottled beers. The menu looked typical of a gastrobar. There are a couple of sofas around for those that like to lounge and the rest of the seating is quite old school, literally. With the low tables and chairs scraping across the wooden floors you could be forgiven for thinking you were back in the old school hall. Service is a bit indifferent, on one visit I ordered a Duvel and was first asked if I wanted a glass, then given a half pint straight glass that had just come out of the washer. Itís located within a jungle of tower blocks and no doubt hoping to attract some of the new money to the area.

Millay - 31 Jan 2009 20:44
...nice family pub.
TonyHarrison - 14 Nov 2008 23:26
Dont waste your time getting ripped off here.
poshpplhater - 5 Apr 2008 01:47
The pub we used to go to after work has now been vacated in favour of the Harrison - a gem of a pub tucked away in Kings Cross, you can almost forget you are in Kings Cross! Can't believe we wasted so many evenings drinking elsewhere when the Harrison is friendly, serves decent wine (which is rare) and beer AND does great food. We shall be back....(often!)
VBrown - 14 Jun 2007 14:54
Hidden pub around Kings Cross. Probably wants to be a student pub and is trying to get a live music license.
Lacks atmosphere due to little decoration. Could make an effort.Beer not up to much.
tinsoldier - 26 May 2007 10:26
Another back street haven away from the KingsX flea pits around the train station. Food was very scrummy if a touch tardy in arriving. Place had a slight student union feel about it, that is probally just the furniture. Very pleasant place to spend an evening
halfbee - 11 May 2007 14:12
I kinda like this place. Definitely the bar end of the pub-bar spectrum; all light wood and leather. Nice and airy.

I suggest erring towards lager rather then your ale/bitter types. As has been pointed out below the larger is generally 'premium'. Staff are generally helpful and friendly. My experience of the food is generally positive. Again its more bar styled then pub-grub: better ingredients, smaller portions, higher prices.

The music is generally quiet and inoffensive. Say Air or one of those types. They tend to have a copy of the Guardian on the bar. Whilst this may not seem relevant to a pub review I'd say there is probably a loose correlation between the level of disdain one feels for the Guardian and the level of disdain one feels the Harrisons. I kinda like the Gruaniad.

It does close quite randomly for parties or some such things. So its worth having a backup plan.

billy_big_nutz - 6 Mar 2007 12:56
It's an ok place. More bar than pub. Has some comfy leather chairs, played background jazz, wasn't that busy... Ale was passable, but they concentrate more on the staropramen kind of lager. It's hired out a lot to private parties, so more than once I've wasted a trip. Be prepared to wait a looooong time (1 hour for sausage and mash???) in the evenings for food. Food was above average tho'. Wouldn't make a special effort to get there again. 6/10.
rachaelov - 17 Dec 2006 12:32
Went there for a gig. Terribly slow and disorganised service, with different staff charging different drink prices. As for the food, a flat piece of pastry on top of your (factory sliced) roast beef is NOT a Yorkshire pudding.
lowroader - 19 Sep 2006 11:21
I found this pub on this site, as I was glad I went. It was such a lovely place to sit and drink. It was a Tuesday night but the place was busy but quiet. The interior is nice and the staff very friendly. I thought it would be rather expensive but under £10 a round (pint and a double jd). Dinner was under £20 as well... Lovely meals. I would recommend the risotto.
loulou007 - 10 Feb 2006 13:54
What a find! Excellent food and brilliant location - great for meeting friends after work for a good meal without feeling like you've been ripped off. Wide choice of booze as well as very friendly staff - it's my new favourite.
anonymous - 5 Jul 2005 12:29
A friendly pub with good food. It was pretty dead when we went, so I hope it survives. Seems a bit out of place in the area.
rachelgroves - 29 Mar 2005 17:20
Best food in Kings Cross??
If you've found better let me know.....
Illbethejudgeofthat - 4 Mar 2005 11:59
This pub has been turned from a pumpkin into a beautiful carriage... okay, not the best metaphor but it's a place to wind-down on a quiet night in a cosy environment or get steaming and shake til you ache on a Friday night. It's not pretentious which is unusual for a new opening and let's hope it stays that way. They've just started doing food at lunchtimes too which i've heard is real home cooked nosh - lots on the menu for veggies and healthy types but also better fish and chips than your local chinese take away... check it out if you're not too much of a big-head to enjoy honest good stuff.
doofus - 25 Feb 2005 12:38
You've got to check this place out. Lively, cosy, gorgeous open fire. Great dj's on rotation on a Friday night too...I really rate ARC!
bratto - 18 Feb 2005 14:45
Recently done up, and now with the newly shortened name,'The Harrison', this pub is an amazing find. The pub caters for all preferences - from those with a taste for large Friday nights out with DJs spinning some tunes, to the other extreme who opt for quiet Sunday afternoons relaxing in front of an open fire. On top of this a young, welcoming landlord too. A decent pub is hard to find, and I hear food is next on the agenda in February - can't wait.
anonymous - 8 Feb 2005 16:09
Newly done up in normal late '90s bar style. Comfy sofa, small selection of completely uninteresting lager, posh designer crisps. Loud-ish music for the young people. Set in a charming council estate south of Kings Cross. All in all, handy if you need to meet up in the area and don't fancy one of the dodgy 'traditional' pubs. But if you want a good pub, ten minutes walk south or west will give you plenty of better options.

jhsp - 7 Feb 2005 10:06
The picture does not do this pub justice!!
This used to be a grotty pub, but its been nicly done up with lots of wood and leather. Staff are friendly and the real open fires are great.
Can't wait to try their food!
Kings Cross needs more like this....
anonymous - 19 Jan 2005 10:19
A real gem of a pub which used to be so run down is now owned by a gorgeous, wonderfull Irishman. He obviously saw the potential, this place has real character and charm. A hidden relic. Great music, great company and awesome venue for parties (trust me I know!). Not many out there like this one anymore. That Canadian guy is pretty cool and very accomodating. Although off the beaten track a bit, it's definately a great pub well worth a visit. Wish I could go back.
ASAP - 5 Jul 2004 07:09
I'm willing to give it a try. It's good to see that the new manager is trying different things with the old place (that will not be there in 10 years, guaranteed). And it's good to see that the pool table has had a 100% price hike. I'm not a fan of price hikes, but I sure as hell like pool. On reflection, it's bad to see that someone hiked the table a 100 times. Stop hiking, lets drinking (get). See you on Christmas Eve.
Jaws Foreman - jaws@andrewkelleher.co.uk - 11 Dec 2003 14:54
Upon reflection I feel I may of been a little harsh in my recent assessment of the 'new' Harrison Arms - it's not as bad as I first thought. Sure, it's still run by an Afro-haired fella (Canadian, as it turns out) and it's still frequented by student types, but I've been promised a Christmas Eve lock-in (just like the old days) so I'm prepared to concede that the place is still a fine venue to partake in drinking. Of course, should the lock-in not come to fruition I'll be sure to get back on this site and let everyone know about it. But until then I would recommend that you give the 'H-Bar' a try. You might just like it...
Beast - 11 Dec 2003 14:37
this is an excellent pub, it is very homely and good music is played all day with very friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere
anonymous - 3 Dec 2003 14:56
Its a proper pub. It's in the backstreets of Kings Cross, but there is never any trouble there and everyone is very friendly. I have even seen Jaws Foreman in there on a couple of occasions.
Andrew K - 11 Sep 2003 17:25

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