The Scottish Stores opens in King’s Cross

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A new – well, restored – boozer opened this week right at the foot of Caledonian Road


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Beautiful restored signage. Photo: SS
Beautiful restored signage: the pub has been taken back to basics. Photo: SS
Never heard of it? Well, the Scottish Stores is the original name for what was until recently The Flying Scotsman – y’know, the longstanding strip joint with the darkened facade at the foot of Caledonian Road.

Its recent history swept aside, the pub has been, er, stripped back to its 1901 look, when it was designed by the architects Wylson and Long, with every detail restored, given its Grade II-listed status. “English Heritage have already visited us,” says manager Ian Collins proudly, “and are overjoyed at the results.”

Atmospheric: the tiled doorstep when it was still Flying Scotsman. Photo: Ewan Munro
Atmospheric but forlorn: the tiled doorstep when it was still The Flying Scotsman. Photo: Ewan Munro
Unsurprisingly, the pub, which reopened yesterday, is now a craft and cask ale specialist with seven taps, one cider and six specialist craft beers, including local brewery Hammerton, Camden Town and Dark Star. “In addition, we’ve covered all bases with standard ranges too,” says Ian.

Oh, and it’s just booze for now – not really a problem with the wealth of eateries nearby – but a food offering will be added in the new year.


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The Scottish Stores is open daily at 2-4 Caledonian Road N1 9DU. Follow them at @scottishstores

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