The Driver

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482 reviews
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£25 and under
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Contemporary British
Please call 0207 278 8827 or email events@driverlondon.co.uk to book.

The Driver in King’s Cross is a modern Gastropub set in a beautiful building which has 3 floors and a rooftop terrace all available for private hire. Have a bite to eat in the Gastropub, adorned with leather sofas and reclaimed wooden furniture with candlelit tables. Or enjoy an after work drink on one of King's Cross' only rooftop terraces (if not privately hired), where we have a reclining roof, heaters and blankets to suit every season of the year!

The Driver's wine list is hand-selected by the owner and features many organic wines, and the food menu is prepared with fresh produce delivered daily. Menu highlights include the famous Baby back pork ribs marinated in a secret BBQ sauce with homemade fries and house slaw, and Classic beer battered cod fillet with minted pea puree, homemade tartare and fries.
What 482 People Are Saying
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AbiN
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and even lovelier staff. Very welcoming will be going back.

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SandraB
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great meal and atmosphere I would recomend.

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vipAgnesG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was really helpful and friendly, food was served very quickly and exactly as requested. I was so pleasantly surprised that I could have my hamburger medium rare! This is almost never the case! I was so happy I ate it too fast and couldn't even finish :)
Even when we made a stupid order mistake, they took it well and were really friendly.
I also liked the classy interior. So would definitely recommend!
Prices are average, otherwise, in line with what you would expect.

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jessicab
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great service and lovely food. It was a very busy pub so quite cramped on the table surrounding by people standing drinking so perfect for an informal rather than a relaxed dinner

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vipCochyn
London
284 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Staff here were pleasant and helpful. The food was fine - chicken burgers, a bit over-charred and certainly over-priced. Our guest's salad was a huge plate of leaves and little else.
Still, we really liked the feel of the place, it's in a good location, and the staff did seem to care whether customers had a good time.
The reason we won't be back, though, is the decision to have toilets for both sexes, rather than the recommended single-sex space.
Both women in our party could do without mopping up a loo before we use it - and why was there a man using the loo, with the door open?!
This new fad is bonkers, and loses customers.

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Bethany
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at the driver. The service was so good, so friendly and fun. Food was good, nice pub. Can’t fault it really.

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

They had run out of several items on the menu however it is Christmas time and was very busy, the service was good and the food that we had was good.

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TomM
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food at reasonable prices with great service.
Well worth a visit.

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ClodaghB
Hertfordshire
10 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

5 friends met for dinner and a few drinks. Great atmosphere, really buzzing. Really great waiting staff too. We ordered too many starters incl 2 delicious whole baked Camemberts so we were too stuffed to eat all the main courses. I had a turkey xmas dinner which was ok but a bit average. The steaks looked really good though. The food took quite a bit of time to come out which meant I had to run and leave the others to pay so I could catch my train. Overall really enjoyable evening there. Would defo book again!

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Zoew
London
30 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly service, great food, good atmosphere.

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JDee
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice food, not too crowded and friendly service. Great for a catchup with friends.

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Epic
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very average experience overall. Food not bad but nothing special either. Service was friendly but a bit too slow - our order took close to 40mins to arrive when there were only two other tables in the restauranr.

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Melyssamel74
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely food , home made fries and a crazy amazing cheese cake ! The noise at some point was quit high but otherwise I did enjoy my evening so much

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CourtneyS
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A cosy, friendly pub with lovely food and great service.

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KerryC
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue, seemed to have lots of parties going on upstairs as well. We stayed and dined on the ground floor, I was impressed with their organic wine list and I had the fillet steak was literally the best I have had in years! Service was extremely friendly and they were promoting their Christmas menu which looked so good we booked in Dec, looking forward to going back.

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DamienP
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

In a part of London over-crowded with trendier-than-thou eateries and specialist restaurants, The Driver was just what we were looking for. Couldn't fault the food (baby-back ribs and rib-eye steak were to die for), the friendly and personal service, or the atmosphere.

