Light on the Common

4.1
424 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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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Full Bar, Weekend Brunch
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AM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly Recommended and seasonal special menu for lunch and dinner!!

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Perfect blend of balanced and well prepared menu and friendly attentive service
Conducive to a thoroughly enjoyable meal

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Service was good. Had full English breakfast which was excellent.
Unfortunately it's very noisy, lots of clattering from kitchen and everything amplified by wooden floors. Although the food was good, I wouldn't go back as it was not a relaxing environment at all.

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MG
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had a lovely meal with friends - good ambience - great well informed service - fab food - reasonable prices - we will be back!

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J
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very good light lunch with a visiting friend I'd not seen for a long time. We both enjoyed it very much - food, service, ambience.

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TW
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely greeting at the door and a nice cool and light seat in the conversatory at the back. Steak and chips with peppercorn sauce was a good generous portion. Thank you Light on the Common.

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DA
London
27 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a reliable choice - but with the benefit that some unusual and interesting dishes will be on offer.

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BF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

First time we've been here and was impressed with the menu. It was the day after the Wimbledon Finals and the service seemed a little slow and the staff shorthanded, but I suspect that was a result of it being a Monday and the day after probably their busiest two weeks of the year.

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Delicious food, it was one of the rare occasions when I would happily have had anything on the menu.

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KB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Fairly average food but above average prices. Service was ok; won't be going back though...

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EO
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

I have visited twice and on both occasions the service has been incredibly slow. On this occasion we had to wait 45 mins between starters and mains. The staff dealing with the situation didn't cope well and even charged us service when the bill came.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so fresh and yummy! Loved it. Staff was great too! My fiancé dropped his wallet on the chair and the waiter ran after us to make sure to return it. Would definitely return!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Returned to Light on the Common on Saturday (30th June ) with friends. Was over in London for the weekend and great place to revisit. Food was light, fresh and really good. Seabass delicious. For indulgence, their Chocolate Fudge Cake, what can be said, fantastic. No guilt, pure well earned indulgence!! Our waitress was so friendly and funny. Love this restaurant and everytime I get to London I make a bee line for it. They have a lovely conservatory area which gives the feel of out door eating. As it was a lovely summer's evening we could have eaten outside the front of the restaurant but other guests had the same idea! The table we were seating at was ideal, loads of room and you are certainly not on top of the other guests.

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JJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Very unprofessional all round. Staff seemed untrained. One helpful but unknowledgeable young waiter, rest disengaged/disinterested or only in themselves in the mirror. The wines (we tried 3) were awful.
Steak was OK but the pasta was gooey, and the salad had a ton of salt on it and was almost uneatable. When told, the manageress said "Oh I must go and tell off the chef" laughing. She didn't take it off the bill though!
There was a lot of chatting and joking amongst the staff to the detriment of client service.
Pretty awful experience really.

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FW
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A bright, relaxed restaurant with welcoming staff and tasty, well-prepared and presented food.
A decent wine list as well. Well worth a visit.

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NM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very pleasant meal, with good quantities, a friends comment not mine, but I would agree. Still managed to get to desert though.

Food was good.

Has a menu that gets refreshed on a regular basis, which I think is important, with so many chains around.

Service was fine.

No complaints.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was nice, nothing exceptional, and the service was below average.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have never been disappointed by Light on the Common. The atmosphere is warm and the staff are friendly but very professional. It is also nice not to have blaring music in the background. I am so glad the restaurant is local to me!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice conservatory and excellent food. Staff know the menu. Lovely rosé too!

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HP
London
8 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant, good food, great for everyday dining.

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G
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Not happy to complain as I have had some quite good meals here before.
On this occasion a lot went wrong!.
My friend's Chicken liver pate was frankly awful!
She thought it had not seen a chicken, but I thought the taste was very strange Odd consistency for Chicken liver pate. Very unattractively served with 6 pieces of bread and toast overloading
the plate. No finesse.
She then had the pork cheek starter which she found very bland.
My other friend just had a main course ... lamb steak in vegetables and she
could hardy get the knife through it but certainly could not bite or chew it. I tried a piece and totally agreed. The waitress did change it for a salmon dish which was very much better.
My Butternut squash soup was delicious!!
Thank God for the Pannacotta pudding with raspberry coulis which they both enjoyed!!
I had mentioned when booking that it was a Birthday outing and in fact it was one of my friend's
90th Birthday so a bit of a disappointment. She happens to be an exceptionally good cook herself ! I mentioned as we sat down that THIS was the birthday girl but the waitress didn't pick up on it. I thought a little candle in the pannacotta might h ave been a nice touch!
Neither of my friends had been to this restaurant before so it was a real shame.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to tell you about it rather than complain to my large circle of local friends!!

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RS
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place for its relaxing atmosphere, excellent decor and calmness. I can’t eat certain foods and they always accommodate me - I’m allergic to fish, histamine in foods, gluten and dairy.
Well I always have a superb meal I have never had a bad meal.

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CP
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

A relaxed place for lunch with friends. A good menu, and we always enjoy the jug of fresh lemonade!

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NT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and ambience - what's not to love?

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CR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was delicious but the staff seemed a bit clueless and didn't communicate with one another .....perhaps they were new?
Would recommend the chicken wrapped in pancetta with dauphinoise potatoes and also the salmon and lentil curry.

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EM
London
33 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not all options available on the menu (& not told at outset). Food was pretty good but it just didn’t feel as good an occasion as on previous visits. Mix of food quality vs price, service standard slipped a bit. Place still looks good so hopefully can pull it back.

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CF
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great staff, fantastic evening out. Recommend

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DH
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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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F
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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C
London
25 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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D
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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SF
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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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S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you great breakfast and service

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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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NE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good venue, slightly cramped but good food And service

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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TW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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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