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The Racketeer, Kings Cross, WC1

105 King's Cross Road
WC1
WC1X 9LR
Phone: 02072780120
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Tris C left this review about The Racketeer

Recently reopened, renamed and marketed as 'An independent, neighbourhood cocktail bar in King's Cross. Relaxed elegance in an intimate setting, outside seating and a tiny walled secret garden.' This part of King's Cross has yet to be - and perhaps never will be - gentrified. This was a down-at-heel locals' boozer but no longer. Most of the Taylor Walker regalia has been retained, but with plain glass panes to the TW lanterns. Inside, the bar is now central, metal-topped and minus the pot shelf. Gone too is the awful sticky-back brick skeuomorph plastic. The games machine has also been consigned to the skip, but happily the wonderful mirrors, glazed wall tiles and floor tiles, probably encaustic, are on display to fine effect; the remaining floor is bare boarded.
Furniture is conventional with green leather(ette) banquettes to the perimeter. Lighting is as muted as the music.
The old Taylor Walker panes are displayed by the stairs. Descending to the loos one is presented with some rather bizarre partly candlelit catacombs, like something out of an Edgar Allan Poe novel. All that was missing was the Pentagram of Baphomet, and a blonde haired young woman tied to an alter, with a cloaked, dagger-wielding Charles Gray looming over her.
Back to reality and ales - none. Four chrome, unlabelled founts dispensing Purity's Lawless Lager, Veltin's Pilsner, Siren's White Tips IPA and Purity's Long Horn IPA, all priced between £4.80 and £5.95 a pint! This is Kings Cross not Kensington.
The Racketeer has the potential to be a good pub; some real ales would get the mark up to at least a 5. That and a soupçon of human sacrifice.

On 8th September 2017 - rating: 4
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peter ashworth left this review about Carpenters Arms

Although I could not see any signage I think The Carpenters Arms is now The Racketeer

On 7th September 2017 - no rating submitted
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Isabel Jarrett left this review about Carpenters Arms

One of the worst pubs I have ever had the misfortune to visit
Think the BBC comedy series 'The league of gentlemen' and the 'this is a local shop for local people' and you aren't far off
A seriously rude barmaid, who had no interest at all in the customers, and had absolutely no customer service skills unless she personally knew the people who wanted a drink.
A place devoid of atmosphere and heaven help you if you want to use a card to pay for drinks - I watched her humiliate two perfectly polite customers who wanted to pay for drinks with a card for less than a tenner, when they said they didn't have any cash on them she suggested they go to a charging cash point round the corner making the cost of two pints over £5 each, when they declined she made a big drama of pouring the drinks down the sink in front of them. After they left she made some seriously derogatory comments about them to her cronies at the bar.
A couple of minutes later she happily accepted a card for a £3.80 pint from one of her friends and even gave them cash back.
There are much nicer venues, unless you like pubs that are stuck in a time warp in the 1970's - try the Northumberland, The Calthorpe, The Queens Head, or The Luca

On 15th May 2016 - rating: 1
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Map location corrected by Tris C
London Kings Cross, 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.7 miles, 13 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.7 miles, 13 min walk (show)
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9th Nov 2019, 11:40
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 11 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 11 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 11 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 08 September 2017 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 11 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 11 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 08 September 2017 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : No - Cold charcuterie. - last updated 08 September 2017 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 11 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 11 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 11 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 11 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 11 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 11 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 11 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 11 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : No last updated 11 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs downstairs. - last updated 11 August 2017 by Tris C
  • WiFi : No last updated 03 March 2016 by Tris C
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