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The Star of Kings, Kings Cross, N1

126 York Way
N1
N1 0AX
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Star of Kings

Stood slightly away from the canal behind Kings Cross station, this is a surprisingly attractive two bar pub that’s been given a bit of a trendy makeover to fit in with the area’s redevelopment. You enter to a small front bar with dark floorboards, dark painted lintels and a very unusual wallpaper that is also quite dark but seemed to have patches that gave off a kind of golden glow. The bar is opposite the entrance, although there is a large open standing area in between, and has a leather panel counter front and a rather limited bar back dominated by a blackboard listing the various draught beer options. High table and stool seating runs around much of the room’s perimeter and there’s a nice tiled fireplace in one corner with an unused TV screen above. Fancy light shades help provide some atmospheric muted lighting and the walls are decorated with a few arty pictures and various promotional posters. To the left of the bar, you can move through to a much larger rear room, in use for a private function on my visit, which has a row of tables and chairs down the left wall and the servery down the right side. Some very nice floor to ceiling panels give the room a bit of a traditional feel whilst the bar has an exposed brick (or at least an exposed brick effect) bar back and a similar counter to the front room. I also spotted a pinball machine in this room – a very rare sight in London pubs these days. Stairs in the front room lead down to a basement bar which is used for live music, comedy and the like.
There was no cask ale on the bar – in fact, the lone handpull in the front bar was being used as a kitchen roll holder – but there are extensive keg options from the likes of Goose Island, Camden, Tiny Rebel, Magic Rock, Two Tribes and others. I tried a pint of the Five Points Jupa, which set me back £6.00 – a whole £1.50 more than I paid for a similar strength beer in the far superior Beer & Burger, just over the road. The staff were quite efficient at the bar but could best be described as a touch grumpy.
This pleasant traditional pub is now nothing more than a glorified craft beer bar, serving up slightly more mainstream products at vastly higher prices than the much nicer bar across the street. If you value a proper pub environment over a modern bar, then this might be worth a look, but with a far better venue within touching distance, I can’t see me coming back here in a hurry.

On 24th January 2022 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Star of Kings

Two bars, a smaller one at the front and a larger 'J'-shaped rear room with tables now mostly laid up for dining rather than set aside as a live music space (although the basement still seems to be used as a venue), both having had a 'distressed' refurbishment a few years ago. Small front patio area screened from the road. Just Hammerton N1 pale ale (£4.60) available from the three handpumps divided between the two counters. Craft beers from the likes of Camden, Goose, Orbit and Birra del Borgo.

On 21st September 2019 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Star of Kings

A lot better than I was expecting,there was a friendly welcome and a quirky interior.The front section has dark furnishings ,deep blue velour curtains and a wide drinking shelf running around the walls with high metal chairs to pertch on,leaving a large central space for vertical drinking.There was a real fireplace unlit below a chalkboard advertising the various meal deals,quiz ,DJ and live music offerings and a flatscreen on one wall was turned off.The larger rear section has a long red seating bench,more tables and chairs,a pinball machine and a small stage at the rear,used no doubt on music nights.This area also has a large servery.The muzak was techno but at a very sensible volume during my mid afternon visit.
At the bar there are three handpumps serving Hammerton N1 and Reunion Talwar (good nick,£2.40 the half)
while 6 keg taps were drawing produce from Hammerton and Meantime among others.
Burgers and hot dogs seemed to be the food offering and with the pub situated close to the Regents Canal,I can see this being popular with a slightly alternative crowd typical of those that live onboard.There is a card scheme for locals,which might defray the high cost of the real ale.
I liked it at a quiet time but clearly the vibe might change at more popular times.I was offered beer tasters ,so clearly this place cares and I thought it well worth taking the chance in an area where modern bars greatly outnumber traditional pubs buildings.

On 2nd February 2017 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Tris C
London Kings Cross, 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.55 miles, 10 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.55 miles, 10 min walk (show)
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24th Jan 2022, 16:51
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21st Jun 2021, 12:56
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 09 April 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 09 April 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 11 April 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 09 April 2016 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 24 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 09 April 2016 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 24 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 09 April 2016 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 24 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Twitter - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 09 April 2016 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 09 April 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 24 February 2012 by Dave McNally
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 10 April 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 10 April 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 09 April 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : Yes last updated 09 April 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 09 April 2016 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesdays 8.00 pm. - last updated 11 April 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 31 March 2022 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : No last updated 24 January 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 09 April 2016 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 09 April 2016 by Tris C
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