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The Drayton Arms

153 Old Brompton Road | South Kensington, London SW5 0LJ, England (Knightsbridge / South Kensington)
+44 20 7835 2301
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Ranked #4,804 of 17,213 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $26
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Knightsbridge / South Kensington
Description: The Drayton Arms Dining and Theatre is an eclectic mix of trusty local pub, stylish South Kensington nightspot and fabulous fringe Theatre. As sunlight floods through our floor to ceiling windows, soak up the imposing Jacobean features with a pint of real ale or over our hangover-busting brunch. On Saturday night, trade in your pint for a Cosmopolitan and embrace the sophistication of our prestigious postcode with laidback aplomb. Upstairs you will find a cosy 50 seat fringe theatre, with delightful shows every day including old favourites, new writing, cabaret and comedy.
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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Visited for the first time on saturday and was really impressed. Loved the style of the pub. Staff were friendly and efficient. My friend and I each had a really good bacon sandwich from the extensive brunch menu - the bacon was crispy and tasty and there was plenty of it, Our male companion had the full english breakfast and... More

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London, UK
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Now this has become my local, it's a great buzzing London pub with amazingly friendly staff and fantastic range of wine and beer. This part of Old Brompton Road does become very busy and buzzing in the evening, specially over the weekend. It's a great place for a drink.

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LeighP73, General Manager at The Drayton Arms, responded to this review

Dear SandyP Welcome to the Drayton Arms, I am so glad that you have choose us as your local pub. Thank you for taking the time to pass on your kind feedback about the Pub. I will pass on your kind words to the team. We look forward to being able to welcome you back again soon Kind regards Leigh... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Fair prices, down-to-earth staff and nice selection of beer and spirits. Doesn't get too crowded or rowdy so it's a good place to go with friends and have a relaxed drink.

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LeighP73, General Manager at The Drayton Arms, responded to this review

Dear msky88 Thank you so much for your kind review, I will pass your feedback onto our team. I am so glad that you enjoyed our selection of beers, we have recently refreshed our draught and bottled beer range to include a selection of craft beers and guest lagers, and these have certainly proved very popular and its good to... More

Englishman in Puerto Barrios
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Ordered salmon fish cakes with potato wedges, fish cakes were ok but potato was still raw, inedible. Friend had the same and couldn't eat her potatoes. My partner had the burger with chips, firstly they got the order wrong and had to take it back to the bar. The replacement came out and the bun wasn't a brioche bun, was... More

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LeighP73, General Manager at The Drayton Arms, responded to this review

Dear HenryCharge Thank you for taking the time to feedback about your experience at the Drayton Arms. I'm so sorry that the quality of the food was not up to scratch when you visited, I have passed this feedback onto our kitchen manager as this is certainly not the level of service or quality that we aim for. At around... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Went to have a meal and some drinks after work. Atmosphere was fantastic but there was only two members of staff behind bar taking orders for food and drinks. They were doing their best they could but clearly they were unable to cope. After waiting 20 mins to be served I asked to see the manager but the TWO bar... More

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LeighP73, General Manager at The Drayton Arms, responded to this review

Dear Patricia C Thank you for taking the time to feedback about your experience at the Drayton. I understand from your review that you felt the atmosphere was fantastic, that the bar team were polite and helpful but that you had to wait at the bar for 20 minutes to be served. This is certainly not what we aim for.... More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Attended an afternoon birthday celebration with friends. Leigh who manages the Drayton personally oversaw the event which was a fantastic success. The bar service was excellent and attentive, tables dressed with balloons and food (nibbles) arrived on time for 40 guests. Nice local pub with a welcoming atmosphere. Jessica R

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LeighP73, General Manager at The Drayton Arms, responded to this review

Dear XXXJessicaR Thank you so much for your kind review of the Drayton Arms. I'm so glad that you had a fabulous time and enjoyed the party, food and atmosphere. I do hope we can welcome you back again soon. Kind regards Leigh General Manager More

Peoria, Illinois
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Made a reservation for 8 people in June - pub wasn't busy so it would not have been necessary. I can't say enough poor about this establishment. One member of our party ordered a salad and asked for no anchovies but got them anyway. She pointed out the problem, and the salad returned a few minutes later still with anchovies... More

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LeighP73, General Manager at The Drayton Arms, responded to this review

Dear LondonLee Thank you for taking the time to feedback about your visit to the pub. I'm so sorry about your experience and have passed your feedback onto the bar and kitchen teams. With regards to the pints you were served, many of our beers are continental style are served in oversized glasses to allow for an authentic head, that... More

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Hoping to spend a relaxing evening with some upscale pub food we decided to dine at Drayton Arms. The menu looked promising but didn't deliver. We had reserved a table in advance for 3 people and were given a very small round table, despite the fact that there were larger tables available which hadn't been reserved. We placed our food... More

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LeighP73, General Manager at The Drayton Arms, responded to this review

Dear Wendy W Thank you for taking the time to review our business. I'm so sorry your experience was not up to scratch. This is certainly not the level of service that we aim for. As our team on the night said, our kitchen is indeed small, unfortunately one of the restrictions of being in such a beautiful grade 2... More

Beirut, Lebanon
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Visited this pub with colleagues. The ambiance is excellent, with outside seating area, great for smoking lovers. Location is excellent. Waiters and service are average. pricy pub.

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LeighP73, General Manager at The Drayton Arms, responded to this review

Dear Mhaww Thank you for taking the time to review our business. I'm so please that you enjoyed our little terrace and outside seating an the ambience. I do hope we can welcome you back if you are in the area. Kind regards Leigh General Manager More

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

If you want to try best fish & chips, visit this amazing place! After visiting Natural History Museum with some relatives from abroad, their wish to try some traditional fish & chips, was led by Google search to Drayton Arms. Loved the place!!!! Its just in the middle of nice quite neighborhood, not too many people, light and bright interior... More

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LeighP73, General Manager at The Drayton Arms, responded to this review

Dear Meanextreme Thanks for your brilliant review of our fish and chips, it's certainly one of the more popular dishes on our menu and I'm so glad that you enjoyed it too. I do hope we can welcome you back soon. Kind regards Leigh Phillips General Manager More

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