The Culpeper

4.5
203 reviews
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£26 to £40
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European
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Found just down the road from Old Spitalfields Market, The Culpeper has what Jay Rayner describes as ‘a chef who knows what he’s doing.’ Using ingredients from its own rooftop garden, the food is fresh and simple, but full of flavour.

The Culpeper Kitchen is known for its sharing mains, which include 35-day aged 1kg prime rib with Pomme Anna chips, and Whole Lemon Sole. Using local produce The Culpeper Kitchen keeps it seasonal, with a menu that changes weekly. Wash everything down with a great selection of natural wines.

*Please note that online bookings are for The Culpeper Kitchen only, we do not accept bookings on the rooftop or pub*
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 12am
(Food 12pm - 3pm; 6pm - 10:30pm)
Friday: 11am - 2am
(Food 12pm - 3pm; 6pm - 10:30pm)
Saturday: 11am - 2am
(Food 11am - 3pm; 6pm - 10:30pm)
Sunday: 11am - 11pm
(Food 12pm - 6pm)
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Phone number
020 7247 5371
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Sandy Jarvis
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Private Party Facilities
The restaurant and rooftop are both available for private lunches/dinners.
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Private Party Contact
Hannah Perlas: 020 7247 5371
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Public Transit
Aldgate East and Liverpool Street.
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Entertainment
N/A
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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The Culpeper is a designer gastropub that's good for groups, with an upstairs restaurant, and a rooftop bar and garden.

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VP
London
201 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I always love The Culpeper and have written more reviews for them than for any other restaurant, ever, so just a few notes... Always outstanding!! The potatoes that come with the bavette steak need an award - just the best way of treating a potato, ever: crispy and crunchy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, full of the aroma of beef dripping with every bite: magical.
Only downside on our visit was the bread, very different from usual. Having raved about the sourdough to the colleagues I brought for this visit, it was instead stale, dry, and absolutely not baked on the day. Never had this experience at The Culpeper, and hope they will go back to serving fresh, baked on the day bread very soon!

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AH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Culpeper serves my favourite Sunday Roast in London

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CH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had a very nice and quiet table. The service was efficient and good. The food was good but not exceptional

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DL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Been to Culpeper a few times - very busy as per usual but felt rushed with the food - very quick and the staff were definitely trying to hurry us out of the door - not as comfortable or welcoming as normal.

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AW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice environment but disappointed by lack of roast choice and also the fact that there was only one chip

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S
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Combines great 'pub' atmosphere with a choice of very well-kept top cask beers, with seriously good gastro-pub food in both the bar and on the 'kitchen' floor.

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PJ
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was really good. Food great although the Eton mess was a bit too literal and should have been firmer. More meringue not just a small one on top of whipped cream. The roast pork was lovely vegetable wise. The pork itself was a little fatty and could have been more tender. Great buzz to the place though and really friendly

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DG
London
179 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent service, and fantastic wine choices. We went for the dover sole, which was cooked perfectly and was absolutely delicious. Or waiter recommended a great wine to go with it. The ambience is lovely and relaxed - perfect place for a long lazy lunch!

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HC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Often visit the pub downstairs but great to try the restaurant. It was delicious and the staff were knowledgable and friendly. We celebrated our french friend’s birthday very well! (Plus the staff being able to speak French helped too!)

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SB
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely spot for lunch! The food was delicious and the vibe was super cool.

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R
London
142 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our second time at the Culpeper and it did not disappoint. Top-notch service and excellent food. My only gripe was the table arrangement was uncomfortable, too crowded and with narrow seats - not great for a long boozy pub lunch. We may have just been unlucky there. Definitely our new fave place for Sunday roast!

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c
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food here. Great menu though small, and good service. The cheeses are excellent, glad I picked them over dessert. One thing I'd say is that we asked to move to a window table and weren't given one even though there was one free right up until the time we left. Other than this it was excellent

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JT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautifully decorated pub with a lively atmosphere. Good food - we had the Sunday roast

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious, we were both really impressed. Had the bavette beef and the arancini balls, YUM! The downside was service was slow, which was okay for a late sunday lunch as we weren't in any rush so we didn't really mind. But there were a few stuff ups with our starter orders as well, and none of the staff came to check on us after our meals were served so both times we had to approach them ourselves for rectification. Overall it was a great dining though. It was quite pricey. I don't think we would need starters next time as we were super full! Very content :)

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JF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and drink served by welcoming staff. The ambiance is a big pluss point. I can not praise the fresh food enough. Excellent!

