Plum + Spilt Milk Review
PLUM + SPILT MILK REVIEW
Lucy Kane enjoys a destination date night out with fine dining at the Great Northern Hotel in King’s Cross
Words: Lucy Kane
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A stone’s throw from the St Pancras Eurostar, Plum + Spilt Milk offers far more than a stopover point on the way to France. But if you’re on your way to Paris, then a Champagne brunch could be just the ticket to start your travels.
The décor beautifully hints at old-fashioned railways with a luxury finish that creates an impressive entrance. A glass of Bollinger Champagne on arrival gave us the chance to soak up the sumptuous surroundings and peruse the a la carte menu.
The seasonal menus are the creation of Head Chef Chris Fordham-Smith, with a focus on modern British cuisine, locally sourced ingredients from small scale suppliers, native breeds for the meat dishes and fresh seafood from the English coast. The menus are simple yet sophisticated offering some feisty dishes that really delivered on arrival.
Perfectly cooked duck breast starter was accompanied by a complex, zingy raspberry sauce that will see us coming back time and again. It was a difficult choice between the burrata with nasturtium pesto or the Devon brown crab ravioli but English ingredients won our hearts with a dish that was heartily enjoyed.
During our three course dinner, Plum + Spilt Milk restaurant entertained a mix of diners, inevitably a discreet table or two of business travellers but also some jovial groups to raise the atmosphere. From our corner booth with a privileged view of the open-plan dining space, we could both appreciate and recline from the buzz of the restaurant.
Mains arrived and we had opted for two absolute classic dishes. West Country lamb, caponata, grilled spring onions, capers and pine nuts was divine.
A friend once said you can judge a restaurant by their chips. Thick hand-cut potatoey chips with a crispy bite accompanied a medium rare steak with a mouth-watering Béarnaise sauce. Cute twists like bone-marrow crumble further elevated the dish to make this a very fine main course.
I am however, a massive dessert fan and the menu choice offered everything a girl could wish for. The chocolate mille feuille swiftly chosen was a good balance of sweet and bitter. My partner opted for the generous selection of British farmhouse cheeses with a new find for us, Cornish Kern, being an alternative to Cornish Yarg.
We enjoyed a delightfully relaxing and romantic evening at Plum + Spilt Milk. Situated on the edge of the trendy King’s Cross redevelopment area, there is much to explore here. If the Tom Dixon showrooms aren’t enough to tempt you to visit, there’s often a host of activities and entertainment to enjoy stretching across the canal and urban warehouse shops.
Always on the look-out for great places to brunch, we’ll be back for their Weekend Champagne Brunch, as soon as the next opportunity to celebrate comes along…. I’m already looking forward to my birthday.