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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