The Drapers Arms
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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Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 3:00PM
What Insiders Are Saying
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.
This was my first visit and it did not disappoint. The food was terrific - I shared roast chicken with 2 friends. Others had pigeon and lamb. Lamb was lovely but the pigeon was just too rare. Doggy bag to take home and great stock made with the chicken carcass! It was, however, extremely noisy with lots of children running around. I wonder if any consideration could be given to making one of the levels child free? I'm honestly not anti-children but I am anti parents who think that it is acceptable to allow their darlings to run around screaming, spoiling it for others.
We had an excellent Sunday lunch, but the place was a bit of a zoo so don't go if you want a quiet lunch. The service was excellent though despite it being busy - good job to the team! Good beers on cask and tap, great Bloody Mary and good wine slection too - all top notch.
If I booked again I’d definitely request upstairs, but Sunday roast was overpriced and underwhelming. Small portion of lamb, no Yorkshire puds, old potatoes
Delicious food, amazing wine and cocktails and great atmosphere, will be back again soon! Thanks for a lovely evening
Reasonable Gastropub food and ambience. Can get noisy with bare wood everywhere. Very friendly, quick staff.
Lovely food, nice ambience and wonderful staff. It is quite pricey but the quality is excellent. Somewhere to go for special occasions. Cx
Lovely cosy pub. Service very slow. Requested wine out of stock. Roast chicken for 2 at £42 pretty pricey, small chicken, ordinary vegetables. Not particularly hot food. Very average.
Lovely roast. We were unfortunately sat at a small table near the door so constantly flooded with a cold draft. Best to ask for a table further back.
Went to the Drapers Arms with a couple of friends. Couldn't get a later table so had to come in early. Lots of families around 12/12:30 with prams. The food was good. We ordered 2 big share plates but the table was really small and couldn't fit all the plates/glasses. Had to put the glasses on the floor. I would say that was the down side. The service was nice. Had a nice time with friends overall.
Fantastic lunch in the Drapers Arms with my parents. All the food was fantastic. I had the terrine followed by lamb pie, both were delicious. We were all too full for desert. Though as it was my birthday they brought out a slice of chocolate cake with a candle which was a lively suprise and topped off an excellent afternoon. Highly recommend
Good food, kind waitress but not the barmen. Too much light and atmosphere not particularly authentic
Superb as always. Took my mother out for a typical london pub dinner and chose the Drapers arms. It exceeded our expectations (as always). Food was wonderful, they accommodated our request for a nice table. Service was outstanding! Thank you, and highly recommend. See you soon hopefully.
It's a very nice and cozy pub with delicious food and generous portions
This was my third visit to The Drapers. Sadly, unlike previous visit we had a few issues with our main course. The staff however were very apologetic and reduced our bill with no hesitation.
Other than that we had a very enjoyable evening.
My son has recently moved to the area and having had a fabulous meal in the Pig and Butcher the previous week was looking forward to an equally enjoyable lunch to celebrate my sons birthday.
Unfortunately the food was not up to scratch and the meat I ordered was incredibly tough.
The men shared the beef rib and even though this was good, the quantity was insufficient.
My Mothers chicken pie, was apparently dreadful.
We rarely complain and try to give fair feedback, so I'm sorry to have to write a bad review, but it was really poor.
Cold steaks x 2 that were just reheated and no offer of free dessert or even a bowl of chips to compensate.
It’s not cheap but they might have been having a bad or busy night
Good food and comfy atmosphere as always!
Brilliant meal, as always. And particularly great to have all the takings from our V Day dinner go to a charity for victims of domestic violence.
Wonderful setting for sunday roast: perfect relaxed ambiance; attentive service and delicious food. Would recommend highly.
We go to our local, The Drapers Arms, quite regularly but on arrival always wonder why. The welcome is always spiky and difficult. The waitresses (more than the waiters) are usually rude. A lot of the roasts are always sold out by tea time. However, once we get past ordering and actually get our food, we are always happy with the standard of the food and drinks. It would be nice to feel more welcome.
The Drapers Arms is one of my favourite places to have a Sunday roast - their sharing platters are amazing to spend a lazy Sunday eating. Great local pub (+ great selection of wine as well).
Food took nearly an hour to arrive, my partners food was then cold. So waited 15 minutes only for it to arrive over cooked and inedible.
It was removed from the bill but as we had waited an hour to receive our meal he didn’t have enough time to re-order.
I doubt we will be going back
Poor food not cooked to our requirements
Long wait for food
Waitress very apologetic
Loved our meal out here. It was very friendly and welcoming on a very cold night. Excellent food but not stuffy at all. Wine very good too. Service was great and ambience perfect for upmarket pub.
Incredible vibe - one of my favourite pubs in London. Ideal for a catch up with friends, a laid back date and good to take your parents too as well! The pub boasts a seriously impressive wine list and beers and ales on draft. In terms of the food - head down on a Sunday and grab one of the sharing roasts for 2/3 people. They seriously nail their sea food options as well. Great Front of House as well - attentive, vibey and you can tell that the staff enjoy working there which is a seriously good sign. Totally recommend.
roast was a little fatty, but the room is great and the ambience very nice for a Sunday.
Food was sublime if a little bit on the pricey side. Atmosphere was energetic although it was Saturday night and there were three separate party groups booked in. Overall, a lovely experience.
Great evening, lovely food - three of us shared the steak and it was great. Fantastic wine selection.
A thoroughly enjoyable long boozy lunch with outstanding food.
Our favourite roast in London!
Being a Sunday in a chilly January we all chose their sharing roasts, which were described as suiting 2 to 3 people. All 9 of us enjoyed it. There was plenty of meat, a good size home made yorkshire pudding each, well prepared selection of vegetables and yummy roast potatoes, but not many of those so we asked for more and another portion was promptly provided. A bit slow with condiments but worth the wait - great quality horseradish and the English mustard. (Our waitress was a delight, efficient and working hard, but we were peak time and I think they were a bit stretched).
Tables were a bit small to accommodate the large, china platters that the roasts were served on, but we managed. Desserts were similarly tasty and felt home made, and well presented. Good wine list but not cheap. Jugs of water on the table and readily topped up.
With half a bottle of wine each and coffees cost was about £46 per head. We ate upstairs, which was described as quieter than the ground floor but, with a tiled floor and happy, chatty tables of diners don't expect a monastery.
Service excellent and food very good.
We were upstairs and very noisy stag night spoiled the atmosphere.
Our meal took 1hr 20mins to arrive and we had to chase. The meal delay was the biggest let down and a shame really, we had two pregnant ladies in our group which made things tricky. The food quality was great and the waiter did try his best to hurry things along for us. I would visit the pub again but not for food unfortunately.
Excellent food- we were a party of 10 & everybody’s food was delicious. We’ll definitely be going back!
We had a fantastic time and definitely will be going back. Food, service and ambience were all brilliant.
Service was slow but it was ok since it felt homey and welcoming. Terrible bathrooms. Everything else is about an 8 or a 10 but the bathrooms drop the ranking severely
Excellent rib of beef
Great food in a relaxed atmosphere. Ideal for a pre-match meal with family.
Delicious roast, as usual. Service slow, as usual, lovely staff run off their feet.