Light on the Common
Have been many many times. We spent 3 hours there on Saturday and felt no pressure at all to vacate the table.
Birthday brunch. At 11am on a Saturday this place was absolute chaos. Really unenjoyable. Loud (just with people/families, not music), sporadic service (our water never came) and a pretty basic menu (i.e standard breakfast, nothing to really get excited about).
A comfortable local restaurant with a great selection of food and wine. The service is attentive, but not over the top. The food was excellent and we have been to the restaurant 3 time (Day and Evening).
Lovely place and very good food with friendly staff, if a little of the toppy-side on price. Would go again.
I won this dinner as a prize. Was a really lovely and very special evening. Food and service were both outstanding. I would definitely return to this restaurant again for a wonderful time out.
We are regulars . Straightforward dining experience. Simple menu . Kid friendly . Cheerful young staff . Reasonable prices for enjoyable food . NOT a gourmet experience but does not pretend to be what it isn’t.
Lovely place for Sunday breakfast/brunch, service a little slow and they let our order wrong but still very nice!!!
Slow service, small portions. But friendly staff and reasonably priced.
Was a lovely morning spent well with friends. Very relaxed. We did not feel rushed even though we were there for several hours. Easy to order as the service was always close by. DELICIOUS food.
Slow service, booked for 7.30 and was served at 9pm!! Manager handled her apology really well so we left happy and willing to come vavk
Excellent food and friendly service.Esch of the dishes were very well prepared and tasty. Not run of the mill.
This place is always friendly and comfortable. the staff were particularly charming when we were here for lunch last Sunday. The menu is varied and interesting, with several vegetarian and vegan options. Portion sizes are big and flavours robust; just how we like it!
Lovely place and exceptional service. We did not like the wine we ordered and they were very understanding and swapped it with no fuss. The food is always great.
So-so place for a casual lunch or a light brunch. Nothing special, much better options available in the village.
Food was, as always, interesting and highly enjoyable. Slight issue was noise from several parties - but it was the Friday before Christmas. Why cook at home?
Well attended to by lovely staff, good food in a lovely setting.
I like the Light on the Common as a Wimbledon Village brunch venue with an attractive decor and friendly staff. The food is good and the service pretty good though things do go wrong at times. On a cold day you want to stay away from the front door as it gives a cold blast. But a great local business in a super location near the Common and a very good brunch venue.
Unfortunately the food let things down. One starter was returned - pare that was warm and not quite set. The main dishes were mediocre and the mist appetising choice on an already small menu, was not available.
Service good, but overall disappointing
I met a friend who I haven’t seen in a while, this restaurant was the perfect location to catch up over great food. I had the gnocchi which was delicious and my friend had the rib eye steak. The young manager helped us pick our meals with great recommendations. There were also decorations done for Christmas which put is in a festive mood.
Overall a lovely experience, I would definitely recommend Light on the Common.
Venison pie was delicious and the service was great. Will be back again
Very good experience: good selection of dishes very friendly and efficient staff, really good local gem!
Good food but terrible service. There is a half hour gap between breakfast and lunch (11:50 to 12:20) when you cannot order any food. When you book an 11:45 table for lunch with two small children that’s not very funny. The manager then lied saying he would ask the kitchen to make a dish off the lunch menu early to make us stay. It didn’t happen and my kids waited almost an hour for their food. I would never go back by choice. There are so many better options in the village. Oh, and you can’t wash your hands anywhere because the water coming out of the taps in bathrooms is so hot it’s steaming. Overall an awful experience.
We went for Sunday breakfast, and left fairly disappointed. The restaurant is nice, bright and roomy, with a welcoming atmosphere. The menu is interesting and reasonably priced.
However, service was really slow. We had four hungry children and were kept waiting a long time for a relatively simple meal (even though the place was far from full).
It didn't seem like there was a Manager in charge, and while the young waiting staff were helpful and friendly, things seemed disorganised. A shame.
