The Princess of Shoreditch

• Gastropub• Shoreditch

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About the restaurant

A building that can trace its roots back to the 18th century, The Princess of Shoreditch is one of the most historic venues in this part of London. With a cocktail bar on the ground floor and a pub and restaurant upstairs, it’s new-school in feel and feels totally in keeping with the rest of the Shoreditch food scene.

The Noble Inns group – which also owns Smokehouse and The Pig & Butcher – operates the venue, and heading up the kitchen is Ruth Hansom, a talented young chef who cut her teeth at The Ritz before being head chef at Pomona’s in Notting Hill. Her style of flavour-forward British cuisine has earned her plaudits, and the odd appearance on cooking shows, including The Great British Menu.

Downstairs, you’ll find a short and confident list of cocktails that are largely riffs on classics, while the food menu is unfussy but elegantly cooked and always big on flavour. British game – like fallow deer and mallard – appears throughout the menu, on which most mains are under £20. There’s a killer roast menu on Sundays, too.

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Critic reviews

The Infatuation

The roasts are a local fixture on Sundays, with good-looking plates of rare beef, lamb, and pork landing on tables at a fair clip.

Time Out

Up the spiral staircase from the bustling downstairs bar, the dining room at this 250-year-old corner premises is a good-looking, cosy space. A dozen linen-clothed tables – candlelit at night – are served by a small team of young, efficient staff.


The food was striving too hard to make an impression, to be a bit different, to announce its own class.