Light on the Common
Saturday: 9am - 10.30pm
Sunday: 9am - 3.30pm
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.
we had a lovely meal with friends - good ambience - great well informed service - fab food - reasonable prices - we will be back!
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.
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.
Lovely brunch in a fantastic location
Always a reliable choice - but with the benefit that some unusual and interesting dishes will be on offer.
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.
Delicious food, it was one of the rare occasions when I would happily have had anything on the menu.
Fairly average food but above average prices. Service was ok; won't be going back though...
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.
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!
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.
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.
A bright, relaxed restaurant with welcoming staff and tasty, well-prepared and presented food.
A decent wine list as well. Well worth a visit.
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.
The food was nice, nothing exceptional, and the service was below average.
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!
Nice conservatory and excellent food. Staff know the menu. Lovely rosé too!