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NS
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to hawksmoor in the past.. Not anymore.. Culpeper is now our new evening meal destination when we visit London. We always stay around the same area, and have been once before, but this time we tried the steak and it was fantastic
We are looking forward to our next visit

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IG
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for apertisers and desserts for my Birthday, and it was impeccable. Really tasty food, good atmosphere!

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MB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food!

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E
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, lovely staff. We had a great evening!

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R
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Great bar, but the restaurant is overpriced. £20 for a cheap cut of beef - not cooked to taste - some lettuce and potatoes seem wrong.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Poor food and very poor service.
The restaurant staff and bar staff were totally unhelpful and very unaccommodating. Definitely not service with a smile!
Will not go there again!
Julia

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AJ
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Three of us had a memorable dinner. Both food and service were excellent. I found the chairs a little uncomfortable, but my dinner companions didn't agree. Not cheap, but we felt it was worth it. Recommended.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool ambient, organic and tasty food, wonderful staff. Will return 👌🏻😊

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AB
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great value (we shared a sole between two of use for £30 as a main) and amazingly cooked. Servers were attentive but not at all annoying. Decor was lovely. Only qualm was a lack of exciting vegetarian options - for the starter we had to take away the meat in order to eat anything and I had to eat fish, which I don't usually do, to have a main that wasn't just a simple salad.

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c
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Booked on a colleagues recommendation and didn’t disappoint. The food was great, a new gem in the city. Didn’t check out the roof top terrace however that’s for next time. My buratta starter & the bavette to share were amazing.

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w
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great space on the rooftop but crowded when 5 sat on what was a table for 4 max. (No legroom and very tight). No shade. Great food.

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Cheshire
46 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice place with a lively pub downstairs and a relaxed informal dining room upstairs. Small menu of well executed British food, efficient service and reasonably priced wine list. Great draft beers too.

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OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the best places to go in the area

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W
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and delicious wine with attentive service. Thank you

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3
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Really atmospheric roof terrace, but small portions and on the expensive side. Dishes are more like tapas than a meal, but are priced at 'meal' prices, esp if you're just there for lunch.

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KF
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The rooftop is really nice! So green and fun the the big famous “culpeper”. The drinks were quite good and the service is amazing.
One “bad point” the mains are so smalls a girl with a normal “girl appetite” needs two...

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S
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good buzz and lively but not crowded like sardines.
Food was good - the menu is limited in scope which I like as it is usually freshly cooked rather than mass produced measured portions which so many places have now - but with a small menu, to run out of the special (Dover sole) is disappointing.
One other point to raise is the automatic addition of £1 on the bill as a donation to Water Aid. I have 3 queries - do the owners know that only 77% of the WA donation goes to the projects - 23% on the actual fundraising an internal costs - many charities have a much smaller % on overheads. Secondly - are Culpepers matching this or just using customer monies - we need to know! And finally - why are we not told this is happening rather than doing it automatically - what if you don't agree?
I paid the £1 but would have liked to have been asked first!

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OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been here many times - Cool place for casual business lunch

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AR
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FantAstic Sunday roast, bavette and cocktail (try the bloody Betty with beet grown on the roof), great staff. We ll be back!!!!!

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VS
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful roof top garden-like terrace. Though, on a sunny day better to have a hat or sunscreen. Very homey feel.

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SD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

I saw Culpeper on the Time Out list earlier and decided to give it a go. Although the food was good, it did not wow me and came at a premium. So I feel like I paid a lot more for the food than it's worth.

The menu is limited and they tend ran out of the Sole on the day (which looked quite nice).

Overall, a FAIR experience.

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L
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, no pressure from staff despite long time to choose (too much chat!)

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AK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great shoreditch restaurant, competent cooking, delicious meat and simple menu with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Upstairs restaurant very atmospheric room, exposed brick and designer touches.

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MC
London
22 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Short menu of inventive delicious dishes. Organic international wine list. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Comfortable casually stylish room. One of my London favourites.

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NB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable dinner - staff were flexible and accommodating (we were late), charming and helpful. Food was to the same high standard (creative dishes, well-cooked and presented), as I've always experienced here, and there was a good selection of drinks. Ambience was pleasant - lively but not too noisy

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