The Princess of Shoreditch
76–78 Paul Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 4NE
This plain and authentic 270-year-old pub sits on a corner and retains most of its classic features to good effect – big picture windows, pale walls and gleaming wooden floors. You can have a drink downstairs, and eat too, at both lunchtime and in the evening, when they serve dishes like pork belly, pies and fish'n'chips. A spiral staircase leads up to the Victorian dining room which features simple bentwood chairs and white tablecloths. There are 90 wines on the menu, as well as hand-pulled ales, and the food is serious, with restaurant prices to match. All the meat is sourced from the UK, while fruit and veg comes from farms in Kent and the mushrooms are foraged in Wales. The Sunday roast comes with duck-fat roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding.