/home.aspx toptable has a new name!
Restaurant bookings: free & instantly confirmed
  • The Drapers Arms

  • Online Bookings

The Drapers Arms
The Drapers Arms

The Drapers Arms Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thedrapersarms.com
  • Phone: 0207 619 0348
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Saturday 12.00pm - 4.00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 8:30pm

    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 7.00 - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: Carte Blanche, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, British
  • Executive Chef: James de Jong
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Approximately equidistant from Angel and Highbury & Islington tube stations.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Limited number of pay and display bays in the area. After 6.30pm residents bays and single yellow line can be used.
A word from The Drapers Arms
The Drapers Arms is a lovely 1830s pub in a residential area of Islington.

Very much a pub we are as welcoming to one person sitting with a beer and a paper as to a group having a special meal. In an informal and relaxing atmosphere we nonetheless take our food, drink and service seriously. Well chosen and carefully tended ales (Harveys Sussex and two on rotation) and wines (18 available by the glass) add to a range of authentic lagers, spirits and soft drinks.

Our food is all freshly prepared and our menu changes every day and across the seasons. With a focus on being enjoyable, honest and seasonal we are also affordable - we were very pleased in our first year to receive a 'Bib Gourmand' by Michelin for 'Good food at affordable prices'.

Our upstairs dining room can accommodate weddings, christenings and parties and is among the finest private hire options in London.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos >
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGastro Pub
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor eating
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSunday Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a 14:00 Sunday sitting for 5 of us and actually turned up an hour early and were seated straight away without problem. I read some reviews recently that complained about the service, but I didn't notice any of this. The restaurant wasn't full yet by the time we started eating so perhaps that had something to do with it, but I had no issues with the service and found them very friendly. The food was probably nicer than our first visit, we opted for the Beef and Pork to share and the pork especially was very tasty. The various sides that accompanied it were fantastic as usual. All in all a very good meal."
    dined on 17/08/2014
  • "The food was very good mains (steaks were perfectly cooked and tender) and the gingerbread dessert was amazing. The service was friendly and attentive (at the right pace) and the ambience was great. Everything you want in a great gasto-pub."
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "Food is wonderfull, you can taste the chefs love for her job"
    dined on 07/08/2014
  • "No experience there they didnt accept my opentable cheque even so no part of the exclusion list"
    dined on 07/08/2014
  • "Excellent food, good and extensive wine list and very friendly and helpful staff"
    dined on 05/08/2014
  • "We had a group booking for eight, on a midweek lunch. It took long enough to order our drinks, despite the place being quite empty, but then there were further problems with the food. The burgers were fantastic, but three of our party ordered rare steaks, al of which came out medium to well done. Once pointed out, the steaks were replaced with ones cooked as ordered. Also, some of the dishes were not served with full condiments, so we had to try and get the attention of staff to bring these to us. The food was good overall, but the service was poor. I dread to think what it would be like if the place was more busy, say on a Sunday."
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "I booked a table through OpenTable and received a confirmation by email. However, when I arrived at the Drapers Arms with my 4 clients, not one table had been set up inside or in the garden - we wandered outside and found a table large enough in the sunshine and it didn't take long for the waiter to get it ready for us, but it did make it look like I'd made no effort to book in advance. It seemed that they were quite short staffed as drinks and food orders took longer than average to come out. Saying that, when we were served our dishes, everything was absolutely delicious, so worth the wait! Portions were substantial and well presented. Considering the quality of the meat and other ingredients, I'd say it was good value for money."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "The Drapers Arms is a neighbourhood favourite. Always a treat with a menu that changes daily and uses fresh, seasonal ingredients. Charming atmosphere. Good for special occasions or a good meal or drink anytime."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "Eat at the Drapers regularly and was told on this visit that they have a new chef. Pleased to report that she is very good indeed, great flavours and combinations and despite the pub being busy the food came in a timely fashion, which previously was not the case. Great pub, great food, just now it's got a lot better."
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "There have been quite a few review comments mentioning poor service, but we had an excellent lunch outside in the garden, and the service was fine."
    dined on 29/06/2014
  • "We visited The Drapers Arms for Saturday lunch and were not disappointed. Every dish was great - each simple and honest, yet packed full of flavours. I tried the pimped up burger (lamb chilli and braised shoulder on top of the usual cheeseburger) which did not disappoint. My friends had order envy so I had to share - fantastic dish. Lovely service from everyone who took care of us, including a few rounds of peekaboo with my baby daughter who clearly took great delight in playing with them. (And the pub has a lovely comfy baby changing table in the toilets too - amazing!) I'll definitely be back with family and friends"
