Exploring the New King’s Cross with a visit to Caravan

London is an exciting place to live. There’s always something happening, new places popping up, even whole areas being redeveloped. Like King’s Cross, once one of the shadiest and dodgiest parts of London, which has been undergoing a total transformation.

The station is now unrecognisable from the shabby, slightly scary place I remember from the early 90s when I had to walk through it on my daily commute – there seemed to be a lot of gloomy areas. It’s all shiny and light now and the train station has a beautiful curved glass roof. Outside there’s a clean and spacious area, with the magnificent St Pancras towering over it. Very nice.

It’s not just the station…I read that the King’s Cross project is the largest area of redevelopment in Europe and will include the largest new street in London since Kingsway in 1904 and the largest public square since Trafalgar Square in 1845. That’s Granary Square, which is built where barges once unloaded their goods and is now home to the University of the Arts, London. It’s also home to 1080 choreographed fountains (yes, really!) and two restaurants – The Grain Store and Caravan. Today was my chance to check out this magnificent new development and try some of the tasty morsels at Caravan.

Set in an old grain store, Caravan is spacious and modern with a lovely buzzy feel. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, it has an interesting and different menus with lots of small dishes so you can try a real selection. We opted to share four dishes which is perfect for a light lunch.

The Parmesan and artichoke arancini (little risotto balls) were beautifully crunchy on the outside and served with pea sauce, lemon and sauce vierge. Love pea puree, and it just looks so good, too.

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Perfect Italian flavours, Parmesan and artichoke arancini

Moving swiftly on from the flavours of Italy to Greece and something completely different. The grilled kefalotyri cheese (which reminded me of Haloumi) was served with pickled mushrooms, skordalia and parsley. Skordalia is a garlicky mashed potato-type dip, served cold. Surprisingly good.

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Grilled cheese with skordalia

The next dish doesn’t make such a pretty picture but the Balsamic glazed ox tongue served with beetroot, grapes and pea shoots was delicious. The tongue was packed with flavour and went perfectly with the sweetness of the beetroot and grapes.

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Tongue with beetroot, grapes and pea shoots

And finally for some fish. I love croquettes in all their forms and these were right up there with the best. A lovely crumb and creamy inside of smoked haddock and leek served with lemon pepper aoli. Melt-in-the-mouth food.

Crispy croquettes with a wonderfully creamy filling

Crispy croquettes with a wonderfully creamy filling

Caravan is a really fun place to go with an inventive menu and relaxed, friendly service. There’s also a great terrace overlooking the aforementioned fountains for when summer comes around again…by then it will definitely be time for another visit and a catch up on the next stage of the amazing transformation of KC.

Caravan is at Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross N1C

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