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The Drapers Arms

3.6
3.6
13 Reviews
£25 and under
British
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Located in a historic drapers shop in the heart of medieval Canterbury, The Drapers Arms is more than a traditional pub, welcoming you day and night all week through. Cold beers, wines and cocktails in a relaxed vibe sit alongside the best street food and asian infusion in the city.
Drapers is a home away from home. Upstairs our first floor dining room features a restored internal balcony and opens up to a rooftop terrace overlooking Guildhall street which is available for private hire for groups of up to 80. On our ground floor we have street side tables… the perfect place to while away the afternoon people watching

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Booked 1 time today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 8:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    01227 479111

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

Menu

Starters

  • Whitstable CrabGBP 8.00

    brown crab butter, crumpets

    • Potted Salt BeefGBP 6.50

      pickles, watercress, sourdough toast

      • Jackfruit CroquettesGBP 4.50

        chilli mayonnaise

        • Crispy Duck EggGBP 7.00

          asparagus soldiers, parmesan

          • Fried SquidGBP 7.00

            garlic mayonnaise, lemon

            • House Made RicottaGBP 7.00

              broad beans, peas, mint, sourdough toast

              Mains

              • Drapers' Cheese BurgerGBP 11.00

                lettuce, onion, tomato, house sauce, fries

                • Courgette & Broad Bean RisottoGBP 11.00

                  rocket pesto, pecorino

                  • Fish & ChipsGBP 12.00

                    beer batter, mushy peas, tartar sauce

                    Roasts

                    All served with seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, gravy

                    • Roast Old Spot Pork BellyGBP 15.00

                      apple sauce

                      • Roast Hereford SirloinGBP 16.50

                        creamed horseradish

                        • ½ Free Range British ChickenGBP 13.50

                          bread sauce

                          • Mushroom & Sweet Potato WellingtonGBP 12.50

                            Vegan gravy

                            Sides

                            • Cauliflower Cheese (Too Share)GBP 4.50

                              • Yorkshire PuddingGBP 1.00

                                • Woodland MushroomGBP 3.50

                                  parsley butter

                                  • Seasonal GreensGBP 3.50

                                    • Side SaladGBP 3.00

                                      • FriesGBP 3.00

                                        Desserts

                                        • Lemon Meringue Pie TartGBP 5.50

                                          • Vanilla Cheese CakeGBP 5.50

                                            roast strawberries, ginger bread

                                            • Hot Chocolate PuddingGBP 6.00

                                              vanilla ice cream

                                              • Caramelised PineappleGBP 5.50

                                                coconut icecream, rum sauce

                                                • Selection of Ice Cream & Sorbet

                                                  • per scoopGBP 2.00

                                                Last updated: 12 November 2019

                                                What 13 people are saying

                                                Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                3.6
                                                3.6 based on all time ratings
                                                • 3.7Food
                                                • 3.6Service
                                                • 3.7Ambience
                                                • 3.5Value

                                                NoiseModerate

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                                                1. JD

                                                  JacquelineD

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 12 October 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  My friends and I had a lovely meal. The food was tasty and good service. Friendly staff. Will go back again.

                                                2. a

                                                  adriann

                                                  1 review

                                                  1.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 1 October 2021

                                                  overall1food1service1ambience2

                                                  Very limited menu and awful service. OK as a bar but not as a place to eat.

                                                3. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Kent

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on 1 March 2020

                                                  overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                  Service has gone downhill it’s a shame, for three of us to eat the bill was incorrect and no one wanted to take responsibility so we ended up paying more

                                                4. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Kent

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on 8 December 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Amazing lunch again

                                                5. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Kent

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  Dined on 30 November 2019

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                  Our annual Christmas get together! Service was fabulous, the bottomless fizz was free flowing. The only down side was a few of the food options had run out so we had to have alternatives, but the alternatives were still nice so it’s wasn’t a big deal.

                                                6. GM

                                                  GeorgeM

                                                  London

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on 29 November 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great service and unusual but delicious menu choices. Wonderful range of drinks. Will visit when next in Canterbury

                                                7. SB

                                                  SophieB

                                                  London

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on 9 August 2019

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great family meal. Tasty food. Charming American waitress!

