The Drapers Arms

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797 reviews
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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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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.

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1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on July 7, 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)

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

Great service delious food and a fun atmosphere for Sunday lunch

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MH
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 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.

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B
1 review
Dined on June 28, 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

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S
London
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 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.

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W
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 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.

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

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

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

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

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KL
London
35 reviews
Dined on June 21, 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.

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

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

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

Amazing Sunday roast

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

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

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

Beautiful pub, gorgeous food, excellent friendly service.

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

Amazing shared fore rib of beef.

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

Excellent food as always

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j
London
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The roast beef was far too undercooked for such a low quality cut. Tough chewy meat is unacceptable for £22. The desserts were nice and staff were also polite.

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E
London
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I had rather high hopes for this pub having seen it frequently mentioned in area guides and pub lists. But I left feeling a little disappointed. We were a little awkwardly seated at the end of a longer group table (booking was for 2). Service was fine. Main meals took around 45 minutes, which on a busy Sunday is to be expected so happy to wait, but upon arrival were lukewarm at best. Having ordered the pie that put me off which was a real shame as the taste/flavour seemed there. We still enjoyed it, but think it could have been a better experience. Wouldn't rush back, but would try again.

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S
Manchester
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous food, service and setting! Will be back for a sirloin roast, lamb was amazing!

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d
London
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top pub, food and service. One of the reliable spots for dinner and great wines!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and bloody Mary’s perfect- service was good. Just wish the windows in the dining room upstairs would open. It was quite warm upstairs and a small breeze going through the room would have been perfect

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ER
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience, food, setting — everything about this pub is great. Had a really nice lunch in the garden, plenty of space, relatively quiet and delicious roast chicken. Really recommend it.

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CD
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met as a large crowd for a birthday and were chatting away, but when the food came everyone went quiet and was concentrating on eating - a good sign for the food! We had the three kinds of sharing roasts and there was plenty of food. The roast potatoes were brilliant, which I was especially impressed with. The staff were so helpful and courteous.

My ONLY criticism would be that we would have preferred a lot more gravy - there were some gravy hogs at our table!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We usually really enjoy our evenings at the Drapers Arms, however tonight was an exception. The service was terrible, it took over an hour for our food to arrive, and our servers were very grumpy and unhelpful. No smiles, no apologies for the food greening late, no thank you for coming.... It was odd.

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AM
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal at the Drapers Arms as always and I redeemed my opentable dining cheque (one of the few places that accepts them - and it was seamless too without any fuss). The Lamb shoulder sharing roast was incredible and all of the sides were perfect. Great wine selection too!

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a
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently brilliant. Menu & wine list is always on point. Lovely service in a really relaxed, informal environment. Brilliant neighbourhood pub.

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FS
London
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food arrived cold, no one came to check on us during the meal. No staff available to complain to.

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DL
London
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Had a long blonde hair in my roast That was also cold.

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n
London
32 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s probably one of the best pubs in Islington! The onglet steak is absolutely fantastic and a must try! The house is beautiful, cosy and the garden amazing! So happy to have such a nice place near home.

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MR
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was kinda puritan: simple, well seasoned but no big flavours. Perfect for the health conscious Islington crowd. Great wine list though and amazing staff. Terrible accoustics sadly: a half-cut table of millennial girls were beyond shrill and a crying baby’s wail bounced around the room a few times before settling in between my eyes. Def worth a visit though.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although we didn’t book a table outside, the waiter very kindly agreed to move us to an outside table as soon as one became available. Great service.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the Easter Sunday lunch and ordered a roast. It was lovely, and even though it was busy the service was great.

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JC
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic gastro pub, good selection of beers and wines. I highly recommend the rib of beef and the chilli greens. Heavenly. Will be back again soon.

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CD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent quality food served in a laid back neighborhood setting

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r
London
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great spices potatoes with the Cod, service good and nice beer.Definatley going back for more.

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DY
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday lunch

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CG
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice dinner, good service and a nice ambiance

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A favourite of ours which did not let us down this time either.

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DX
London
12 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Islington neighbourhood pub with lots of character. Nice atmosphere and attentive staff however was disappointed with the quality of the food and the value for money. Would return for a drink and bar snack but there are other neighbourhood pubs in the area with better quality food for the price.

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JF
London
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A memorable lunch with close family. The food was fantastic and service was excellent.

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