The Drapers Arms

4.5
1084 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
COVID update - we are reopen. We will do everything we can to provide a safe environment. Staff are fully trained on safe operation, hygiene, cleaning. Please be sure that your bookings comply with government guidance. We will be doing table service/seating only. GARDEN BOOKING VIA PHONE ONLY.

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.

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 - our wine list available on our website is among the very best in London.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1084 People Are Saying
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NickM
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

very good food, and roast beef was cooked to perfection.

very expensive, but just about worth it

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victoriat
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great food, lovely service. Had forgotten how noisy it can be, especially with so many hard surfaces. Everybody seemed to be shouting at each other!

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Kimagee
London
15 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We’d booked the garden, but on arrival we were told it had some large kitchen equipment there, rather diminishing the ambience. So we ate inside, and the noise level, especially from an adjacent table of about ten voluble men, was unpleasantly high.

That said, the service was very pleasant, and the food, as usual, was delicious. I particularly liked the sprouting broccoli and pumpkin starter.

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Emanueles
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I would say the Sunday roast gravy sauce wasn't really tasty , and the condiments like the side is very little.

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RachelH
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Nice relaxed pub but better for a lively drink with friends and dog rather than a special meal for two.

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HollyS
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was absolutely excellent as always. Service was great til we got a bit forgotten about at the end and had to go to the bar to pay the bill. We had a table in the garden which started out feeling a bit chaotic with a big table next to us and lots of kids, but it got a little quieter and more chilled after they left. Garden was kind of noisy ambient, nice atmosphere.

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BeaIldem
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Drapers Arms with our pup Gypsy for a weekday birthday dinner.
The fact that the venue is so dog friendly was an instant bonus.
But what really stands out here is the food. We started with the mussels in an 'nduja sauce, and while I spilled the sauce all over myself, it was worth it for every single last drop. Could have easily dipped a whole loaf of bread in that sauce and the mussels were cooked perfectly. We also had an order of the shrimp with the garlic aioli which was lovely.
The mains - burned aubergine with whipped feta and duck... Impeccable. Absolutely outstanding.
Overall, from the friendly and accommodating staff to the delicious food, 10/10 would recommend.

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SilviaM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great pub, wonderful garden setting, attentive service and very good food

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Jimmy
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food and service has really gone downhill. A shame as used to be a great pub for lunch

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LizC
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were really friendly and helpful. Had a great table by an open window which was great.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely time. We were well looked after and the bream was great!

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Katie
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good roast dinner wish there was better set menu options although and more options for non meat eaters

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Nite33
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Has the Sunday roast which was nice, maybe a bit overpriced as the portion was quite small and I’m sure the roast potatoes were frozen!

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CP2021
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff friendly and professional , choice of food good, interesting changing menu, always good to come here !

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HeidiR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Hake and lentils was delicious as was the chicken pie. Well cooked tasty English fare

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Linda
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Good choice on the menu with friendly and attentive service , the food was delicious . We did wait around 45 minutes for our mains to arrive. The pub is delightful, a real Georgian gem but the back dining room was dark and noisy and the toilets need a good clean.

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DavidG
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great venue just off the beaten path in the Angel area

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EdwardK
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always, food was excellent (particularly the Rib of Beef roast) and service was great as always.

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Hallie
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food2service4ambience3

We ordered the forerib of beef which says between 2/3 people. Firstly, on the menu we were given its listed as £72 but online it was £65 which is quite a difference. Then we ordered it medium rare and it came rare so we had to send it back. Also for 3 people there really wasnt enough meat nor veggies. Its really for 2 people not 3 and i wish they told us that as we would have ordered individual roasts instead. Or they could have put more veggies on the plate. Although tasty, we left a little hungry which is not what you expect when you spend £24pp on a roast. We ordered coffee and there was an issue with the machine so they said we had to wait 20 mins, instead we left and went to get some bites and coffee elsewhere.
I was really looking forward to to the roast and was left disappointed. The staff were friendly and professional.

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AnthonyN
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The venue was nice, the servers were very busy but we didn’t have to wait to long. The food was ok but not great thus overpriced. We had a nice time though.

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OpenTable Diner
London
11 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food, seasonal and well thought through menu. The difficulty was deciding what to have as it all looked so enticing! Skate and hake were particular stabs outs but all delicious.