                                                8. r

                                                  richardh

                                                  London

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  1.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on 2 December 2018

                                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                  This never happened as we were informed on arrival that they had run out of food and were therefore closing and that they had repeatedly tried to contact us. On checking they had rung at mid-day (once) to say last serving was at 7.30 and therefore they could not do 8 pm. Since our reservation was confirmed and a reminder sent to us on the day before we were not very happy!

                                                9. TG

                                                  TarynG

                                                  Las Vegas

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 23 November 2018

                                                  overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                  We were a party of seven celebrating a special event. We knew Deakins was under new ownership and had heard good things, so we decided to give it a try. At the first order of drinks, we should have taken it as a sign...There were two incorrect drinks. We had about 3-4 rounds throughout the evening and every single round, there was at least one that had to be sent back because it was incorrect. When the starters arrived - things definitely looked up! They were all correct and all delicious! But then came the problem...the person we were celebrating ordered a steak cooked Medium. When she cut into it, it was pouring blood and bright read inside. She didn't want to complain, but the rest of the table insisted she send it back. She did. It came back again a few minutes later and was still bright red inside. It got sent back again. - bottom line, it was sent back 3 times and they continued to fire the same piece of meat. By the 4th time, everyone else at the table had finished eating and the steak came back tough & completely well done inside - I am sure the chef was frustrated at that point - so he just cooked it until it was rubber. We requested to see the manager. We were told the 'Manager was too busy to come by, but authorized a 30% discount on the steak'. That was unacceptable and at this point, our celebration had been taken over by a disgust for the poor service and lack of care by the manager. Now, I will say, our poor server was lovely and friendly throughout and we really felt sorry for her since it wasn't her fault. A manager finally camy by our table - after numerous requests. He then threw the server under the bus by denying that he had sent her out with a paltry discount as a service recovery. We were not impressed whatsoever by him or his lack of care to his staff & customers. He did eventually remove the steak from the bill. Unfortunately, at this point, the entire experience was overshadowed with a sour note by his lack of care.

                                                10. DH

                                                  DebraH

                                                  Kent

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on 10 November 2018

                                                  overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                  Lovely food with friendly staff. Limited menu choices compared to previous.

                                                11. PJ

                                                  PeterJ

                                                  London

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on 4 November 2018

                                                  overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                  Great family sunday lunch, good food, good wine, good atmosphere. Will be coming back.

                                                12. V

                                                  Victoria

                                                  London

                                                  46 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  46 reviews

                                                  Dined on 7 January 2018

                                                  overall4food5service3ambience3

                                                  Food was great, excellent Sunday Roast. Service was unfortunately a bit sketchy - we waited for our plates for far too long after our food had arrived, and our sauces arrived when we’d almost finished eating. The quality of the produce and food however overshadowed the general shortcomings of the front-of-house. This is clearly a kitchen that knows their stuff, and we’ll go again. Not quite as good as Deeson’s, which is opposite, but a very good addition to town.

                                                13. CC

                                                  ChrisC

                                                  London

                                                  1 review

                                                  2.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 19 December 2017

                                                  overall2food2service2ambience4

                                                  Been open for only 2 weeks but staff clearly aren’t learning fast. They just put the bottles of water and wine on the table, don’t even open them never mind pour them. They also do not inform customers of what’s unavailable before ordering. Calamari over cooked, parsnip soup too spicy, no bread with terrine, burger bap “feels” stale on outside both times I’ve had it - but it isn’t stale. Burger meat and garnish is delicious however, as are the chips. Everything very clean. Not sure what door to go in and out, seems they swap between the one opposite Deesons and the one opposite Chocolate Cafe. Extremely surprised to see 10% service added to bill automatically even for tables of 2. It’s apparently a “Pub and Kitchen” in Canterbury. Even pubs in London don’t typically add a service charge for small parties. Great location and hopefully they will improve over time.

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                                                The Drapers Arms is rated 3.6 stars by 13 OpenTable diners

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                                                Google Map for The Drapers Arms

                                                1-2 Sun Street Canterbury, Kent CT1 2HX

                                                • Area

                                                  Canterbury

                                                • Hours of Operation

                                                  Daily 8:00 am–12:00 am

                                                • Cuisines

                                                  British

                                                • Dining style

                                                  Casual Dining

                                                • Dress Code

                                                  Casual Dress

                                                • Payment Options

                                                  MasterCard, Visa

                                                • Additional

                                                  Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

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