As I'm already a huge fan of the Big Chill festival and the bar off London's Brick Lane, I was delighted when the Big Chill House opened in King's Cross just over a year ago. It's no secret that this area was seriously lacking good places to eat and drink.
The House is slap-bang in the middle of King's Cross and boasts great transport links. It's right next door to the Thameslink, across the road from the train, tube, and of course, St Pancras Eurostar station.
A three-storey building with a south-facing outdoor decked terrace, it's perfect for entertaining journalists or having client meetings, as you can occupy one of the many nooks and crannies or simply sit in the main bar.
The food's brilliant: tasty and inexpensive. They do fusion finger food and cater for vegetarians. I've been in on a Sunday, too, where they have a brunch/Sunday lunch menu.
I was recently out with a journalist at The Big Chill House. As a smoker, one of the things she really liked was that the outdoor terrace didn't close until 11pm unlike most pubs, which restrict drinking outside after 9pm. I understand she's been there a few times since with her friends.
I've always found the staff at The Big Chill House really friendly and helpful, too.
Where: 257-259 Pentonville Rd, N1 9NL
Contact: 020 7427 2540
How much: £17 per head