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The Drapers Arms, London,

The Drapers Arms

4.5
4.5
1190 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.

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Booked 35 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

    Luke Frankie

  • 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Sat 18 February 2017

Starters

  • Lindisfarne Rock Oyster

    • each£2.50
  • Celeraic Soup£5.50

    • Purple Srouting Broccoli£7.50

      blood orange hollandaise & hazelnuts

      • Duck Gizzards£6.50

        bacon, bone marrow croutons & frisee

        • Ham Hock Terrine£7.50

          beer mustard & toast

          • Mussels, Nduja£7.00

            broccoli & cream

            • Cobble Lane Charcuterie

              toast & pickles

              • For 2£16.00

            Mains

            • Leek & Durrus Gratin£13.50

              raw sprout salad

              • Suet Crust Pheasant Pie£13.50

                £0.50 fis donated to Action Against Hunger

                • Rump Steak£18.50

                  blue cheese & port butter, chips

                  • Lemon Sole£17.00

                    salsify, prawn & saffron cream

                    • Jugged Hare£16.50

                      mashed potato

                      • Ox Heart£15.00

                        sweet & sour cauliflower, mustard & almonds

                        • Cod£17.00

                          fennel, cockles & crispy pig's skin

                          • Tartiflette

                            Cobble Lane charcuterie & castelfranco

                            • For 2£35.00
                          • Stuffed Monkfish Tail

                            roasted lemon, new potatoes & chicory

                            • For 2£26.00
                          • Fore-Rib of Beef, Chips & Alioli

                            • For 2/3£60.00

                          Sides

                          • Castelfranco, Frisee & Red Onion£3.75

                            • Chips£3.75

                              • New Potatoes£3.75

                                • Savoy Cabbage£3.75

                                  Dessert

                                  • Neal's Yard Cheese Selection

                                    plum jelly & oatcakes

                                    • each£3.00
                                  • Chocolate & Ale Cake£6.50

                                    salted caramel sauce, hazelnuts & cream

                                    • Blood Orange Cake£6.50

                                      orange blossom cream

                                      • Rhubarb Fool & Shortbread£6.50

                                        Last updated: 3 February 2022

                                        What 1,190 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
                                        • 4.4Ambience
                                        • 4.2Value

                                        NoiseEnergetic

                                        Loved For

                                        • North London

                                          Lunch

                                        • North London

                                          Sunday Lunch

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                                        1. PS

                                          PaulS

                                          London

                                          6 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined 2 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great sharing roasts

                                        2. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 2 days ago

                                          overall4food3service4ambience3

                                          Lovely staff, menu limited for vegetarians- no option for a veggie roast. No dog treats for a dog friendly pub

                                        3. JM

                                          JillM

                                          London

                                          19 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          19 reviews

                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                          Delicious food - with large portions - if anything too large especially the very tasty suet chicken and ham pie - one between 2 with sides would have been even better. We sat outside in the courtyard on a lovely May evening - what more could you ask for?

                                        4. AE

                                          AndyE

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Good food, good beer. Ox tongue and pork chop was delicious.

                                        5. KC

                                          KateC

                                          London

                                          5 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on 8 May 2022

                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                          Super busy but charming service. Good Sunday lunch.

                                        6. A

                                          Andrea

                                          London

                                          14 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          14 reviews

                                          Dined on 7 May 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Highly recommended - went for a lunch and had the best Onglet beef for a long time, with the right amount of fries and salad on the side. Also tried the chicken pie that my partner had ordered which was excellent as well. Overall outstanding food quality and friendly service.

                                        7. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          London

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 4 May 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Amazing food, great service

                                        8. K

                                          Kimagee

                                          London

                                          18 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          18 reviews

                                          Dined on 2 May 2022

                                          overall4food4service5ambience2

                                          Nice food, very friend helpful service. But the noise level, even when not that busy, is shockingly loud. It’s not easy to carry on a conversation without leaning in and concentrating carefully. It must be dangerous for the hearing of your staff. This isn’t the first time I’ve commented on this problem and will probably not be the last. The Noise Level isn’t “energetic “ as your question suggests — it’s unpleasant. At some stage it will put me off going to the Drapers, which would be a shame.

                                        9. BB

                                          BobB

                                          London

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 2 May 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Amazing food, wine and service, a great place to go for lunch

                                        10. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          London

                                          1 review

                                          2.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 1 May 2022

                                          overall2food1service2ambience3

                                          Overall very bad value for money, mostly disappointed by the food.

                                        11. RH

                                          RyanH

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 30 April 2022

                                          overall3food3service2ambience3

                                          Usually a big fan of this place, but last time we went service was quite bad.

                                        12. LL

                                          LioraL

                                          London

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 30 April 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great place. Food was excellent, fun wine list. But terribly noisy, don't bring people with hearing impairment.

                                        13. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          London

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 30 April 2022

                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                                          Excellent as always other than the tarte tatin that was burnt by they gave it to us on the house.

                                        14. Q

                                          Quiet

                                          London

                                          28 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          28 reviews

                                          Dined on 27 April 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Lovely lunch with friendly service. Very nice room

                                        15. AA

                                          AlexandraA

                                          New York Area

                                          3 reviews

                                          2.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on 24 April 2022

                                          overall2food2service2ambience4

                                          Not enough staff on the top floor. Failed to bring us the right knife and fork to eat dinner and hard to get attention of servers z

                                        16. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          London

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 22 April 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          It’s always great here. Setting, service, staff and crucially, the food!!

