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The Drapers Arms
The Drapers Arms

The Drapers Arms Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thedrapersarms.com
  • Email: info@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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSunday Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Had not been before, would really recommend for quiet lunch with friends on the weekend. Food was excellent, very friendly and helpful staff."
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "excellent pub setting, good space for the toddler to roam and plenty of lego for him to chew on. Bread divine, pork pie excellent, piggy was very good but the sticky toffee pudding really really let the side down. too dry, not sticky, toffee sauce little better"
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "A very mixed bag. It was busy, the waitress knew nothing about the food and the waiting staff seemed stressed. The quail starter was good as was the soup but the eel pate was somewhat overwhelmed by relish.The suet in the oxtail pudding was heavy and lacked gravy. The vegetables were lukewarm.The leeks in the cod chowder were undercooked and crunchy and it was under-seasoned. The buttermilk pudding was fine but the almond tart could have been lighter. It was noisy for me but a good atmosphere and nice to drink good beers. But overall for the quite high price being charged they have to sort the service out and the inconsistencies. The menu is really Jamie Oliver, quite basic, and if you are going to pay homage to him, do it properly."
    dined on 21/02/2014
  • "Booked this for Valentine's Day because of the pub donating all money to Refuge - great idea! Overall had a brilliant time but was disappointed by soggy chips(which I'd been looking forward to treating myself to all week)! Staff were great and we stayed all night so overall great."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "Always delicious, very good service, lovely atmosphere- the perfect gastropub. An amazing local go-to that has consistently delighted all that I've brought here, including several overseas visitors. Great for a meal, snack, drinks, and even special occasions. If you are not local to Angel, it is worth a special trip."
    dined on 28/11/2013
  • "The Draper's Arms is a lovely gastro pub with a great menu. On this occasion however we were disappointed. One of our main courses was undercooked (bloody fish) and had to be returned. It took more than 30 minutes to replace. The waitress came to take our desert orders but we were still waiting for the main course to be replaced. It meant that in effect we both ate separately. Very disappointing."
    dined on 31/01/2014
  • "I brought my mother here for dinner, and she's one of those people who doesn't eat gluten or dairy. Our server made sure that we knew exactly what on the menu was going to be good and what wasn't, and even crossed off the few items that wouldn't work. It was above and beyond and we had an absolutely fantastic time."
    dined on 05/02/2014
  • "Sunday lunch was very good. Had to wait a while to be served as it was very busy but worth the wait."
    dined on 02/02/2014
  • "Absolutely love it here. Have been in a small group and with about 25 people and the food and service is always outstanding. Great for families. Great for vegetarians. Great atmosphere!"
    dined on 02/02/2014
  • "Nice venue, friendly and helpful staff. I had a very good fish option, but would have opted for something veggie if possible - unfortunately there was only one veggie option for the main, and not enough veggie starters (I might have had 2 veggie starters instead of one main)."
    dined on 27/01/2014
  • "I regularly eat at the Drapers Arms and would normally give it 4 or 5 stars, but the food was just that little bit poorer that usual (the pheasant kiev was a bit dry and everything else was underseasoned) and the service was mixed (one waitress was lovely, the other surly). Will definitely be back though!"
    dined on 18/01/2014
  • "Went for a team lunch. Good value food, quiet location and friendly service."
    dined on 13/12/2013
  • "Food was delicious, service was ok - one of us is not mobile, this caused them challenges & when overcome we were not received with smiles and chit chat. there is ample room for pushchairs and dogs.....so was a little perplexing!"
    dined on 10/01/2014
  • "One of the best gastropubs around. As with gastropubs though, the seating is not the most comfortable. So if your dinner drags on, you may feel a little stiff at the end. The chefs do a great job, especially considering the small kitchen they work in. Still, do not tell tourists about it, let them go to Leicester Sq and Notting Hill..."
    dined on 11/01/2014
  • "Had a Sunday roast here. They do a lamb to share between 2 to 3 which is amazing. Good beer and wine selection too."
    dined on 05/01/2014
  • "good food and great ambience but not enough staff to support the customers on a very busy evening before Christmas"
    dined on 21/12/2013
  • "This a very relaxed place, suitably chic, but not formal. The menu is excellent, combining some creative dishes with some more traditional ones and with prices that are quite reasonable for Islington. My only complaint would be some rather overpriced 'brussels tops' as the only vegetable option, basically being some tasteless leaves that I would normally discard in the dustbin. Only a minor gripe, as the rest of the meal was delicious."
