The list— No. 19

The Drapers Arms

Up three places to 19, 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.

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.


Nick Gibson, owner of London’s Drapers Arms, is also famous for his Valentine’s tradition of donating the pub’s entire takings from the day to Refuge, the charity that works to help victims of domestic violence across the country.

In 2016, the pub donated just under £10,000, with Gibson explaining at the time: “It’s all very well saying ‘we’re a community pub’ and ‘pub is the hub’, but what do we actually do for other people?

“This is an attempt to put flesh on the bones of that and maybe take care of people who suffer at the hands of people who are supposed to love them.”

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

The Drapers Arms

44 Barnsbury Street

N1 1ER

020 7619 0348


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