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Sometimes, London seems to contain nothing in the way of places to eat apart from pop-ups serving ‘dirty’ cocktails in jam jars and pimped-up hot dogs to the hipster masses. Whatever happened to the honest-to-goodness London boozer? Or, better still, a handsome Victorian hostelry that’s been brought firmly into the 21st century without compromising its pub origins – meaning it still serves great beers, but also unfussy, simply presented, flavourful food. Can’t be that hard, can it?
Actually, it can. So hurrah for the Culpeper – a revamped pub opposite the East End institution that is Petticoat Lane Market, which manages to mix drinking and eating in an easy-going fashion. So you can sink a pint of Hogs Back while tucking into a ploughman’s lunch. There’s a roof garden too – supposedly to provide veg and herbs for the kitchen, but they’re also opening it up for picnics and other outdoor fun.
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