Drink, Shop & Do, King's Cross
Drink, Shop & Do is an idiosyncratic and quirky place, which seems to live a misty, nostalgic haze for a variety of war-time and post war influences. The front is the ‘shop’, selling a variety of craft, treen, ephemera and tat, such as charity shop tea sets at enormously inflated prices, displayed on 1970s side boards. Up the steps at the back however leads to an impressive and very attractive cafe and bar. It’s light and airy with Formica tables, cake stands, sweetie jars and knitted things dotted about. Table service seems to be order of the day and all the staff were jolly friendly, serving our bottle of Whitstable Ale and (excellent) Scotch egg with a smile; this place is more about tea than beer, but you can still certainly get a drink here. If you’re wondering, the “Do” in the name offers up events such as ‘Knit Night’, Sunday Scrabble, ‘musical bingo’ and Vintage Hair & Make-Up. As you may have gathered the demographic here errs towards women and one can imagine this is a place where lager lads might do well to avoid. Not all nostalgia needs to be contrived and we had the feeling the efforts here are for the sheer love of a (somewhat amorphous) idea of nice, olden day things. As such, a four pint (or cupcake?) rating duly deserved.
9 Caledonian Road, King's Cross, N1 9DX
0203 343 9138
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