The Culpeper: Dinner & drinks in a rejuvenated Victorian interior

Occupying a corner building on Commercial Street, just at the top of Petticoat Lane, is The Culpeper. A recent refurb of what was previously a rather dull Victorian pub has been a total success – the resulting venue is beautiful, and spot-on for an evening of drinks and dinner.
The Culpeper: Dinner, drinks & a rejuvenated Victorian interior at the top of Petticoat Lane, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? tried & tested restaurant recommendations
The ground floor houses the bar and still has a pub-y feel. A central bar, Chesterfield sofas, impressive wine, beer and cocktail lists, and lightly destructed walls make for a cosy and stylish drinking den. There’s a menu of bar food here, but it’s upstairs that the real foodie magic is happening…
The Culpeper: Dinner, drinks & a rejuvenated Victorian interior at the top of Petticoat Lane, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? tried & tested restaurant recommendations
Head up to the first floor and you’ll find yourself in the equally aesthetically pleasing restaurant, The Culpeper Kitchen: starry tiled floors, old Victorian radiators and huge original windows, Scandi-style blondewood dining chairs and electric blue banquettes.
The Culpeper Kitchen: Dinner, drinks & a rejuvenated Victorian interior at the top of Petticoat Lane, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? tried & tested restaurant recommendations
The Culpeper Kitchen: Dinner, drinks & a rejuvenated Victorian interior at the top of Petticoat Lane, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? tried & tested restaurant recommendations
Food-wise, there’s a focus on seasonal and local ingredients.  It’s a good solid offering, complemented by herbs and grow-your-own ingredients from The Culpeper’s rooftop kitchen garden. Salmon tartare, crispy lamb breast and delicate fish were all pleasing – though be sure to request sides, as dishes tend to lack all the trimmings.
Crispy Lamb's Breast @ The Culpeper Kitchen: Dinner, drinks & a rejuvenated Victorian interior at the top of Petticoat Lane, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? tried & tested restaurant recommendations
You must must must order the Milk & Cookies for dessert – it’s one of the most more-ish desserts I’ve had all year. Simple but so effective, the cookies were warm and gooey, and the “milk” was a sweet and creamy panna cotta.
Milk & Cookies @ The Culpeper: Dinner, drinks & a rejuvenated Victorian interior at the top of Petticoat Lane, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? tried & tested restaurant recommendations
There are plans to open a handful of rooms up on the second floor this summer, plus a conservatory on the roof, at which point The Culpeper’s offering will cover all bases – and hopefully the fab décor scheme will be extended into new territory to equally great effect.
The Culpeper: Dinner, drinks & a rejuvenated Victorian interior at the top of Petticoat Lane, London | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? tried & tested restaurant recommendations
Photos by Paul Winch-Furness.
The Culpeper
40 Commercial Street, Shoreditch, E1 6LP
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