High ceilings and plenty of wooden features mean there’s a nod to the building’s old London heritage at The Culpeper, while quirky seating and low-hung lighting point to its youthful Shoreditch vibe. The pub was named after 17th Century herbalist Nicholas Culpeper; the rooftop greenhouse and dog-friendly garden are open for drinks and dining during the summer months, and are a source of many an ingredient found on both the pub and restaurant menus.
The ground floor gastropub menu changes frequently to keep regulars on their toes, with a short but sweet selection of snacks, starters, mains and desserts available for lunch or dinner; expect traditional dishes such as beer-battered fish and chips, alongside quirkier offerings. Deep fried black pudding balls stand out from the snacks, while house-cured salmon with pickled cucumber, ginger mayonnaise and mint jelly makes for a sumptuous starter.
Cocktails are inspired by the garden herbs too, and shake things up beyond the classic margarita. Beers are sourced from local breweries, while the wine list is extensive but easily digestible, with options to suit every budget (and nothing over £60).
Your dog can join you in the ground floor gastropub, or on the rooftop terrace, but not in the first floor restaurant space. Bowls are available for thirsty pups.
The lunch menu is served from midday to 3pm, with a sizeable Sunday roast on offer for hungry weekend visitors.
The full dinner menu is served from 6 to 10.30pm. The rooftop garden is open into the evening every day except Monday, so you and fido can enjoy watching the sun set over some of London’s most recognisable eastern landmarks as you indulge in a cocktail or two. The pub itself is open until 2am on Friday and Saturday evenings if you’re in the mood to socialise into the wee hours.
The Culpeper has five bedrooms occupying the second floor of the building, although these aren’t currently dog-friendly. If you’re both in need of a place to stay, we recommend the vibrant South Place Hotel, a 20 minute walk to the west.
Children are welcome at The Culpeper until 9pm.
A visit to The Culpeper puts the ever-evolving adventures of the East End of London at your paw-tips. Jump on the 254 bus from nearby Whitechapel High Street and head to Victoria Park – 218 acres of fetch space where fido can roam anywhere he likes, apart from the children’s play areas.
If you’ve come for the Sunday roast, be sure to combine with a trip to Columbia Road Flower Market. Open from the morning until early afternoon, you’ll find bucketfuls of breathtaking flowers for you to admire, and your dog to have a good sniff at.
For more of an urban walk, stroll through the City to the South Bank and take in many of London’s famous sights, from Tower Bridge to HMS Belfast. If you’re there on Saturday morning, foodie haven Borough Market is well worth a visit, although remember some treats for fido as he may try and nab one of the many delights you pick up on your way round!
For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.
Address: The Culpeper, 40 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LP
If arriving by car, the NCP on Whitechapel High Street is less than five minutes’ walk from The Culpeper. It’s open until 11pm and costs £12 for up to two hours.
Aldgate (Metropolitan and Circle lines) and Aldgate East (District and Hammersmith & City lines) stations are on your doorstep. Liverpool Street station is a 10 minute stroll west, and provides access to the Central Line (should you wish to head to the West End, or out east towards Victoria Park), as well as National Rail services. A number of bus routes also serve nearby Whitechapel High Street.
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