The Princess of Shoreditch 1

76-78 Paul Street , London, EC2A 4NE

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SquareMeal Review of The Princess of Shoreditch

A stone’s throw from Old Street station, this 18th-century boozer is a Mecca for hipsters and city slickers alike, who appreciate its no-nonsense pubby vibe, potable tipples and simple but effective food. Drinkers congregate at the ground-floor bar, where three regularly rotated real ales go down well with sophisticated snacks of celeriac soup with truffle oil or scallop ceviche with burnt sweetcorn salsa. However, it’s worth booking ahead for something more special in the subdued upstairs dining room, which puts seasonal produce centre stage – think burrata with pickled radishes, crispy quinoa and mint salad or Swaledale lamb chops with pumpkin pistou, sprouting broccoli and buttermilk dressing. To finish, desserts might feature sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of bourbon toffee sauce. Also, don’t miss the choice of Sunday roasts. No wonder this regal gem still has plenty of devoted followers.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Old Street Station 252m

Old Street Tube Station 296m

Address

Address: 76-78 Paul Street , London EC2A 4NE

Area: Moorgate Liverpool Street

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)

Nearby Landmarks

The Brewery 691m

Liverpool Street 776m

Details

Telephone: 020 7729 9270

Website:

Cuisine: Gastropub

Lunch: £14/18 (2/3 courses)

8.4

Food & Drink: 8.6

Service: 9.3

Atmosphere: 8.7

Value: 8.6

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Kim W. 17 October 2012

Great food, great service and good value for money. Will definitely visit again

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Jamie F. 15 May 2011

What a lovely place! Visited with friends from USA and they commented that the service was the best they've experienced in London! Food was also very good! The quality of the produce really came through with little mucking about from the chef! My starter of asparagus with breaded poached egg and fennel puree was sublime and main of sea bass on gazpacho really delicious. One of my American friends really wanted the fish and chips from the downstairs pub menu and that wasn't a problem for them at all – it looked amazing and apparently tasted so as well. Desserts were classics – creme brulee, sticky toffee pudding (wow!), chocolate fondant and all superb. Wine list touched pretty much all bases and we were very happy with the quality we got. The pub downstairs was extremely busy and the dining room full all night. The atmosphere was buzzy but fairly relaxed, helped by the great selection of music – jazz from the early 1900's I think. Pub and dining room both look lovely and the ladies were nice too although you have to negotiate the spiral staircase to the pub to get there…

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Laura I. 30 August 2010

Visited with a companion recently with completely the wrong idea of what this place is! For some reason I had it in my head it was going to be very plush when in fact it's a thoroughly decent (almost down-to-earth) gastropub with very good food and possibly the best service I've experienced in a pub! In fact, the service we received puts many fine dining restaurants to shame! Good all round wine list, well priced but possibly a bit heavy on the French country wine? I know it goes very well with rustic cooking so maybe it's me being fussy! Don't let this detract from a very good experience though! A very slick operation and one that I am sure will be there for some time!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

PAUL D. 21 August 2010

I ate with two friends in the dining room after reading the reviews below and those from Time Out. We all had a lovely evening and The Princess is now very much on our ‘places to visit again list’. The dining room is a well decorated and cosy room with very interesting 'Princess's of old' artwork. The tables and chairs are comfortable with plenty of space for glassware and side plates. The feel of the place was very much ‘polished rustic’. We went on a Tuesday evening and it was full. The pub downstairs was jam packed when we arrived and it had a very bustly atmosphere. Not sure if I'd enjoy eating in that environment but plenty of people were… Up in the dining room the service was warm, friendly and very efficient. The style was quite relaxed but we never wanted for anything the whole evening. The food was every bit as good as the reviews say. We were all very pleased with our choices and there wasn't a duff dish among our choices although I suspect this is the reason why the menu is the length it is – 6 starters, 7 mains and 5 desserts. Good, reasonably priced, wine list and very impressed with their selection of whiskies and brandies. Would definitely recommend.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Stacy H. 05 July 2010

Had a lovely evening here recently with a group of four old school friends. We had a nice bottle of Picpoul de Pinet (about £23 if my memory serves me correctly) in the downstairs bar before heading up the dreaded spiral staircase for dinner! The food and service were both second to none and all of us left feeling very satisfied indeed. The decor is very nice and the atmosphere bustling downstairs and a bit more relaxed upstairs. They seem to have removed the table clothes (as viewed in some pictures) and now have old rustic tables instead but the room was charming nonetheless and felt very cosy. Our waitress was charming and helpful and gave good recommendations for both food and wine. Highlights were the ham hock and pea shoot salad, rabbit terrine and carpaccio with horseradish mousse for starters. All very good indeed! For mains the scallops were sensational! Plump and perfectly cooked with just the right amount of caramelisation and served with a pea purree, pea shoots and broad beens. I was very impressed indeed! To finish off the desserts were OMG good! All in all, a very enjoyable evening and five new fans!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Emyr T. silver reviewer 06 May 2010

The Princess has established itself as a top dining experience in Shoreditch, combining a gastropub, serving classic pub dishes, in the downstairs bar area, with more of a fine dining experience in the upstairs dining room. Book ahead for the fine dining, or turn up early for the walk in downstairs. The Princess has a lengthy wine list, with many by the glass and carafe options.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Daniel E. 25 February 2010

This is a nice place on the edge of Shoreditch. Serve was very good and the steak I had was done to perfection. Go for dinner, upstairs for fancy and downstairs for more chilled. Then go onto the Hoxton hotel for drinks, they serve till very late!

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