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Mon-Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Recommended Reviews for The Harrison
19 reviews in English
Review from Jennifer K.
- 3 friends
WOW. Been back twice since my initial review (once for Sunday roast again, then once for the regular dinner menu), and I've been blown away both times. The first time, I finally got the lamb, which was excellent. But what really made the meal was the dessert. Their apple and blueberry crumble is my new benchmark in delicious. It was that day that I also noticed they had my favorite Fruli (how had I not noticed before?!), which is an instant gold star, as I'm concerned.
Then my friend and I went back yet again last night, and my God. After a lot of hemming and hawing (£16 is incredibly steep for me), I ordered the rib-eye, and I have to say, that was probably one of the best steaks I've ever had. I ordered it medium-rare and it came out just right, with an amazing green peppercorn butter sauce on top. Every bite was perfect, they played Neil Young and PJ Harvey, and the servers are cute. There is nothing about that place that I don't like. Will be saving my pennies to repeat the experience in the near future.
Review from Rowena H.
Nipped in for a quick lunch, and I was pretty impressed with the menu. For a start, you can easily get lunch for a fiver, which I've come to think is impossible in London town, and secondly the service was really quick and accommodating since we turned up in two big groups at different times.
My instant regret was not trying the burgers. When everyone around you gets a huge hunk of delicious patty and you've gone the 'sensible' route with a halloumi wrap, I challenge you not to be jealous. (Unless you're veggie, naturally.) By all accounts, those burgers looked phat and juicy.
However, the halloumi wrap, friends, is definitely worth a look. None of that scrimping on cheese, the slices were huge. And the sauce, yoghurt (or creme fraiche?) and some kind of Mexican flavoured stuff, was pretty delicious. It came with salad and crisps, which were more than I could finish.
Love the vibe -- trad pub feel, tables outside for a warmer day, and great friendly staff. Put it on your list if you're in the area.
Review from Alex S.
You've got to respect a pub who won't freak out over a call like, "Hey. I have about 15 people who need lunch in about half an hour and we're in the area. Can you do it?"
A bunch of work colleagues came into London from all over Europe. We thought we had a lunch spot worked out, but as we came through the doors, we realised it was more of a basic counter cafe than an actual sit down spot. So I did a quick Yelp search and found The Harrison. The phone call above occurred to which they went, "Sure, come down."
Actually, they told me they were a little short-staffed in the kitchen, so they warned me that some things might not be on the menu and the service might be slow. As far as I know, neither happened. We got all out food and it came out fine.
The Harrison is a classic English pub. Wood tables, candles in the window (sitting in spirit bottled covered with wax), old paper menus, the works. There were people on dates, people reading newspapers, people just enjoying their day out.
They had a table ready for us as we sat, which was nice. And then didn't freak out when four more people joined us (we added a table), and then didn't freak out again when six more people joined us as more colleagues came in (we added a bigger table.) With as long as that table got, we probably could have recreated "The Last Supper" with everyone on one side.
I got a standard burger and it was standard, nothing amazing or horrible, well cooked meat that came on big fluffy bread and shoestring chips. They did ketchup in mayo in little containers and brought one to share with two people, which seemed a little strange, but it all worked out.
Apparently, the Roast is where to be for this spot so I may be making my way down on a Sunday soon (since I live relatively close to here). But thanks Harrison for taking such good case of us while we were there.
Review from Timo B.
Guter Pub für ein Bierchen und was leckeres zum Essen!
A typical London pub - as far as I can say as a non-local:-) We were there for lunch in a large group. Getting a table was easy and there were not too many guests. Probably this place is rather crowded in the night time.
Staff was extremely friendly - a young lady was serving us. I had a salmon wrap with chips and grilled vegetables. It was quite tasty and enough. Price was good. The food of my fellow colleagues looked good as well, especially the burger.
I would probaby go there again if I find it again:-)
Kann ich empfehlen:-)
Review from Hannes H.
Not really sure why this place has such good reviews. I mean the food is average at best, but surely nothing you couldn't get from any pub in London. The place itself is also nothing special but at least it feels authentic and isn't one of this tourist places you will find so often in central London. So at least there is one good thing to it.
We went there for a Sunday roast and we all agreed that the food wasn't executed very well. My beef was dry and overcooked. The veggies were regular frozen vegetables that just got re-heated and the Yorkshire pudding was pale. The ales are good, but you can't really mess that up, can you...
