The Culpeper

4.4
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309 reviews
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£26 to £40
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European
*Please note that online bookings are for The Culpeper Kitchen only, we do not accept bookings on the rooftop or pub online*

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.
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d
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, really tasty and great veggie roast option! The staff were all super friendly and seemed to have everything under control. It's also a really beautiful building!

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, service and food was exquisite. Really enjoyed overall and will go again!

EM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Bavette roast was outstanding & the service was fab. Also loved how quiet it was! It seems almost impossible to find a restaurant that you can hear yourself speak in these days. The atmosphere was on point. The only thing that stopped me marking 5/5 was the desert, it was a little bit lack lustre in comparison the main meal. Otherwise a very enjoyable Sunday evening, thank you.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the greenhouse and it was great - made even better by the German waiter - he was so
Funny and Charming .... I forget his name but he told us jokes and really made
Us feel very special and welcomed ! Well done we will
Be back

G
London
12 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A trendy, lively atmosphere with gorgeous decor and good food. Went for a catch up with friends and enjoyed a very nice Sunday roast. Could do with a few more veggie options.

r
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is great, small menu of selected produce so you know you will get something fresh.

CE
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Retuned on a Saturday evening after coming across it by accident and trying a Sunday lunch which was superb! Wasn’t disappointed again. Great staff and quality food

DK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Tasty food and great ambience.
Good choice on menu.

TL
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food in the restaurant. Amazing, friendly staff and we were pleasantly surprised by the value. Wonderful experience. We are planning to go back very soon.

LS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Booking was at 1430 and we arrived early.
At 1428 the staff were already getting twitchy telling us that the kitchen closes at 1500.
The booking should really reflect this at the time of booking as we felt extremely rushed.
Food was okay, pie was extremely dry. No gravy provided.
It's quite expensive for what it was. Won't be coming back

M
London
8 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff made us feel very welcome and the food was delicious. They managed to keep even my grumpy dad happy! The dining room is quite small so definitely book in advance.

MA
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

on arriving at the restaurant we had to wait a considerable time before being shown to our booked table. This was because there was only one person on the reception who was making other bookings on the system and nobody else could check the reservation.

Not a big issue but with a group of 6 hanging around at the top of the stairs was a little uncomfortable.

That said food as always was superb

JC
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Sadly, I did not enjoy the good at my second trip to Culpepper.
It was an extremely limited menu. I chose crab with chili jam. The very small dabs of crab, which seemed freshly cooked,were dressed with some shaved cucumber. However, the delicate taste of the crab was overwhelmed by the exceedingly sweet jam. The pork loin was good but the rosti potatoes were covered with yet more jam, this time fig jam. There were also stewed prunes/plums which didn't add anything to the pork and made the whole dish too sweet.
My companions had squid risotto with crispy squid strips on top. Except the squid wasn't crispy and was tasteless.
All this contrasts with my memory of my last visit when the food was innovative, balanced flavours and immaculately prepared. I hope Culpepper chefs find their way again.

AL
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely roast bavette and pork. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

TJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Really like the Culpeper - I slightly wish that they had greater choice on the menu, even if it was just 5 options for each course rather than 4. Sometimes it's a bit tricky. But love what you do - well done.

RB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely food and pleasant ambience, service ok, a little intrusive occasionally - leaning across the entire table to serve plates rather than coming around.

LG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great atmosphere and good food

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was great! I had a great time. The food was excellent and the service was brilliant.

CG
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was far too salty. Ruined the taste of the food and I would not go there again because of this. Otherwise, the staff were very nice and helpful and the ambience was pleasant.

T
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Dishes are tiny and not suitable for sharing

SS
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was slow. Certain waiters/waitresses were rude, unfriendly and inattentive. Drinks were served after the food arrived. Cutlery was not replaced when it should have been. Sunday roast was good quality but the starters/amuses bouches were not good value for money. There was also a leak in the ceiling which was highlighted to a very disinterested waitress with no apology.

