The Lighterman


The Lighterman

London-North and Northwest London

3.9 / 5 2 / 5

May 11, 2018

The Lighterman is a serene oasis on London’s social scene, with a riverside location, spacious beer garden and all-day food and drinks menus.

Even if the best attribute of The Lighterman was that it was a wonderfully serene place to watch the sun go down over the Regent’s Canal, that in itself would be high praise indeed, in a city that bustles and bristles around-the-clock. Yet there is so much more to this modern glass-and-brick restaurant and bar than its riverside location. There’s the fact it’s split over two levels for a start, as well as having a spacious beer garden and a light and airy interior filled with stripped wood everything (floors, furniture, walls, bar).
But enough about the design; let’s focus on The Lighterman’s menu. Cocktails are mostly of a classic persuasion, all muddled with premium spirits. You could do worse than to sip a Chilli Paddle Mule on a sunny day (honey bourbon, fresh chilli, lime, bitters and ginger beer), or a Conductor’s Flute if you’re after something fizzy (fig, agave, lemon and prosecco). And for something traditionally British to suit your surroundings, the Hedgerow Sour (gin and sloe gin, plum bitters, rosehip, raspberry, egg white, lemon and elderflower) is a surefire winner. Beer and cider on draught are an international affair, but the bottled selection are mainly pale ales and lagers from England. A fairly impressive wine cabinet features a mostly-European array of wines, cava and champagne, ranging from an extremely-drinkable French Cabernet to a Krug Grand Cuvee. Food at The Lighterman is an all-day carousal, featuring gastro pub-style fare (think beer-battered fish and burgers) alongside wood-fired steaks, seafood and flatbreads.

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