    dined on 22/12/2013
  • "We needed a local to catch up and have a light meal and wine. We also needed dog friendly and it's a big dog. They never have a problem with dogs here which is reassuring. We went for the under blade of steak medium rare but nearer to rare please and it was perfect. Good homemade chips and a little watercress and bearnaise sauce. Too much meat for me but not the fault of the restaurant and the doggie had my leftovers which she was thrilled with. Good glasses of Rioja wine. Too stuffed for pud. The young waiter was charming. He was new and very helpful and even thanked us at the end for being so easy on him. Blimey, some clients must be a nightmare. This will pretty much be a local for me in a few months time so nice to have it close by."
    dined on 03/12/2013
  • "Despite the excellent service, our experience here was poor. It took an hour from ordering for the food to be served. Both dishes were served cold. My partner ordered a cup of tea, only to find a piece of cling film in the cup. During the meal I tweeted about the cold food and hour long wait. The manage identified me from my tweets, apologised in person by stating that they were overwhelmed by the large group orders in the restaurant. He did not charge us a penny! Overall, a disappointing experience. The Drapers Arms is more hype than substance."
    dined on 24/11/2013
  • "The upstairs room was closed so we had to have dinner on the ground floor. The food was really good and portions big but it was too noisy because of the bar close by."
    dined on 21/11/2013
  • "I recommended to a friend that we have lunch at The Drapers Arms after hearing about it on the TV food programme "How To Cook Well" hosted by Raymond Blanc who said it was the best place for roasts. He must have been referring to Sunday roasts as none we on the menu on the weekday we visited this excellent gastropub. However, we were given a warm welcome. Starters of sardine & beetroot salad and parsnip & chestnut soup - both light and excellent. Mains were beer battered haddock, mushy peas and chips and grilled mackerel with sprouting broccoli. My fish was huge!.. BUT it was so fresh and the chips excellent I had no problem in clearing the plate. Pud of apple & blackberry Eve's pudding was light and excellent. Well worth a visit!"
    dined on 19/11/2013
  • "I don’t get the hype. Had a traditional Sunday roast and the food was cooked nicely but not something I’ll be coming back for. Pleasant enough service. Booked well in advance and got the worst table sitting in a corner staring into a grubby wall. Really! The pub itself and the location made more an impression than the food. Good selection of beers."
    dined on 17/11/2013
  • "Well, has there ever been a more divisive set of reviews? I was nervous about having sunday lunch here given some of the vitriol written on toptable, but this was an enjoyable Sunday afternoon. We sat upstairs in a bright, not impossibly noisy room; had average bloody marys and quite good beef, served quickly; the yorkshire puddings were good; the service was friendly and efficient, warning us off ordering a sharing plate of lamb for just two of us as 'too much food'. I'd go again. It's not great value, but it is Islington, and we were well looked after in a very pleasant room."
    dined on 10/11/2013
  • "We had a fantastic dinner as usual - my friend who's been living in LA for the last 10 years was in seventh heaven... we had a velvety, sweet parsnip chestnut soup with excellent sourdough bread, followed by a huge fish pie for Peter and polenta with girolles, spinach and Berkswell for me, which was a really excellent vegetarian option and didn't leave me feeling short changed at all. For dessert, we both had huge portions of sticky toffee pudding - and it was a model of its kind, once I had asked for an extra jug of toffee sauce..."
    dined on 04/11/2013
  • "pleasant atmosphere and good service...shame that ; -a rear siloin steak was overcooked -the Yorkshire pudding was too big and overcooked....therefore inedible chris"
    dined on 03/11/2013
  • "Really nice the atmosphere and the chap who served us Food good, main course a bit below avarage, apetizere really good!"
    dined on 28/10/2013
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday lunch meal here. It always seemed to be booked out so we reserved a table a few weeks in advance. With food and drinks it came out to £28 each, which considering the quality of the food, the portions and having a good amount of alcohol, we thought it to be very good value. The roast chicken and lamb sharing dishes were very tasty and two of these easily satisfied 5 of us, there was lots of food! Definitely recommend this but book in advance."
    dined on 27/10/2013
  • "good fast service, nice roast - more the simple big portions type of roast. but do note, unless you plan to share with another person you are limited to the pork roast. but if you want to share with another person then there are quite some nice menu options of Lamb, etc. My friend was not a big eater so I had the pork. It was fine, just a little drowned in the gravy, but big hearty portions. the candles on the tables were a nice touch, we had the unfortunate fun of two little kids running around behind our table which is not the restaurant's fault but a little annoying."
    dined on 27/10/2013
  • "The roast was for 2-3 people, sharing plate, it was enormous! A tad too big but delicious! Thank you for a lovely Sunday afternoon."
    dined on 20/10/2013