Bar operator Drake & Morgan is to open its ninth site – a new bar and grill concept in London’s King’s Cross which, for the first time, will share its name with the company.
Due to open in late September, Drake & Morgan at King’s Cross will be the group’s biggest yet at 14,500 square feet, spread across two floors and comprising two bars, a restaurant, a deli and lounge, a private dining room and a series of bookable kitchen “pods” as well as an outdoor terrace.
The all-day destination in Pancras Square (pictured) behind King’s Cross station will be open seven days a week for breakfast through to dinner and Sunday brunch.
The enhanced bar offering will include a new cocktail list by Alex Daulby from bar and drinks consultancy Hops & Jigger, a significantly extended wine list, an extensive range of craft beers and artisan coffees with the option of take-away.
The food menu will be overseen by newly appointed head chef Dave Green, formerly at Dean Street Townhouse in London, under the direction of group executive chef Robert Mitchell. It will be divided into meat, fish and vegetables “off the grill” together with a dedicated deli section offering charcuterie and cheese.
Drake & Morgan opened its eighth site – a second outing for The Refinery – at Regent’s Place near London Euston station in March. As well as The Refinery on Bankside, it operates seven other venues around the City of London and Docklands such as The Folly, The Fable, The Happenstance, The Drift, The Anthologist and The Parlour.
Managing director Jillian MacLean said: “Over the last few years we’ve watched King’s Cross regenerate and turn into a diverse foodie hub and are extremely excited to have chosen it as the location for the ninth bar and restaurant. The site we’ve selected is perfectly placed with great passing trade and the Google offices directly above us.
“Drake & Morgan at King’s Cross will be everything that our regular customers have come to love about our brand but with bold new touches introduced across all aspects of the operation from the new menus to the interiors and unique experiential element.”
It will again work with hospitality specialist Fusion Design & Architecture with a design inspired by trips to places such as Istanbul, California and New York.
The space will be carved up into smaller spaces, each with its own identity and separated via reeded glass screens. Stand-out features will include an emerald-green staircase connecting the two floors, an island bar punctuated by swivel stools, and an open-plan kitchen with sit-at dining where the grill is the focal point.
Plush materials will complete the look, from leather upholstery to elm and walnut flooring, while a neutral colour palette will include shades of pewter, mocha and fawn interspersed with burnt orange and striking aquamarine.
The company’s director of operations, Dylan Murray, said: “Drake & Morgan at King’s Cross will provide an everyday escape for those working in the area with a fully-connected lounge for remote working and a destination bar for everything from entertaining clients to catching up with friends.
“The new opening will represent an elevated offering for Drake & Morgan in everything from the drinks and food menus through to the service.”
The new bar and restaurant will strengthen King’s Cross as one of London’s most exciting new drinking and dining destinations. It will join other Pancras Square operators such as wine bar Vinoteca and wine and coffee shop Notes as well as D&D London’s new restaurant and bar opening in the old German Gymnasium later this year.