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The Modern Pantry
The Modern Pantry

The Modern Pantry Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.themodernpantry.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 553 9210
  • 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. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBrunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "My Partner and I tried The Modern Pantry for the first time on Sunday for brunch. It is in a great location and has outdoor seating which was wonderful as it was a beautiful day so we sat outside and dined. I started off with the smoothie of the day which was banana, yoghurt, fig, mint and lime and was absolutely delicious. I then had the baked eggs which were ok - I wouldn't order it again, once the eggs were gone you were left with a tomato-ey water, the sourdough toast that came with it was delicious. My partner opted for the dippy egg with marmite soldiers which were perfect. Despite not liking my dish I will definintely be going back - the menu is wonderful with so many different things to choose from!"
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "Very enjoyable evening with friends we hadn't seen for a long time. Staff were very good and menu added that sense fo something different"
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "Great setting and atmosphere and a very homely feel. We ordered the sashimi, bread and olives for starters. Sashimi was very tasty, but probably could have been a bit colder. Mains I had the steak, which was cooked with what tasted like an olive tepanade. Very tasty and succulent. The salad had a touch too much vinegar. Husband had the pork belly, which he enjoyed but said wasn't the best he's had. Dessert I had the Pineapple Tarte Tartin, which was really yummy. Overall the food was excellent, but was very pricey. Probably not worth that much for the price, but was good nonetheless."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "We visited the Modern Pantry last Sunday for lunch. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The food was delicious and we received exceptional service."
    dined on 06/07/2014
  • "We went for breakfast and after hearing great reviews were thoroughly underwhelmed. Service was slow and impersonal despite there being more than enough staff on for the amount of tables early on a Sunday morning. Lack of interesting vegetarian options and the coffee buff I went with was not impressed by his latte and didn't even chance an espresso. Overpriced for the quality, flavour and portions received ( 1 coffee, 1 ice tea, 2x poached eggs = £30). Overall, disappointed. There are much better breakfast alternatives in London despite having to wait until 10am to be fed on a Sunday."
    dined on 06/07/2014
  • "Excellent service from the time we entered the restaurant. Immediately asked what drinks we wanted and water supplied. Excellent choice of boutique beers. Exciting choice of starters , the marinated prawns in a perfectly cooked omelette were hard to beat, but it was a difficult choice as all the other choices looked delicious. For main course I selected the pork belly , cooked to perfection with tasty Asian style accompaniments . The fusion element was present throughout the menu."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "The food was really good but our experience was dulled by a lack of service. After being seated, we were then never approached by a waiter and after 30mins had to ask if we could have our order taken. Then it took another 40 mins for the food to arrive, as a pre created afternoon package I would expect faster service with the food and more attentive staff. I don't feel the service match up with the quality of food."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "I made a reservation through Opentable, received confirmation email and got the confirmation phone call from the restaurant the day before. BUT, when we went there for the lunch, there was no table for us. Food was good and all the staff was nice but disappointed that we had to have a seat for walk in table."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "I'm a vegetarian and there was only one vegetarian option on the menu which didn't sound too appealing however I ordered it anyway and it turns out it was probably the tastiest meal I've ever had. Well done The Modern Pantry!"
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "Absolutely great service on this occasion, lovely table outside in the sunshine. Ordered something and didn't like it, and they brought me a new main"
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "Great lunch the food was superb and we were not rushed to complete our lunchtime meal, my foodie guests from America thought is was a great choice for a business lunch."
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "Really slow service and the waiter didn't seem too fussed about it when we complained. Food was very good though."
    dined on 02/07/2014
  • "Cold. Overcooked steak, yes really Melted dessert Poor seasoning and spicing (saffron potatoes) Not good at all."
