When you’re invited to dinner in a train station you’re not really sure what to expect right? I mean I wasn’t expecting much from a pub I’d never heard of, slap bang in the middle of St Pancras international. But I was so, so wrong to underestimate The Betjeman Arms and have nothing but praise for the place after a slap up three course meal this evening.
With an incredible view of the stations high arched ceiling and an indoor terrace that overlooks the Eurostar terminal this is not just a place to down a pint whilst you wait for your train. The pub itself was packed with people, the terrace was buzzing with after work drinkers and the main restaurant was full of happy diners enjoying a menu of traditional British favourites.
The food was excellent. I’d been pondering the menu all day but was totally thrown off by the incredible specials board. I started with a Warm Salad of Prawns, Avocado, Mango & Chilli with a Lobster Dressing from the specials menu. I’d order this if it was on the menu anywhere because those ingredients are right up my street but here it was executed perfectly. Presentation was bang on and the ingredients were fresh and delicious. I also had a bite of the Ham Hock and Parsley Croquettes with Piccalilli and Pea Shoots which was also a delightful dish. I was hugely tempted by the Boston Burger with Fried Pickles and Fries (also a special) because the burger is smothered in peanut butter. I KNOW. I managed to resist though and went for the veggie special which was a Feuilletee of Jerusalem Artichoke, Chestnut Mushroom, Endive & Cornish Bree. It was off the fucking chain. As was the “Stargazy” Fish Pie,Tiger Prawn & Buttered Kale which was creamy and buttery and divine.
Dessert did not disappoint by any means. It did the opposite in fact. We shared Chocolate Praline Layer Cake with Chantilly Cream and the Warm Apple Cumble with Vanilla Ice Cream. I can’t even. There are no words. Maybe I’m easily pleased but these dessert blew my mind. Simple and sensational.
Don’t underestimate The Betjeman Arms and find a reason to go eat there next time you’re in the Kings Cross area. A bonus if you’re waiting for a train but worth the trip even if you’re not.