The Princess of Shoreditch
“High quality pub cooking” - AA Inspector
LONDON EC2, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's view
Close to Old Street station on the border of the City and Shoreditch, this bustling 18th-century pub is tucked away from the main drag. The Princess of Shoreditch is stripped back with exposed floorboards and various shades of blue, with a lively bar downstairs and a more sedate dining room on the first floor. The cooking sticks to the original gastropub template, with high quality ingredients treated with respect in unfussy dishes high on flavour. A piece of firm and correctly timed South Coast gurnard is served with heritage carrot ‘chips’, fennel and celeriac ‘risotto’ and lovage. For meat fans, braised breast and loin of Swaledale lamb appears with red pepper, courgette flower and broad beans. Round things off with a well risen caramelised banana soufflé and Kraken rum and golden raisin ice cream. Service is relaxed and friendly, with staff easy to spot in their long green aprons. As well as draught beers from the downstairs bar, there’s a noteworthy wine list with plenty offered by the glass.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
- Closed: Monday, Tuesday
- Cuisine style: Modern British
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About the area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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