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "The food was decent, but unfortunately, the service was absolutely terrible. First of all, we had to wait over 30 minutes for our food, and when it was ready, it didn't come out at the same time. There was at least a 5 minute wait in between some of the food that came to the table. We also tried to order extra bread, but we were told that it wasn't possible because the kitchen was so busy. At the table next to ours, we overheard the waiter say that they couldn't even order for 20 minutes because there was such a backlog. If the restaurant had been filled to capacity, this may have been understandable but there were several vacant tables. It really felt like an amateur restaurant."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "I had a breakfast booking for 10.45am and on their website it specifically says we hold tables for 20minutes. Anyhow - me and a bunch of friends got to the place at 10.50 and were told that the kitchen has been closed and no breakfast was going to be served. Kitchen closes at 11am, yet she would not budge! Poor service and definitely would not recommend such a place! Went to Workshop Coffee across the road - brilliant staff and food - would definitely recommend"
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Excellent fresh food good choice including some unusual options"
    dined on 25/06/2014
  • "I've eaten before at TMP and had a great meal - creative, interesting, and great surroundings/service. Unfortunately, this meal, whilst eaten in the usual light, bright, airy surroundings which TMP does so well (ideal positioning on that sunny square), I had poached eggs on gluten-free toast, with spinach, tomato and mushrooms with incrediby gritty, and therefore inedible, which I then left. Whilst I could have complained, I decided not to, but was interested to note that the server didn't ask why I'd left the spinach, and if the food had been ok overall, which would have been an ideal opportunity for me to mention the inedible spinach. I will go back, as it's such a great meeting space, but I'll be avoiding any spinach in future!"
    dined on 24/06/2014
  • "My experience on this occasion: service slow Food warm not hot portions small and no advice to have sides dishes Ran out of a condiment took a wine glass away without asking and it still had some wine in it"
    dined on 22/06/2014
  • "Really amazing and creative food -- so glad it's a bit of the radar these days, as it's easier to get a reservation within a few weeks' notice. The wine selection is as extraordinary as the food selection. I was still thinking of my meal the day after... one companion said it was the best lamb entree he has ever eaten, and this is a person who has really eaten in the best restaurants worldwide. Ambience is best upstairs."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner at Modern Pantry with food being the star of the evening. The flavors were bold, ingredients fresh and creatively combined. We each had an entrée, a main dish and shared a dessert. It was a perfect healthy portion of food. The service was unpretentious and warm. The atmosphere is clean, cool and simple. The upstairs is as you see the café arranged downstairs. I personally would have enjoyed a bit more memorable atmosphere upstairs..maybe more music or table cloths for an evening dinner. I look forward to returning!"
    dined on 19/06/2014
  • "I love to eat food that I would struggle to know how to and be able to prepare myself so many restaurants are a disappointment. This was the opposite. Imaginative ingredients and menu, exceptionally prepared, combined with a light airy restaurant and wonderful service. I will definitely come back. My only small issues would be that the butter tasted slightly 'ripe' and the table wasn't very clean or in good condition."
    dined on 17/06/2014
  • "The pancakes here are absolutely amazing! The hot breakfasts and coffee are also great, highly recommended as a brunch location!"
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Tranquil setting, laid back low key ambience and very charming staff who were incredibly flexible and welcoming. Admittedly we visited on a Wednesday but the restaurant and outside terrace were clearly popular and they were happy to let us sit outside instead of the table we'd booked on the first floor, let us take the pace we wanted with the meal, and were attentive in a subtle 'in the background' type way. Food fusions were really delicious and I could've tried the whole menu. Delicious deconstructed desserts with interesting elements so it was a fun experience to share. Fresh, light food and decent portions. Lovely crowd and would definitely return."
    dined on 11/06/2014
  • "I like bold, contrasting flavours in my food. Recently have been disappointed by highly recommended restaurants that had delicate (to the point of being bland) flavours. Multiple friends recommended Modern Pantry for the last couple years, but finally got in there on a whim the other night. Delicious! Wish I'd thought to photograph the menu as it changes daily, but I had dukkah lamb saddle for starter, and the lamb cutlets for main. Both with the recommended paired wine on the menu. Was initially worried about getting two lamb dishes, but the flavours were so different in each dish it added to the experience. Wine pairing was excellent. Will definitely be going back."
    dined on 10/06/2014
  • "We had a lovely evening . Enjoyed the food thoroughly . Especially wrap up the evening with perfect desserts . Looking forward to the next visit . I must come to try the famous brunch ."
    dined on 09/06/2014
  • "Excellent service, very good food we will definitively come back very soon. "
    dined on 08/06/2014
  • "I booked this restaurant for my boyfriend's birthday and couldn't fault it. Lovely service, relaxed atmosphere and fantastic food and wine. Will definitely be returning."
