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“Good English Fare”

The Princess of Shoreditch
Ranked #2,589 of 23,877 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$35 - US$49
Cuisines: European, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Shoreditch
Description: Blissfully hidden down a quiet side street, the 'Princess' has become a Shoreditch institution. From the award winning people behind Smokehouse and the Pig and Butcher, the Princess serves top quality traditional British pub food in the lively downstairs bar and refined British & European cuisine in the elegant and charming dining room. We source the best meat and fish we can using small family companies, farms throughout the UK and south coast day boats. Winner of multiple awards including Timeouts "Best New Gastropub''.
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Shoreditch is the up & coming trendy neighborhood in London's East End, and despite the threadbare look of some parts, it is seeing lots of new, trendy watering holes and restaurants springing up there. The Princess of Shoreditch is one of them, and while not worth traveling across town, if you are in the St. Paul's or London City area and want a place to enjoy a pint or sample some Kentish lamb or pork belly (the new rave in the UK), then this place is worth checking out.

There are two levels: the upstairs dining room and the ground floor pub. I would recommend the latter, both for the more informal atmosphere and the people-watching possibilities (lots of attractive, young Londoners and few tourists). The fare is English posh: lamb with Yorkshire pudding and potatoes cooked in bacon fat, pork belly (more like slab bacon without the drying-out), or fresh fish. The portions are good and the dishes come with vegetables, though keep in mind the English like their veggies good & dead, so don't expect crispness.

They also like their beer served cool, so be prepared for that pint they've pulled for you to be far from the American preference of ice cold. The Pale Indian Ales (IPAs) are very good, and there are the usual mega-brews on tap (Carling, Guinness, Stella).

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Thank BillCross214
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Close to the train station but far enough from the noisy high street, it is truly a hidden gem. I loved the spiral staircase which led us to the upstairs dining area. The waiter was bubbly, and was patient enough to explain what a 'leg of lamb steak' was. I opted for the tasty 8oz Hereford beef burger with double dipped chips and pickles. It was delicious and REALLY filling so there was no chance of eating that intended dessert! Nice relaxed atmosphere and was able to have a good catch up lunch with a friend I hadn't seen for ages without having to talk loudly over the usual lunchtime din experienced at other pubs.

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1  Thank PatiO80
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Wonderfull food, great staff and very good locations. Both my husband and I enjoyed it tremendously and will make this a "must visits" when we are in London.

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1  Thank NSG0905
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Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

Service, food and atmosphere excellent as always! Thankyou for delivering great standards as always.

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1  Thank Louisa-jayne23
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

We went for an early evening Sunday roast, the dinning room wasn't very busy, we had very excellent service, the roasts were good, although they came out very quickly and the meat was a little dry, and the potatoes tasted reheated - reading other reviews this might have just been a one off though.

The toilets were also very clean and smart. We would return in the future!

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Thank CProctor
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