Although the menu is fairly small they had run out of at least 3 items but didn't mention it until we placed our order. There seemed to be very little communication between the kitchen and the servers.
Have tried many times in the past and always a little disappointed but this visit left us deciding never to go back. First they messed up our starter order so one of our party had to wait for his whilst they re-did it. Then my son ordered a burger from the kids menu, it came burnt in a burnt bun, the excuse 'we use a charcoal grill' it was inedible so we sent it back and did receive a less burnt one (I noted the child on the next table also recieved a burnt offering and was not eating hers!)
The mains were slightly better though the 'fries' advertised turned into steak cut chips that were literally leaking oil and totally unappetising. A shame as their sister restaurant on Ridgeway is fantastic!
I had perfectly cooked steak for the first time in a restaurant in ages. All the food was good and it was a great range of options for our friend requiring gluten free food.
The service was good and we were allowed to enjoy our meal at a leisurely pace.
Our favourite local restaurant- we love the food (consistently delicious, fresh & good enough to please even the pickiest foodie), friendly atmosphere (not too stuffy unlike other Wimbledon Village establishments!) and good service. It’s a lovely place to come for breakfast, lunch or dinner - and manages to hit the right tone whether you’re celebrating with all the family or on a romantic dinner a deux.
I used to go to this restaurant regularly when it first opened and really liked it. I always like to support independent restaurants rather than large chains.
Two years ago I had a very poor experience with bad customer service and did not go back until this week. But given I had liked it so much in the past I thought it was time to give it another chance. However - I really don't think I will go back again.
Firstly there were only 2 other tables occupied. It was a monday evening but other restaurants nearby were at least half full. The service was, well, unconventional! Quite friendly but maybe a bit overly familiar.
The food was served very quickly. My duck confit was very dry although the flavour was fine. One of the others had lamb steak which was very grisly and, he said, had the appearance of poor quality, cheap meat. My other companion had harissa salmon which he said was fine.
Half way through our meal the servers started clearing other tables from their settings and started laying them ready for lunch service the next day. It was just after 9pm.
It is such a shame as the restaurant is in a lovely setting and the layout and decor is relaxing and comfortable. Sadly two out of the tree meals we were served were very mediocre.
I'm sad to have to post a poor review for Light on the Common. I've dined here with friends happily on many occaisions. This review is for Sunday breakfast. I had avocado on granary bread with poached eggs. The granary bread was awful. Thin supermarket style. The avocado was a scraping of something green in colour, thinly spread on the bread. The eggs were pale and undercooked. My friend and I debated sending it back but were in a 'can't be bothered' mood. We decided not to dine in this restaurant again. Is it still related to the original Lighthouse on the Ridgway? Not a good association if it continues at this standard.
Favourite local restaurant - good for all meals. But can get quite noisy. Parents need to control their children so they known how to behave in restaurants. The restaurant needs to reduce the number of hard surfaces - the other evening we all ended up shouting at each other to be heard. The restaurant is an asset to the Village.
Enjoyable and interesting dishes - a very good Sunday lunch.
The food and service were both excellent. I cannot fault the evening.
Lovely restaurant, relaxed atmosphere and good food every time we visit. I’d recommend this restaurant for chilled out catching up as well as special occasions.
I always enjoy the Cafe. Service is good and the food varied enough and interesting. Luckily one can always ask for 'away from the door' as I don't like draughts!
Opentable failed at the first hurdle really - our booking had not been received by the restaurant! I just happened to discover this when I popped in earlier in the day to double check that we had a reservation. Good evening otherwise - nice food and service
Food delicious, loved every bite!
Great place to catch up with friends. Nice varied menu and friendly service.
Highly Recommended and seasonal special menu for lunch and dinner!!
Perfect blend of balanced and well prepared menu and friendly attentive service
Conducive to a thoroughly enjoyable meal
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.