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The Betjeman Arms is a contemporary pub located in St Pancras International. They serve traditional British food and a selection of beers and wines which you can enjoy outside on the terrace.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

08:00 - 23:00

TUE

08:00 - 23:00

WED

09:00 - 23:00

THU

08:00 - 23:00

FRI

08:00 - 23:00

SAT

08:00 - 23:00

SUN

08:00 - 22:30

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By Josh C.

the Betjeman arms has been around for a few years now but still looks new and has a great buzz to it in and around rush hour. Its always busy but it doesn't take too long to get served.


By Toby D.

I booked the private room at The Betjeman for a group of us to watch the Euros on their 40" plasma - we had a fantastic time! Maybe too good - an ale to far :D! We were looked after amazingly well by our gorgeous waitress and didn't have to leave our seats to get anything. We pre-ordered some buckets of beer and a few bottles of pre-emptive bubbly, and ordered the enormous homemade burger and the beer battered fish and chips amongst other pub greats. Awesome! Highly recommended. Treat yourself and your mates to a private view!


By Tony W.

My girlfriend and I found the Betjeman Arms when having a look around the station for the first time. This was a Sunday and so they had roast dinner on the menu and we decided to give it a try. After a bit of a slow start with the drinks the food came in good time and was well worth waiting for. Unfortunately i didnt have the roast dinner, but i plumped for Fish and chips instead with my girlfriend going for the Roast. My meal was lovely, but the Roast dinner looked marvellous and from the scraps i was given, very tasty too. It was very nice pub grub indeed and we would highly recommend it to anyone. We ate outside and were able to view the incoming trains, so it was a bit having a tv dinner, but the inside look very nice and there was a privat area and a more open area. Altogether it was a lovely experience and we would definately go back.


By John A.

This is a great addition to the new st pancras station. My paertner and I had an early dinner in here last night and were very impressed with both the decor and food on offer.
I definitely recommend the Betjeman Ale - it is quite light and very drinkable indeed. The wine list was extensive and all by the glass.
My girlfriend and I both had asparagus followed by really good fish and chips and a perfectly acceptable vegetarian pasta dish. Good service good surroundings and very nice staff.
Thank God for a decent pub with food in this area. It is much needed.


By Charles W.

The idea of a station pub doesn't tend to get the pulse racing or promote expectations of any great quality, either in offering or service. But just as the renovated St Pancras is a world away from its seedier Kings Cross neighbour, so this gastro pub is leagues above your standard train station boozer. Not only does it work extremely well as a stand alone venue in a competitive neighbourhood, but it also aspires to be more than just a convenient stop off for transient travellers coming to and from the Eurostar.

The Venue
Located on the first floor of the station, head up to the Champagne bar and then turn to the south-end of the station. You will find the pub situated beside a Carluccio’s. You enter into a central room with several corridors leading into a warren of rooms. First, on the left, is a casual, wooden floored room which contains a number of diners. Leading on from there is the slightly more formal dining room, with its high ceilings, gentle lighting and solid furniture all adding to the sense of it being an established venue with a real focus on client satisfaction.

The Atmosphere
If you arrive in the evening the chances are most tables will be occupied by a variety of diners. It is perhaps an unusual venue for which to judge a typical clientele, but you will find a broad sweep of ages, from those in suits to the more casually dressed, couples to larger groups. What is noticeable is that there aren’t mountains of luggage or people downing a quick pint before making a dash for the train. It really does bring to mind memories of more sophisticated times; it is easy to imagine Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson – from the classic black and white romantic film Brief Encounter - enjoying a final and special meal here, accompanied by a pianist in the background. The room does empty slightly later on, but by then you may forget you are in a train station and can easily make a longer evening of it. Staff are prompt, smart and know their menu and ingredients. The manager is visible throughout the evening and clearly there is a care and pride taken in their offering.

The Food
The menu suggests a good range of offerings, from soup of the day to pate and salads. The duck salad with poached egg (at £6) is extremely generous and could easily have passed as a main course portion. Thankfully, quantity is no substitute for quality and the egg is as well cooked as one you'd find in much more expensive restaurants in the City serving businessmen wishing to impress. A poached egg is a tricky ingredient to pull off well, but here the white breaks perfectly and the yolk oozes out beautifully. The duck is crispy but not chewy, and the salad lightly seasoned so as not to compete. The leek and potato tart is equally well-balanced, the pastry clearly having not been pulled out of a freezer that morning.

With raised expectations, the mains don’t disappoint. The steak is a fair size and fresh. It comes with a peppercorn sauce that’s present as an enhancer, rather than to smother or hide substandard meat or preparation, and the veg is well cooked and not too crunchy. Alternatively, a fillet of salmon is well prepared, though, depending on your personal preference, you may want it to have been cooked a little longer.

To finish, an English cheeseboard is generous and varied, and the berry and rhubarb crumble is not bad value at £5.50.

The Drink
The venue is named after Sir John Betjeman who campaigned to save St Pancras and, in his honour, they serve a specially brewed bitter by Sharp’s. The Adnams Broadside is also recommended. A waiter who advises on the wine is especially friendly and knowledgeable, taking note of your preference before recommending a rather spicy and fulsome Merlot, which is actually one of their cheaper offerings yet suited the meal well. Finally, a pleasant port splendidly complements the cheese.

The Last Word
The Betjeman Arms is a rather pleasant surprise. It’s a gastro pub that suits several tastes, from quality bar drinks to a casual bite to a more formal restaurant. All of these things are kept separate, but link together and complement the grandeur of the station, yet enable you to forget you are sat in one. Most definitely a good place to pass your time whilst waiting for a train, but also somewhere to visit if you are in the area. Certainly, those arriving in England at St Pancras will get a great first taste of English pub food, and one they may find hard to better during their stay.

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