The Princess of Shoreditch, 76 Paul Street, EC2A 4NE Tel: 0207 729 9270

Situated just a short walk from Old Street station, the Princess of Shoreditch will be re-launching this October. Under new ownership, having been bought earlier this year by Scott Hunter (Loungelover Group) and Maria Larsen (Corney & Barrow Wine Bars) and undergone a full refurbishment, we understand the aim is to offer customers something a little different from standard ‘gastropub’ fayre.

We understand that, the focus will be on using seasonal foods and good service. Head chef Benoit Doutres (Moulin de Mougins, France) will add a French twist to the modern British menu with dishes such as: ham hock and pickle terrine with raspberry and balsamic dressing and rustic bread; Suffolk cider braised pork belly with carrot puree, baby turnip, spinach and black pudding and crackling and lavender crème brulee with peach compote. The menu will be complemented by a 60-strong wine list with a large selection available by the glass and carafe. We are told there will also be a good selection of hand-pulled ales.

The owners have created two distinct dining areas, in this newly refurbished pub, downstairs will be a more relaxed brasserie style while the upstairs restaurant will have a slightly more formal atmosphere and menu, The Princess of Shoreditch is looking like it will be a great place to visit.