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Light on the Common

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397 reviews
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£25 and under
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Modern European
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  • Casual
  • Cosy
  • Lunch
If you’re passionate about the simple pleasure of good food Wimbledon’s, Light on the Common is likely to be making its way on to your favourites list pretty soon. Opened in 2010, Light on the Common quickly earned a reputation as a local foodie hub, the sort of place you won’t be ashamed to eat breakfast at and then pop back later for supper, the sort of place where you’ll spend leisurely Sundays over brunch and the papers, and the sort of place that you’ll keep coming back to year after year. A cosmopolitan hive of laid back activity, Light on the Common could be in any European city – Paris, Berlin, Madrid – such is its chic exposed brick and dove grey panelled interior with daily specials written in neatly casual hand on blackboards, oversized mirrors and contemporary monochrome photographic prints propped against walls. The family friendly venue provides something for everybody from full English breakfasts to full a la carte bistro dinners.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Modern European
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 8am - 10.30pm
Saturday: 9am - 10.30pm
Sunday: 9am - 3.30pm
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Phone number
020 8946 3031
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MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Full Bar, Weekend Brunch
What 397 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Great food, great staff, fantastic evening out. Recommend

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4.0Dined on 31 March 2018

One of our favorite restaurants in the area. Food is always amazing and service great. The only thing that we did not "enjoy" on this occasion was that our mains arrived as soon as we were done with starters. We would have loved a little more time between courses just for food to settled and not to feel rushed.

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4.0Dined on 30 March 2018

I felt very welcome and comfortable for a lunch with my friends. Service was friendly. I had a salmon dish and it tasted really fresh and flavoursome. They also have nice desserts. Great place for casual daytime dining.

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Wonderful staff who were warm and friendly, giving excellent recommendations. Had the lamb based on the recommendation and so glad I did - it was delicious. Again based on recommendation, split two desserts - Sticky Toffee Pudding and the the Passion Fruit dessert. So so glad we did - both were delicious!!
Lovely decor too. A really great choice in delightful Wimbledon Village.

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4.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Friendly staff, tasty food which was good value for money.

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1.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Service was average at best. Waitress went to the effort to offer us a table then completely disregarded our table requests, saying the table we asked to sit at was booked, it was still empty when we left. When she brought our wine, she asked us to try our screwtop wine, but not really knowing why, but when it came to the second bottle she placed it on the table. If the first bottle needed testing then the second would as well. When we were given our coats back she just dumped them on a table and naffed off. The plates when they were placed on the table were lucky there was no sauce, because the plates were presented on an angle and would have ended in our lap.
The food was poor at best. Our table was lucky, but the orders on both neighbouring tables were wrong and one was not cooked. The best thing I had was the salt beef hash with a poached egg. Whilst the egg was lovely and runny the whole thing was lacking in seasoning. The goats cheese and beetroot salad was also tasteless.
In fairness the rib-eye steak my MiL ordered was cooked well and was tasty. My wives duck confit, tasteless and bland and missing a sauce. My paella was so tasteless and I would reckon any amateur chef even my 5y old to have made a better effort. My own fault for ordering a paella outside of Spain I guess, but the rice was cooked separate to the seafood as a result the rice was tasteless and served swimming in watery stock. The rice was under cooked, the seafood and even the chorizo had no flavour.
All the food seemed to come out of the kitchen that with the sense that it had not been checked or tasted. There was also no consistency to the dishes. The table next to us also had unfortunately ordered the paella but was brought out under a pile of Parmesan cheese. Apart from the fact I've never heard of cheese in a paella, do it on all dishes or not at all, don't use it to try and bind the watery gravy you served the rice in.
I wish I had more space to rant on
50£ a head for 5£quality

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5.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Really great food (I would highly recommend the lamb steak with potato and celeriac gratin) and the staff were very pleasant, attentive but not overbearing. There was a really lovely ambience on a Saturday night and I’ll definitely be trying for brunch soon too.

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3.0Dined on 15 February 2018

Restaurant was great but despite making a reservation through Open Table and receiving email acknowledgements, when we arrived at the restaurant there was no booking. Luckily they found room for us and everything was good but would have been seriously annoyed if they were full!

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5.0Dined on 10 February 2018

Thank you great breakfast and service

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4.0Dined on 9 February 2018

Enjoyed the food (excellent) and the atmosphere (relaxed). Prices are what you'd expect in Wimbledon Village.

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4.0Dined on 4 February 2018

The food is usually good here, but the service can be very hit and miss. It gets very busy on a Sunday and then feels quite cramped, but it remains one of the better places for a meal in Wimbledon

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5.0Dined on 26 January 2018

We had a lovely evening celebrating our anniversary here. The food was cooked to perfection - the risotto starter was particularly wonderful - and the service was attentive and polite without being intrusive. The atmosphere in the restaurant was relatively lively but not boisterous. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The evening was good value for money and we will definitely return there again.

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4.0Dined on 20 January 2018

We had a great evening and good, wholesome food. The ambience was excellent, lively but not too noisy and so we were able to hear ourselves talk and did not feel we were overheard by others. The service was excellent, very friendly and efficient and when our pudding came out not quite hot enough it was immediately replaced with a perfect one with no questions asked. It's a lovely setting and a great environment for a good meal out - thank you

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4.0Dined on 19 January 2018

The manageress who runs Light on the common is exceptional, always efficient, great hosting skills.
We go here around once a month, a lovely place for casual easy dining.

