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The Driver

Bars and pubs Caledonian Road
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)

Set in the tangle of unpromising streets behind King’s Cross, the Driver is a stylish gastropub, with a ‘vertical garden’ and a decked roof terrace, complemented by three more floors of dining and drinking space, above a street-level bar and restaurant of equally interesting design.

There you can sip a San Miguel, Blue Moon or St Austell Tribute beneath a reindeer head in the loungey area by the fireplace or at the bar, itself hewn out of a jagged tree trunk.

The tables are for diners (seared kangaroo rump, grilled skate wing), while drinkers can partake of cocktails such as the house mojito with a dash of Frangelico. Wines start at £4.40/£15 and run up to a Château Haut-Bages Averoux at £70.

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The Driver says
The Driver is a boutique venue where modern elegance and timeless style are enhanced by a personalised approach and impeccable service. Balancing traditional hospitality and urban adventure, it offers downtime, relaxation, fun and entertainment in a stimulatingly pleasure-driven environment.
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Venue name: The Driver
Address: 2-4 Wharfdale Road
N1 9RY
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight Mon-Fri; 5pm-midnight Sat; noon-6pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm, 6-10pm Mon-Fri; 6-10pm Sat; noon-6pm Sun
Transport: Tube: King's Cross tube/rail
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:3
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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An atmospheric and spacious venue, with a plum canalside location. 

Great pub for 'gastro style food' and cool drinks. Also has a three floors that can be hired out and a roof terrace. I used this pub for my 30th and it ticked all the boxes

I had a lovely meal with my husband. Friendly staff and amazing food. Really enjoyed myself. We will be returning!

I've eaten here half a dozen times, and found it surprisingly reliable in the quality of the food and warmth of service. Last time I went, I fancied something I couldn't eat because of allergies, and the chef created something else for me. Wine list needs review - no Pinot. Otherwise solid favourite

My visit to The Driver was a highly disappointing experience and I would not want to wish it on anyone. Booking an area in the downstairs bar made little difference as we had to wait for it to be cleared and then fight our way through a crowded floor of patrons only to then be surrounded on all sides by elbows, bums and bags. Ordering a drink was near on impossible with inexperienced bar staff with a poor attitude and bad customer service. The Bar food was slow to arrived and lobbed onto our table along with some napkins thrown in with a carefree attitude. This place has a long way to go before its anywhere near being a place I would frequent again.

We ate at the driver on Saturday night on a Groupon Deal. The staff were very friendly and attentive and the food was excellent. I would recommend this venue for its food and its ambience.

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