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user reviews of the Lucas Arms, Kings Cross

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Popped in on a Monday evening, nice atmosphere and quick efficient service from the two pretty barmaids. One kept calling me 'lovely' which made my night. Ales in good nick and not expensive. Food was excellent value, £10 for a mixed grill which was very nice. A really good pub and would happily visit again when next in Kings Cross area.
Solent66 - 6 Jul 2016 13:04
I dropped in on a Monday afternoon recently for lunch and a couple of pints, it was 12.45pm and we were 2 of only 4 punters.

Friendly efficient service from the bar maid / manageress.

A varied selection of ales on cask but I opted for a couple of pints of Goose Island IPA from the keg taps. 2 very drinkable pints.

Myself and my colleague both ordered food with my choice of cod and chips being particularly good but very filling, good food and value for money.

The last time I visited was also for lunch and a couple of pints but this visit was much more enjoyable, perhaps it was the selection of 80's music that was playing.

lezford - 10 Feb 2015 10:07
Visited for a quick pint and something to eat. Ended up staying all evening. First rate pint, very friendly and helpful staff and a very , very good steak for not much money. Very pleasantly surprised! I shall return!
steamraiser2 - 11 Dec 2014 19:38
I last visited the Lucas Arms in 2004 and have passed it many times since without making another visit.

It’s now a Greene King pub and the layout of the bar has changed since my last visit.

I had a meeting close by so I and 2 colleagues came in here for lunch after the meeting around 12.30pm, not that busy but it soon filled up while we were in there.

2 ales on tap from the 3 pumps, GK IPA & Summer lightening….I went for the IPA and it was fine, dependable and more importantly drinkable.
Food wise, I recommend the burgers, the deal is good…£8.99 for burger, chips and a drink…food good quality, nicely presented, served hot and fairly quickly…actually good quality pub food.

The pub itself is fine, nothing too exciting but it does lack a bit of character these days.

lezford - 13 May 2014 07:47
Clean and modern-looking 2-roomed London pub with dark mahogany the running theme and in a way tapping into a Victorian past perhaps. GK ales on tap but did not partake.
Komakino - 9 Feb 2014 11:59
The staff here made me welcome, I go here once a year on average,and is quite nice, has real ale....
GARYPOLAND - 11 Apr 2013 10:10
Not been in this place for a while, as there is a large choice around King's Cross, but not much has changed. It was quite busy but the background music was far from background and made it difficult to talk.

The beer selection is pretty standard fare, two or three lagers and three or four ales including Old Golden Hen this time. When I got served the pints came with heads over 1.5 inches deep, and a polite request to top them up got a snotty response from the bar tender, though they did eventually do it. On the next round the same thing happened again. When you're paying for a pint you should get a pint, not something with the head almost a third he way down the glass.

Nothing special, and the short pints really annoyed our group, hence the low score. Personally there are better places close by.
lancashirelad - 23 Mar 2013 13:07
I like this pub as it has nice seating and plenty of free tables when I go in of an afternoon. They've taken one of the televisions out which is good. The drink prices are great, the food prices fair but very little vegetarian choices. Tried a baked potato with cheese on two occasions and it just wasn't hot. The cheese didn't even attempt to melt it was so cold. But it's a nice pub to call in for a pint.
Ann49 - 27 May 2012 22:07
Fairly busy for a Monday afternoon when we visited. Shame that the barmaid was more interested in smoking outside or talking to her friends than actually serving customers!

Green King IPA. "Morlands" Original and O S Hen on offer. The IPA was only 2.90 a pint and actually not bad for a usually bland beer.

Food wasn't sampled but the menu looked quite reasonably priced to me.
cheshirecat - 20 Sep 2011 09:41
Went there yesterday and it was almost empty. Lacks atmosphere but was clean & tidy. The pub has 2 sections and both were showing the football game for that day. it would have been nice if there was a section where we wasn't exposed to groups of men yelling at the TV.
There was four in our group and although we ordered our food at the same time, it came out at different times?!?! The food wasn't hot, merely warm. I had the Southern Fried Chicken Wrap and was surprised to find that the salad inside it was drowning in a vinagerette dressing... Very strange!!
Today I have a bad stomach and I can only assume it is from their warm bad food. I won't be eating there again.
The staff were fast to serve you but a smile and eye-contact would have been nice... Oh well.
Mamacita - 9 Jan 2011 04:36
Seems to have been going downhill for some time now which is a shame as this used to be my regular meeting spot before gigs at the nearby Scala, Water Rats and Lexington.

