The Draper's Arms

Bar, Eatery

29-31 Cowgate
Peterborough, England, PE1 1LZ
United Kingdom

01733 847570 | map

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Reviewed by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
My wife and I stumbled upon The Draper’s Arms at the end of our short but lovely visit to the beautiful town of Peterborough. Located right by the main entrance to town but also a short walk from the stunning cathedral (Peterborough is small indeed), The Draper’s is a big sprawling place, with lots of room, tables, booths and a long bar. Wood, stained glass, old bookcases… classic British pub, super cozy. Aren’t all British pubs like this?? Intimate and warm and inviting.

Service was fine, quick and efficient with a smile- no queuing at the bar, but it was also a Thursday at 2pm. I imagine it could get crowded at prime times. Didn’t try food, as the city market was going on nearby and we had a delicious local roast pork with sage and onion stuffing. Yum!

This pub is owned by the mega chain J D Wheterspoon, responsible for about 800 pubs across the UK. But don’t expect a chain-y feeling here. Whetherspoon is no TGI Friday’s! When the wife and I visited The Draper’s Arms, “the world’s biggest real ale & cider festival” was happening. This was a two-week celebration of cask ale scattered among Wheterspoon’s pubs all over the UK. I even found the festival at The Flying Horse, a Wheterspoon pub inside Gatwick Airport in London! Can you imagine finding cask ale (or any form of quality beer) at an American airport? Fat chance.

Among the cask offerings at The Draper’s were Hoppy Otter, Holden’s Saints & Sinners, Holden’s April Shower, Marston’s Lodewijk’s Dutch Delight, Northgate Brewery’s Wadworth 125 Celebratory Stout, Lymestone Brewery’s Gaul Stone, Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale (supposedly brewed for Wetherspoon in England by Ballast’s brewmaster Yusef Cherney), Shepherd Neame East India Pale Ale (another festival-only ale), Daniel Thwaites Bloomin’ Smoky. I tried all of them except for Hoppy Otter, Saints & Sinners and April Shower.

At 2.05 pounds for three 1/3 pint tasting glasses, this was a cheap blast of a festival! They also have 12 regular taps with Stella, Guinness, Strongbow Cider, Amstel, Heineken… but who cares?? As usual, quality was exceptional, with all cask ales being well-tended and cared for.

A very good stop indeed in Peterborough!
Jun 14, 2011
The Draper's Arms in Peterborough, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1 ratings