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Some of the best gastro-pub food in London. Great bar snacks."
    dined on 22/06/2014
  • "For me the Drapers Arms serves the best Sunday lunch in Angel. The pub is located on a quite side street away from the traffic and noise of Upper Street and provides a relaxed almost country pub atmosphere which includes a great little garden out the back that captures the afternoon sun. The food is well above par particularly the sharing Sunday Roasts that are more than enough for 3 people to tuck into. I'd also highly recommend the black pudding scotch egg. Drinks wise the pub is well stocked with all the usual beers, ciders and spirits as well as decent ales and wines."
    dined on 22/06/2014
  • "Very decent little garden, sun shining. Beautiful. Food was good too."
    dined on 22/06/2014
  • "Lovely pub for a night out with friends or family : good ambiance and great food --> taking it to the gastro pub level! Staff is very friendly and even let us bring"
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "We came for Saturday lunch - specifically to try the burger - and were so pleased to find this gem just around the corner from us. Quaint, cosy, adorable atmosphere that made us want to stay out in the back garden having a few drinks. Service was great and very friendly. Burger was awesome! Definitely looking forward to come back and trying the regular menu and spending a few evenings propped up at the bar!"
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "Dined in the front - more informal area to sit than the back however as the pub filled up, it became extremely difficult to hear the person next to you. Delicious food, even if expensive, but usual for the area. Friendly waitress at first, offering us more time to decide, but service declined rapidly as the evening went on. Left alone for 45mins following dessert then spent 15mins trying and failing to get the bill, so eventually paid at the bar. After leaving, the waitress ran after us, yelling that we hadn't paid. Very unprofessional, as she should have checked on us and could have called out, asking to query something only. Lovely pub and meal but service really needs to improve before we will consider visiting again."
    dined on 05/06/2014
  • "We had a lovely time at the Draper's Arms. Atmosphere and service were great - jolly and helpful. Good and wine both excellent. We left with a warm glow. "
    dined on 27/05/2014
  • "We shared the rib of beef, absolutely brilliant. Lots of roast potatoes (always appreciated) and the Yorkshires were excellent. Will definitely be returning! Drapers Arms is back to its best "
    dined on 25/05/2014
  • "This is a lovely place for a relaxed Sunday afternoon, especially when it is not too busy and the sun comes streaming through the windows. Good disabled access and very welcoming service. Food very fresh and delicious. But the cost of a meal does tend to be expensive (2 courses plus a couple of glasses of wine around £35). We think there should be provision for a fixed price lunch with just a few choices like other restaurants do. Then we would go there more often for a meal!"
    dined on 25/05/2014
  • "Came with a couple of friend to celebrate one of their birthdays and had a great time. The waitresses and bar staff were really friendly, helpful and flexible. A few from our group were late but this was fine, there was no rush to leave the table etc. Food was really good too. I'd definitely visit again."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "Great menu choice, not too much choice but all interesting options."
    dined on 22/05/2014
  • "Ingredients were good but roast chicken and lentils were under seasoned and tasteless. Mackerel likewise. Beef and oyster pie was OK but equivalent to average home cooking. Staff were pleasant if a little diffident."
    dined on 21/05/2014
  • "I have heard so much about The Drapers Arms and they didn't disappoint. Starters were simple but delicious (less is more) and we shared the chicken, lamb and beef which was perfect for our table. Table service was effiecient, the woman serving us was understanding and really helpful. Left very happy, vowing to come back."
    dined on 18/05/2014
  • "Another bare-bones interior filled with hard surfaces and people hell-bent on being heard over the din of other noisy diners. Am I just getting old or does no-one else care about acoustics as part of interior design and "ambience"?"
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "We may have misjudged the Drapers Arms - we wanted a nice meal where we could chat. we got the nice meal but the night we were there (Friday) the place was very lively and noisy. It is a friendly place though - the staff were lovely and particularly welcoming to our dog, and the service was not compromised by the busyness of the place. Between the three of us we had a fish dish, the vegetarian risotto and lamb. we all enjoyed our food but whilst the menu sounded ambitious the food in reality wasn't particularly exceptional. Different and good. Probably felt it was a bit expensive for what it was all in all, but we had a lovely night all the same."
    dined on 02/05/2014
  • "La nourriture est vraiment de très bonne qualité avec des produits de saison (les légumes). Très bonne cuisson de la viande ou des légumes. On avait pris de l'agneau et c'était parfait. Je le conseillerai à toute personne voulant aller dans un pub prendre une bonne bière tout en combinant avec une bonne restauration. Pour les amateurs de vins aussi vous ne serez pas léser ...."
    dined on 27/04/2014
  • "We had a pleasant experience here with good although not outstanding food and an excellent bottle of Viognier. The place was rather noisy but that was down to one particularlparty and so it may be quieter normally. It appears that the bar staff are now also the waiting staff so you could probably wait some time to be served if you cannot catch their eye. Not much choice on the menu but what we had was good; Barnsley chop with accompanying vegetables ( included podded broad beans) and slip sole with prawn butter and white sprouting broccoli. Hardly filling enough without ordering extra sides but fine for a quick pre theatre meal. The outside space looked very nice."