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4.0Dined on 30 December 2017

Great food and great service only problem being spoilt for choice. Highly recommended for a night out

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1.0Dined on 16 December 2017

Booked here for a late lunch... arrived at the restaurant where I was then asked if I was there for food. I thought this was a bizarre question as I had booked for lunch. They then stated they had stopped lunch and were only serving tea. No apology and didn’t seem to care in anyway.... won’t be going back!

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4.0Dined on 9 December 2017

Enjoyable dinner in friendly atmosphere. Both starters and main course were delicious. Staff were attentive without over fussing. Certainly recommend Light on the Common.

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5.0Dined on 9 December 2017

Great tasty food and decent service. Definitely worth eating here. Love the seasonal menu.

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4.0Dined on 2 December 2017

Nice local casual restaurant. We had quite an early booking (19.30) so it was quiet and bit empty. Food and service great!

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5.0Dined on 1 December 2017

We got moved to a lovely cosy table for two in the window area....
It was lovely

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5.0Dined on 29 November 2017

Very pleasant environment with suitably varied menu. Service and attention was excellent from extremely friendly and appropriately attentive staff, we will certainly use this restaurant more often.

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4.0Dined on 25 November 2017

Very welcoming staff but not overbearing. Food was good but a little salty ( mainly a personal preference). Great restaurant for a casual evening out or relaxed lunch.

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4.0Dined on 25 November 2017

Lovely evening, brilliant food, cosy but uncluttered.

What worries me is they didn't receive my booking from Open table and i was called for confirmation by someone unconnected with the restaurant. I dropped in to confirm as I'd missed the call and lovely staff sorted everything out. But I'm unimpressed by OpenTable on this and recommend booking directly with the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 25 November 2017

I love this place will always be a favourite for breakfast or brunch.

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1.0Dined on 25 November 2017

Most awful breakfast out that I’ve ever had, cold, precooked poached eggs. Strange pancakes. No flexibility to swap meat for pancakes for a vegetarian, soggy toast under sloppy tasteless avocado smash. Staff running around panicked, shouting in the kitchen.

What more can I say?

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5.0Dined on 23 November 2017

A lovely room and the staff are always good. A good menu with plenty of choice and the quality of food is excellent. I always find this place to be consistently strong.

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2.0Dined on 19 November 2017

Went to the Light for brunch, nice family atmosphere but very noisy, food was ok but nothing special...

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4.0Dined on 17 November 2017

Great service, with tasty food. We all had steak and they were good to everyone's liking. Friendly atmosphere. Never disappointed with our visit

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4.0Dined on 17 November 2017

We had a nice evening with friends. The main courses were very good, particularly the salmon and the vegetable lasagna. The desserts were a little disappointing as they didn't all live up to their description. For example the treacle sponge seemed to have very little treacle in it.

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4.0Dined on 10 November 2017

Hadn't been here for a few months and surprised how busy it was. We had booked but our table wasn't ready as diners still using. However we were given complementary drinks whilst we waited and the table became ready in just over 5 minutes or so. Our food came quickly and we enjoyed it. Just be aware that it can be rather noisy in the rear conservatory area especially when there are large parties there.

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4.0Dined on 17 October 2017

Food was excellent. Only downside was a hard poached egg with starter and slow service in getting the bill. Otherwise great, and reasonably priced for the quality of the food.

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5.0Dined on 15 October 2017

I discovered this little gem of a restaurant by chance online and I pass in front of it very often on my way to the common . I never really paid any attention to it, and I was surprised how warm and cosy it is in the front part and light and airy at the rear. The menu was small and just perfect to choose from. The chocolate fondant cake was heavenly with homemade ice cream. We had an enjoyable and relaxing time.

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3.0Dined on 8 October 2017

The menu was a somewhat limited (no Sunday roast lunch) and service somewhat slow, but food was good and the jug elderflower plentiful!

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4.0Dined on 7 October 2017

We enjoyed our meal at Light on the Common, despite being jammed into a very crowded dining area. Not the place for a quiet romantic meal, but great if you're looking for a lively atmosphere. The food was good, if a little over priced.

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2.0Dined on 24 September 2017

The food was good, but the service was so bad and chaotic I would not recommend this place. I t ruined the experience. The staff seemed annoyed with every little detail, they did everything sloppy and they charged me wrong. Plus they gave me coins instead of a proper refund on my card. The service was charged over the wrong amount. The place wasn't even full

No second visit

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5.0Dined on 19 August 2017

It's always a joy to eat here. Excellent "starting from scratch" cooking, good wines and friendly and efficient service. The area towards the front is a lovely, bright space in which to dine and chat. Really not sure where else we would eat in the village if this place ever closed. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on 19 August 2017

Excellent food and service in a smart casual
Atmosphere

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3.0Dined on 14 August 2017

Somewhat limited menu, especially if you don't eat chilli.

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5.0Dined on 11 August 2017

Overall very odd experience and service good choice of food but would like more vegetarian options

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5.0Dined on 5 August 2017

Light on the Common was a great choice for a family birthday. Very accommodating and knowledgeable staff, friendly atmosphere and lovely food. There was great atmosphere for a Saturday night yet not crazily loud like other places can be at the weekend. Was the perfect choice. Thank you.

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