London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
The Culpeper, formerly the Princess Alice, a Truman’s pub opposite Petticoat Lane Market, has been given a makeover. This airy and attractive Victorian watering hole has been spruced up in a way that makes the most of its many original features, the abundance of parquet floors, the old signage, while also being made to feel more contemporary and stylish with the addition of modern, vaguely industrial lighting. Taking its name from Nicholas Culpeper, the seventeenth-century English herbalist, the emphasis here is very much on ‘seasonal and local food.’ In fact they take this further than most, sourcing salads and herbs from planters in their very own roof garden. Whether or not you think this is a bit of a gimmick (Jay Rayner does), it’s kind of beside the point in what is a hugely appealing venue serving all manner of tasty gastropub dishes alongside a good range of local and not so local brews. Their range of beers will appeal to those with a taste for quality ales, they’ve a decent wine list and serve a tasty and inventive menu including rich ‘pig’s head’ croquettes, perfectly grilled sardines and globe artichoke with spiced crab butter. It all makes for an excellent addition to the area.
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