The Drapers Arms
The Drapers Arms

The Drapers Arms

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thedrapersarms.com/
  • Phone: 020 7619 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: British, Gastro Pub
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Eating
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSunday Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGastro Pub
The Drapers Arms reviews from OpenTable diners
160 reviews since 28 November 2013
Average Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambience3.9
    Value3.5
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
sunday lunch (86)fit for foodies (62)group bookings (43)outdoor eating (37)special occasions (32)child friendly (25)brunch (23)romance (21)good vegetarian options (10)pre/post theatre (8)disabled access (6)outstanding value (6)business meals (4)afternoon tea (3)Show More
  • Over rated & lacklustre gastropub!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 23/11/2014
    Went here today for lunch and won't be going back for anything other than a drink in the possible future. Lovely decor and space which all seemed great looking at it but it's all style with absolutely no substance! The staff lacked enthusiasm on every level, didn't seem to care at all whether we liked our food or were happy with everything. Our waitress and the staff in general couldn't seem to muster a smile even if their job depended on it, which in hospitality, you'd think is pretty important! A bunch of sour faced robots with no personality whatsoever - rubbish! The food was very poor and expensive; typically overpriced (as seems to be the case with most london gastropubs) for what it was. I had the pork belly which was all fat and hardly any pork, my friend had the seem. Whether you book and a table or not in London gastropubs in Highbury, one's custom never seems valued because the table wil almost definitely be booked up regardless because demand is so high but quality being so low. The drapers arms is a facade, i don't recommend it. Suggest the Smokehouse where the food is much better.
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  • Ok
    BOooo
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Not the best not the worst... Overpriced and extra for yorkshires we were also largely forgotten in the corner
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    group bookings
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  • Pleasant moments
    agnesbou
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Except the very noisy Halloween group who briefly had drinks next to our table, I have enjoyed very much the meal I shared with friends. As the restaurant "doesn't turn tables", we took our time, the food and the wine were excellent and the waitress was patient and very helpful. What else ? :)
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    afternoon tea, brunch, disabled access, fit for foodies, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • not for vegetarians
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 28/10/2014
    The dishes of my fellow diners seemed very nice, my vegetarian option was bland and unimaginative, surprising considering the quality of the ingredients seamed very good. The wine list was excellent, lots if choices and many at very reasonable prices. I would go again for the lovely location but definitely not for food.
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    group bookings, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Good food let down by waiting
    LaGourmande
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Overall we did enjoy our experience at The Drapers. The food was good solid gastro pub fare and the wine was reasonably priced. One of our waitresses was attentive and kind and went out of her way to ensure our table was adequate. However, some of the wait staff (one girl in particular) were quite snobbish and dismissive and not at all accommodating. We waited over and hour for our mains and then to our dismay we had been billed for three bottles of wine when we had only purchased two. We only checked this afterwards so have been charged an extra £25. Overall I would probably not return to the drapers, mainly due to staffing issues.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, Sunday lunch
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  • Great food great service
    Gordon5
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Another great night at the Draper's Arms. All 6 of the people at our table loved their meals as well as the wine. And the service was friendly and helpful, as usual. Will be back again soon!
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    fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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  • Good gastro grub,could be healthier
    NushVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Good place to meet with friends, is parking after 1.30pm on Sat just outside, board games and Lego for kids and good atmosphere. Food was good quality, although upper end of gastrpub prices. Menu could do with more salad and veg options as well as a fruit dessert. The tables and seats could also do with a bit of a clean, were a bit grubby.
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    child friendly, group bookings
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  • Stunning evening!
    pollybic
    Dined on 29/9/2014
    I cannot thank the Drapers Arms enough for making our evening exceptional! My husband and I invited our best friends for dinner and the atmosphere and service could not have been better. The food was stunning and I cannot remember when I have enjoyed a meal as much (and i eat out a great deal). Thank you, thank you, thank you - I hope you (Drapers Arms) read this!
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Gone downhill
    eatingout
    Dined on 28/9/2014
    I used to love the Drapers arms. But the last three times I've been there (including this most recent visit) the service has been appalling and the food only okay. The staff are very friendly, but this meal involved us having to repeatedly chase for our starters and mains. I won't be going back which is a shame, as I used to be a regular.
