As the regeneration of King’s Cross gathers speed the surrounding areas are upping their game too and getting with the times. The Lady Ottoline is one such example, a gastro pub from the people behind The Princess of Shoreditch and The Pig and The Butcher.
Lady Ottoline is an old fashioned, beautifully restored pub which opened back in 2011 with crackling log fire below and a cosy dining room above. The bar stocks four local Ales, craft bottled beers and a lengthy wine selection including one which was served at the owner’s wedding – and they say romance is dead!
Like its siblings the food menu is based around ingredients sourced within the UK. Starters of Fishcake, poached egg and béarnaise sauce and the smoked salmon from the specials board took us in. The fishcake was a whopper, creamy potato mixed with flaky fish coated in a thin crunchy skin and topped with runny egg.
The Fish and Chips came recommended, served in a hearty portion and by hearty we mean ‘Jesus that is massive’. The meaty fish coated in an addictive batter and perfectly fluffy chips came with homemade mushy peas and tartar sauce. Cracking!
Desserts sure did well to get noticed, it was a hard job after the size of that fish but the Chocolate tart with vanilla ice cream was rich and sweet, the thick chocolate filling paired with a buttery biscuit base, the kind of thing Greg Wallace can only dream of. Whilst a Rhubarb and Custard pie was a twist on your usual crumble, a layer of poached rhubarb topped with set custard and thin strips of pastry.
Lady Ottoline is a lovely place to be in, a definite first date, even a night out with a mate, great food and friendly service. We’ll be going again for sure.
Lady Ottoline, 11a Northington Street, WC1N 2JF