The Drapers Arms

You’d be hard pushed to find a more well-heeled pub than the Drapers Arms. Attracting the upmarket Islington residents its a big surprise to see they’ve avoided a haughty entitlement. You’ll find reliable locals propping up the bar to keep the atmosphere what it should be. There’s no snobby gastropub talk here.

Perfect in the summer months taking in the wide, quiet streets of Islington before settling in for an afternoon of Aperol’s in the gorgeous beer garden out back, it’s any wonder they let non-locals in at all. We’d keep it to ourselves if we were them.

With exceedingly good food served it’s the perfect base of an afternoon, setting the world to rights over a mighty fine chicken, ham and leek pie, but they can go a little exotic with their menu which is nice to see; lambs’ tongues, deep-fried crab puffs, pheasant with rhubarb or partridge with bacon should be proof enough that it’s worth going with a hearty appetite.

44 Barnsbury Street, London N1 1ER

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