The Driver

4.2
458 reviews
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Contemporary British
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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.

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Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 9:30PM
Sat 6:00PM - 9:30PM

What 458 People Are Saying
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London
18 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great pub near King's Cross with super friendly staff

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f
London
63 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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SJ
London
19 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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i
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and attentive service! Highly recommend

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SM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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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MP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was good

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and a relaxed setting!

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LD
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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SS
London
10 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as ever - friendly and great food

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S
London
13 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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F
London
31 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Very good very convenient for Islington people

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S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

With so may great eating choices in the area, I just couldn't recommend The Driver. It was only average: food was okay, prices on the high side and service poor, despite being fairly quiet.

The Driver
Responded on 3 April 2019

Hello, We're sorry to hear you were dissapointed with your visit to The Driver. We like to hope we are up there with the competition in the area and we try to give as fair a price as we can for the quality we serve. Please come back to visit us again soon and we will be sure to change your views :)

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AB
London
15 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely visit to The Driver. Perfect for a catch up with family. Nice pub food. Would imagine it can get pretty noisy at the weekend, but mid week was fine.

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RN
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great burgers, really excellent service, friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Recommended.

The Driver
Responded on 22 March 2019

Hello, thanks for your review! We’re glad you love our venue as much as we do and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Driver Management team

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i
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner at The Driver. I would highly recommend. Service and food were great. Amazing ribs, 4 of 5 of the group ordered them and loved them, a wasn’t expecting a full rack! White chocolate cheesecake was delicious too. Funky decor and well priced, we will be back! Thank you for the friendly and efficient staff who looked after us so well. This is a gem in Kings Cross

The Driver
Responded on 22 March 2019

Hello, thanks for your review! We love our customers to love their food as much as we do – the bigger the better! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Driver Management team

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was really impressed with the food, service and vibe of this place. A friend of mine recommend it to me and I loved it. The steak was one of the best I had. We will come back soon.

The Driver
Responded on 22 March 2019

Hello, thanks for your review! All of our meat is locally sourced by trusted suppliers! We’re glad you love our venue as much as we do and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Driver Management team

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EW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and very friendly staff! The food was delicious too.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Perfect spot for a catch up with wine and nibbles. Service was just the right amount - checking in but not overpowering and went out of their way to accommodate a sweet tooth at the end of our night

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it!!! The staff was really lovely and the food was also great. My friends and I order platters to share and I had the duck breast and the Cheescake. Everything was DELICIOUS. The whole experience was AMAZING and just 5 minutes walk from Kings Cross Station. I highly recommend this space. One of the managers told us that they also organised private parties, worth it to check it out!

The Driver
Responded on 22 March 2019

Hello, thanks for your review! Our platters are amazing to share with friends over a catch up and were glad to hear you loved them! All of our 4 floors are available to privately hire and cater to any occasion – if you have any questions give us a message at events@thedriver.co.uk Driver Management team

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Essex
54 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food mediocre as in previous reviews, other than cheesecake which was delicious. Overall not good value for money. Far better places to go, unless you fancy cheesecake and a coffee.

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FC
London
187 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

OK, it was a Friday night. And I am some way past my youth. All the same, the noise levels were very high - talking to my partner opposite on a small table usually required raising one's voice. Notwithstanding this, the staff did a good enough job with the service, even if they did get our simple order a bit wrong. Oh, and I was threatened by a drunk. If it's a burger a beer and some buzz that you are after, I heartily recommend the place. If you want a quiet meal, certainly avoid the weekend!

The Driver
Responded on 22 March 2019

Hello, thanks for your review! We cater for all ages and do get extremely busy at the weekend which can not be some peoples taste, please come back and see us on a weekday evening for a more chilled and quiet meal. During busy times our staff can mistake some orders but we try to reconcile this as soon as we can. We’re glad you enjoyed your visit overall and look forward to seeing you again soon. Driver Management team

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SC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Driver is a lovely restaurant, slightly off the beaten track, so not too busy. Nice venue, clean toilets and really good food at fairly reasonable prices...

The Driver
Responded on 22 March 2019

Hello, thanks for your review! During autumn and winter weekends are our busiest times – being within 8 minutes of Kings Cross Station we’re expecting a great summer so do come and see us again soon for a more upbeat visit. Driver Management team

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LH
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice pub inside, I had the fish and chips and the fish was pretty bad which was disappointing. My friends meals both looked much better though.

