Drapers Hall

4.4
36 reviews
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Drapers Hall Restaurant is situated in the heart of Shrewsbury, it's been a meeting place since 1485. This historic building was converted in to a restaurant with 6 boutique rooms in 2000. Now under new ownership for the first time in 18 years we plan to be Shrewsbury's finest dinning experience. We serve local organic meats from RHUG estate and shellfish from Anglesey. Our lunch for less menu starts at £16.50 for two courses Wednesday - Saturday from 12-3, Al A Cart from 6pm and Relaxed family Sunday's from 12-3pm.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
British, European
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Hours of operation
Daily 15:00–23:00
Dinner
Daily 17:30–21:30
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Phone number
01743 344679
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Richard Nair
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Private party facilities
We have a private dining room for 16 or hire the entire venue for your own special event.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
After 6pm you can park on the Parade Shopping Centre for free until 8am. There is on street parking available in front of the restaurant but please only park where there are white lines as you will get a ticket.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
What 36 People Are Saying
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Shropshire
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was outstanding, beautifully presented and tasted amazing! I had the ribeye for my main and it has got to be one of the best steaks I’ve ever had! Cooked to my liking, seasoned to perfection! Thoroughly enjoyed the food!!

Lovely setting and atmosphere!

The only reason why I have given a lower overall rating was due to the service. I understand that Saturdays are probably the busiest day for Drapers Hall and we are now in Christmas party season, but the service could have been better. We did have check backs on the food, but we weren’t asked at any point if we wanted any further drinks and as it was quite busy we weren’t able to grab anyone’s attention. We would probably have ordered at least another 2 rounds of drinks had we been asked. So the only drinks we had were the ones we got at the bar upon arrival, the table water and coffee at the end. That is literally the only thing that let it down. I would definitely try it again.

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D
Shropshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was not our first meal at Drapers and once again it delivered. Great food, beautifully presented, very tasty. Excellent service and a lovely ambience. Always worth a visit.

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TH
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent venue for a special birthday meal. A true fine dining experience with delicious food and fantastic cocktails. Lovely ambience and attentive staff.

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N
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic meal great service felt very warmly

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SA
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a special occasion on Saturday evening and were incredibly impressed. We had the taster menu with the wine for each course.
The quality of the food was fabulous and each wine superbly complimented.
It was such a splendid experience and we will definitely recommend to our friends.
Thank you!

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T
Shropshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with great staff who know their culinary delights. Food cooked to perfection. Great wine and fabulous ambience. Definitely return.

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IM
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding service and food! The fillet of beef was the best I had ever tasted and the scallops were cooked to perfection

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RS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding night, fully recommend to anyone looking for a special meal out. Will definitely be returning

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p
Bristol
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Had to wait a long time to get a before dinner cocktail. I wanted the Taster menu, but was told they couldn't do it for one person - my partner didn't want that. Both starters were good, as was our main course, except mine came with wilted spinach that was slimy and squishy! Desserts did not live up to descriptions. Nice touch of being presented with a small appetizer from the chef, and a glass of champagne and after dinner chocolates. Gorgeous room and historic building.

Did feel it was a bit over priced. Would not bother to go again.

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DH
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I love Drapers, so to visit under the new owners was a real treat.
We all felt that the prices had increased substantially and that it wasn’t good value for money anymore.
My started had just 2 scallops and one piece of tortellini for £28 and my main course of deer was tiny, for £38
Our table was very bright and had no real ambience.
The staff were very attentive until the end of the night when we wanted the bill; they were nowhere to be seen!
Overall disappointed; not the birthday meal I was hoping for.

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JS
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a meal!
I have eating this well before, but not often, and I can't remember the last time I had a better meal.

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HM
London
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Having been to this restaurant back in February, I am pleased to say that our feedback had been listened to and they have made some exceptional changes. Both the food and service was outstanding and we were pleased we gave them the chance to show us they had made changes for the better. Would recommend this restaurant!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service as soon as we arrived and the bar manager was fantastic, escorted through to our table after a drink in the bar area and throughout our meal the service was faultless. Lovely to have the chef come to our table to see how we enjoyed the food that was just perfect. Can not fault and will be back very soon.

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G
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A most enjoyable evening. Food was excellent, very interesting and original. The service was friendly and efficient.

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L
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, in interesting building. Highlight of our trip to Shrewsbury

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JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality food. The menu was varied and unusual, loved every mouthful.
One of the best restaurant we have visited in a long time and we eat out regularly.
Highly recommend

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D
Shropshire
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was lovely but we were disappointed by the reception. Not asked if we wanted to have a drink first just ushered straight to table, given menus and left. In fact my companion had to go looking for someone to take our drinks order. After that the service was fine but they need to get the welcome right, first impressions etc.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing 15th century building with a lovely ambience. The staff were amazingly friendly and seem to take a pride in the food.
The food was the best we have ever eaten. My husband had the king scallops with lobster tortellini as a starter, which was out of this world.
My dessert which was a blackberry souffle, was incredible. It was a lovely night and we will be back soon
This meal was to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary and didn’t disappoint.

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P
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely bar area and the staff were very attentive and polite I found the restaurant to be a little on the dark side, and a bit drab but the food was delicious

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EH
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely 15th century building in the town centre - we really enjoyed the delicious 6 course tasting menu with wine pairing. We were able to swap the sweetbread course for another option with no issues - we overhead other tables asking to change courses and staff were very accommodating. The service was great - friendly and efficient - and the wines perfectly complemented each course. We would definitely return to this restaurant.