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SwatiD
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attentive service - we really enjoyed our meal!

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vipJgiraffe
London
16 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We booked for dinner thinking we'd be upstairs as normal. When we arrived it became obvious we were seated downstairs as there was function on upstairs. We hadn't been informed of this when we booked and we wouldn't have come if we'd known as the pub area is usually very noisy and busy. The service was extremely slow (we waited nearly half an hour to be even asked what we wanted to drink and an hour for our main courses to arrive). Two main courses were cold and one guest couldn't eat hers as a result but she couldn't bear to wait any longer for a new plate. So all she had was a few chips and a spoonful of veg. A complaint was met with the attitude of 'we're really busy' and the server was pretty defensive. If they were short staffed due to Covid all they had to do when we sat down was to say things might be a little slow and to bear with them, which would have been understandable. But they didn't say anything even when we complained so I can only assume they had overstretched themselves and Covid had nothing to do with it. If you have a function on don't accept bookings you can't service properly. We were given money off to compensate but we won't be back. Shame, as it could have been handled so well right from the start to set expectations but it wasn't.

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Airin
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The food is good, but pretty overpriced for a pub. The decor of the is in desperate need of some TLC, especially the toilets. When you are being charged restaurant prices for food you would expect restaurant level decor to match it.

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IsobelF
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious and hearty roast in a buzzy setting. Cracking stuff for a slow Sunday

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Nope
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was awful, had to be sent back. They did take off all Food from bill but wouldn’t come back

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ValS
London
15 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food nice atmosphere, service was a bit slow but then there was a Wedding Reception in the other bar!

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vipjpddd
London
65 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was tasty and fairly priced, though somewhat unadventurous. Service was pretty mediocre- slow, distracted, we felt ignored for decent periods of time. Good neighbourhood spot.

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helenl
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was a bit slow, but they managed this with us proactively and we will definitiely go back. Food great.

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BekkiF
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It’s a lovely pub and the Sunday lunch menu looked pretty good, but unfortunately two of the dishes are only available for two or more people so if you’re dining with vegetarians as I was, the chicken and beef are off limits. The food was nice and good there were two vegetarian options, but my lamb was a bit fatty and the food wasn’t very warm. Very efficient and friendly service.

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ElaineS
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

bit disappointing, food wasn't great and was quite expensive. Inside didn't seem that clean.

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SimonB
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful gastropub in Islington. Service & food both fantastic. Particularly the Fore-rib of Beef which was up there with the best I've had in London.

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Gustavo
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drapers Arms was easy to book, great food, helpful staff.

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ABsddxx
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food was not nearly as good as I had hoped. It was overpriced. Ordered a chicken pie with suet crust. Crust was rock hard. Served on such a small plate that it left no room for sides. Ordered expensive champagne. Young woman serving was charming, but nobody topped up my glass when empty. Staff seemed in a hurry to clean up and go home. Windows were open when arrived (good), but soon we’re closed, which is concerning in Covid times. Ambience of place is nice, if not very noisy. Have cancelled my upcoming booking. Will try somewhere else.

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SteveL
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience3

Fine menu promised a lot but the food did not deliver

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JaneW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ssssh don’t tell anyone, best food in Islington

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Edward
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pub/restaurant in London by far. The food is delicious, the staff go above and beyond every time. Perfection.

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vipRichardJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning food as always and coupled with one of the best wine list around, it makes for the perfect Sunday lunch.

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JanetN
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Disappointed in an old favourite. Service very good as usual but the food was not. The steak and chips I ordered turned out to be tough steak with no chips or salad but mushy courgettes. No explanation either before or when food was served. The wine we ordered was sold out and the replacement was more expensive than we would usually order so basically the food was lousy and the wine too dear. Finally they initially sat us at a table for two sandwiched in a space between two large loud tables on either side which was inappropriate as we couldn’t hear each other amid the din. I like loud jolly restaurants but tables for two should be sat away from large parties.

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vipValleau
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sweet and knowledgable staff;
Elevated but generous cuisine ( marry a pie! );
Seductive
Inside and out, a fugue of crisp green;
Frankly gobsmacking value;
10/10. 💚

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The Drapers Arms is rated 4.5 stars by 1084 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.