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The Lighterman

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The Lighterman

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Dine With Dog
Bowl Provided
Setting: Relaxed dining
Cuisine: Modern British
Paws: All welcome

Deriving its name from the ‘Lighters’ who worked the flat-bottomed barges of London’s canal’s, dog-friendly The Lighterman is a relaxed yet buzzy dog-friendly pub and bar, in London’s redeveloped King’s Cross district. With a nod to industry that once occupied this area, its paired back, trendy decor and large outside terraces provide lots of pet-friendly seating while its modern British menu, has a variety of dishes to cater for all tastes, no matter the time, or the weather!

Reservations are taken for the ground floor dining area, where you can eat with your dog. Bookings are not taken for the terraces, so just mosey down and pick your spot.

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Food and Drink

At The Lighterman

Inspired by the industrial heritage of its local, from its imposing, minimalist structure to the stylish, urban chic interior, this smart pet-friendly London bar and dining room is an enticing place to relax with friends of the human and hound variety.

Tiered over three floors, all with outside areas and views across Granary Square and Regent’s Canal, there is plenty of all-day dog-friendly dining spots to be enjoyed, with only the first floor restaurant and terrace out of bounds for dogs.

Focusing on seasonal, sustainable produce, a wide range of modern British dishes are on offer, with more than a passing influence from the Continent. From salads for the virtuous to the spelt flour flatbreads fresh from the oven, classic favourites such as fish and chips, and a wood fried grill offering a tempting array of marinated meats, there is something for all.

Doggy delights

Dogs can partake of the bustling ground floor brasserie and its terrace, as well as the canalside bar. There is also a terrace on Regent’s Canal, which when open during summer months is a lovely option for relaxed dog-friendly dining.

By day

Start the day right, with one of the array of breakfast delights, perhaps an Energy Bowl with its granola and goji berries, mixed seeds, house-made jam and natural yoghurt; or about to embark on a long walk, pick from the selection of ‘Happy Eggs’. Enjoy on the canalside terrace if the weather allows, or hunker down inside with fido.

On Sunday’s roasts are put in pride of place, enjoy all day from noon to night.

From dusk

Catch-up with friends, of the human and hound varieties, at this buzzy spot. With the selection of sustainable and biodynamic wines, local craft beers, and seasonal cocktails of offer, you’ll be looking to settle in for a while with nibbles of course.

The extra bits

Children’s dishes are available should you be dining with little ones.

Bookings are not taken for the terraces, so to be sure of your dog-friendly dining spot reserve a table in the ground floor restaurant.


  • Cuisine: Modern British
  • Monday to Thursday: 9am – 11:30pm (breakfast until 11am, all day menu from midday until 10:30pm)
  • Fri & Sat: 9am to Midnight (breakfast until 11am, all day menu from midday until 11pm)
  • Sunday: 9am to 10.30pm (breakfast until 11am, Sunday roast from midday until 9:30pm)
  • Sniff out Regent's Canal with fido

Where We Are


The restaurant is located on the side of Regent’s Canal, the nine mile waterway which winds its way quietly through the Capital from Limehouse to Paddington. Around King’s Cross the canal is being restored to re-establish it as an important part of neighbourhood life, just as it was in its heyday. Just over a mile away along the canal, you’ll find vibrant, Camden Locks. Explore further by continuing the well-trodden canalside walk to Little Venice, or set-off for the short stroll to majestic, Regent’s Park.

Looking to stay in this newly redeveloped London district. The dog-friendly St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London is just a leap and a bound away.

For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below. For inspiration see our dog-friendly London destination page.


Address: The Lighterman, 3 Granary Square, London, N1C 4BH

Hit the road

The Lighterman is located a few minutes drive from several main tributaries including the Euston Road, Caledonian Road and the A1. Located in a mainly pedestrianised area of the King’s Cross redevelopment site there are no parking facilities at the restaurant, however, the Handyside Car Park is nearby on the King’s Cross Estate.

All aboard

With King’s Cross station just a short stroll away there is a multitude of transport options on offer. King’s Cross is on six of London’s tube lines, meaning you and fido can easily connect to most of central London in under 20 minutes.

For more tips on travelling with your dog, including transport options, read our essential guide to travelling with dogs. For more handy tips, check out Dog Digest.

The Lighterman

Rigby's Review

Canal-side capers

After a run of rainy days, we were delighted to find a warm, sunny, summer evening had dawned as we set-off to our dining destination du jour, The Lighterman. In Kings Cross’s urban redevelopment area, Rigby sniffed his way along Regent’s Canal, happily wagging hello to the boats and four-legged friends out to enjoy the lovely evening. Just a few minutes along the canal from St Pancras station, we found ourselves in Granary Square and at the heart of its hubbub, The Lighterman, prominently spanning the multilayer surrounds, from canal-side to its terraces overlooking the square.

A truly Mediterranean vibe was in the air (yes, this really was King’s Cross!), with guitar music playing from moored canal boats, and pups and children alike playing in the fountains. Meanwhile, a multitude of people traversed the square, from city workers keen to escape the office to tourists sitting on the grassy verges, drinks in hand. Lyrical this may sound, but utterly delightful it was! My only concern, trying to persuade Rigby that fountain diving pre-dinner was not the best plan as we waited for our dining companion.

Rigby was however soon distracted, overjoyed to see one of his favourite humans arrive. After much ado we made our way through the Granary Square terrace of The Lighterman, festooned with humans and hounds enjoying the warm evening, to the ground floor dining room beyond.

Simply but effectively styled, this urban chic environment was buzzing with patrons keen to enjoy the wonderful weather. After a warm welcome from the smiling hostess, we were soon settled at a corner table with views down the canal. Quick to make himself at home, Rigby curled up at our feet, water bowl at paw, while we ordered two Hugo Spritzes. This refreshing blend of elderflower, mint, lime and Prosecco is not to be missed.

The menu’s in hand, it was now time for the hard part, what to pick! After much deliberation over the pleasing menu with a something for all and the odd prod from the furry one keen to have his input, we opted for starters of crispy squid, chilli and lime, along with pea and mint croquettes, mustard aioli & pea shoots. To follow, a country ham, mozzarella & wild rocket flatbread, herb marinated corn-fed chicken and a variety of sides to share.

Our starters speedily arrived and were themselves a delight. Packed with flavour, we enjoyed them at a leisurely pace as we all relished the holiday spirit in the air. From our main courses, the chicken was a particular highlight, with the herb marinade having really taken hold.

Our friendly neighbours had meanwhile introduced themselves to Rigby and he was fully occupied doing his best cute poses for them, never one to shy away from attention. With Rigby content and the courses well proportioned, not overpowering we both decided we could just about fit in a dessert. Lemon tart and sorbets ordered, the dining room felt a very comfortable place to be.

Our desserts, light and not overly sweet, were a perfect end to a delightful, relaxed meal.

Rigby, back snuggling under our feet, was soon aware the meal was ending and that could only mean one thing – time for the fountains! Having wound our way among the throng of chattering customers we were soon planning our return as the furry-one splashed around outside.

With its tasty, feel-good food, The Lighterman is a buzzy spot that’s a delight to frequent, and, should you be as lucky as we were and visit on a warm summer’s evening, you’ll find yourself transported to the continent and you really will not want to leave!

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5 Paws Jess, June, 2019.

Lovely, relaxed and bubbly. Perfect on a summer eve. There is plenty of space for dining with your dog, good food and convivial atmosphere.

4 Paws Chris, October, 2018.

Good food, very bubbly and lots of dog-friendly tables. On a nice day there are also lots of tables on the terraces.

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