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IH
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We used to go to Drapers Hall but felt that it had gone off substantially over the last few years. Under new management, it has changed completely. The food was lovely and the service exceptionally attentive and friendly. At last we have fine dining in Shrewsbury!

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D
Liverpool
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic building with great history, bar area was nice and the dining room was stunning, we will definitely be back!!

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MP
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Under the new management the restaurant has evolved into a fine dining experience. Paul, front of house, is a trained sommelier and matched our red with our menu choices. Our starters were just superb and we followed with lamb and duck mains. As the portions were correctly small we even managed to share a platter of English cheeses to finish our wine. Our usual Americanos with hot milk ended our perfect dinner. We’ll be back!

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s
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

The menu was creative and the meal was well cooked. The staff were attentive, helpful and welcoming. We have been eating here for many years. The quality of the food had dropped and our custom reduced. The new chef and his team have raised the standards again and we will be visiting again. The interior of the restaurant is heavily influenced by the 'listed' interior. If you like an 'Elizabethan' fix then Drapers is for you. Literally wall to wall oak panelling and flooring.

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C
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, some of the best we have had in the world. The service was great and we were made to feel very special as it was our silver wedding anniversary. Will definitely be going back.

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We were not disappointed. Under new management, not been since it has changed hands...the food was delicious beautifully presented & tasted fabulous compliments to the chef & his/her team & would definitely recommend! Thank you

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J
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely food, good cocktails and excellent service. Great for a special occasion.

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L
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Lovely place, staff where very good and you didnt need to try and find them if you needed anything. The meals where good,however the steak was not worth £32 and i wasnt asked how i would like it done so i had to tell them when they came back to the table with drinks. However the service apart from that was very good.
Me and my partner thought the food was good but not amazing as we eat out a lot. It was a bit pricey for what it was we think.
There was a small complimentary dish from the kitchen to try which came just before the starter with bread buns also. This was a nice touch. Overall we would give it a 7/10.

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DB
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had been given some money for a special meal whilst visiting Shrewsbury and this looked as tho it fitted the bill well.
I loved the old building and the menu looked delicious and something very different from our usual meals. Way above our normal budget but it was a gift so we felt justified. .
My starter of asparagus and ricotta pasta with poached Burford brown hen's egg was delicious as was my husband's sea trout. Our main courses were halibut and steak, respectively, again cooked to perfection and exquisite.
However, we did think Peter's steak was slightly over priced at £32.00, £25.00 would have been more reasonable .
Also as the surroundings were so grand and we had both made an effort to dress really smartly we were a little disappointed to see some other diners wearing jeans and drinking beer from the bottle .
But maybe we are just old fashioned ? We are in our 60's ...
The staff were most attentive and friendly and overall we were both pleased with the restaurant for a special occasion, not your (or OUR) everyday choice but one we're glad we experienced

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SR
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent treat and wonderful experience in every aspect. Looking forward to next visit.

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CP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had previously visited under the old ownership and had been a little disappointed. The new owners however really seem to have got it right. Excellent attentive service and really excellent food combined with a decent wine list made it a wonderful evening. The only slight downside was the atmosphere was a bit dead, a result of the weather that had hit us, but if they continue to produce such great food this will not be a problem.

Will definitely return and recommend.

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HF
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food lovely, great service, rather overpriced for a Sunday lunch.

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HM
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We ate here in late Feb 2018 and understand it is under new management but we are sure it will be under new management again soon! The service was slow, apparently because the bar was busy and they were under staffed but when paying this much you don't really expect excuses. The maître d' (or at least we assume that’s what he was) seemed to always say the wrong thing (he totally confused us about when they were going to serve our wine; how hard can it be, and asked how our food was when we were still waiting to be served!). He just made us feel uncomfortable, which the chairs also did, because they are too low and because of the antique table it was impossible to pull them in far enough to get comfy. It was overpriced; if charging £64 for a Chateaubriand you would expect it to be carved at the table, otherwise it just looks like a very expensive roast! To top it all off, the table next to us complained (very politely) and we had to listen to the maître d' say they wouldn’t get anything off their bill because “management were too busy doing what management do” and that it was the rest of the teams’ fault (we actually felt the other waiters were doing the best they could)!!!
All that said, it is a shame as the food was actually nice (although overpriced). Everything was done well and the cheese board contained a few pleasant surprises. Just a shame they fell so far short of what they are trying to be…

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MP
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing venue and good food. We had a great time with a nice table near the fire on a cold February night. We liked having some excellent fish dishes on the menu

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BG
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very good food although probably a little over priced and the steaks were a little overdone. Not very easy with children as the menu isn't suitable although the chef was happy to make an omelette for my daughter. Great atmosphere and serve and the ingredients were high quality and local. Excellent fish and venison.

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RO
Shropshire
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Recently changed hands so going through a few changes. However I know it’s Christmas but Christmas food should Finnish on Boxing Day because Steak and chips with sprouts is a no go. The rest of the menu for a Saturday night was more of a Sunday Lunch menu ie Roast Beef and a Roast Turkey. It has been said that the new chef will take fine dining to the next level, we’ll there is so much more you could have done to the menu to make it special but it was just Sunday Roast. I also think that this is Shrewsbury not London but the menu is London prices £32 for steak and chips and sprouts
£24 for Fish Pie with 1 peice of salmon and 2 smoked langoustines sprouts and a quenelle of potatoes. Just a little over priced for the rest of Shrewsbury

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