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The Drapers Arms

British, Modern Restaurant in London
The Drapers Arms, 44 Barnsbury St, London, N1 1ER
020 7619 0348    Email    Website   
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Harden's Survey Result
Overall Value
2.5
out of 5
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Service 
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2.5
£48
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This “very Farrow & Ball” gastropub is something of an Islington linchpin, with a “great atmosphere”, and food that’s of “a continually high standard and variety”; it can get “too busy and noisy” at peak times.
Features
Outside Tables Yes1
Last Orders 10.30 pm
Dress Code -
The Drapers Arms Restaurant Reviews
Reviews of The Drapers Arms Restaurant in N1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Drapers Arms restaurant.
Sarah Johnson
A nice gastropub in Islington. The roasts a...
Overall Value
3
out of 5
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Reviewed 3 months, 17 days ago

"A nice gastropub in Islington. The roasts are shared between two or three and portions are ample. Vegetables are in short supply compared to the meat but were well cooked. The pub itself has a good atmosphere but service was a bit slow. Better Sunday roasts can be had for the price."

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Richard French
Very good Islington pub. Great upstairs roo...
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3
out of 5
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Reviewed 1 years, 4 months, 29 days ago

"Very good Islington pub. Great upstairs room Sunday roast lunch. Whole roast chicken to carve at table."

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The Editors Review

In a quiet part of Islington, an elegant Georgian boozer recently relaunched with gastro-ambitions; the straightforward English food is the weakest part of a 'package' which, overall, offers good value.


It's very difficult not to like this handsome pub, which is both spiritually and physically well removed from the tawdry delights of Islington's Upper Street. It's already had one spell of success as a gastro-destination, then it went downhill, and ultimately into liquidation.


Now it's been relaunched by a likeable young team, one of whom is the offspring of the lady invariably known as the doyenne of the London restaurant critical world. Expect many reviews.


The new incarnation is not so very different from the old, in that the building is - almost self-consciously - allowed to speak for itself. There is almost no decoration to distract from the Georgian sobriety. The effect can be uplifting, particularly in the bright upstairs room, flooded with light from five great sash windows. There is also an attractive garden.


The food is rather like the décor: entirely unornamented. This is an admirable aim, but it needs to be carried off with panache if the results are to be at all notable. We're not frankly sure they've quite managed it.


This was a solo visit, but even one person can sample a fair proportion of the short menu. The dishes we had were all fine, but none made any real impression. Perhaps unfortunately, the best effort - tasty brown crab on crusty toast - came first. Thereafter, neither an omelette (a crucial test for any kitchen) nor a bavarois hit any sort of heights.


Prices, however, are not demanding, and the service tries hard. If you don't seek the place out with unduly high culinary expectations, we suspect that you may find a visit here quite a pleasure.


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