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The Drapers Arms

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928 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub

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Sunday Lunch
COVID update - we are reopen under 1m-plus guidance. We will do everything we can to provide a safe environment. Staff are fully trained on safe operation, hygiene, cleaning & table spacing has increased. Please be sure that your bookings comply with government guidance on social distancing - INCLUDING LIMIT ON TWO HOUSEHOLDS DINING TOGETHER INSIDE. We will be doing table service/seating 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.

Our upstairs dining room can accommodate weddings and parties.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 928 People Are Saying
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Georgia
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here multiple times and it still stands as the best roast in London!

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mole58
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food. Good value and delicious. Staff were really friendly and attentive. Would definitely go again. A wonderful experience.

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Jaco
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First meal out and we felt very safe with hand sanitizer on every table and all doors open. Food and service were great - we went on a Sunday and the roast was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thanks to their mask-wearing friendly staff and clean setting, we could relax and enjoy the wonderful lunch!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely garden, good staff and very yummy food!

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AMAURYL
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual ! For sure one of the best pubs in London !

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NikkiS
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really lovely evening, thank you. The food and ambience were just perfect

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Hattie
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Lovely dinner! Great atmosphere. First dinner out in months!

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SarahM
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We found The Drapers Arms expensive. The meal was ok, the service slow, with little
ambience. Sadly, we won’t go again, and would not recommend it to friends.

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LBee
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Adjusting well to the temporary new normal! Delicious beer as ever. Not good for vegetarian options. But if you like meat it has plenty.

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ArthurD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the slow cooked lamb which was amazing! Highly recommended!

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DavidG
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Reluctant as I am to see the Drapers get any busier (it's been my local for over ten years and I like it just the way it is) it's only fair to say that it's my favourite pub in London. The nicest staff, excellent range of beers well kept and a wine list including reliable ordinary wines and interesting fine wines, and consistently good food.

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NevenaH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, wine and service! Great first pub to go to after so long in quarantine

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vipMilla
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best shared roast in London. Amazing service. Wonderful pub.

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vipBrandonB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice location, good atmosphere.

Staff were friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend.

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AnnetteR
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

One of my favourite pubs, great food and wine and always buzzing.

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ECES
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very, very good local pub. Seasonal, perfectly cooked food and good wine list. Friendly staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good dining option for 'Gastro' pub food. Nice surroundings and great service. Wonderful wine list and a generally strongly recommended.

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JanetF
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely time, the food was good, service excellent and we will be back. We all had roast beef which was good but it comes in a piece which was impossible to carve as there was no sharp knife. Next time we will take our own.

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AidenB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Nice but very loud

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Baldgooner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall1food4service2ambience4

Ordered our food for 4 people and the starters arrived quickly enough and were very good
Then came the problem , we had ordered the beef to share and about 1 hour after ordering it and after asking about it twice we were eventually told that the chef forget to cook it.
Quite a strange oversight. We were eventually offered discounted drinks and a quick burger as we had time restraints but it was too little to late unfortunately
Disappointing, as the menu was superb and the starters were excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m still dreaming about that burger...

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bena
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The best shared steak in islington and best value. £25 cheaper and 30% bigger than the coach in Farringdon! Great service too count myself lucky to live nearby

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TKM57
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Again the food was excellent, but this was marred by the excessive noise in the dining room. This was caused by large and noisy groups of diners and the absence of any noise dampening. This made having a conversation with my fellow diners extremely difficult.

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AGR1
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great for a school-night gathering with friends, quiet, cozy gastro-pub.

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Niamhm
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A lovely Sunday roast at drapers, food was delicious and all served immaculately, highly recommend the lamb! The staff were amazing despite it being incredibly busy, in particular, the host/manager who was really understanding when we were running late!

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ArthurD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The slow cooked lamb was out of this world!

Can’t wait to go again.

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Love2eat
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a great lunch but we were rushed to leave we arrived at 1p and was told we needed to give our table back at 2.20p. When asked what the policy was for turning tabled we were told 2 hrs!

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DinerDiagnostics
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

The back room is just so loud. Went out for a quiet week night supper and almost left due to noise. Couple of tables of four who were having a jolly time but the acoustics were ao bad it made the room deafening.

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Steve
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent as usual - the sharing platters are great. Service quite good. Nice pub, I will keep coming back

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AdamW
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Staff were good, some more attentive than others. Really enjoyed the food, great value. Loved the look of the place.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall1food4service2ambience1

waited half an hour for starters. not scaled to the seating capacity.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience dining at the Drapers.
Everything from the staff , ambience to the food and drink is amazing. Our favourite neighbourhood hang

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EchaveM
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buena comida, buen servicio y un ambiente acogedor y muy agradable. Excelente relacion calidad precio.

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MW888
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Went there a year ago for a Sunday roast and it was fantastic. Went for Saturday lunch recently and it was pretty poor - Hake came overcooked with some very plain and undercooked boiled potatoes. Lamb suet pie was tasty, but the chips looked like they’d been refried from the evening before. Disappointing.

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JohnB
London
1 review