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "We had a delicious meal. We went for the two courses for £21 option. My only quibble is that this was not recognised in the bill and we were charged a la care prices. We had to query the bill twice before the waiter brough the correct one. He was a little on the surly side by the end which is not what you expect in this type of classy restaurant."
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "This is my local - been going here since it opened and it gets better and better every year. It has a real family atmosphere - the staff get to know you quickly and make you feel really special. The wait staff are amazing - absolutely the best in London - and are unbelievable sweet and helpful. Dougal the maitre d is an absolute star - nothing is too much trouble. Its the only place in London I have ever been to in 20 years of eating out that will occasionally surprise you with a free glass of champagne to thank you for your custom. I love this place. The food is fantastic - evening meals are great but my favourite meal of the day is always sunday brunch. The pancakes are to die for. Brilliant, stylish, great food, brilliant staff. "
    dined on 05/06/2014
  • "As always the food was great! I took an out-of-town visitor for a nice leisurely meal. She thought the location and ambience of the place were very nice. We both ended up choosing 2 starters as our appetiser and main plus a desert to share and that was just about all we could eat! Plus wine the bill came to 75 quid. "
    dined on 03/06/2014
  • "This was our first visit - we came for Sunday lunch and we all loved it. The menu was far from standard, but not so off-piste to put anybody off. All our choices were excellent and the fixed price for two or three courses was very good value. We will definitely return. "
    dined on 01/06/2014
  • "great food and good service - good poached eggs and bacon dish"
    dined on 29/05/2014
  • "The staff were helpful ringing me in advance re queries raised in my open table booking & completely relaxed when one of our party of 5 was 40 minutes late The food was good although i did send my starter back as the predominant taste was charcoal rather than veg seamless replacement though Drinks service was a bit too laid back someones cocktail just left at the end of the table for us to shift into place. They offered a birthday plate but then put a candle into the chosen desert we left feeling well fed & relaxed"
    dined on 25/05/2014
  • "Three of us ate here at the May bank holiday weekend and looked forward to it. The upstairs room looks uncluttered, but cloth-less tables only work if the tables are immaculate - or rustic. Ours was just a plain but worn table (melamine or similar). Service was adequate, but not really attentive. The food was a let-down. A pleasant but not outstanding salmon sashimi looked dropped on its plate. This was followed by tough and quite unseasoned onglet steaks with completely flavourless cassava chips. Creme brulee was the highlight. Not the worst meal I've had by any means - but not nearly good enough for the prices charged. Considering the quality of nearby Moro/St John etc - Modern Pantry seems a poor alternative in this price bracket."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "They have gluten free bread and can tailor dishes to be gluten free."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "Bright airy interiors with a slightly rustic charm made this a lovely place to catch up with friends over a filling set lunch menu."
    dined on 23/05/2014
  • "• no fish main course — happens apparently every monday according to a waitress • choice of music: inappropriate • tables made out of plastic • table reservation: only for 1.5 hrs"
    dined on 19/05/2014
  • "Great brunch menu, good service and a relaxed atmosphere"
    dined on 18/05/2014
  • "The brunch food was great - perfectly poached eggs and the yuzu hollandaise is worth trying. The smoothies were delicious. The bright airy dining room is lovely and was comfortably cool on a very warm Sunday. The service was friendly and relaxed. I can't wait to go back."
    dined on 18/05/2014
  • "Had a lovely brunch seating outside on a sunny day. Service was ok but the food made up for it."
    dined on 17/05/2014