You may remember a while back I was invited to the Belgo Holborn launch party and spent an evening learning to love mussels whilst downing yards of beer? You can read about that wonderful night here.
Belgo has opened its doors once again, this time in Kings Cross and they’re sharing a brand new space with shiny new kid on the block, Bloom Kitchen & Bar in the newly refurbished Crowne Plaza Hotel. Last week I was invited down to get reacquainted with Belgo’s unique cuisine and try out some of Bloom’s delightful gin based cocktails.
We started the evening at Bloom, a fancy hotel bar with a gin menu fit for a king. Bloom pays homage to the famous artistic set, The Bloomsbury Group; a collective of bohemian writers, poets and intellectuals including the likes of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell.
The drinks menu is a treat. Split into 3 sections; starters, mains and desserts, we were spoilt for choice and chose our pre dinner aperitifs very carefully. Cocktails aren’t usually by beverage of choice but when they’re gin based I can make an exception.
After drinks we swanned on over to Belgo for a three course meal and a large selection of beers to wash it all down with. Belgo has become famed for its rope grown fresh mussels, that are (always) grit free and fully sustainable from the Shetland Islands. Not to mention their 52 strong Belgium beer selection that will impress the snobbiest of beer drinkers.
Our trio of starters came in the form of Cheesy Croquettes, King Prawns in Garlic Butter and Belgo Potted Patè. The Cheesy Croquettes being the winner of all three dishes, obviously. As anything cheese based and deep fried cannot be beaten.
For mains we were served Belgo’s Famous Moules, Fries and Sliced Serloin. The serlion was a little chewy for my liking but the Mussels at Belgo never disappoint. Delirium beer was the perfect accompaniment to this course. The cute little pink elephant is LIFE.
The restaurant is visually pleasing, with quirky feature lighting, big banquette seating, reclaimed wood booths and eclectic artwork. The setting is perfect for after work dinners, group bookings and with it being a hotel restaurant it’s also not an initimadting placing to dine alone. Floor to ceiling stained glass screens break up the restaurant creating smaller intimate dining areas so it’s even got date night written all over it.