Gastro pub goodness
The Culpeper on Commercial Street is one of the most buzzing pubs in East London, spreading across three floors with a rooftop garden that host private events and growing house herbs which are being used in the kitchen and cocktails making. The ground floor is a lively pub which serves a strong selection of classic ales as well as craft beers. The kitchen on the first floor offer a simple and short a la carte menu, mostly British in essence with some modern creative touch from other European countries.
|bread and anchovy butter|
|burrata, orange, braised trevise|
|squid, black risotto and aioli|
|wood pigeon and chestnut Wellington|
Both of the starters I have tried was of very high standard, the squid with black risotto was buttery and bold in taste. The texture of the risotto was perfect as was the very tender squid. Wood pigeon done in Wellington style was simply wonderful, the meat was cooked to perfection, the chestnut really brought out the earthiness of the pigeon and the quince added a touch of sweetness along with a masterfully crafted pastry. My main of lamb sirloin was moist and finely seasoned, it was a dish full of rich and savoury flavours. My small criticism would be some whole mint on the plate as it was rather unpleasantly chewy.
|braised beef cheek pudding|
|skate, salsify, beurre blanc and chanterelles|
|lamb sirloin, parsnip, anchovy and mint salad|
|aged rump, chips, pickled walnut relish, Hispi cabbage|
The Culpeper represents how a top gastro pub should be, great food, proper table service with a strong selection of drinks (also the portion sizes are massive, what a great bonus!). The cooking was indeed top notch, especially the starters. Our waiter on the was simply wonderful, she really looked after us and always served us in such a warm and kind manner. Finally a big shout out to the "Pomme Anna" chips that came with the beef rump special, it was super crispy with a silky smooth filling, without a doubt, it was the best chip I have ever encountered in London.
What I paid:
£42 per head with wine
Average cost without drinks and services:
40 Commercial St, London E1 6LP