Overall food was good, service was not and certainly not for the price of the food. I would hesitate to return.

LS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Awesome Sunday lunch in a really cool spot. Food was delicious and the service is very good. Zero complaints about this place. We really enjoyed our meal and the time flew past.

E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely food, lovely staff, lovely service lovely drink and lovely lovely lveoly

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time we’ve been here and the roast was second to none!

F
London
17 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, slightly small portions for the starters, lovely service, overall would come back for sure...

SS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It’s rare to get a chance in the City to sit by a window! Despite the noise of Commercial Road the first floor Resturant is bright and airy. A simple but superb menu. The fish always superb. Great attentive service with good wines. Tables not too close which is also good. I have never been disappointed.

ND
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Reccomend the bavette roast. Outstanding. Great option for Sunday roast in general

P
London
12 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just superb as ever. Great service and really tasty foods

EB
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked The Culpeper for my birthday dinner and it did not disappoint. Delicious food, friendly staff and beautiful decor.

DT
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Not a review on food itself as didn't eat there in the end. Viewed a sample menu online before booking and it looked amazing. However once we were seated in restaurant there was nothing to our liking at all, when we mentioned the sample menu we were then told it was the bar menu. We declined to order and left. Staff were nice but it should have highlighted online it wasn't a restaurant menu instead of leading us to believe it was.

NH
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great venue and lovely roast dinner! Have been looking for a good roast in London for ages! Shame the rooftop bar was closed as we probably would have stayed for another but overall a really nice place to eat

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great we been for a Sunday roast and it was delicious!
The service was great and the decoration of the place was really beautiful.
Perfect meal in a perfect place!

FF
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great fish and chips. The aubergine wasn't really cooked a but overall was good. The staff was great with us and very helpful.

r
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We went for Sunday lunch and had the chicken & vegetarian roasts. The main (chicken/ spinach Wellington) were fine but the vegetables were lack luster and very plain.
For people who don’t drink alcohol there was an extremely limited drinks menu of cola or lemonade which was a bit of a shame considering how many nice mocktails or non-alcoholic gins other restaurants are offering.
Overall it wasn’t bad but wasn’t great either.

b
Brighton
9 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I can't rate the food as we left without eating. I felt that with a pared down menu (4 main course choices) it's only polite and good restaurant management to have all four available on a Saturday night. So rather than compromise on our choices we opted to go elsewhere. Service was perfectly pleasant.

SG
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience4

Couldn't fault the food, amazing, would love to go back. BUT, the service was atrocious as in the waiters seemed genuinely annoyed to have the provide us with any help.
At one point the waiter said 'you people' when we asked if they had anything other than blue milk. (we needed soy milk)

NR
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Unfortunately due to the weather the rooftop was closed but we were not previously advised and staff seemed confused by our arrival. We were sat in the restaurant, then when we decided to only take drinks multiple staff asked us if we wanted to move downstairs until we were told we had to (fair enough, we just felt staff were being strange about it!). We sat downstairs in the bar which was fine, but the cocktails were a let down... Mine tasted like soda water! I'd try this place again but only if the rooftop is open.

TB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good staff, beautiful view for sunset off the roof terrace

k
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I really enjoyed the evening. Great table with space , staff really helpful and asking if everything ok. Food delicious and a beautiful venue. Very calm and relaxed in there and I would really recommend it. A real mix of people and very comfortable setting. I would highly recommend and it was a great evening

NS
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

horrendous meal! it was cold, and when we complained we were told it would take 15 mins as they start from fresh again! it came back twice as bad. Raw meat, black Yorkshire pudding cooked hours ago, and still cold veg. I admit my husbands words were not good, but we had booked this meal weeks before coming and was looking forward to it, and very hungry. We are not new to Culpeper and never experienced a bad meal. The manager was rude to my husband telling him he had said enough!!! I wouldn't recommend any of my business associates or friends to go here. Extremely disappointed and shocked they could serve such a dreadful plate of food!