It might be that the place is good for drinking in the evening, but I certainly cannot recommend this for eating, especially not for a Sunday roast. At least it is cheap, so if you are only looking for some food to fill you up after a night out this could be your place, if you are looking for high quality pub food look somewhere else.
Review from Sherene J.
- 34 friends
I live in walking distance from this pub and it was a wonder I hadn't strayed to this side street before my housemates took me a few weeks ago for a catchup dinner. The place was surprisingly busy for a Tuesday night, with what looked like a crowd accustomed to hanging out there. Service was alright, there were times when we had to go to the bar to get the attention of the waitress but once you dig in to the delish food, you forgive them for making you work for your food.
I ordered the steak and I'm no steak connoisseur - I find it hard to tell the difference between the various degrees between good and awesome steaks, but I can recognize brilliance when I eat it. The steak at abt 13quid was well worth the money and the green-peppercorn was a nice accompaniment. My medium steak was perfectly made, it was juicy and tender but showed no unsightly streams of red halfway through the meal. I had a bite out of their burger too and the tender crumbliness of the finely-ground meat was an absolute delight. I'm already planning on another night out at this next door pub which is also well stocked in a wide range of beers, wines and spirits.
I'm averse to giving it a 5-star because of the lackadaisical service but food's right up there as a 5-star.
Review from Angela B.
- 52 friends
Hastings, East Sussex
If you're looking for a great little Sunday afternoon boozer with a twist, The Harrison can certainly give you a run for your money. Set in an Art Deco building, there's a rather familial feel to this Kings Cross pub, especially in the winter when the two fires are roaring away.
But what really is starting to draws the Sunday crowds is The Pines music slot here every other Sunday, which kicks off at the convenient hour of 2pm, just enough time for you to settle in to your Erdinger Weissbeir and Rumpsteak. Admission is £3 and the quality of the bands is ever-increasing. Check their myspace page for listings http://www.MySpace.com/H…
The food menu is cheap and represent a variety of continents, they have a good selection of beers on tap, and if you feel like your weary legs can't make it those few steps to the station, stay in one of the rooms for £95.
Review from Katie F.
- 7 friends
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
I stayed here a year back. The rooms are modern and nicely furnished in a boutique style. Flat screen and DVD's to borrow. Simple and plain, but nice and quiet as it's off the beaten track. There is a narrow stair nd no lift, but it's not a big place. I enjoyed the food very much, and chose to eat there both noghts I stayed. There was a poetry reading the first night I was there, which was interesting :-)
Great location, only 5 mins walk from Kings Cross.
Review from Qype User (Timina…)
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This pub has gone gastro. It reminds me a lot of the Bird in Hand (http://www.qype.co.uk/pl…) near Shepherd's Bush.
It wasn't packed at 2:30pm so I easily got a table, and proceeded to have the most substantial and delicious Sunday roast I've ever had for £8.50.
It was a nice, relaxed spot. There were small groups of friends, definitely a younger crowd, coming and going. Most people were having roasts, too.
They have blues and folk nights here sometimes apparently, and even the soul and instrumental CDs they played this afternoon were great.
Review from Qype User (thelon…)
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The Harrison - Pics at The London Foodie
In my search for the best burger in London, I have been fortunate to have had some pretty good experiences like the ones at Byron, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, and more recently at The Harrison with Mr Noodles and Dr G.
This arduous task is proving a most enjoyable quest despite disastrous meals at The Diner in Islington and Grand Union. I was also a little disappointed with Hache in Camden Town although I feel I should pay it at least another visit before making my mind up. Another unfortunate experience was at The Fine Burger Co. on Upper Street which I am still to write about.
This month I will be trying the two most talked about burgers in town, Hawksmoor and Goodman's. Considered the top end of steak houses, their burgers & chips do not come cheap at £15 and £12 respectively.
The Harrison was an interesting find, and one I would not have come across but for Mr Noodles' invitation. I would not describe it as a gastro-pub and despite its subtle gentrification, it retained some of its original elegant features.
The menu was reassuringly simple and excellent value with meals ranging from £8 for a wild mushroom, spinach and ricotta lasagne to £13.50 for a rib-eye steak, salad and chips. The beers on offer included quality brands such as Guinness, Staropramen, Erdinger (weissbeer) and some Belgium bottled beers.
