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Star of Kings, Islington

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Good pub on three levels, basement can get a bit claustrophobic but the beer is good and there is an outside area to sit in. Far enough from KX itself not to get too inundated.
rainlight - 9 Jul 2016 20:30
Having booked an area of the pub for a monthly meeting with 30+ friends on Saturday 11/1/14, we were less than impressed with the cleanliness of the place. Nobody was impressed with the food, the service was unfriendly and drinks West End prices for cheap plonk. We were all underwelmed with our venue, but on leaving 3 of us were the last to leave premises. One of our party discovered he had left his wallet, and the doorstaff refused to allow him to re-enter the pub to look for it. A member of the barstaff went to get the wallet, and returned, after a 5 minute delay, with the wallet in tact and £160 missing. Only members of staff had access to the wallet, when he complained about the missing £160 he was thrown out by the door staff. The management have no problem with this theft by their staff. If you go to this be very careful.
seniorphil - 13 Jan 2014 13:28
Some plus points - it's spacious and they were playing Bristol band F**k Buttons on the soundsystem on my arrival. Plus, a Lamb burger infused with chorizo was hearty and tasty. Then Queen made an apeparance with that godawful bicycle song and I remembered the other negatives - no ale and no signs on the taps to indicate what beers were on offer (mercifully, guinness does make an appearance). Change being returned on a little metal tray broke a third of the golden rules of pubs. Well worth including on a York Way pub crawl for all this.
BoehmBawerk - 21 Sep 2012 14:31
Great pub! Love the new refurbishment... The selection of wines and beer is great, staff are friendly, and there have been some really good events. Will definitely be back!
flyingdog - 12 Jul 2011 17:42
This is no longer the Cross Kings, it is the Star Of Kings owned by the same people that run the Star of Bethnal Green. It's had a refirb but not in a poncey way, just nicer plus they've kept the gig room downstairs and added a shit hot sound system on both floors meaning it can be a raucous live/club night downstairs while still being a proper put upstairs. ALSO, got a new chef and menu and, only eaten there once, but the food was amazing. My mum loved it.
ginnjuice - 12 Jul 2011 15:02
Reopened on 10th December 2010 following refurbishment and is now known as the Star of Kings.
Oasthouse - 15 Dec 2010 01:51
More on this... I see from the listings etc freebie "SNIPE" Vol. 1, Issue 4, 1-31 August 2010 page 12 that the management claim a dispute with Enterprise Inns, and have give more info on the managment's Facebook page. "It is not known what Enterprise's plans for the building are" writes Daryl Chamberlain in the SNIPE piece.
Another music pub is said in the article to be in nearly the same position.
_grobag_ - 7 Aug 2010 11:48
Seems to be baorded up and no-one at home... any news on what's up?
_grobag_ - 3 Aug 2010 15:14
Been to a couple of their music events over the last few months and been well satsified. Good selection of beers and lagers, large music room, offbeat atmosphere.
_grobag_ - 23 May 2009 00:45
Conveniently located just to the north of Kings Cross station, this pub has a slightly chaotic but pleasant air about it, and seems to have lots going on in its various rooms. Had a good pint of Bombardier, and various guest beers make an appearance.
fromedrinker - 10 Jan 2009 20:33
I use this pub at least once a month for a club night held in the cellar bar. I have always had good service from the friendly staff and they do a good pint of London Pride. The pub has a relaxed feel to it and I'm now using it whenever I am in the area.
jimcave - 3 Sep 2008 13:21
The Cross Kings don't sell cans - are you sure you have the right pub?
Anonymous9000 - 27 Aug 2008 16:03
Now here is an interesting pub. Very much like The Crobar in Soho. They both have the same style of comic decorations situated around the pub, also both are very keen on Red Stripe. It seems to be a tradition around certain parts of London to sell Red Stripe in cans.

Its also a music venue, which is badly disorganised. Payed 10 for a ticket only for them to allow people in for free! Could be improved.

anonymous - 18 Jul 2008 11:01
used to be the backpackers, now very new kings cross with superb food, real ale, good wines too and a KO music system..great place to meet at weekends for clubbers (canvas, cross, egg, scala all nearby)
drew - 31 Oct 2006 14:31

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