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Booking Office lives inside St Pancras Renaissance hotel and was once the ticket hall of the Station – the clue’s in the name. Unsurprisingly you still get many a pre-train journey visitor as it damn sure beats many of the other eatery options near by. Not to mention killing time inside the red brick walls and arches is pretty easy, even if you’re only there for the drinks. Say HELLO to the 29 metre long bar and punches from the Victoria era. And boy, back then could they pack the punches…

Food wise the menu features classic British dishes with modern twists, think fish finger sarnies on seeded rye and Caesar salad with quail’s egg.  We kicked off with the hay smoked mackerel on toast with pickled cucumber, tomato and sardine ketchup, as pretty as a piece of art with perfectly matched flavours and the Hackney cured ham and asparagus with a crispy poached duck egg. For mains the succulent roast chicken with lemon and thyme, sweet garlic and spring greens served with triple cooked chips and tarragon mayonnaise was the clear winner. With generous portions we could only fit in one dessert, ending the meal on a sweet note with the chocolate mousse and blood orange sorbet.

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The next time you need to take the train, be sure to add on and extra hour or two in The Booking Office – you won’t regret it. You might want to check out the events too that take place in MI + ME right next door, there’s all sorts from life drawing and fashion illustration to craft beer classes. In May there is Meet The Maker Gin Masterclasses which looks into the history of gin and tonic.  You can have dinner in the Booking Office after…to help soak up the booze.

Euston Rd, London NW1 2AR