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JessicaS
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My colleague and I decided to stay for a meal in the gastropub after attending a conference that took place in the first floor function room in the daytime. I am so glad we did! The food was delicious. The staff were so welcoming and attentive. Being Coeliac, my menu choices are often very restrictive, but not here. I was able to have to gourmet burger with a gluten free bun and fries that were cooked in a dedicated gluten free fryer. My colleague had the risotto which she thoroughly enjoyed. We treated ourselves to a cocktail after and took them up to the roof terrace. There were plenty of heaters up there which kept us warm and blankets if we would have needed them but we didn’t. I will definitely be returning next time I’m in kings cross.

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connal
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very well priced place where the quality of food was good - the only thing that let it down was speed of service. The staff were lovely albeit a little slow.

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Sally
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food tasted fine, but our wait for it was very long. And the staff seemed annoyed by anything that we asked for or needed (felt strange given we were the only ones in the main restaurant). We will not visit again!

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KieranM
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were at the Driver for drinks. I have always found the staff to be good-humoured, approachable and providing good service and the appropriate attention to detail with all clientele.

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Steph
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my partner came here for an anniversary meal, his highlight was the ribs and mine the chocolate fondant. Both were amazing. Highly recommend.

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DavidO
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Unfortunately our group did not have the best experience at The Driver and it is unlikely we will return to have food here. We had to wait over an hour to even get our starters and we only had one fleeting "your food is coming". This factor probably tainted our whole experience - however I did find the food over priced for what it was. For example, the Burrata as a starter was charged at £13 - it came with one slice of prosciutto yet two in our party asked for the veg option and there portion was smaller and came without the prosciutto but still priced the same. The standard of food varied yet the best food was the Fish & Chips - other meals were disappointing.

The acoustics are terrible on the ground floor - the place needs some sound dampeners as we struggle to even hear each other at all. The rest of the establishment was inaccessible because private hire but it does seem like a great place if you wanted to have a party there - I wouldn't recommend it for small parties of 6 or less.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great venue for dinner - very good food, nice atmosphere and really friendly service.

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vipEmilyR
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Came here while we were visiting London. Our service was not the best had to get the waitresses attention often as well as wait awhile for one persons order. The food was standard pub food, however, I was very satisfied with my healthy option.

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mario
London
20 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great pub near King's Cross with super friendly staff

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vipfoodlover
London
66 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great spot for catching up with friends in a low key capacity with good food.

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vipSJRLondon
London
20 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely, friendly service and good food choice. Sat outside which was nice :0)

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iano
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive service, well priced and we will definitely be back again. Perfect night.

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vipSaya
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely execellent food, great variety in meny choices and generally just lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and attentive service! Highly recommend

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SusanM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really nice place to go for a few drinks and a bite with a friend. Good ambience and not too loud.

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Goldenwindow
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Driver is a gorgeous quirky pub with a nice chilled ambience. We really liked the decor. I think the food is slightly overpriced for what it is. I’d expect to pay £18 for a main and £10 for a starter at a exclusive restaurant not a pub. Saying that the Ribs were pretty good. Our starter wasn’t so great but the manager was kind enough to change to the squid which was much better. Good service. This gastro pub could be amazing but some tweaks needed to the menu and pricing. Perhaps a 2/3 course deal of some kind. We enjoyed our evening and would go again. I would go back for those ribs for sure ...

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MarthaP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was good

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and a relaxed setting!

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LylaD
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place although a bit crammed, nice food and good service

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vipSSDPinner
London
12 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as ever - friendly and great food

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vipStewart
London
15 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe and the best steak I have eaten in the UK

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Jerry
London
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really enjoy the Driver, central enough to be easy but quiet enough to have a conversation a bite to eat. Jerry Tate

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vipFergus
London
31 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Very good very convenient for Islington people

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Sarabelle
London
8 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was good, but a little pricey for what it was. Pudding was highlight, service was ACE, attentive, welcoming staff esp considering its a pub

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