Although I had been to the Drapers Arms before it was for a wedding. I didn’t write it up though as critically judging someone’s wedding is weird and wrong. This time I was attending a birthday, I was told the staff were great when booking the area for the last minute request. It is a foodie pub and therefore a birthday party with increasing numbers and loud minglers not always great for the diner. It was a Friday evening and sunny so expected there to be a crush, and although busy at the entrance with the large bar the garden was relatively empty. Once we moved inside to our reserved table numbers were tight and we did encroach on a table of 6 which was squeezed tightly in the corner. If you want a peaceful meal I would ask to be near the back, further away from the bar.
I and a few friends took an empty table to have a sit down meal and immediately bread and water was brought over. We just ordered a main, mine was a ‘jumbo’ quail Caesar salad. Not sure that is was jumbo or whether I want a quail to be so but regardless the meat was moist and the skin crispy. It was super tasty, but also light enough for a night out. My friends enjoyed their meals too, with perfectly cooked steak and duck confit. The staff were really helpful throughout definitely one you could go back to again and again.
Talk Rating: 4/5 (back of pub) 3/5 if near the bar