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The Drapers Arms

Islington, London

The Drapers Arms in London is well known among consumers and those in the trade as one of the finest pubs for food in the capital.

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The pub’s menu is a perfect mix of rustic classics and modern techniques, a shining example of gastropub cuisine.

Dishes on the daily-changing menu have, in the past, included curried roast onion squash soup and toasted walnuts; bitter leaves, clementine, ricotta and almonds; and goose rillettes, toast and pickles for starters.

Mains have consisted of roast onion squash, freekeh, Jerusalem artichoke and chestnut dressing; hake, poached salsify, spinach and black garlic butter; and lamb rump, cavolo nero, pearl barley and anchovy.

For afters, choices have included orange posset with an oat crumble; chocolate cake, peanut buttercream and praline; and hazelnut and pear tart with crème fraíche.

The Drapers Arms, which holds a Michelin Bib Gourmand, is also host to Glandstonebury, an annual celebration of offal cookery that sees some of the capital’s top chefs collaborate on a variety of dishes showcasing less glamorous but no less tasty cuts.

The pub happily caters to private parties and offers a range of feasting menus for groups.

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