Search

Restaurant review: The Drapers Arms, N1

10:43 29 October 2012

The Drapers Arms is in one of London

The Drapers Arms is in one of London's smarter neighbourhoods

Archant

A trip to the Drapers Arms is a good opportunity to see how the other half live; it’s situated in one of the most desirable corners of London– all leafy lanes and grand, four story period homes.

Restaurant info

The Drapers Arms

44 Barnsbury Street

N1 1ER

Tube: Highbury and Islington

Tel: 020 7619 0348

Web: www.thedrapersarms.co

Mains: from £12.50

Wine: from £16

Children welcome: Yes

Disabled access: Yes, no toilet

The clientele of the pub are a mixed bag though, youngsters, older gents, dogs and even a couple of students added to the pleasant burble of conversation as we wandered in out of the autumnal rain.

My salmon came in good, thick slices and was cider cured so tasted slightly sweet. It was served with a tangy pickle and big slabs of brown bread, which were a touch on the hard side.

Then the kale and bacon soup, which was thin in consistency but had a wonderful deep, smokey flavour.

The Drapers’s Scotch eggs were recently named best in London so of course I had to try one. A big duck egg wrapped in a tasty black pudding infused rind was very good indeed.

Our main of pollock was disappointing. The fish was too soft and a bit slimy and lacked flavour, the mint overpowered everything, and came with slightly hard beans. A bit of a shame.

The partridge was much better. It came with poached pear, even though Christmas is a way off, which added a hint of sugar to the tender little bird, which was otherwise quite savoury with bacon and vegetables.

In general it was a lovely meal in a very attractive little pub, the kind of establishment you would like as your local. If only I could stretch to a flat in Barnsbury.

Jon Dean

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Islington Entertainment Stories

Yesterday, 17:00
FK Alexander writes Samuel Becket script in her own blood

Richard Herrins in on the bill at a festival where artists and audiences are encouraged to take risks

Yesterday, 12:00
Cargo at The Arcola Theatre 
by
Tess Berry-Hart

. Picture: Mark Douet.

Berry-Hart’s contribution to the genre is to set her scenario in a violent, filthy dystopian future. The results are hit and miss.

Thu, 08:00
Dubliner Andrew Maxwell headlines the comedy festival

The open air festival takes place in Shoreditch Park on July 24

Thu, 08:00
Ben Gore's Goodbye Blue Monday

Ben Gore’s Goodbye, Blue Monday follows the journey into adulthood

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read entertainment

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All entrants can get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now