Nestling just off Gray's Inn Road, this place would never have been countenanced a couple of years ago. The redevelopment of Kings Cross is leading to some strange bedfellows. Yes, the area is still home to many of N1's finest examples of the alfresco lifestyle, but places like this are cropping up all over the shop, forcing the locals to seek solace elsewhere (usually roaming down the Euston Road with one shoe on). 6 St. Chad's Place opens early, serving breakfast, lunch, and later on teeny tiny plates of delicious food until late. But what's it like to drink in? Well, we hated the place on sight. Housed in what looks like a giant's shed, the exposed brick exterior, low-slung leather sofas and seventies style chairs had our hackles up immediately. However, we did start to warm to the place. The 2 bottles of ridiculously overpriced Rioja helped with that. But to their credit, the staff were welcoming even before we ordered. They have an extensive wine list, but what they have on tap I do not know. There appeared to be no details on the pumps at the bar. How does that work we wonder? Do they offer blind tastings? Do they need volunteers? The place was busy, but not uncomfortably so on our visit, but the acoustics worked well, with no obvious deafening white noise in evidence. Music was playing, but it was at a level which actually allowed you to carry on a conversation without giving yourself a headache. All in all, not a bad place, and rather more enticing than the nearby Flying Scotsman.
Reviewed by pandabeer
20 Aug 2010