A delightfully calm spot in the heart of frantic Shoreditch, The Princess is ideal for those after quietly efficient pub cooking in elegant surroundings. The ground-floor bar is pretty lively, but the upstairs dining room is a model of sobriety with its pastel-grey colour scheme and wooden furniture. The focus is on no-nonsense gastropub fare, a notch or two up from the local norm. Start with salmon rillettes and pickled cucumbers, before sampling succulent, perfectly pink venison, a generous fillet of lemon sole with brown shrimps or char-grilled Barnsley chop with merguez sausage. A cleansing plate of poached Kent strawberries and rhubarb is an oh-so-English way to finish, or you can take the calorific route with an ace sticky toffee and banana sundae. Full marks to the wine list, which eschews Champagne in favour of British fizz.
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