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About The Drapers Arms
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.
London, N1 1ER
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
£25 and under
Carte Blanche, MasterCard, Visa
020 7619 0348
Limited number of pay and display bays in the area. After 6.30pm residents bays and single yellow line can be used.
Approximately equidistant from Angel and Highbury & Islington tube stations.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Drapers Arms Ratings and Reviews
I'd been wanting to come for a long time, and on Valentine's Day, they give all takings to Refuge - which cinched it. It was surprisingly quiet early, and so calm in there, which is a feat on such a crazy evening. The food was carefully curated, beautifully cooked and the wine (we asked for a recommendation) was outstanding. Service was a little patchy. Our waitress was lovely, but welcome was very disorganised.
Excellent roast dinners using locally sourced ingredients and the staff are friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is also lovely with a traditional and welcoming, yet contemporary feel. I'd definitely recommend the sharing roasts - I've had them twice now and they're delicious. The only very slight criticism I have is that some of the mains don't come with sides. We didn't check this and one friend ordered the pie, which came on its own. This makes some dishes better value than others but all in all, the Drapers offers a very authentic experience and is great for large groups as well as small.
A colleague of mine recommended this place when I have asked him about a good Sunday roast in London. Well, it was definitely not the best recommendation. I booked a table and very enough, we got stuck on traffic and arrived about 10 minuets late. Table was not ready and we could have wait for something to come up, but we were given instead a table by the door. Just saying, London is not the warmest place right now. We ordered a fore-rib of beef medium rare. After 12 minuets, we got our steak. I thought would be raw as it was sent out very quickly, but sadly was completely well done. So, the steak was just waiting on the side for someone to order it. Obviously they replaced the steak and at least was cooked as expected. So far, we were not given any service, no one came to take our food order, I thought is because the place is a pub, so after a while, I stood up and gave my order to a guy behind the counter. After this, I saw a girl taking orders at the tables. On the other side, yes, was very busy, but I work in the same industry, and definitely a little more care and a smile would be much appreciated.
Enjoyed a very pleasant Sunday lunch. To note that the meal is served in a dining room on the 2nd floor, and so away from the pub part. This will be fine for some, we would have preferred to eat in the pub itself. Food excellent and beer good. Additional small charge for Yorkshire pudding a little disappointing, which I wouldn't have expected from such a place. Overall nice experience.
We came here with high hopes after seeing it on Raymond Blanc's roasting episode. It was really disappointing. A £38 (quite small) chicken was dry and overcooked; a belly pork had soggy
crackling and the vegetables were cold. Worst thing, the roast potatoes were reheated and tasted stale - you can't really re-heat a roastie - but there they were, a whole plastic tub of them on full view in the kitchen, ready to be warmed up. We didn't want to complain on the day because the staff were so lovely and, frankly, it would have been embarrassing all round. In terms of surroundings, there is rustic and there is run-down (upstairs), and when customers are putting on scarfs and blankets, and when even the staff put on jumpers, maybe it's time to turn up the heating.
We had a dinner booking for my girlfriends birthday, no recognition of that on arrival or during service.
Food was great, the girl looking after our table was very nice and helpful.
One member of bar staff was quite rude to me, no big deal but it's not what one would expect going out for dinner.
I would return but not in a hurry. It was just ok, not a special dining experience at all.
Great food as always.
Service was a little stretched but given it was xmas eve that was understandable.
There was a huge dog wandering between tables hunting for food. Not a big deal when it’s a small dog but this guy was literally drooling on tables. When it’s so busy I think he probably needed to be in the back garden.
We will def be back
This is a very local venue to me, which generally has very positive reviews - especially for Sunday lunch - which is what we were there for. The pub itself is beautiful, but the food across our group was ok/fine. Ok cooking, ok flavours, not bad but nowhere near the standards that I think the Draper's would set for itself. And there was a really profound difference between here and - say - the Albion or the Pig and Butcher or The Crown or even The Regent (pizza only but done exceptionally well). Kind of pretty disappointing.
