Posts Tagged ‘Kings Cross Station’

Craft Coffee

August 22, 2018

I usually give myself an hour to get across London to catch a train from King’s Cross, if lucky I can do it in half an hour. Today I gave myself an hour and a half. Why? I wished to visit the street food market and a coffee stall located somewhere behind the station.

I was looking for Noble Espresso. All I could find was a wooden counter with Craft Coffee written across it. Was this declaring what they served or the name of the stall?

Craft Coffee is the name of the stall. Nobel Espresso has sold up, moved on, and Craft Coffee had taken over their pitch.

Was their coffee as good? They hoped so.

I was served an espresso. It was excellent. A single origin coffee from Brazil roasted by Notes.

I asked why was their stall tucked behind the station not as would logically expect with the street food market. No gas or electricity which they need to power their stall.

King’s Cross Street Food Market

August 22, 2018

One of the advantages of catching a train from King’s Cross, indeed reason to arrive with more than a few minutes to spare, is the street food market in front of the station.

My favourite stall is the cheese stall, run by Borough Cheese.

Excellent Comte, indeed until today, Comte is the only cheese I have seen on the stall, but today not only Comte, also feta cheese, and a cheese I had not encountered before Tome de Jura.

After a quick tour of the market, I went off in search of a coffee stall, which is not as would logically expect with the street food stalls, but around the back of the station. Craft Coffee, worth going in search of, serves excellent coffee.

On return, cakes, some savouries, and of course cheese.

The guy running the stall was sadly not that knowledgeable on the cheeses, but could tell me made from raw milk, unpasteurised milk.

He was not there at first, gone to get a coffee. Where, the coffee stall? No, Pret a Manger.

Why oh why do these artisan stalls not support each other, why get a crap coffee from Pret, now owned by Vulture Capitalists, when there is a quality coffee stall nearby?

Kings Cross Station Real Food Market

December 14, 2016

Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, a handful of food stalls outside Kings Cross Station selling overpriced cakes, a few pastries and very expensive cheese.

To be fair to the cheese stall, it was high quality cheese. But 19 month’s old Comte, is not two year’s old, as the stallholder claimed. It was though excellent cheese, but very expensive. My piece came to £7-50.

The market seems to have shrunk compared with a year ago, and it certainly was not busy.

A good idea, but needs more variety and not so expensive.

Charlotte Campbell busking at King’s Cross

February 7, 2016


Charlotte Campbell busking at King's Cross

Charlotte Campbell busking at King’s Cross

Friday evening, Charlotte passed by as I walked through Kings’s Cross Station. By the time I stepped off the escalator, she was already setting up.

You got here quick.

Yes. And she had gone to the pitch she had booked, found it occupied, and had to relocate to this pitch.

Buskers have allocated pitches, which have to be booked in advance. If not occupied, you can take a pitch. Her booked pitch had been taken, as she was late.

No merchandise allowed, which is a bit mean and petty on the part of TfL.

Charlotte Campbell can be found on bandcamp.

Her board mentions twitter, facebook, youtube and instagram (not wise choice) but no mention of bandcamp.

Her website, tells you to find her on itunes and spotify (you do not even want to go down that sewer).  No mention of bandcamp.

King’s Cross Station market

December 21, 2015
Kings Cross Station market

King’s Cross Station market

Billed as the Real Food Market, artisan products, outside King’s Cross Station, I found to be something of a disappointment.

I had spotted it last time I passed through King’s Cross Station, and thought I would get something to eat.

I had in my mind a street food market something like the South Bank Street Food Market, but it is more like a farmers market, in which case the wrong location, as most people are going to be travellers hoping to find something to eat on their journey.

Produce on sale was expensive (though that may be a reflection of pitch fees), for example £2.95 for something like a flapjack.

The market was all but deserted, and that was lunchtime.

Sign said Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Today was Monday.

Having a quality  artisan food market outside King’s Cross Station is an excellent idea, but it has to be quality fare suitable for travellers.  Could it be the chains peddling their rubbish within the station, are preventing this happening?