The Drapers Arms Wine List
About The Drapers Arms
The Drapers Arms is a neighbourhood gastropub with a garden and large private dining room in ‘Barnsbury Village’, a smart little enclave of Islington, north London. The menu is of decent length, full of simple but well-cooked bistro dishes and upgraded pub classics. Their immensely popular Sunday Roast is frequently voted one of the best in town.
About the The Drapers Arms Wine List
With around 200 hand-selected references, this is a good list in its own right, but especially so for a pub. Most regions/countries receive a nod, but the main focus is on small, artisanal producers from Europe and new wave South Africa. The list has been built up over a number of years, using a large number of importers to keep it fresh and dynamic (including Beaujolais on tap), supplemented with a bit of now-in-its-prime en primeur.
Prices are very fair, especially the higher up you go - there are some incredible bargains on finer wine thanks to tiny cash markups (old Bordeaux, Rhône, mini verticals of Trevallon etc). A friendship with Handford’s (an excellent wine merchant and store in South Kensington) brings weekly specials on a theme (available by the glass and bottle) again, priced exceptionally keenly.