The Modern Pantry
The Modern Pantry

The Modern Pantry

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.themodernpantry.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02075539210
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday 8am - 11am Brunch: Saturday 9am - 4pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday 5.00pm - 10.00pm, Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10.30pm, Saturday 6pm - 10.30pm, Sunday 6pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Anna Hansen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Cafe, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: The Mobile Pantry caters for both corporate and private clients, creating eclectic delicious menus tailored to your needs. It offers a full service: everything from cocktails and canapés to lavish buffets, or even an intimate dinner with matching wines.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Farringdon / Barbican Tube Stations
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking in St Johns Square and Clerkenwell Green.
A word from The Modern Pantry
The Modern Pantry is housed in two handsome Georgian buildings in St John’s Square, Clerkenwell. The larger of the two buildings was originally part of an adjacent steel foundry, while the other was a townhouse. The Modern Pantry offers a range of dining options: The first floor Dining Rooms (Restaurant) is comprised of two elegant, light filled rooms overlooking St John’s Square. Classic Heritage features are complimented with contemporary design creating an intimate and relaxing atmosphere. The Ground Floor Café is a modern casual dining space serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week, with out door seating in the summer. Book online for the dining rooms or by phone for the ground floor cafe.
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The Modern Pantry reviews from OpenTable diners
477 reviews since 4 June 2014
Average Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambience3.9
    Value3.5
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
brunch (243)fit for foodies (192)special occasions (103)business meals (92)sunday lunch (88)afternoon tea (86)romance (81)good vegetarian options (66)outdoor eating (56)group bookings (55)outstanding value (33)pre/post theatre (18)child friendly (12)disabled access (1)Show More
  • A wonderful place
    77130
    Dined on 28/9/2014
    This last Sunday it was the first time I came in your restaurant, we have made a reservation for a long time. We arrived at 11. for the brunch, no delay we access very quicly to our table at the first floor, and a charming lady gave us the menu. We did'nt wait for a long time to receive our order, and after it was just delightful !!!! My scrambled eggs were very well coocked, and good surprise in my tea pot , no tea bag, but a real "loose leaf tea" I hope i will come back soon in London and i try your Afternoon tea.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    Waiters were interested only about the closure of the kitchen. Kitchen has served one venison medium well, normally must be medium rare. 3.50£ for a selection of breads was a bit overpriced considering the quality of the bread. Starters too small and puzzling for taste and combination. If you read "duck" as the main ingredient of the plate you expect to eat more duck than salad. The omlette was very good even if it was actually a crêpes. The wine list was ubalanced in relation to the menu, there were two medium priced wines and the others were all very expensive.
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  • Interesting
    hach14
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    Having looked at the menu online, decided to book a table for Sunday lunch while my relative visited. When we arrived, it was a very cute but busy place. Downstairs cafe seemed lively, if not a bit tight for space. There isn't much room to manouvre round the entrance, table and front desk. However, really disappointed when we were given the 'Saturday' menu, when I asked the waitress she told us that they change menus daily and no longer do any pork or roast lunches. Seeing as a roast dinner was what we came for, we decided to leave, so can't really comment on the food ratings above. I will say, however because of the wooden floorboards and 'pantry' ambience everything echoes and so it's quite hard to hear yourself never mind the waitress.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at The Modern Pantry
    EatingOut
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    This was my first visit with friends. The atmosphere was good, relaxed, pleasant dining rooms, good menu. The food was excellent, it was a long time coming but they did apologise for the delay. I would recommend it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    AmOs
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    We have been to this place for a couple of times and we love it. Food is absolutely amazing and service is perfect. Would go back anytime!
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    Pippa75
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    We organised a business lunch at the Modern Pantry as we had heard good reviews, and it was lovely. Great food and decor and ideal for the business lunches that you want relaxed but not too informal. The only slight downside is it can get a bit noisy, however for the right meetings this is ideal, so would book again (and booking through Open Table is great).
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, special occasions
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  • Good food and service
    EpicurusVIP
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    The Modern Pantry serves good modern food. On the pricey side, but justified given the quality of the food. Service was professional and friendly.
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    business meals, romance
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  • Service
    Jacob
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    Sloppy service and I attentive staff made thus into an unpleasant experience. It took 20 minutes before anybody turned up at the table and another 20 to get a glass of wine. Before the main course was served the dessert menus were presented, the ordered bottle of wine arrived mid main course. We were a party of 4, spent about 250 quid, food is great, especially the prawn omelette. Service makes me not want to come back
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    brunch, Sunday lunch
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  • wgcaptain
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    As usual, the standard of food and service was very good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely service
    cmoon02
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    first time visiting the modern pantry after having some recommendation. was booked for afternoon tea but when arrived, they had us for brunch. however when we spoke to the staff, they happily accommodated us with the afternoon tea which was not like traditional one but very interesting and quirky mix of pastries and scones! definitely one to try and will come and visit again likely for some brunch next time which also looked delicious!
