The Drapers Arms

4.6
1007 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
COVID update - we are reopen under 1m-plus guidance. We will do everything we can to provide a safe environment. Staff are fully trained on safe operation, hygiene, cleaning; table spacing has increased. Please be sure that your bookings comply with government guidance on social distancing - up to six per table unless one household including bubble. 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 1007 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Happyeater
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Felt very safe with tables set well apart for a pleasant relaxing evening. Food was very good, albeit a little expensive, with service efficient and friendly.

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WGLG
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just brilliant. Great wine, amazing food, fantastic staff, excellent beer. Tremendous puddings. Lovely dogs. Pleasing furniture. Classic without being stuffy, civilised without being boring. No better place for a meal with old friends, family, mates (or a wine fuelled boozy session)

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EamonnM
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food
Great staff
Great place.
Always worth a visit and even worth a detour.

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Robertw
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great gastro pub. Serviced relaxed & efficient. Simple, well cooked food Definetley worth making it regular spot

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LisaH
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A total treat as ever. Delicious food and vibrant atmosphere in this beautiful historical gin palace. Never disappoints.

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Chrisspy25
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Arrived late. To be greeted with a v frosty reception by front of house staff.
Had been really looking forward to eating here.
We were seated with menus and some water.
No further interactions after 5-10 mins we decided to leave as it seems our presence
was not welcomed.

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AndrewM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it, great pub. the pork belly and the lamb are absolute winners.

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Christine
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Good food, the roasts are wonderful but always a bit underwhelmed by the desserts, wish they could be a bit more adventurous but also have a few more staples such as ice cream & sorbets.
Overall would still recommend as really nice staff & good atmosphere

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cddddd
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Unfortunately received poor service right from the beginning from the hostess. Waitress and manager were fine. Food seemed like it was reheated from earlier in the day. Shame as I had been here previously and it was way better

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent, the waiter had great expertise about the wine menu and made recommendations based on personal opinion rather than price points. Highly recommend. Great ambience and culture. Perfect venue for friends or an upcoming date night.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The service was super fast and we enjoyed the environment. Very different to the traditional pubs mainly because of the design of the building itself.

It was spotless and safe from a COVID perspective with tables well spaced.

Overall the experience was great though I found the potatoes a bit flowery and there were not many carrots in the Sunday Roast Lamb Shoulder option. But the meat more than made up for the Vege miss-steps.

Would definitely go again.

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RamonC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food selection and quality, amazing wine list and very attentive service. The only letdown is the noise level which is very high as the room is very bare. Some sound absorbing panels would be a good thing

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vipSssssss
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Life affirming.

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Josh
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Drapers Arms nails that beautiful mixture of a warm, comforting pub and an elevated dining experience. The service was casual but attentive, the menu had the perfect level of choice. We went a bit bigger on the wines as we knew they take their wines seriously, and was a lovely evening for it.

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ElizabethP
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was amazing. The baked chocolate mousse with brandied prunes was delightful, and the spiced eggplant was incredible. Fish was perfectly cooked, and we couldn't have asked for more. Thank you for such a good night out!

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vipDanielleP
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been going there regularly over a number years. Always a great experience. Staff so friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Nice drinks
List including classic cocktails. Lovely ambience, well maintained for social distancing. Gem really

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NancyE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Having not been for a very long time we decided to go to the Drapers arms prior to Lockdown 2.0.
The starter was excellent as was the main when it finally arrived warm (we had to send it back as the centre was cold) but it did feel like the staff were too busy and our order had been forgotten about as the waiting time between courses was very long.
Also appreciate keeping doors/ windows open for ventilation, but it was so cold we sat inside with our coats on and found it hard to enjoy the atmosphere.

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Nell
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Very tasty food, lovely looking menu, couldn't decide what to have all sounded amazing. big wine list (although we had a very meh! bottle) friendly staff, delicious cocktail and digestive. bit shabby around the edges, in a needs a bit of tlc and maybe something a bit more to the decor. Obviously in covid times ambience is just odd. But overall had a very pleasant evening. Will go back to have the Pie and a better bottle of wine.

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TimY
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite places to have dinner. Food and service always exquisite.

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HannahB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Amazing food and atmosphere as always! Best roast in London!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

It’s the quintessential Sunday roast place.
Just lovely.
It would be great to see a veggie roast option -

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to have some drinks with my sister. The service was amazing. Everyone was so friendly, that was my favourite part about it. The food was very good as well. And the wine list was extensive so that was really nice !

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QuentinP
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food is excellent and imaginative. The service is friendly. The menu is a bit pricey. Sitting outside is fine under an awning.

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Elly
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Beautiful venue with consistently great roasts, lovely wine and a relaxed vibe. We had a very kind and attentive American waiter who really embellished the experience!

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KlausW
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Disappointing experience compared to several past visits. Quality of food was generally lacking while prices remain high. Hopefully just a one-off

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ClaireT
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was great, really friendly and helpful staff who were happy to chat about their recommendations. Large, extensive wine list. The food was brilliant - we had the lamb and the beef pie, and both were delicious. Pear and hazelnut tart to finish was 10 out of 10.

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vipJayantC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good quality food from a menu with a wide variety of choices.

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Tommy
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant food, very well executed. Extensive wine list with a range of proce points.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Would of been nicer to sit on a smaller table when your on a date

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Brittanyb
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Really... £48 for a lamb roast for two and they charge you 50p just 1 x yorkshire pudding? Come on.

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CarolineK
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Lovely, old pub with great food – but it is a little pricey.

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vipNEILK
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, superb. A rather noisy group of young if amiable people was seated nearby which was mildly irritating.

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ColinF
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Elegant spot in the heart of highbury and islington. Delicious food that gives quality as good as quantity. Highly recommended thus place for a Sunday lunch. The lamb as it should melts in your mouth.

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foodiefran
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very COVID friendly, all staff masked up and sanitisers on every table with plenty of space between tables. Staff very friendly and professional, service excellent. Food delicious and plentiful! Look forward to our next visit!

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LaureneO
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful local pub with delicious food and a large choice of wine.

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Richard
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Food was good but the place is very noisy and was very cold. Open doors everywhere. With the 10.00pm curfew we ve been served 9.40 after waiting one hour so we had to hurry to eat. Not so comfortable.
People from restaurant were nice but taken in a too big rush
Not the perfect date unfortunately because the place is very pretty and food is good

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PinelopiA
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was really good, if on the expensive side. They do carafes of wine as well, so it's good if you don't want to buy a whole bottle of wine. Overall a very enjoyable evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
29 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Amazing scotch egg!

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NavdeepK
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great meal and service, wine lists needs updating, as everything we tried to order was out of stock.

FAQs

The Drapers Arms is rated 4.6 stars by 1007 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.