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The Drapers Arms, London,

The Drapers Arms

4.5
4.5
1234 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
GARDEN BOOKING VIA PHONE OR EMAIL 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.

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2 people

21:30


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British

  • 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

  • Phone number

    020 7619 0348

  • Payment Options

    Carte Blanche, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Aurelien Durand

  • Private party facilities

    We have an upstairs dining room that can hold around 60 for a drinks party and 45 for a dinner. A variety of drink and dining alternatives are available. We also accept large parties downstairs and cater for many weddings, birthdays and other celebrations every year.

  • Area

    Angel

  • Parking Details

    Limited number of pay and display bays in the area. After 6.30pm residents bays and single yellow line can be used as well as at weekends.

  • Public Transit

    Approximately equidistant from Angel and Highbury & Islington tube stations.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,234 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • North London

    Notable Wine List

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  1. h

    hungryi

    London

    178 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    178 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Three of us had a perfect return visit to THE DRAPER'S ARMS for early dinner yesterday. I hadn't actually booked the garden but it looked so tempting..the Manager (amazing man...don't know his name) very sweetly found us a table as long as we agreed to vacate for people who had booked later. Food as we found the first time very good to exceptional..and all the staff were so warm, so friendly, so efficient..even as both the garden and indoor space filled up completely. Wish it were nearer to me (Pimlico) but will definitely be returning as often as possible...it's really handy for Almeida theatre, one of my favourite theatres in London.
  2. ZF

    ZoeF

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fab meal at the Drapers Arms! We love coming here,
  3. AT

    AyshaT

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The best roast in Islington! No air conditioning so it was hot up on the first floor. Some of the common parts (staircase, WCs) are in need of a refresh. Can't fault the côte de bœuf roast. Cooked to perfection.
  4. JM

    JennyM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding, as ever. Thank you everyone at the Draper’s - food was utterly delicious, faultless service. We’ll be back xxx
  5. AS

    AmandaS

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great ambience. Good service. However, two fish dishes at £25 with No or hardly any dressing, was toppy. Desserts were gross. Never again. Loved the place but would be careful next time.
  6. T

    Tastiness

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice meal on a Sunday evening. Generally good service - kept waiting a little while, but sorted out when reminded. Professional management of the restaurant mainly but with some inexperienced staff. Everyone tried to be helpful. Food good standard for mainly Sunday lunch type things plus a few other choices. Many options ran out. Poor and boring beer selection. Wine list extensive. Good option for Sunday lunch.
  7. LA

    LesleyA

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely neighbourhood pub with a warm and friendly vibe. Tables inside were unbearably hot though on a warm summer evening. Not helped by the fact that they are not allowed to open windows and doors as they need to keep their local residents happy. Top quality ingredients are put together in simple recipes. Delicious trombette courgettes with tangy za’atar marinated barberries and labneh. Spanking fresh lemon sole elevated with a thyme, lemon and anchovy butter. Shame it didn’t come with any accompaniments which means I had to order a side of new potatoes. Didn’t really need 500g at £5 to myself as both of my friends dishes came with chips. Was also crying out for a green veg to go with it but the sides were severely lacking.
  8. LG

    LucyG

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Delicious food, not your average pub grub. Think Ottolenghi inspired but with some classic dishes mixed in. The staff were all really friendly and service was great. Was just a shame that it wasn’t very busy
  9. HT

    HenryT

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very impressed. Had the potted beef which was such a surprise in a good way. Main of iberico was outstanding and they had commando g on the wine list which always a treat
  10. C

    Cunners

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great vibe and service - just as it should be. Food a bit average but still a great evening out
  11. HM

    HelenM

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner at the Drapers absolutely fantastic as always
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great.
  13. NW

    NatW

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really nice space, friendly staff, overall a good experience.
  14. S

    Simonac

    London

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We had a great night at the Drapers Arm and I ll def recommend it! The food was well presented and delicious, staff very nice and attentive and the place /garden a little gem! The only thing perhaps was that the food was a bit overpriced but other than that we loved it!
  15. BA

    BigAl

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch as always in
  16. NG

    NicolaG

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good service and good atmosphere. We’re given a room upstairs which was very welcome as very busy downstairs . Nice food and enjoyed our evening
  17. N

    Nobby

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Lively atmosphere and friendly staff. Tasty food and generous portions. Not much choice for vegetarians. Very noisy!
  18. R

    Rodders

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 5 July 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Beautiful pub and lovely service but food a little average
  19. TW

    TimW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was well worth making the trip to this great pub! The Gibson is fantastic and all of the food we had was delicious. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for good drinks and a meal.
  20. DE

    DianaE

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Looked after brilliantly, as always. Thank you. Until the next time. D
  21. a

    adriand

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fantastic wine list, great british fare to good with that.
  22. SC

    SophieC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    I've eaten here several times and have always found the food and service to be excellent. I brought a group of friends here for a Sunday lunch yesterday and unfortunately the standard was really not great. The meal was rather cold and the roast potatoes and Yorkshires felt like they had been sat on the side for a while as they were cold and hard. The gravy was really runny and flavourless. The service and ambience were good as usual, so it was a shame the meal was so far below the usual standard. I'm not sure whether I would return now.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Bit too expensive for the quality of the beef roast; the dessert rum cake was delicious. Thanks
  24. a

    angieo

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is SO good here and the staff are so lovely! Love that it’s dog friendly too.
  25. LH

