High-end pub group plans three-floor kitchen venture

The Lighterman plans

The team behind high-end pub group Cubitt House and restaurant sister company Open House will open a new site in King’s Cross in early 2016, it has been announced.

The Lighterman will be a new pub, dining room and bar on Granary Square that offers all-day drinking and dining across three floors.

The name of the property is based on the Victorian-era workers who operated flat-bottomed goods barges, known as ‘lighters’, on the River Thames and London’s canals.

Each floor will feature a series of dining and drinking areas, covering casual drinks through to destination dining. Interiors will be industrial and minimalist with large open spaces, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, exposed concrete walls and a neutral pared-back colour scheme.

The modern British all-day menu will be overseen by executive chef Diego Cardoso, who joined Open

House in 2014 to launch its first restaurant and bar, Percy & Founders, Fitzrovia, in spring 2015.

The canal-side bar, with alfresco terrace overlooking the water, will feature a wood-fired grill, while the ground floor will have views into the kitchen, where a pizza oven will be installed.

Open House is the sister company to Cubitt House, which is renowned for its award-winning public houses and rooms in Belgravia, Knightsbridge, Pimlico and Marylebone including The Grazing Goat and The Orange.

The Lighterman marks a continuation of the group’s journey from traditional pub operators to more contemporary all-day drinking and dining venues in modern surroundings.

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