The Fellow (ex-Masque Bar), King's Cross
Once the underwhelming Masque Bar, this one was reborn in 2008 as The Fellow. With its bar and dining room on the ground floor and a cocktail lounge and roof terrace upstairs, it's very much in keeping with the continual upgrading of King's Cross and its environs - to be honest, we're surprised it took as it long as it did for a venue like this to open here. We've stuck to the main bar on our visits, where eatery and drinkery pretty much occupy the same amount of floor space. The food is straight up gastro fare, making it a clear destination for diners. Staying in the bar area, we've stuck to pints of Gales HSB. The Fellow hits all the expected buttons - comfy furnishings, a bar well stocked with wines and spirits, on-message CDs - but we're still unsure of this one: at peak times, the knives and forks go down on the tables to reserve them for diners and those with pints in their hands are left to experiment with 'vertical drinking'. The future for this one should bode well - possibly picking up some trade on their way to King's Place - but for the time being we'll stick with our initial 2 pint rating.
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24 York Way, King's Cross, London, N1 9AA
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How to find the The Fellow (ex-Masque Bar) pub
Exit Kings Cross Mainline and turn left. The Fellow is a couple of shops down from the McDonald's on the corner of Pentonville Road and York Way.