Mr Noodles and I were both happy with our combination of burgers, coleslaw, salad and chips @ £9 the patties were meaty and juicy and perfectly cooked. Dr G was however not as lucky his burger was overcooked, while his French fries needed a bit more cooking, and his salad was poorly washed and gritty.
I would like to return to The Harrison although the lack of consistency in their cooking is an issue that needs to be addressed.
Cost: £9 for burger, chips, and salad + £3 to £4 for a pint of beer.
Likes: good patties, simple and good value menu, and Erdinger weissbeer on tap.
Dislikes: lack of consistency in their cooking, gritty salad.
Verdict: good value local pub serving some quality beers and food in Kings Cross. Well worth a detour if in the area, but make sure the burger is cooked medium and the French fries are crisp.
Review from Qype User (eatlov…)
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I dragged out The London Foodie and his mate to give the burger at The Harrison near Kings Cross the once over. It should be noted that this wasn't my first choice for a pub burger but the place I had in mind, the Gunmakers has a rotating menu and the burger isn't always available.
Now the burger at The Harrison was by and large a fine specimen although not without flaws. That said many of the flaws are due to foodie-fussiness. Personally, I was a little disappointed with the bun, which didn't hold the burger in properly and there were also issues with consistency. Two out of the three burgers were fine but one was overcooked.
That said I think the burger here is a cut above the gourmet chains with the patty having a definite own-made feel about it. Other than the one duff specimen, the burgers were thick and juicy and a steal at £9, including a side salad, coleslaw, and fries or chips. The only downside is location as although The Harrison is a decent pub, unless you live or work nearby, I'm not sure it's worth coming to this part of a town for a burger and a Guinness.
Review from Vince T.
- 21 friends
An amazing little find, tucked away near King's Cross, and I would have NEVER chanced upon it in a million years if it wasn't for yelp. A great little pub serving a fantastic Sunday Roast. It's not a Gastropub in the same sense that Great Queen Street is, but the food itself is splendid. Delicious roast chicken, 2 different tasty veg roast options, and decent service. The tables are beautiful worn oak, and there's a a nice mix of grizzled locals, young upwardly mobile types with families, and 20-somethings. A splendid place to warm you up on one of those dreary windy days.
Review from Greg A.
- 2 friends
San Diego, USA
What a great place for excellent pub food and excellent music. Crowded, loud, and a great time! Visiting from the states - The Harrison was walking distance from our lodging near Goodenough College. Late evening on a Sunday we headed over hungry, thirsty, and tired. What a great atmosphere. Managed to work our way through the crowd and up to the bar - ordered the Sunday Roast and a couple of pints. Found a seat outside. Our food was brought out pretty quick - and was delicious. We stayed another hour for some live music and had a great time. I will visit again next time in London.
Review from James M.
- 6 friends
This place is an absolute MUST in London. The atmosphere was unpretensious and it's off the beaten track a bit, but the food was absolutely Spec ficking tacular. The Braised oxtail was completely amazing, probably the best meal we had in either London or Paris. The pan seared duck was also wonderful, if not quite as life-altering as the oxtail. Highly recommended!
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Review from Qype User (otam…)
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Used to be a standard back street estate boozer until a few years ago when it got turned into a more upmarket bar. Now it's a gastropub with good food (not eaten there myself but friends have) and a decent selection of beers. Fruli on tap, a couple of real ales, Guinness poured pretty well.
Review from Qype User (dante…)
- 3 friends
- Qype User dante…
One of my favorite gastopubs in London! The menu is nouveau-French and quite good, the beer is always flowing, the ambiance is quite "postgrad student-y" and a mix from the local colleges. One some nights there are candles everywhere and it is quite, not a bad place for a quick drink with your date.
Review from Becky F.
Review from Qype User (Stepha…)
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- Qype User Stepha…
I love this place, it's so cozy and friendly! Every other week there is live Irish music on Sunday night, which is how I got to know about the place. It's awesome!! Location is convenient too, not too far from King's Cross. Check it out!
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Friendly pub with great atmosphere. Superb food and a good selection of wine and beer. Events in The Basement most nights and on the ground floor on Sundays, go to www.harrisonbar.co.uk for current events. Come and join the party!