Visited this week and the pub was by no means busy yet the landlord seemed intent on chatting to his regulars rather than taking my order. After a couple of minutes of standing alone at the bar a barmaid returned from collecting glasses and finally took my order.

Previously the food was quite reasonably costed but prices have been creeping up. Visited the other day and received a veggie burger that I discovered was ice cold upon biting into it, to the extent that it must have barely seen a grill. That was their last remaining veggie burger so instead ordered fish, chips and mushy peas; when it arrived without peas I queries their omission and was simply told that they were out.

A personal peeve of mine is being scalped in pubs for soft drinks so I was very disappointed on ordering a cider and blackcurrant that they swill of blackcurrant added to the glass was rung thru the till as FIVE (!) dashes of cordial, thus adding another quid on to the prize - paying 4.20 for a pint of Strongbow and blackcurrant is not what I expect in a fairly average Kings X boozer.

Overall, a thouroughly disappointing visit on all counts. I shall not be returning and will instead be seeking out another Kings X regular.
Pentargo - 20 Aug 2010 13:21
I have given this pub a low rating because of the food. I ordered a chilli which arrived luke warm (temperature that is!). Not wanting to take any risks I sent it back. However it arrived still not properly heated through, a simple inspection as it left the kitchen would have confirmed this.
To be fair they did give me a refund and it would have been a nice place for a drink - but I would not order food there again.


scampiandchips - 22 Jul 2010 19:26
Went there with a friend on friday lunchtime. Spacious pub with an area at the front ideal (but not dedicated) to dining. Very reasonably priced menu with dishes from around 6.95 upwards. Went back in the evening for an hour and tried the Green King IPA and the Speckled Hen. Well kept beer and still room to sit down.
Noticed two large parties came in with a couple of children. No kids after 8 apparently which is a shame as they were about 15 and there were lots of adults as well. All that lost trade.
Altogether, a good experience.
ButchEgg - 16 May 2010 11:05
Great atmosphere, good food and drinks selection. Well worth a pint
liamhamilton - 17 Jan 2010 20:39
Really nice pub with a very broad clientelle. It was meant to be a pub crawl but we ended up staying here all night so cosy was it.
Greshon - 10 Dec 2009 15:04
Nothing fancy, but one of the better pubs near Kings Cross station. Fairly anonomous from the outside, but it appears to be a Greene King house with only a small brewery sign near each door giving the game away. Inside it is fairly basic, with plain furniture, massive TV screen and a pool table. However, it did have one of the fancy new(ish) St Edmonds fonts dispensing the golden beer which actually tastes OK despite the low temperature at which it is served.
rpadam - 18 Jun 2009 21:55
Popped in for a quick pint on the basis that it was the nearest pub to the office I'd visited that was open at 4.00PM on a Monday afternoon.

So cant review it very accurately because, as you can imagine, there wasn't a lot going on at 4.00PM on a Monday afternoon.
But can concur that it is a nice traditional no-nonsense boozer and the OSH was very drinkable.
Gann - 2 Sep 2008 12:55
poshpplhater - 5 Apr 2008 01:16

Got some new manager
one massive Tw@t he is unfortunately.

well its a damn shame you feel this way about him as his a good laugh once you get to know him but as you only seem to give a shit about the fruities guess you need to head to a gay bar might work out better for you.


cheapshit - 19 Jun 2008 15:52
Got some new manager
one massive Tw@t he is unfortunately.
cheap food pool table and decent fruities though.
poshpplhater - 5 Apr 2008 01:16
Nice traditional no-nonsense boozer. Theres a split level bar with a big screen for sports, fruit and quiz machines and also an ATM. Greene King beers, only OSH was on but it was in good nick, the food looked good but I didnt eat, and service was friendly. Theres a large and well presented outside patio area which I imagine is well used during the Summer months. For some reason the doors to the toilets have mirrors in them instead of glass which can lead to confusion after a couple of beers, I ended up opening the door for my reflection and wondering why I wasnt on the other side!!

