The Drapers Arms is, like the Albion, a Gastro Pub. The start to the evening wasn't great as we were ignored at the bar and it took a while to be served. It is one of those pubs with an incredible amount of floor space and nowhere to sit. We took some stools at the bar and began to analyse the building and what it had become.
Based upon the layout at some point the pub was split up in to small rooms, each with a fire. The layout now is completely open plan, and as a result it loses what would have been some wonderful character.
As our pints went down I did start to feel more relaxed in the place. It has some quirky features (displays of cotton reels on the wall as an example), and the food looked good. My main criticism is that it didn't feel like a place that would be cosy in winter, and it didn't feel like a place that would be great in summer. In my opinion (and it is only mine) the ideal pub is able to fulfil both of those criteria.
I couldn't imagine this as a local, as a place to go to catch up with your friends. There were TVs on the walls but I couldn't imagine the football being shown at any point.
Like the Albion, I am sure that this sort of thing appeals to some, but it definitely doesn't to me.
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It's a gastro pub
Caledonian Road and Barnsbury 0.3 miles
Highbury and Islington 0.4 miles
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