Central Station, King's Cross
Central Station has never been the most attractive of pubs, or had one of the best names. Any vestige of the Victorian heritage it once had is long gone: the dated exterior signage appears to be of an early 1990s vintage and the ugly door doesn't exactly entice you in. If truth be told, there were occasions we wondered if it was actually open. However, we decided to chance our arm and found it to be a relaxed and friendly gay pub. Inside the layout is rather odd, with the bar hidden away under the metal staircase. On the taps is a minimal choice of beer, but at least service comes with a smile. Upstairs things improve with an attractive restaurant and the highlight of a rather nice decked roof garden. On the food front, the menu looked pretty interesting and was reasonably priced - most items were around £7 to £8. The outside still needs a fair bit of TLC, (regardless of a previously touted refurb) there's now a B&B on offer, as well. With a late licence and various cabaret acts this is undoubtedly a good place for a gay crowd to have fun, but at less lively times it is welcoming to anyone.
37 Wharfdale Road, King's Cross, London, N1 9SD
020 7278 3294
Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00 and 18:00-21:00
Please check opening times with the pub before making a special journey.
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