London Restaurant Reviews : Little Creatures UK

Little Creatures is an established brewery, specialising in craft beers. It was first created in Western Australia by a group of mates, all experts in craft beers. After achieving cult status, they are now branching into the global market, London being their first stop. The menu is inspired by their Australian heritage and includes sharing plates, pizzas, burgers and brunch dishes, alongside their signature craft beers. The term ‘Little Creatures’ is a reference to the bacteria in the yeast that helps with the brewing process.

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I must be honest: I hadn’t heard of Little Creatures before, but my half-Australian husband was very excited to hear they had opened in the UK.

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The London branch is a stylish microbrewery, taproom and restaurant, occupying an impressive large-scale space near Coal Drops Yard, part of the Kings Cross Redevelopment programme. The interior design is meant to represent Fremantle, the birthplace of Little Creatures. There are various configurations of seating to suit different group dynamics. They also have a slightly quieter section upstairs that would suit private hire and freelancers.

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We kicked off with a ‘Beer Paddle‘ each – a selection of six of their craft beers, served in 100ml glasses.

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FourPure Pils Lager – Light, easy drinking flavour, made in the German style with Pils malts

Little Creatures Pale Ale – The original, a pale and hoppy beer made with the help of a hopback machine to emphasise the hop flavour rather than the bitterness, specially imported from Australia 

XPA – A highly hopped, flavoursome beer with flowery fruit notes

Greg’s Session IPA – A stronger than normal Session beer, with plenty of big hop flavours

Rogers’ Beer – British inspired amber ale beer, with a fruity, biscuity nose.

FourPure Juicebox – Very drinkable beer with hoppy bitterness and tropical fruits.

It was a great way to sample the beers on offer and decide which ones you wished to commit to.

Alongside the beers, we ordered a range of small plates that included:

Crispy Nduja Sausage Gnocchi | Mascarpone | Spiced Mayonnaise

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Spiced Crab Cakes | Wasabi mayonnaise | Avocado

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Braised Lamb Bowl | Poached egg | Crispy potato | Feta

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The Crab Cakes were decent with a nice texture and density to it. The dollop of avocado could have been fresher and a bit more vibrant and the wasabi mayonnaise a bit punchier. The Gnocchi was moreish but needed more heat from the nduja. Describing it as gnocchi wasn’t disingenuous but it presented itself more as a nduja filled potato croquette ball. The Lamb was quite good; soft, not too chewy with a stringy, pulled lamb kind of consistency. It contrasted well with the salty feta, crispy potatoes and the orange runny egg yolk. Only issue – everything was a tad under-seasoned, even for Kris who is not a salt person. In terms of quantity, the bowls were definitely better value for money.

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In terms of larger plates, we ordered:

Tandoori Chicken | Onion Masala | Curried Potato Salad

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Pork Belly | Caramelised Pear | Black Pudding Croquette | Crackling

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The Tandoori Chicken was a nice little take on an Indian inspired dish; more coronation chicken than curry! The meat itself was really soft and one could see the benefit of the sous-vide process here. The potatoes were tasty but slightly undercooked. The Pork Belly dish was wonderful, although we couldn’t really decipher why the black pudding croquette had a mild tang to it. But mostly everything worked well on the plate with good portion sizes. Unfortunately, the under-seasoning curse struck again!

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Desserts were:

Chocolate Chip Cookie | Vanilla Ice Cream

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Eton Mess | Meringue, Berries

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The Cookie turned out to be soft cookie dough; warm and gooey with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce on top. The twist was the addition of popcorn, nuts and seeds which was a clever way to add a third element of texture. It was simply superb and a must order from the menu. It was nicely portioned for one and too good to share!

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The Eton Mess came with strawberries and blackberries with tarty raspberry compote underpinning it all. The presentation, with the perfectly formed meringues, was cute and the dessert wasn’t ridiculously sweet either.

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The food menu at Little Creatures is quite eclectic and designed to suit a variety of tastebuds. Indeed, it is pub food that is elevated and refined, presented with some twists and surprises. It is a place that is doing serious stuff but doesn’t want people to take them too seriously! The staff were really chatty and wonderful, the sort of people you want to be friends with!

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Location : 1 Lewis Cubitt Walk, Kings Cross, London, UK, N1C 4DL

Website : www.littlecreatures.co.uk

Disclaimer: I was invited to review the above venue and our meal was complimentary but all opinions and photos are mine.