Overall I was disappointed by the lunch I had on Saturday. The service was slow, and details of our order were missed. Also, when I explained that one of the main components of my pie was missing, the only remedy offered was a side portion of another food, which I didn't want. Nevertheless, I would say this is a blip - the Drapers is a great pub.
Recommended for Sunday lunch. Great wine list. Welcoming bar staff . The food was awash with gravy and it certainly wasn’t a wow meal. A very basic roast with small and crispy ish roast potatoes, two types of cabbage and two small carrots. Sadly unimpressed overall. Charging for mint sauce and mustard that we didn’t ask for really is a no no.....
We were disappointed following the excellent reviews. There were too many prawns to peel all of them and they were served with too little bread. The pork was very undercooked which may be trendy at the moment but I should have been given the choice as to how I’d like the pork cooked. Finally the venue was too loud and we couldn’t hear each other.
Used to love this place. It put us off - we got refused when we asked for extra cream to go with our pudding. Really? They said it was not possible to give out more cream as it was portionised. Sounds very stingy. We we're 8, only two of us asked for more cream. The food quality is less good. Very disappointed.
If you are not in a rush, then it’s a great place. Lively, noisy, fun, food very good. Staff very pleasant and helpful but, having only ordered a main course, we waited for over an hour. Normally I would have left because I was extremely aggravated, but I stayed and the food was very good. Is it worth waiting for???? Could they have made a deduction from the bill??? They need to get someone else in the kitchen otherwise it is very frustrating.
The seating was uncomfortable, the food cold and expensive for the quality.
The staff were ok, but certainly could have been more attentive and understanding, by the time two dinners had been returned to the table (still only warm not hot) everyone else had finished eating!
Booked for Sunday lunch , arrived and reminded me of a kindergarten
Waited 45 mins my dinner was stone cold my wife’s vegetables were cold
My wife eat on her own and when mine arrived she had finished
I asked for a Yorkshire pudding and was told only if you have beef
Staff were very good and apologetic but overall very dissatisfied
We were pretty excited about visiting for Sunday lunch but I can safely say we won’t be going again. The service was utterly abysmal (waiting 1:30h for food) and when the food arrived it wasn’t what we had ordered - the roast beef came out almost blue and half the sides we had ordered weren’t served(why does no one write anything down?). Perhaps it was because we were sat in a far corner at a busy Sunday service but that really isn’t an excuse. Our waitress couldn’t have cared lesss when she should have been highly embarrassed.
We ended up only paying for drinks and our food bill was around £160 between 4.
Go to the Albion instead!!
I sound like I'm moaning in this review, and that's because I am. Our visit to the Drapers Arms was a disappointing experience, which was a real shame as we had a friend visiting from out of town, who picked the Drapers because she'd seen some good reviews.
There were 5 of us in our party. I ordered the same starter as one of my friends. The waitress only brought 1 portion out and when we queried it, she said they only 1 portion left. I'd have happily ordered something else, but wasn't given the option, or told that I wouldn't be brought any food. We had to quibble to have the second one taken off our bill.
My main was tepid, but we'd waited 90 minutes for it to arrive, so I didn't want to risk sending it back to the kitchen. My friend asked if she could order a Yorkshire pudding with her roast. The waitress said that her main wasn't advertised as coming with a Yorkshire, so they couldn't accommodate that request as there were no spares.
A waitress asked if we wanted dessert. When we said we'd just finish up our drinks, she said that if that was the case, they'd need our table back so another party could sit down. When the waitress spotted that we weren't leaving a tip, she asked why. We explained that we spent the majority of our time at the table waiting for food, which wasn't amazing when it arrived.
Really enjoyable Sunday lunch. A perfectly cooked rib of beef which was more than plenty for three of us, and the fourth person was very happy with her roast pork. The vegetables, although satisfactory, were disappointing compared to everything else - perhaps the veg need a rethink. I would have loved some chard, or roast fennel, for example. The service was impeccable - efficient and friendly. Our only complaint was the noise levels upstairs where we were seated. A couple of large parties with some raucous behaviour almost ruined the occasion for us - the acoustics of the room (high ceiling, wood floor, bare walls) made it impossible to hear each other speak at times.
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