The Drapers Arms

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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Lunch
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.

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OT
London
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had one of the best Sunday lunches that we have had at a pub in a long time. The roast lamb was delicious, as were the roast potatoes and greens. The very extensive wine list meant that we could find the perfect wine match as well. The staff were very friendly, helpful and efficient. it is no wonder that this place gets booked up on most Sundays, but it is definitely worth the effort of getting organised and booking a table in advance.

TK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Unfortunately what I wanted for main course was not available and it wasn’t too late in the evening. However it was the very high level of noise in the room that really marred the evening.

LH
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as ever. Great staff and relaxed but attentive service. Food worth breaking the good behaviour for.

NB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Drapers always delivers. Damn good food, whether you’re with mates for boozy one or taking your folks for a roast it’s hard to beat. Thanks again

AH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of my favourite places for a Sunday roast in North London - the big sharing roast dinners are the best!

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The menu was varied and offered a wide range of dishes all of which were not your average fare.
Food when it arrived was piping hot and delicious.
Staff were very attentive and helpful in all aspects from choosing a dish to selecting a wine.
Atmosphere was relaxed and perfect for a casual lunch.
Would definitely return

LL
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service from all bar and restaurant staff, great interpersonal skills too! - a great team.

Sunday roasts were really lovely, we had the pork loin and the lamb -both cooked perfectly - well worth the price.

Tiny criticism - The creme caramel is hugely overpriced at £8 - it’s nice but no different from that bought at any high street supermarket.

Overall a fantastic experience and we will definitely be returning on a regular basis.

Thank you to the wonderful staff

Lanny

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful rib of beef for two, friendly staff, and a nice beer garden at the back.

CH
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Since last visit menu simpler and cleverly priced.
Very pleasant to sit in the garden and share three starters.
The Sicilian white by the glass delightful.
Charmingly served by our attentive member of staff.
Will come again later this month.Thank you.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

£8 for 5 half of mini fried artichoke and rocket
£8 for 12 pieces of beetroot, 5 bits of goats cheese and watercress
Both are a joke did that price

£9.5 for 4 mini bits of squid with chorizo and beans seems a little pushy too

Overall quiet dissatisfied.
Service was soulless and didn’t try to get us drinks

i
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent cooking. We would have appreciated being able to book a table in the garden.

x
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place !!
Very cool wine list - must see

JD
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely pub has a really great feel. Would recommend.

RL
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

its a great room, and the staff immediately make you feel like you've come to their place! i had clams and the lamb, and both were outstanding. definitely restaurant quality, albeit at restaurant prices.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was good, able to sit in garden in the sunshine

AD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Took really long to get our roasts. They had said 20 mins after the starters was cleared but it was close to 50 mins. Also, the waiter claimed to be an expert on wines (said he had done a wine tasting earlier before the restaurant opened that day) but the suggestions he gave was completely off (i.e. he said a fruity and light red was very heavy and dry).

DT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We love The Drapers. It’s just of the grid, so it’s rarely packed. The food is great. The ambience is fantastic. The staff are great. So is the wine list. Good people watching too. We often bring friend who are visiting so they can experience a lovely little slice of London life.

AH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Standard excellence from the Drapers Arms... it is like that old jumper that you always put on in the knowledge it’s comfy and toasty warm... dependable! More than I can say for a lot of the questionable restaurants / ‘gastro pubs’ around at the moment...

AM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal again at the Drapers Arms! They were very accommodating of us eating outside and of our 7 year old daughter!

TC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was very salty, otherwise a lovely spot! Have always enjoyed the drapers arms

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful pub and delicious food, but a little too noisy.

R
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere but we were moved on after a few hours despite being told this wouldn’t happen at time of booking.

H
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always good food at the Drapers Arms, plus excellent, v friendly service on this last visit.

JC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Yummy food and fantastic service. Quite noisy in upstairs room with big tables near us

TS
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

ridiculously expensive for really average food, cooked without any love or care.
for these prices you could eat almost anywhere in London and get amazing food - not here though.
also really noisy on a Sunday lunch slot.

R
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was classic, simple but delicious. Service was slow however, our main come an hour and a half after ordering (we had ordered starters too luckily, which came a little before then)

P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service delious food and a fun atmosphere for Sunday lunch

MH
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Didn’t enjoy the plaice as much as other meals I’ve had at Draper’s Arms. Very salty.

B
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had my wedding party there and it couldn’t have been better. It’s our local pub so we know the staff and they were lovely. They made sure that we had everything we needed including plenty if water on the hottest day ever. The food was amazing great quality and cooked beautifully and loads of everything. I would absolutely recommend this pub for a drink a meal or a party x

S
London
9 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for Sunday Roast, family of 6 - and most of us adults. The mains were abundant and the sauce excellent. We had lamb and beef, and there was more than enough for us. The dessert was not necessary, but our youngest really wanted to have it, so she got the panna cotta - very creamy. Only complaint is that there were bits of sand or stone in my cabbage - otherwise a fine meal.

W
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Sunday lunch, as always, with lovely atmosphere and really good service. Food was tasty, though thought this time the starters, while having interesting ingredients and combinations, had sauces that slightly overpowered the flavour of the main ingredient - e.g. ox tongue, smoked salmon.

OT
France
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant as always. Thank you Queenie for such wonderful service. Food was delicious and as was the wine.

LM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best roast I’ve had in ages. Lovely pub, in a beautiful neighbourhood.

KL
London
40 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

We booked on Friday afternoon for that evening. We were on a shared bench by the door. The food was lovely and good portion sizes. Really extensive wine list with options for all pockets. The venue could do with a little more atmosphere, there was low volume music on but it wasn’t very social. Got more lively as the evening progressed.

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Service incredibly slow; waited over an hour for mains. Dad’s fish arrived cold.

K
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing Sunday roast

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Father’s Day lunch! Room for the pram, AND amazing food!

B
London
12 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful pub, gorgeous food, excellent friendly service.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing shared fore rib of beef.

RR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always

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