Matt Vines

The Culpeper

  • Where:
  • Why:Work. We had stayed 4 nights at another hotel and fancied trying somewhere new.
  • When:May 2016
  • Who:My partner + I stayed the night...and 8 friends and a baby joined for a Sunday pub lunch downstairs.
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The Culpeper Comfortable chair in the bedroom.

Comfortable chair in the bedroom.

The Culpeper Tasteful bedroom details.

Tasteful bedroom details.

The Culpeper Down with this lampshade.

Down with this lampshade.

The Culpeper The rooftop greenhouse where the kitchen grows their own herbs and vegetables.

The rooftop greenhouse where the kitchen grows their own herbs and vegetables.

The Culpeper Breakfast spot on in the first floor dining room.

Breakfast spot on in the first floor dining room.

The Culpeper A booth in the dining room. Nice vibe.

A booth in the dining room. Nice vibe.

The Culpeper Where the magic (sleeping / reading / looking at Instagram) happens.

Where the magic (sleeping / reading / looking at Instagram) happens.

The Culpeper The rooms have a separate entrance so you don’t have to go through the pub to get to them, if you don’t want to.

The rooms have a separate entrance so you don’t have to go through the pub to get to them, if you don’t want to.

The Culpeper Bedroom setup includes a coffee machine.

Bedroom setup includes a coffee machine.

The Culpeper View from the roof and classic London weather.

View from the roof and classic London weather.

The Culpeper A photo I took of a photo of the downstairs bar on the pub website – because it is way better than the image I managed to get on my phone.

A photo I took of a photo of the downstairs bar on the pub website – because it is way better than the image I managed to get on my phone.

Highs & Lows

  • The pub's general vibe is really nice. It is warm, cozy, feels in-keeping with its neighborhood and very ‘London’.

  • The pub’s rooftop offers great views over East London and the greenhouse is a really nice touch. I saw on the pub’s website that they also occasionally do gardening courses up there.

  • We really enjoyed the food. It is generous with a lot of attention to detail. For example, at breakfast the coffee was by Allpress coffee and sausages from Ginger Pig, who are one of the best butchers in London.

  • We had to sleep with the window closed due to some lively things going on down in the street below, but that is often the case with city hotels.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 42/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique Pub B&B

  • Vibe

    Cool country pub in the city.

  • Location

    Great location in East London. Near all of the action and several tube stops. Brick Lane, Spitalfields and Shoreditch High Street are a stones throw.

  • Rooms

    Five bedrooms, all en suite.

  • Music

    Good background pub music.

  • Year Opened

    The bedrooms opened for bookings in April 2016.

  • Designed By

    The bedrooms are furnished with the work of several local crafts people and artists. The curated book selection by local writer; ‘The Gentle Author’ is a nice touch.

  • Health & Wellness

    No. It’s not that kind of place.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, two. The ground floor pub restaurant and the first floor kitchen dining room, which is a little more formal than downstairs and has a daily changing menu. We ate in both and really enjoyed our meals, which were simple, contemporary British pub food made with quality produce from good suppliers. There is also a rooftop dining space and a working greenhouse where the chefs grow a lot of the salad, herbs and vegetables that they use in the kitchen.

  • Bar

    Yes. It’s a pub so it would be a big missed opportunity if there wasn’t.

  • Minibar

    No mini bar, but that’s probably because the room is above an actual very good bar. So you should be fine.

  • Children

    We had friends with a new baby join us for lunch. All good.

  • Price

    Very good value. From $120 a night including breakfast.

  • Website

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