Spread over 4 floors The Culpeper has a little something for everyone. A great downstairs bar serving modern pub-grub, an upstairs restaurant with an innovative menu based around seasonal produces; a roof terrace with a kitchen garden and greenhouse; and five beautifully furnished rooms.
Pubs with rooms are nothing new but there is a new generation of trendy gastro-pubs that are reimagining this basic concept, upping the quality and making a stay in a pub all the more appealing. To quote The Culpeper itself, “Our simply furnished and beautifully decorated rooms have been created with the intention of being a place to crash following a meal, for a weekend, or a week on business.”
Originally an old Truman Pub The Culpeper has been lovingly restored into a beautiful modern space. The renovation has incorporated the building’s original Victorian features to get effect and retained the traditional signage and tiling. Equal attention has been given to the food, which uses the rooftop produces as much as possible along with seasonally sourced produce from local supplies. The wine list features natural wines from small growers and cocktails are based on herbs grown on the roof, and changes to reflect the seasons.
The first thing that strikes you about The Culpeper is the spaciousness and all the light. The ground floor bar and eating area are flooded with natural light thanks to the large Victorian windows that dominate two sides of the building. The Bar menu is short and offers an excellent selection of pub inspired dishes that change daily and always includes a vegetable-centric option and some light snacks. From the downstairs dining area there is an elegant staircase that leads up to the first floor restaurant, here the menu is modern and inspired by seasonal produce. Continuing up are the guest rooms and then the terrace, which operates a bar and hosts barbecues in the warmer months. The terrace is also home to The Culpeper’s greenhouse and kitchen garden and has fantastic views across the city making it one of the best roof terrace destinations in the area.
To find The Culpeper you need to be brave, it is in London’s City Fringes. At the currently unfashionable end of Commercial Road in Aldgate; about 10 minutes walk from Old Spitalfields market. But don’t let that put you off; it is a true little gem in the ever changing area that borders the City of London and the traditional East End.
For more information and reservations visit: http://www.theculpeper.com
Notes and Credits: This is an independent review. Photography is curtsey of The Culpeper website and Google images.