The Drapers Arms (London) – Rating 8/10

The Drapers Arms

44 Barnsbury St | IslingtonLondon N1 1ER, England

Tel: +44 (0)20 7619 0348

Opening hours:  Monday-Friday 10.00-23.00, Saturday 09.00-23.00, Sunday 09.00-23.00

Located in the north/west parts of London but well worth the trip
Located in the north/west parts of London but well worth the trip

The Drapers Arms has thrived since it was opened in 2009 because it understands its clientele (well-to-do young London people (and a few tourists) glad to be away from the Upper Street hectic lifestyle) and delivers  a very interesting menu, good wines, varied beers (Harveys Sussex Best, Sambrook’s Wandle, Truman’s Runner), neutral decor and thoughtfully seasonal cooking. This is served in a pub environment (that was quiet noisy and lively downstairs but more quiet upstairs) with a super friendly staff that seemed to be very proud of what the restaurant could offer.

Dinner room upstairs
Dinner room upstairs

We took the bus from our hotel in Covent Garden which took a good 30 min but it was good to see a new part of London. The restaurant is the kind of place you just wanna hang out in the bar after you finished your meal.

The Drapers Arms has a interesting menu if you love well cooked english modern food.

Suet crust bbef cheek pie *50p goes to action against hunger
Suet crust bbef cheek pie *50p goes to action against hunger
Fried Cod with leek sallad
Fried Cod with leek sallad
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Crusty fish mash served with horseradish a potato pure

To sum up:  I really like The Drapers Arms It’s homely & cozy, and feels like walking into someone’s home a hundred years ago. The wine list is extensive and the beer selection feels local and full of quality microbreweries. Food is best case scenario gastropub style. Service is excellent. The downstairs is good for drinks and snacks, but I suspect the upstairs area is better for sitting down to lunch or if you want to have a more quiet dinner. It is spacious and quieter without being formal. It’s not a cheap place, but it isn’t too expensive either, and I would argue that you do get your money’s worth there, in terms of quality as well as quantity.

It’s the best place to take friends from out of town when they’re visiting; it feels exactly like how you want London to be!

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