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Drapers Arms

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It may look gentrified, but The Drapers Arms is a lively place, with the ground-floor bar humming like a good ’un when the locals flock in. The Georgian building’s fine features have been left well alone, which makes for spaces of generous proportions and classic design. To drink, there are real ales at the bar and a wine list offering glass and carafe options. Head upstairs to the serene dining room to escape the hubbub (assuming it’s not booked for a private party). A patio garden provides another alternative in summer. The kitchen satisfies with its mix of modern comfort food, such as the house cheeseburger, but is equally happy knocking up duck breast with roasted black plums, or packing guinea fowl, bacon and mushrooms into a pie. To finish, gingerbread pudding competes with Neal’s Yard Dairy cheeses with crab apple jelly (is it OK to have both?).

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The Drapers Arms

44 Barnsbury Street ,London N1 1ER

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Dr P

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Nov 2016

Booked meal for 5 on a Sunday and the table was free when we arrived. The pub was packed and for good reason, the cooking was top level gastropub grub,wine priced sensibly and service friendly and efficient. Welcoming atmosphere on a cold winters evening. We shall return.

Peter P.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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The Drapers Arms

44 Barnsbury Street ,London N1 1ER

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Brilliant Taste of London discovery

by   platinum reviewer (51)

Jun 2015

A gastropub is somewhere I would never go for a client lunch as a rule of thumb. But I went to Taste of London festival and loved the food we tried, so much in fact, my dad and I went back twice! So it was to my dismay that they are based round the back of Angel, an area I never get to, but providence intervened and put a client right there! As they have a lovely garden out the back, completely walled in from traffic and a wonderful sun trap, it was too good an opportunity not to go. I can...

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Amy M.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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44 Barnsbury Street ,London N1 1ER

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What a local gastro pub should be

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Feb 2014

I was a little nervous after hearing some pretty poor reviews, but my second visit to the Draper's Arms was again excellent – lovely menu, the cod chowder I had was excellent and their bread was properly special. Really nice wine list with plenty of carafe options as well as bottles. The other half, who was being treated, was very happy with his duck and toulouse sausage bean cassoulet. Plus, the service and atmosphere was great, and it has to be one of the pretty pubs around. Overall, a winning...

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Rosie T.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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44 Barnsbury Street ,London N1 1ER

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Manager accuses customer of being on cocaine - we were speechless!!

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Oct 2013

I've never had such an appalling experience at a restaurant than I did on Saturday evening at the Drapers Arms. Not sure where to begin. We made a group booking of 26 people for my sister's birthday. The starters arrived, which was, putting it simply, bowls of ham salad and mussels. However, this created confusion as we agreed on 2 courses for £27, (either starter and main or main and pudding) so we assumed that it was just starters and mains from now on, with no pudding. The host spoke to the...

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 4

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Aug 2012

I went to the Drapers go a quiet drink and had read that the owner's mother was a food critic. That is where it ended. It was rowdy not quiet, the drinks were expensive, the service unprofessional. What a shame for such a nice setting. I have been to worse pubs, but only once. We went to the Albion around the corner which was much better.

James S.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 1

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by   silver reviewer (25)

May 2010

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Re-launched in 2008 under the direction of Ben Maschler, the son of the Evening Standard’s restaurant critic, Fay, The Drapers Arms has been lovingly restored to its former glory. While the upstairs dining room can feel a little cold, downstairs it is bustling and welcoming. The Drapers Arms was awarded a Bib Gourmand in the 2010 Michelin Guide.

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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Apr 2010

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I have been to the Drapers Arms twice and both times I have loved the atmosphere, the food however, is a different matter. Whilst edible, it was tasteless and given little thought. Because they are sourcing locally, doing the organic thing etc, does this mean that taste and other elements of creating a good dish are forgotten? The last time I went I had lamb, that was so tough I eventually relented as my hand hurt trying to saw through it. I will not give up on this gastropub as I like its ambience,...

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Suzy E.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 3

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Jul 2009

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We went to Drapers Arms last night with an expectation of great food and a happy night out. I am sorry to say that none of this happened. It wasn't particularly busy and we switched table a couple of times. The first table was wobbely so we found another table that wasn't. Unfortunately the chairs were wobbely here, so we settled down at a third table and were pleased that everything was stabil here. My husband went to the bar to get the menu and asked if we should order there, but the owner said...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 4

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