The Culpeper

4.5
242 reviews
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£26 to £40
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European
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
  • Cosy
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*

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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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London
51 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Sunday roast and it was absolutely lovely. Two
Had the beef and two had the lamb. Everyone loved it. Service is top notch. Can’t wait to go back.

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SS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for Sunday lunch - only real roast on was Lamb which was really tasty but my friend had his mind set on roast beef for traditional Sunday lunch. Had the cheeses after and they were lovely, deep in flavour, great finish to the meal. Staff were excellent

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IC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great time at The Culpeper. The food was in a decent portion, my lamb was very outstanding. They also (apparently) change the menu every week so would pay the second visit! The settings and environment were aesthetically pleasing. Sitting next to the window and enjoying the meal, I'd come next time!

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MN
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I wasn't too impressed by one or two of the starters - particularly the ox tongue. I really enjoyed the Bavette and every other part of the roast but I expected a bit more choice on the menu. As I don't eat Pork the steak was the only option (unless vegetarian).

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food in the restaurant upstairs. Had Bavette with Horseradish cream and a potato- block thing fried in goose fat. Probably the best Sunday lunch I've ever had.

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HC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely pub, very nice atmosphere and excellent, professional staff. The Sunday roasts were fantastic, and we had a lovely meal. Would definitely recommend!

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A
London
9 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The downstairs is lively and youthful - not so great getting attention at the bar if you have some grey hairs...

Upstairs is more convivial, a nice dining room and relaxed and charming service.

Food was good. Our artichokes salad was under seasoned but that remediable. We mostly had lamb main course which was good.

Wines were good and start around £23 a bottle and then there's a slew at £40. I would go again. It's an up-market gastropub experience. We liked their negroni which is made with prosecco and is a northern speciality, apparently.

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CM
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Service was terrible, both waiters serving us were rude and unfriendly. The sharing portions were barely even big enough for 2 and although food was ok value for money was very poor. It is also ridiculous that they will not bring beer or the bill to the table, making the customer travel to the bar for the bill and two floors down for beer! I will not return nor shall I recommend to anyone else. Was so looking forward to my meal here but was really disappointing.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and fantastic service! Highly recommend

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c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Busy, lots of atmosphere, nice food and snacks and very helpful staff

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MW
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Beautiful food staff friendly and helpful. Good location

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P
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Can't be faulted

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FP
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely evening at the Culpeper. The food was fantastic. I definitely recommend this restaurant!!!

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FM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Visited on a Tuesday and the atmosphere was amazing. Fantastic location and with a roof top garden supplying the kitchen with rare herbs a real plus.

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OS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really good. Lovely pub and a great environment. We took our dog with us and he was pleased as punch. Had a Sunday roast, I had beef which was amazing. My wife had lamb which came out overcooked and they happily swapped it for a beef roast. Very happy and we'll definitely go back.

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SH
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful, rustic come retro setting with a lovely chilled ambiance. The meal was delicious and the flavor combinations were sublime. This was our belated valentines meal and the cosy relaxed setting was perfect for such an event. A very enjoyable evening with great food. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

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P
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sunday roast one of the best I've ever had, only slight minus the quantity of the chicken. Without being greedy, it looked more like 2 drumsticks than a quarter of a chicken. Enjoyed the lunch very much though. Very good quality and cooked with a lot of attention to detail.

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LW
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food was better than expected. Would have been nice to have more options as a vegetarian but the gnocchi was very good! Would recommend.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is always delicious. A real winner. Great selection of organic wines too.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The place is beautiful and the Sunday roast was pretty good. I’ll be back

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EN
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely, attentive service. Great food. Special without being fussy or formal. Every dish was excellent

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice food and great service. Reasonable price too, £70 for 2

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FB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Tasty food, good drinks and comfortable/trendy atmosphere, but a bit expensive.

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DT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great pub downstairs, friendly.
Upstairs restaurant, good service, interesting food - well presented, but lacked some flavour punch, a bit underwhelming. Wine list a bit expensive for the choices.
Good beer, good atmosphere, nice staff.

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S
London
14 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Informal Dining with attentive service in unique warehouse type environment. Reasonable priced and varied menu options, with the exception of wines, which, although carefully chosen from largely unknown producers, were OTT.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Beautiful, comfy, cosy pub with a great roast and punchy bloody mary’s. A Sunday afternoon sanctuary! The service was a little unpolished, but otherwise a total beaut.

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MR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The pub downstairs is super noisy and unfortunately the terrace was close so we had to go somewhere else while waiting for out table but this is one of my favourite place in the area

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M
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Sunday Roast! I had the Bavette and my date had the Lamb, they were both tasty but the Lamb was the winner. Loved the anchovy butter and fresh bread.
Wonderful coffees; cappuccino & macchiato.
Service was lovely; prompt & friendly.
Next time I’m in London, I’ll make it a point to stop by for Sunday Roast, or just a pint!

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RR
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly, skilled staff; creative vegetarian options; attention to detail; good wine & cheese choices

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AE
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was friendly, helpfull and attentive. It was perfect.

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KD
London
48 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

An excellent beef lunch at the upstairs restaurant at The Culpeper. We’ll be returning to try the bar food soon I’m sure.

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NC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had the beef roast a couple of years ago and came back to see if it was still the same. Did not disappoint at all! The beef was excellent and the Pomme Ana chip a real novelty- tasted absolutely amazing. My only slight gripe that prevented me from giving five stars is the lack of an affordable wine on the list- cheapest bottle was £28 which we felt was a little steep. Might sound silly but you’re already paying £20 for a roast...
Wine was still excellent though and would not stop me from going again.
Staff were friendly, accommodating and attentive too!

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I’ve had two nice lunches here but found the food very average and wines very poor value for dinner. Really disappointing. Very annoying waitress too who was hovering

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OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joyous as always

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IO
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was tasty. Menu is very limited, all the more so as 1 of the listed main courses was unavailable and of the other listed main courses, hake had been substituted for cod. Would expect better for so early in the evening (table reserved before 7pm)

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LD
London
23 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pub with a lovely dining room upstairs. The menu isn't vast but the food is lovely and well presented. We booked and got accommodated straight away. Great time

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ML
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at The Culpeper for a Sunday Roast, in the restaurant on the first floor, decorated with taste and with a joyful and lovely service.

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P
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great friendly and attentive service and good choice of tasty value food. This feels homely yet distinct. A great place to eat and drink

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you! It was delicious, staff was friendly, yummy food in a cozy atmosphere. Recommend!

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VP
London
205 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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