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    afternoon tea, brunch
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  • innovative but not as expected
    KozzaK
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    The food was all well prepared, tasty and the ingredients innovatively paired. However, I did feel that the food descriptions were a bit misleading - I had the 'gnocci' for instance which actually turned out to be a sort of polenta cake. It was nice but I was disappointed (gnocci is an absolute favourite of mine). I would go back, but make sure that I knew what the dishes consisted of before ordering next time. On a side note, I was also surprised at the minimalistic decor. I had envisioned a much more artsy interior for a modern fusion restaurant. A spash of colour or two wouldn't hurt!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings
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  • over fussy
    charlottea
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Just misses. Minimalist design in a cool part of town but the chairs are very hard, making a 2 hour stint tricky. The menu sounds mouthwatering, but when pressed the staff are not sure what those strange things you don't understand are either. Eg 'cinder toffee'. Then the food itself is hit and miss. All the complicated, clashing flavours worked in the main course not in the starter or pudding. Blackberry Garam masala ice cream was not good. Tries too hard, tries to dazzle but is really blinding you.
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    fit for foodies, romance
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  • The Modern Pantry afternoon tea
    Cakequeen
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    A completely different afternoon tea from the usual tried and tested sandwiches, scones and cakes. While all those featured in the afternoon tea the flavour combinations, textures and smells were incredible. I particularly liked the lotus crisp. Please do not be fooled, when the food comes out it's quantity is not what you usually expect for most afternoon teas (no "lashings" of cake), you will be completely satisfied. The staff were brilliant helpful and not afraid to tell you how to eat and what to drink.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    amazing food, atmosphere, and the service was outstanding.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Dr K
    Doctor
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Perfect for a lazy 2 course brunch. Fantastic alternative options to the usual menus in most other places.
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    brunch, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Service.
    DaNero
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We booked a 7.45 dinner table and turned up 10 minuted early. We were advised that there were two large parties in that evening and that if we sat early there would be a delay in our food, so as suggested we went off for a drink and came back at 8pm. We were given a table in the room upstairs ordered about 8.20 and our starters came out at 8.30. We then waited over and hour for our mains. When we complained we were told 'it's because they have large bookings in'. Service was sloppy (they missed off some side dishes from our mains) and inattentive (no check backs, we would have to call the waiting staff over). What's disappointing is that the restaurant took no responsibility for the delay simply blaming it on the fact they were busy.
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  • Great food
    j88jke
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Went with clients as have been once before with friends and thought the food was excellent. Service was not on top form on the evening, think the waitress we had for the most part was new or at least seemed inexperienced in dining service but overall would recommend and will return. The food creations are interesting, varied and delicious. There was no disappointment with the food around our table
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    brunch, business meals, Sunday lunch
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  • Wow!
    Dutchie
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Only visiting London, i was just looking around some webshops to find good dinner places. Looking at some of the pictures of The Modern Pantry, the interior design and atmosphere directly attracted me. Arriving there, it was a nice mix of people. We got such a warm welcome from the staff and they were so helpful and kind throughout the rest of the night too. The food was a m a z i n g. The combination were different and it was all so tasty. When taking a bit of the roasted eggplant or the shrimp omelette, an explosion of deep tastes occurred. Can't wait to go back, highly recommend this to anyone!
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    afternoon tea, brunch, outdoor eating, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SoSoVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Not impressed by the brunch experience we received this week. The food was easily something I could have cooked myself, and not worth the price for a restaurant that is this hyped up. The menu is semi inventive, but could use an overhaul if it truly wants to continue selling itself as a premier brunch location in London. Does not come close to comparing to similarly talked about locations in NYC. Which goes to show London has a ways to go yet in that category.
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  • Great experience! Yum yum!
    Jane
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Great food and service. Nice menu. Staff really friendly & helpful. Would recommend to a friend.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite nice
    WalterB
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Excellent service, nice venue. To be honest the food reads a lot better than it tastes. That's not to say the food was not nice, but the price did not match the food even if the whole experience was quite nice. Perhaps simplifying the ingredients and focussing on the quality of the ingredients and cooking might be the way forwards although starters were good. Not a fail, by any means, but pricy for the food you get. Sorry guys, in a City with lots of amazing food places, you won't get me back at those prices.
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  • Very nice indeed
    steeveegee
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    A very decent set lunch. I think my choices of starter and main were spot on - my first choice of main, pork loin, had sold out, but the massive and delicately spices lamb chops meant I didn't care at all. My wife enjoyed her pollack, but it was perhaps not quite as exciting as the lamb. Service and ambience were good if not outstanding. We had a table for four between two of us, which I liked. Brunches looked good and I suspect - especially given the prices - that is where the strength of the place lies in terms of quality and value. As I say, our set lunch was fairly priced, but the bill would have skyrocketed had we not steered clear of the wine list. Overall: very good. Might go back for brunch sometime.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner with friends
    londondining
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Went with a small group for a long overdue catch up and managed to hear each other whilst enjoying great food and wine all without ever having to ask for anything. (well apart from the olives!) Great little restaurant… Would go again.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Sunday Brunch
    BerksGastronome
    Dined on 17/8/2014
    Booked in for Sunday Brunch, professional service and extensive menu. Enjoyed the matcha latte, omelette and waffle.
