The Draper's Arms

The scene: Tucked away from Islington’s main drag, Upper Street, this good-looking neighbourhood gastropub can be found on a tree-lined residential street. Set within a spacious, high-ceilinged and large windowed Georgian building, furnishings are elegant yet unfussy with attractive fireplaces, chandeliers and wooden floors.

There’s also a large, verdant beer garden dotted with plants and picnic benches to while away long sunny afternoons and evenings. 

The grub: The top-notch British-themed cuisine won’t disappoint. Menus change daily but expect to see flashy dishes on offer such as oysters, grilled sardines or pickled herring for starters; braised rabbit leg or pork chorizo for main, and lemon tart and blueberries, or malted chocolate pot for pudding.

Behind the bar: To cater for Islington’s posh set, there’s a wide range of lagers and a lengthy wine list, mostly consisting of French and Italian vinos with a few New Zealand bottles thrown in for good measure. There’s also three ales on tap, including Harvey’s Sussex Best, Wandle and Truman’s Runner.

Bill please: A small glass of wine costs from £3.85, a carafe (500ml) costs from £10.70 while a bottle costs from £15.30. You’ll pay from £11.50 for mains.

Verdict: This gorgeous gastropub is packed every night for a reason. Bright and airy, there’s ample space in which to enjoy the amazing food.


-Janine Kelso

44 Barnsbury Street, Islington, N1 1ER 
Tube: Highbury & Islington