Quick Lunch: Signal Box, Euston Station

This is surely the most chilled spot in the city’s busiest station to pass half an hour

What? Only the shiniest, newest watering hole in Euston. And what’s best is that it’s big enough (and hidden away enough) to escape the madness of the concourse whilst awaiting your train.

Where? Ah, now that would be telling. OK then, we’ll divulge: take the escalator up to the mezzanine area, where you’ll find reliable eateries like Leon and Gino D’Acampo. And there, in the corner, is the new pub, with a sizeable terrace overlooking the crowds. Behind is a tiled semi-outdoor area, green with foliage, all on-trend wood and textural design details, as well as rattan chairs, booths and circular tables. Inside is a more standard pub interior, dimly lit, with turquoise chairs, mismatched cafe furniture and carriage lighting – cosier for a rainy day, with its nooks and crannies.

Why? To have a proper sit-down meal before your train – but with speedy delivery of food, of course. Ours took no more than ten minutes (and possibly even five) to arrive. The menu is mostly pub classics such as fish and chips, sandwiches or pie and mash, as well as a short list of more upmarket fish, meat and vegetarian/vegan dishes.

Any cop? We plumped for a truffle and mushroom tagliatelle: a huge bowl, it was crowned with crispy kale and a whopping golden skinned corn-fed chicken breast on the bone. Filling and tasty – but then at £14.50 it should be.

Don’t: forget to check what isn’t on the menu that day. On our weekday lunchtime visit, three dishes that we requested weren’t available. But the service is friendly and swift enough to eat in the limited time you undoubtedly have.

Notes: If you’re on the sauce, there are the usual crafty lagers and beers and a short menu of decent-priced house cocktails (£7), including a Bloody Mary, and house wine at about £20 a bottle.

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Signal Box, open daily 7:30am – 11pm (Sun 9am-10:30pm), Unit 53 Euston Station NW1

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