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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Real gastro-pub serving no-nonsense modern British food

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

In the well-heeled backstreets of Islington, the Drapers Arms has a lived-in look featuring scuffed floorboards, mismatched chairs and bare tables around the central bar. There's an impressive range of real ales on tap, and a chalkboard list of gutsy bar food to go with it. But it's worth honing your appetite to tackle the menu of no-nonsense seasonal British cooking. A starter of grilled ox heart with green sauce and watercress pulls no punches, then duck breast with Muscat grapes and red cabbage follows in a similarly fuss-free vein. Pudding hits the comfort zone with a rib-sticking combo of gingerbread pudding accompanied by whipped cream and crunchy oats.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25-26 Dec
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef: Gina Hopkins

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 33
  • Wines over £30: 50
  • Wines by the glass: 13

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 55
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Additional information

  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 55

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Nearest train station

Highbury & Islington, Angel
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