The Driver

4.3
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£25 and under
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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 473 People Are Saying
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4.3
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London
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly service, great food, good atmosphere.

JD
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

E
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 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.

M
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 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

CS
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 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.

DP
1 review
Dined on October 19, 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.

JS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 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.

c
1 review
Dined on September 28, 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.

S
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 14, 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!

KM
London
1 review
Dined on August 8, 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.

S
London
1 review
Dined on August 2, 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.

DO
1 review
Dined on July 27, 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.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

ER
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on July 17, 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.

m
London
20 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great pub near King's Cross with super friendly staff

f
London
63 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

SJ
London
20 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

i
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and attentive service! Highly recommend

SM
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

G
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 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 ...

MP
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was good

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and a relaxed setting!

LD
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

SS
London
11 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as ever - friendly and great food

S
London
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

J
London
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

F
London
31 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Very good very convenient for Islington people

S
London
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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 April 3, 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
16 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

RN
London
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

The Driver
Responded on March 22, 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 March 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 March 22, 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 February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 March 22, 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 February 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

M
London
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 March 22, 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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OT
Essex
54 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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.