The Driver
Responded on 22 March 2019

Hello, thanks for your review! Sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy your fish and chips at The Driver, our fish is delivered fresh daily and to the highest standard. We hope to see you and your friends again soon. Driver Management team

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I went to The Driver for my anniversary and it was an amazing experience. We had crispy calamari as starter, my fiancee had the steak and I had the risotto. The chocolate fondant was great too! I definetly recommend this place. Service, food and ambiance was Fantastic. Looking forward to come back!

The Driver
Responded on 22 March 2019

Hello, thanks for your review! The chocolate fondant is our most popular dessert so were glad you loved it! We look forward to seeing you and your fiancée again soon. We’d also love to show you around our function rooms which are perfect for wedding receptions! Driver Management team

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MB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice food and good ambience. It wasn't too loud, especially for a Thursday evening. The service was great! They wait staff were all very friendly and smiling.

The Driver
Responded on 22 March 2019

Hello, thanks for your review! Our motto is great food with great conversation on the side! We’re glad you love our venue as much as we do and we look forward to welcoming you with a big smile again soon. Driver Management team

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a meal for two at the Driver yesterday evening, staff were warm and accommodating and the food was delicious, would highly recommend the sharing platters

The Driver
Responded on 22 March 2019

Hello, thanks for your review! Our platters are amazing to share over a catch up and were glad to hear you loved them! We hope to see you again soon! Driver Management team

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Slow service and poor quality food. Christmas menu sounds great but ridiculously overpriced for the Iceland quality and portion size given. Only good thing about this place was it had availability and now I know why.

The Driver
Responded on 20 December 2018

Hi There, We apologise you did not have a good experience on Monday and you felt our service was slow, Christmas is our busiest period. All of our staff at work very hard to ensure we maintain good service throughout the festive period, we apologise you did not feel this was upto standard. With regards to our food, we order it in fresh from local reputable suppliers on a daily basis. We feel our portion sizes are fair for a Gastropub. Again we apologise you did not enjoy your time with us.

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KS
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great book and fabulous service on a really busy Friday night. Have already recommended this place to a few friends.

The Driver
Responded on 20 December 2018

Hi Kelly, Thank you for your feedback, and recommendation! We're very pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us, and we look forward to seeing you here again.

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NB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It took over 45 minutes for us to get our food. Thankfully the food made up for it, but it would have been nice not to wait that long next time.

The Driver
Responded on 20 December 2018

Hi Natasha, Thank you for your feedback, we apologise you didn't have a positive experience on 7th. Friday's in December are our busiest time of the year, our staff work hard to ensure we maintain an excellent standard of service, however due to the enormous surge in traffic, it can be difficult to maintain. We would love to see you again at The Driver and we apologise you didn't have an exceptional experience on this occasion.

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M
London
19 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked this on a recommendation from a work colleague. Despite being in the Christmas rush with lots of large groups my party of 3 was welcomed, and service was quick and attentive. There seemed to be 2 ladies looking after our floor - (the other floors were taken up with office parties so I look forward to experiencing the roof terrace when open to the public) and they kept the whole night flowing no smoothly, always on hand if needed. The food was great ( we had turkey and all the trimmings) and wine reasonable. I would definitely recommend and will go back. Very happy with this discovery!

The Driver
Responded on 20 December 2018

Hi Mag, Thank you for your feedback, We are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us, our staff here are the heart of The Driver and pride themselves in their customer service. We look forward to welcoming you here again soon.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I went to The Driver for the first time a couple of nights ago. The food was very good, the service friendly, professional and welcoming. The place was full, but you could hear yourself talk, and the background jazz piano music was audible but not intrusive. I will definitely be going back.

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M
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very friendly staff, great food recommendations especially for the delicious cheesecake, every mouthful was a treat.

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SO
London
12 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

A lovely, cosy place. it has a nice warm atmosphere. Food was good. the service was a little slow at times, trying to get the attention of the staff but they were always pleasant and friendly. I had a chilled catch-up with friends. I would go here again.

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F
London
10 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Characterful gastropub with tasty food and lovely service

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous experience. A warm and cosy pub with great staff, service and food. Would certainly go back.

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