                                        17. j

                                          john

                                          London

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 19 April 2022

                                          overall5food4service5ambience4

                                          Good service and child friendly Always best to off peak as gets v noisey

                                        18. DJ

                                          DanJ

                                          London

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 18 April 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Outstanding food and atmosphere, brilliant wine list - has to be in London’s top few pubs.

                                        19. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          5 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on 17 April 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          This spot is always top notch! Best food and service around!

                                        20. A

                                          Antonella

                                          London

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 17 April 2022

                                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                                          We had a lovely Sunday Roast as usual! I have to say this is one of the best Sunday roast I had so far! Lovely service, the lady looked after us with all the allergies problem ecc. Good value as well for the quality of food!

                                        21. SS

                                          StudioSmallGuy

                                          London

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on 17 April 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great Easter lunch in the garden thanks for offering us the garden as an option

                                        22. LB

                                          LisaB

                                          London

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on 16 April 2022

                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                                          Amazing food and really kind wait staff- they forgot a few things but were so kind and accommodating cant complain! Cant wait to go back.

                                        23. AH

                                          AnnaH

                                          London

                                          2 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 16 April 2022

                                          overall4food5service4ambience3

                                          really good food and great atmosphere , dog friendly.

                                        24. n

                                          neadyx

                                          Dublin

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 11 April 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience3

                                          Absolutely delicious meal. The braised rib was stunning. Will return for sure!!

                                        25. LM

                                          LucyM

                                          Tokyo

                                          5 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on 10 April 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Best beef roast I’ve ever eaten. Lovely range of food on offer with great wine and cocktails too.

                                        26. DL

                                          DaveL

                                          New York Area

                                          8 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined on 10 April 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Wonderful Sunday lunch in a nicely designed, comfortable space. Attentive service and delicious pork roast - with crackling!! Can’t wait to return.

                                        27. WR

                                          WillR

                                          London

                                          4 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on 9 April 2022

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          Way above your average gastro pub. Friendly, professional service. Top quality food. A real favourite on increasingly rare occasions we can afford to eat out.

                                        28. H

                                          Henrietta

                                          London

                                          2 reviews

                                          3.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 9 April 2022

                                          overall3food4service2ambience2

                                          Delicious food but very closely packed tables and noisy made it hard to hear our conversations!

                                        29. RA

                                          RuthA

                                          London

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 8 April 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great menu & friendly staff - a lovely local to have on our doorstep

                                        30. DD

                                          DanD

                                          Manchester

                                          10 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          10 reviews

                                          Dined on 3 April 2022

                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                          Had the little one so went for the sharing chicken Sunday lunch. Fantastic value and great food. If I was nitpicking the roast potatoes could have taken a touch more seasoning and the gravy could have been a bit thicker but it didn’t stop us from finishing everything. The service was really good. It was the perfect place for a relaxed family Sunday lunch and it was impressive having orange wine on the menu as it’s not something you always see. We found this place from the Michelin guide and can see why it’s on there, look forward to returning.

                                        31. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          London

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 2 April 2022

                                          overall3food3service1ambience4

                                          Unfortunately we had quite a bad experience today. Our waitress was moody throughout the service and when she charged us for too many beers, she was very reluctant to rectify the mistake. I left feeling that I would not like to return which is a shame because the pub is beautiful and in a very nice location.

                                        32. JD

                                          JulienD

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 1 April 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Very good gastropub with an amazing wine choice. Food was very tasty and the staff was very friendly. The boss helped us choose the perfect wine for our food and even advised us other good restaurant to try during out holidays. Perfect!

                                        33. b

                                          buonissimo

                                          London

                                          6 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined on 30 March 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          your perfect local: consistently well prepared food, well balanced, innovative without trying too hard; outstandingly warm service; beautiful airy pub that has been modernised without becoming corporate

                                        34. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          London

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 29 March 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          It’s solid as always. Brilliant work.

                                        35. NC

                                          NicC

                                          London

                                          21 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          21 reviews

                                          Dined on 28 March 2022

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          Great gastropub with a lovely menu. The beetroot starter needed a bit more zing and the cheese was a little light in the portion. The main course cod was well cooked, had beautiful sauce and the chips were excellent. My one issue (and this location isn't the only pla\ce that suffers from this issue IMO), is the furniture... They try to keep it "rustic" but it ends up being a bit uncomfortable tbh. Other than that LOVED IT and would certainly recommend it.

                                        36. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          London

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on 27 March 2022

                                          overall5food4service4ambience5

                                          Ottimi location , servizio, cibo , atmosfera

                                        37. C

                                          Citydays

                                          London

                                          12 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          12 reviews

                                          Dined on 26 March 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great pub food and buzzy atmosphere

                                        38. i

                                          ikking87

                                          London

                                          27 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          27 reviews

                                          Dined on 26 March 2022

                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                                          Exceptional food & service as always. Always a pleasure coming here!

                                        39. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          London

                                          4 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on 20 March 2022

                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                          Excellent food again- really top quality meat & wine. Kids menu would make life easier ;)

                                        40. j

                                          jamiek

                                          London

                                          8 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined on 20 March 2022

                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                          As ever, really great food. Service was great from one of teh team, whereas the other was a little bit sulky...

                                        Safety precautions

                                        • Cleaning & sanitising

                                          • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                          • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                          • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                          • 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
                                        • Protective equipment

                                          • Waiting staff wear masks
                                        • Screening

                                          • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                        FAQs

                                        The Drapers Arms is rated 4.5 stars by 1190 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                        2 people

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                                        Booked 35 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

                                          Luke Frankie

                                        • 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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