The Drapers Arms

4.4
685 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, British
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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 - 10:30pm
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Phone number
020 7619 0348
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Payment Options
Carte Blanche, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Gina Hopkins
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Parking Details
Limited number of pay and display bays in the area. After 6.30pm residents bays and single yellow line can be used.
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Public Transit
Approximately equidistant from Angel and Highbury & Islington tube stations.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 3:00PM

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The Drapers Arms is an isolated pub in Islington with a bar downstairs, a dining room upstairs, and a garden you should take advantage of.

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RB
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was not great over cooked roast potatoes. Pork belly just fat and Yorkshire puddings very dry they just crumbled away. Expected much more

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F
London
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very, very busy but still offered to move me to a downstairs table after seeing I had walking disability. Great service without being pushy to move guests off tables despite being totally busy and staff run off their fee - but still polite. Was a little too noisy for me but would go back for food and service and would recommend trying at least once.

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E
London
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A very good Sunday lunch with very good service. Extremely difficult to talk to each other because of the noise! Still, everyone was having a good time.

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A
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food quality was generally very good but there were some strange choices on the menu. It's great that there were vegan options but why did the butternut squash and coconut curry had no protein in it. Given also that it was a Sunday lunch, should there not have been a vegetarian Sunday roast item on the menu? Plus while it was good you had a vegan option for main course, why was there no vegan dessert? Just a few inconsistencies that could do with ironing out.

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CW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent neighbourhood pub with great food and really good service. Outstanding wine list.

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l
London
60 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent. Good delicious. Great service.

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CW
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food served by efficient friendly and very helpful staff.

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N
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We haven’t been to the Drapers for a really long time. Was very pleased. Sharing lamb was delicious. A fine return to quality.

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IM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely, food is always marvellous. The table time restrictions are quite awful though - we could barekynget through a two course meal, good luck if you want a three course meal!

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c
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal in great surrounding. Staff very friendly and helped make our night special.

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately the Draper’s seems to have gone down hill. This was my second visit and the food portions are smaller and less well prepared. Our Sunday roast was mediocre with a huge price tag. The service was awful and when we asked for gravy (a roast staple, I feel) it was grumpily given. When I asked for loo roll as there was none in the loo it took 15 mins and two requests to get it. Our pudding was then rushed as they wanted the table back after they took 40 mins to take our empty plates. Wouldn’t recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Sunday lunch. Food very good but we arrived at 1:10, main course served at 2:50. No time for dessert. Bit of a shame for a rare family get together and birthday celebration

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick Gibson and his team do a fantastic job of creating a friendly environment, great food and exceptional service. This is no accident and I can see the meticulous effort that goes into every detail. The wine list is exceptional and the menu is always meticulously put together. The cuisine is primarily British with exceptional meats, fowl and vegetables. I highly recommend the Draper’s Arms!

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WP
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best roast dinner other than mum's!! Absolutely superb will definitely be returning and recommending

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JT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and beer but could be noisy with some loud groups and wooden floors

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TM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

Sometimes painfully noisy towards the rear of the establishment due to hard surfaces and domed roof (my partner and I often couldn't hear each other), food wasn't hot when delivered, one member of the bar staff was particularly unwelcoming. However, the food is actually pretty good. A typical Islington gastro-pub really. Though personally I prefer the atmosphere, beer, and food of the Albion or the Crown which are both nearby.

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TD
London
22 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food , good service - highly recommended for a delicious local meal

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E
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff. Good food

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a
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

food was very nice. It's also a lovely atmosphere/traditional pub. However, the service was TERRIBLE. As a party of 5, each person from our table had to get up at least twice to get someone to come serve us. We had to ask for menus after we were seated, get up to be served for drinks, chase someone to come take our food order, after the food came, no one came back with the extra drinks we ordered/condiments requested for the food. Lastly, the bill was incorrect and included things we did not order, so we had to get that fixed. Although service was not meant to be included, they added it on anyway! So we asked for that to be removed too. It's a shame, because the service was probably the worst I've had in London in years. I'd be apprehensive to return to this pub again based on that experience.

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F
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Excellent bread and wine. However, the Sunday roast - a rib of beef for three to share with all the trimmings was not good at all. The trimmings were not fresh - everything tasted as though it had been prepared a few days ago and microwaved. The entire meal was presented on a serving platter, with an enormous fore rib of beef for us to carve ourselves - with nothing but a steak knife and a dish. When we asked if the kitchen could carve it for us we were told "they were too busy" and were given a bigger but much blunter knife.

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RD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for dinner on Sunday a couple of weeks ago and again on Saturday night last weekend. Welcoming, good atmosphere ( bar can be a little noisy), great choice on menu and wine list and service excellent. Pretty good value too. Highly recommended

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Fantastic lunch with 3 loud kids. The service was brilliant, nothing was too much effort.

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LC
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Very nice looking local pub. High expectations for Sunday lunch, I came from Pimlico! Ordered roast lamb joint for 3, it was luke warm and had to ask for gravy and mint sauce, which took about 7 minutes to arrive. Ordered dessert, they put cutlery and fresh paper napkins down, 5 mins later another staff member picks them up! Poor coffee.

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I
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love the drapers, our go-to with friends. Highly recommend there meat share plates, excellent value!

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JE
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I am afraid that we had to wait nearly 2 hours for our main meals (a table of 4).
The food was quite good; apart from the side salad which was a few pieces of measly lettuce at around £4.
We have been here a few times; I like the atmosphere. But the service and quality of food has been disappointing recently. I hope it returns.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding as always, never had a less than excellent experience. The sharing roasts on a Sunday are a must.

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AL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fine atmosphere also if a little bit noisy in the upstair room. Food was good, well prepaired and presented.

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p
Oxford
10 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was fine, but the service was unbelievably slow with little regard for keeping us informed. They did eventually explain away the delay and offer us a free bottle of wine. Seems management just wasn't on the case that evening.

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m
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent moment with friends. Food, service and Ambiance were Perfect.
I clearly recommend this place.
Booking is mandatory.

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GU
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had Sunday lunch - one of their sharing roasts (lamb). We shared between four rather than the recommended 2-3 and was fine for us as we’d all eaten earlier. Plenty for three with big appetites though! Great standard of food and good, friendly service. Good beer selection and an extensive wine list with a several available by the glass. A great local but worth visiting from further afield too, for sure!

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n
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for Sunday lunch with a friend visiting from Dublin. The traditional roasts, including the essential roast potatoes, were spot on. Good desserts too, which we could barely manage.

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OT
London
23 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great gastro pub to spend an unhurried late afternoon in. Would have appreciated gluten free bread as the sourdough on offer smelt irresistible.

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h
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love their Sunday lunches and go there whenever we want a "special" treat!

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, slightly more fancy than a standard pub.

Was a little disappointed the pie didn’t come with mash, but the pie itself was great and the service impeccable.

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A
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is consistently excellent and way above pub fare. We save our dinners out until we are in the area!

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O
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Very slow service - an hour before anything arrived yet pub not packed - food ok but delay spoilt experience

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IT
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolute go to for a jolly lunch with friends. Superb and very generous food, charming staff and brilliant value. If you are a wine fan, this is your best bet in town.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good pub grub in a quiet, shady, beer garden - with incredibly friendly, helpful, service, too. Recommended.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

It’s so noisy in the restaurant - better in the

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