Millay - 20 Jan 2008 11:20
OK for a quick pint while waiting for your train.
Has Pool table and big screen TV. Not my sort of pub.
CambridgeBlue - 3 Dec 2007 11:54
Comfortingly traditional style local boozer that is airy and surprisingly spacious. Unfussy, uncomplicated and rarely for the area unpretentious. Barstaff are amongst the friendliest and most attentive Ive encountered in a very long time.
The range of drinks is standard for a Greene King House and thats certainly ok if perhaps lacking that little something special for those who wish to try something a bit out of the ordinary. The pints of Guinness Extra Cold that I had were all top notch and reminded me of exactly why I should drink it more often.
The furniture and dcor are relatively Spartan if comfortable but there is a classic loud but durable red with paisley pattern pub carpet to keep things homely. There are a few TVs positioned at various vantage points but they definitely seem to be there for background entertainment rather than the huge flat screen centre points that dominate many a sports TV orientated pub.
Prices were very reasonable especially in comparison to neighbouring pubs/bars in the wannabe trendy but actually very run down Kings Cross area.
All in all a splendid little pub that reminded me of how pubs used to be before theme pubs, cheap chains, and sports bars came to dominate so many areas. A really good place for a good chat over a few pints with some good company, perhaps it is better suited to that kind of midweek drink than a lively weekend drink.

Mr.Monkfish - 7 Aug 2007 09:53
The Lucas Arms could be worse, but it is just a standard Greene King house - boring beers and a downmarket vibe. I've been in there a few times, but not recently I admit.

Nearby there are better pubs, though not many. Personally I like Smithy's around the corner, as they always seem to have a good guest ale on when I'm in (e.g. Hopback Summer Lightning).
anonymous - 27 Mar 2007 11:39
The Lucas is as much as you would want from a traditional style pub without having anything to make it stand out as being particularly exceptional. The smaller front bar and larger extended rear bar contain all the trimmings that you would ordinarily expect of a decent pub, TVs, Big Screen, pool table, fruit machines, cash machine, juke box and so on. The service was fine and the beer is of the standard Green King range (IPA, Speckled Hen, Abbott), nothing spectacular but perfectly adequate and reasonably priced. In an area where pubs are either undergoing trendy makeovers or converting to Irish theme bars, the fact that this remains a straight forward no nonsense boozer may be its biggest asset and whilst it is not worth going out of the way for, it is certainly worth popping in if passing.
RogerB - 27 Mar 2007 11:21
Made unplanned stops here a few times in the past, simply because it is around the corner from King's Cross and just about the first pub you come to after escaping the traffic and tramps outside the station.

Once broke up with a girlfriend here. Once met my parents off the train in here once. Sat in the "beer garden" (by the bins) with Gibbles drinking in England hats after coming back from a pre-Euro 2004 warm-up game in Manchester.

A thoroughly average place. Serves average beer in average surroundings and I wouldn't touch any food they serve in here. Swintons around the corner looks nicer, and Smithy's is certainly a better bet. Nonetheless you could do worse if you are gasping for a drink / piss on your way to somewhere better.

6/10. That is generous.
anonymous - 28 Jun 2006 16:51
I recall the beer being good. So good, then.
Mike_D - 7 Jun 2006 15:58
Not bad at all, good for a couple of ales before AC30 at the Water Rats. Three GK brews on (Abbott, IPA & Speckled Hen) priced at 2.50, reasonable for the area.
Quinno - 23 May 2006 20:33
Good beer & food. One of my regular watering holes. Beware of the TV on football nights (unless you like that sort of thing, of course).
pmilne - 6 Apr 2005 17:57
Slow service..
Mrs_Kermit - 27 Nov 2004 18:43
Opposite the Water Rats, a good place to meet up before a gig. Got some proper beers on and there might still be a pool table.
Pauly - 22 Sep 2003 14:26

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