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    brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CandyAppleRed
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Wonderful anniversary meal, fabulous flavours and contrasts in the food. Familiar dishes given a twist with Japanese ingredients to great effect. Service was also superb and friendly. My wife's lamb was just slightly undercooked for her liking but they made her another full dish without any problems. We would highly recommend this lovely restaurant.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service not what it once was...
    whateverVIP
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    I used to eat here regularly - at least once a month. The food is still great, but the service has changed dramatically. It used to be staffed by knowledgeable but relaxed staff with a very cool vibe. Now the service is very abrupt, staffed by mediocre (mostly French) staff and much much less fun. Shame.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Faultless service and beautiful restaurant with sunny outdoor seating but let down by the food. Two breakfast dishes very simple and small with eggs grossly overcooked and no finesse as previously experienced here.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, outdoor eating, romance
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  • Light and delicious!
    Nadiadew
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Gorgeous Caravan brewed coffee and the tastiest bacon! The location is great and the service is very attentive without being too full on. Would definitely recommend for a nice treat breakfast.
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  • Super brunch
    IRofRVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    In the depths of Clerkenwell, devoid of people on a Sunday, this trendy eatery fully deserves its enthusiastic write-ups. The menu is wide-ranging and innovative. The average age of the clientele was around 25, and there was a distinct buzz. There is good outside seating and the house itself is beautiful, with upstairs quieter than down. There is a good range of drinks, reasonably priced. An occasion not to be missed, but rather to be soon repeated.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, outstanding value
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  • Lunch, but perhaps brunch is better
    Frank
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had an interesting lunch spoiled a little by the side dishes arriving too late and one order not being the dish ordered. As a result one of our party ate after we had finished. ' Pity - the decor and location are great but we'd think twice before going for lunch again.
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  • Over-priced and over-cooked
    kreav
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We dined here last week and on first impressions this place was great: the staff were friendly, it was modern and clean and in the heart of bustling St John's Square. There is plenty of space to enjoy a pre-dinner drink outside, too. The cocktail list is impressive, and the recommended wines on the menu were well-chosen. However, the main problem was the food. After reading many reviews, I came here under the impression I was going to be eating high-class food. Unfortunately this wasn't the case. I ordered a sugared prawn omelette to start which would have been great if it contained more than 2 prawns. For £9.20 I expect a little more (and i'm not averse to paying for good food). The onglet steak was tough and chewy. I wouldn't return.
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    group bookings, outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • Dinner
    Earout
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Four dined. All chose different dishes and all scored. Onglet steak particularly. Feta pea and courgette fritter sublime. Eaton mess wonderfull.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy brunch
    Brunchie
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    I had the corn, feta, green chilli and curry leaf waffle with streaky smoked bacon - delicious! Pot of tea was lovely but the crockery was nothing special. Had numerous different waiting staff ask to take our drink orders which showed they weren't communicating much but everyone was friendly and polite.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 29/7/2014
    İ am dissapointed i was expecting more from chef i choosed the duck for starters and steak main course lots of ingeridiatant but not matching taste
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  • Lovely food shaky service
    janeejane
    Dined on 29/7/2014
    Really enjoyed our meal - innovative interesting but service was just not really up to par. Slow, tap water with no ice on a sunny day just almost plonked on the table. Cocktail list quite a few were unavailable due to missing ingredients ;-(
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    Nimster
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    Would highly recommend this restaurant for brunch - it's light, airy, in a lovely location and the food is delicious. The menu is extensive yet not too overwhelming and the service is excellent. No complaints!
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  • Food not as good as before
    foodie
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    I enjoyed my meal here, but I have to say the food was not as outstanding as the food I am used to getting at the Modern Pantry. My poached eggs had completely solid yolks and my chorizo was too fatty and too bland. I can make better much brunch at home! I might give it another chance or two before I let it fall off my list of top brunch places in London.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Brunch on a Saturday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    Fantastic brunch. We had the cornbread with Chorizo and red pepper salsa and the waffle with Bacon and maple syrup. Both were delicious but the former was truly outstanding. One of the best breakfasts I've ever had. Service was very good and got a good spot outside in the sun.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant but stingy portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    Delicious and stylish place for brunch, but portions were small (and I don't eat a lot). Puddings and iced early grey and hibiscus tea delicious. Service slow and lacking in grace.
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  • Brunch!
    Kishan
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    Fantastic brunch - presentation is very good & food tastes even better than it looks! The prawn omelette was particularly good! Great service as well, a definite favourite for brunch!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.