    LouiseH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fantastic jewel of a pub. Delicious food, great service and a lovely atmosphere.
  26. SH

    StewartH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    I’ve eaten here before several times before pandemic and the food was always very good. I brought a friend and told him it was an excellent pub which served very nice food. Unfortunately on the day the food was very poor, the chicken pie was filled with what seemed like scraps and was virtually hollow. The roast potatoes seemed like they’d been cooking for several hours and I could barely cut them with a sharp knife. If I hadn’t been before and had good food I wouldn’t have paid and felt embarrassed when I left. The noise level was so high at one point it was difficult to converse, but that’s not the pubs fault. The ‘chef’ must have had a really bad day at the office…!!!
  27. MJ

    MJay

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always! Great food, nice cocktails and wine list and excellent service. One of my fave places in London.
  28. R

    Review123

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always delicious food, great atmosphere, and lovely pub
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    68 reviews

    3.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Went for Father’s Day and unfortunately the service was not good at all compared to usual. It took a long time to get any service then main meals arrived before drinks, then twice items were forgotten. Was disappointed with the chicken pie as it contained mushrooms which wasn’t marked on the menu and are my least favourite food. When we told the waiter as feedback there was no apology. It’s a shame as it’s a lovely pub and good experience in the past.
  30. HJ

    HighburyJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Overall we were very disappointed considering the 4.5? star rating the restaurant has. Immediately upon entering (6pm), we noted the staff was stressed and rushed. Maitre d was impatient. In the loud environment it was hard for us to hear him and him to hear us. At one point he admonished a guest at another table for swapping his chair for a chair from an adjacent empty table. Why? My guess, his was wobbly. (Mine was too.) Food was decent but over priced. ( 12.50 for one smallish squid tentacle?) Last comment from me: From our table we could smell the chemicals in the bathroom. Not coming back.
  31. JW

    JohnW

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very helpful staff and excellent lunch. Recommended
  32. C

    Cricket76

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    I was disappointed to request a garden table for my friend’s bday via the Opentable app, specifically saying that if that was going to be a problem then someone should call me. No one called me, I therefore imagined the table was secured in the garden. I arrived to be told that “you have to phone to ask to sit in the garden” then why not say that on Opentable or simply say that garden tables have to be booked over the phone. Ridiculous. We were sweltering inside and not once were we offered something on the house to make up for it… just met with defensive staff. Not good.
  33. MD

    MarkD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The two male waiters provided fairly cursory service - they were a bit impatient, bordering on rude . In contrast the female waitress who presented our bill was charming and courteous - and I assumed much more experienced - until she told me she was a trainee ! As with so many other restaurants the lack of any soft and sound absorbent materials meant that it is a more noisy environment than I would prefer . The food was good - though with only chips on offer as a side potato dish my companion was left having bread with his Hake. How about rice or polenta as an option ?
  34. WV

    WhoopsieVonTickle1

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Love this pub (which really is a restaurant)- We have spent many great nights there over the last 10 years. Sadly last night the service was slow - we waited 45 mins for our food order to be taken - we were told by the dramatic head server that the kitchen was backed up and that was why he was ignoring us - he managed to share his back of house stressed energy with us and fellow dinners. He said 'we dont expect people to come on Monday nights' - It's June in London, lots of tourists are here and people dont just go out on a Saturday night! Plus this place is in all the cool guide books. They comped our drinks without us asking but good service with a smile would have cost them less!
  35. JR

    JohnR

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Was our second visit, the first was excellent. However this was very different. Was left waiting at the door for about ten minutes before someone greeted us. Then once sat at our table another long wait before we were offered drinks and given menus. Only told us they had run out of several items when we spent time choosing food. If they told us when they brought the menus it would have been much better.
  36. RR

    RoRo100

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely pub with more restaurant style food and drink then pub food.
  37. T

    Tuppence

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had heard a lot about this pub but hadn’t been for many years. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The pastry on my pie was completely overcooked, edible just but rather spoiled. When asked if everything had been ok I mentioned this. When the bill came they apologised and had removed the pie from the bill. I hadn’t asked for this but it was much appreciated. Would definitely return.
  38. RC

    RikC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favourite pub. Food and wine a level above anywhere else.
  39. L

    Lizzie

    London

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and comfortable and incredibly enjoyable evening.
  40. MT

    MollieTant

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    No veggie roasts (is it 2002?) Harassed us for an order 3 times within 15 minutes [literally wasn't even busy] and then made us wait when we had asked to pay the bill Food was ridiculously expensive (£17 for 5 artichokes, 2 pieces of asparagus and some cut up carrot and peas in a broth?) Disappointing to say the least. Don't bother x

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Drapers Arms is rated 4.5 stars by 1234 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

21:30


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for The Drapers Arms

44 Barnsbury Street, London, N1 1ER

Additional information

  • Area

    Angel

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Limited number of pay and display bays in the area. After 6.30pm residents bays and single yellow line can be used as well as at weekends.

  • Public Transit

    Approximately equidistant from Angel and Highbury & Islington tube stations.

  • Payment Options

    Carte Blanche, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Aurelien Durand

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 7619 0348

  • Private party facilities

    We have an upstairs dining room that can hold around 60 for a drinks party and 45 for a dinner. A variety of drink and dining alternatives are available. We also accept large parties downstairs and cater for many weddings, birthdays and other celebrations every year.

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