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  • Fabulous Sunday dinner
    Vegemitekid
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    The Drapers rates as one of my fave Sunday lunch/dinner pubs in London. This time was just as good. We ordered a pate to start which was so tasty. Then a whole roast chicken with all the veggies - perfect amount for three - four people and so yum! Really lovely meal and great value. Service was good and ambience was good too - cosy yet typically busy and loud with families and groups but you could still have a conversation and hear each other! Highly recommended
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    brunch, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Great Sunday Lunch
    Foodie
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    We came for Sunday lunch with four of us ordering two sharing roasts - both were generous and delicious. We will come back.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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  • Great evening, unusual food
    Cadarn
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Had a very pleasant Saturday evening here with friends. Place was very busy but the staff didn't seem in any trouble at all. Food was served hot & there was plenty of it. Unusual it was too, ox heart, roast grouse & there was also some excellent real ales on tap. The atmosphere was lively but in a laid-back way (Yes, I know that doesn't make sense but it's best way I can explain it) Will definitely visit again.
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    fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak & Great Guinness
    Yons
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    I visited The Drapers with 3 mates on a Saturday afternoon for a few pints and a bite. We all had the Onglet Steak and two pints of creamy Guinness. It was excellent. There was a great buzz in the pub mainly driven by a large family group and a small weeding party. The beer garden was alive with the sounds of people having great chat and enjoying the nice sunny weather. I would definitely recommend.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • Cute pub near angel
    pererashawVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    This was our first time at the Drapers Arms and it is in a lovely location near angel. We have a table for 12 or so were eating upstairs where they were easily able to seat all of us. I ordered smoked eel which came out with more smoked salmon than eel which was a bit disappointing and then had the onglet which was lovely. My husband ordered the lamb which initially came out colder than he liked, so he had to send it back to be warmed up. We also booked a table at 8.00 PM, and at attend PM the windows had to be shut for the neighbours, which made it extremely hot inside. Overall a nice pub, with nice food and somewhere I would consider going back to.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PalomidoveVIP
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Delicious food!!!! The three of us were impresed!!!
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    brunch, group bookings, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • CasualDiner
    Dined on 25/8/2014
    Has the feel of a country pub right in the middle of the city. Tasty & good size portions of food. Friendly service.
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    child friendly, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent a Sunday Roast
    PremierClub
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    Drapers Arms is an excellent gastropub. We visited for Sunday lunch and had a great experience. Staff were friendly and efficient and the food was excellent. There was also a good friendly atmosphere in the pub that made the experience most enjoyable.
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    Sunday lunch
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  • My second visit - still very good!
    AlphaCity7
    Dined on 17/8/2014
    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.
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    child friendly, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Great Gastro-Pub
    Gordon5
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    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.
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    disabled access, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Made with Love
    pwnots
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Food is wonderfull, you can taste the chefs love for her job
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    afternoon tea, brunch, outdoor eating, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dissapointement
    herveVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    No experience there they didnt accept my opentable cheque even so no part of the exclusion list
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  • N5Foodie
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Excellent food, good and extensive wine list and very friendly and helpful staff
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Slow service
    Dunners
    Dined on 22/7/2014
    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.
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  • Fabulous food but no table set up!
    lovegreatfoodandservice
    Dined on 15/7/2014
    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.
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  • Neighborhood Favourite
    JoyMarie
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    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.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • New Chef
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    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.
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  • Sunday Lunch at the Draper's Arms
    Russ
    Dined on 29/6/2014
    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.
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    outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish this was my local
    Gluttoness
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    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
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    brunch, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Mistermuz
    Dined on 22/6/2014
    Some of the best gastro-pub food in London. Great bar snacks.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sunday lunch in Angel?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 22/6/2014
    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.
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent garden
    doggins
    Dined on 22/6/2014
    Very decent little garden, sun shining. Beautiful. Food was good too.
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  • Lovely pub !
    LondonDutchie
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    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
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  • Can't wait to come back!
    AmberNYC
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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!
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  • Nice pub but average service
    anonVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    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.
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  • Nice place to spend a rainy evening
    Frenzindeed
    Dined on 27/5/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible!
    WiggleVIP
    Dined on 25/5/2014
    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
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  • Great food but quite expensive
    jendiner
    Dined on 25/5/2014
    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!
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  • Fab pub!!
    redbirdVIP
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food with great service
    Dtav
    Dined on 22/5/2014
    Great menu choice, not too much choice but all interesting options.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Under seasoned bland food
    Ariston
    Dined on 21/5/2014
    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.
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