    dined on 24/04/2014
  • "I had an absolutely wonderful lunch here catching up with a friend in relaxed but professional surroundings, looked after by lovely, friendly staff with personality which is all too rare these days. We changed our mind on our order and they were most accommodating. The room had a nice buzz to it, the food was all spot on, we had a few things to share and left suitably full and a little bit tipsy. The perfect afternoon. "
    dined on 21/04/2014
  • "Lovely ambience, very pleasant and polite staff. The Sunday Lunch menu has very few veggie options, even the roast potato sides are cooked in duck fat, which is a shame as the place is very pleasant and well run. That said, we waited well over 50 minutes between starter and main course, but as it was a boozy birthday lunch, no harm was done. Food is really very good, especially if you're a meat lover. Would go again but with friends of a more carnivorous bent."
    dined on 13/04/2014
  • "Absolutely disgraceful service, and this isn't the first time. The management really need to spend time training up their staff, as they all seem to think they're doing us a favour by being there. If you don't like children or dogs, then go and work in a bar. It's a real shame, as the pub itself is great, but the staff let it down. Never have I been treated so rudely. There were 8 of us and not once were we asked if we were OK, or if our food was OK, nor were we asked if we wanted any drinks, and we were there for over 3 hours. You then had the audacity to charge a £35 service charge when you hadn't actually done anything! We definitely won't be going back. It's a shame, as we are local residents, but there's far more better establishments."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "I liked the variety of the menu here, and there was (for me) a virtuous circle of a feedback loop on the food. The waitress was keen to know what I thought of the sweetbreads, which were served in a slightly unconventional way (they were delicious, by the way, a light, summery flavour on a lovely warm evening)."
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "Best Sunday lunch I've had outside of my own home. The beef was perfect and also huge. Easily shared between four people, not just the 2-3 mentioned on the menu."
    dined on 06/04/2014
  • "Me and my friends had such a lovely evening and The Drapers Arms, we loved the food, ambience, service, everything! Such a nice place for any occasion!"
    dined on 27/03/2014
  • "A group of 7 of us went to The Drapers Arms on Sunday evening for dinner and a bit of a drinking session. Food was really excellent. The meat eaters shared a lamb dish which apparently was amazing - and the pub were happy to provide a doggy bag of the leftovers from this substantial dish. My vegetarian aubergine Welsh rarebit was full of flavour, tender and filling! The Bloody Mary's were some of the best I've tasted. The atmosphere in the pub is buzzy without being too noisy. Would definitely be happy to return."
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "We booked this restaurant for Sunday lunch and opted for the leg of lamb to share. We hadn't preordered this so was unsure of the availability. The meal arrived quickly and the meat was delicious, it practically fell off the bone and was full of flavour. The only disappointment seemed to be the accompaniments to the lamb. There was literally 3 1/2 roasts each (odd amount), carrots and cabbage and that was all! We asked for some gravy and they just sent some extra watery meat juice that it had been cooked in and did not resemble gravy! The meal was fine but when you're paying £38 for a meal you expect a bit more than 2 choices of veg, one potato option and proper gravy! Felt a little short changed."
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "We booked a table for lunch, and when we arrived (roughly 14:30) we were welcomed by a quite familiar pub, with parents playing with their kids while enjoying a glass of wine, which seemed to me far from the average gastropub, avoiding any formalities! The food we had (mussels as starter and duck snichtzel, and onglet steak as mains) were simple dishes, perhaps a step below in elaboration if you compare with other gastropubs/restaurants, but they were perfectly cooked and, what is more important, the whole menu seemed lovely to us, as we were really willing to try most of the dishes. The wine list looked very complete for a pub, and (well done) they do quite a few wines by carafes and glasses. In short, a nice pub with such a lovely food."
    dined on 14/03/2014
  • "Great Staff, looked after us really well from the moment we got a drink at the bar till the moment we left after having food. Very polite, professional and attentive. The food was wonderful. The roast beef was prefect. Everyone in the place seemed to be having an amazing time. I travelled up from south london and I'll be spreading the word and I'll be back soon. When I made the on-line booking I asked for 'as nice a table as you can give us' and I was surprised to get the best table in the house. Great care and attention to detail."
    dined on 02/03/2014
  • "Booked 4 for dinner on a Saturday evening having read glowing reviews. When we arrived we were directed upstairs to the beautiful Georgian dining room. We were seated in a corner. This was a bad move because service is not very attentive. Waving at the waiting staff even failed to attract attention. We were booked for 7.30pm and the meal and bill payment were complete by 10pm. Despite the casual service, the food is a great quality and portions very large. The wine list is also very good (we had a Portuguese red Doural wine). It felt like being having great quality home cooked food, British food at its best. So overall we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. I would recommend! But do not sit in the corner....."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "Food was nice enough but service was slow (40 min for mains). The upstairs room was cold, but the waiter did put on the heating after we mentioned it (sat night). Downstairs much more cosy. Probably better for a drink than a meal to be honest."
    dined on 22/02/2014