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Britta Jaschinski
Venue says: "Enjoy our 'treasure' offer on Mondays and Saturdays. Indulge in a three-course dinner, and the starter and dessert are on us! Book now!"
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From Fluid Movement, which brought us Purl and the Worship Street Whistling Shop, VOC occupies a smallish, cosy space in one of north London’s most restaurant-intensive precincts. The name derives from the Dutch East India Company, and there’s a nautical and historical theme to the drinks list. Punches based on old recipes figure large, though modern technology brings them right up to date. Playing it safe with the classics is by no means the inferior option, however, as textbook martinis and caipirinhas proved. It took us a while to get our drinks because of lack of staff behind the tiny bar (barely five feet long), and there’s no table service, so you have to queue. But no one seemed to mind. Interestingly, more people were drinking beer or wine than cocktails, at least on our visit. VOC now has a restaurant too, majoring on grilled meat.


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VOC is a cosy, quirky spot on the London cocktail scene; set in a hidden courtyard just seconds from the bustle of King's Cross and St Pancras stations. Unique cocktails, hearty grill dishes and a homely, speakeasy-style feel have made VOC a popular city-centre haven since launching in 2009.

Irresistible burgers and steaks lead the VOC menu. Served with chips, discover the 'old smokey' burger, made from dry-aged Scottish beef with smoked cheese, mayonnaise and salad. Or for a vegetarian alternative try the mixed bean falafel pattie in a brioche bun with hummus. Cut from 28-day aged Scottish Highland beef, the rib-eye, sirloin and fillet steaks are served with a choice of barbecue, blue cheese, peppercorn or wild mushroom sauce.

The drinks selection at the VOC bar in King's Cross is just as enticing, pairing an impressive range of craft beers with expertly crafted cocktails. Stand-out concoctions include the Boston flip, which includes bourbon whisked with madeira wine, black treacle and a hint of absinthe, all emulsified with a whole egg and dusted with cocoa.

Tucked away behind King's Cross station, VOC London has an enviable location which puts the whole of the city within easy reach.
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Venue name: VOC
Address: 2 Varnishers Yard, Regents Quarter
N1 9AW
Opening hours: Open 5pm-midnight Mon-Thur; 5pm-12.30am Fri, Sat. Food served 5-10.30pm Mon-Thur; 4-10.30pm Fri, Sat
Transport: Tube: King's Cross St Pancras tube/rail

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Daniel S

Finall, a really good bar with an expert mixmaster and a restaurant quality chef in house. These guys do some really great cocktais and if you're hungry, everything from chicken wings and calimari to aged Beef Burgers and Tenderloin Steak. Whatever the secret is, it works for me as my friends love the place as well as my clients.


I think this is a really cool place. It has a great restaurant where the chef does wonderful burgers, finger food, bites, and really complements the drinks served in the bar. Personally, if we go in a group, we like to sit in the courtyard and order the food and dine there. It's awesome.My favourite's the old smokey burger with aged beef.


This is my first visit to this place since the renovation and it did not Disappoint. The restaurant seating area is very cosy, yet upmarket. The decor -splendid and I think a lot of the decor came from a museum. I had the Grilled Halloumi starter with The Sirloin Steak as my main. Both items were impressive and I think this place is probably on par with the best steak houses. The steak was done just the way i wanted it and the meat tasted very good.