Westerns Laundry

4.6
484 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
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Westerns Laundry British ingredients, seafood focused small plates, low intervention & fine wine cellar. Communal and counter dining

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The Infatuation
8.2

Want low-key cool in Highbury? Westerns Laundry is a modern wine bar & restaurant in a converted garage that does brilliant small plates.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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GT
London
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another super evening at Westerns Laundry with delicious food and always friendly and helpful staff. The ever varying menu means you can keep coming back and never get bored. Thank you

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KD
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food and the service and the atmosphere were great - the only let down (which really does matter) was the wine which was universally poor (and we tried A LOT). The wine list would put me off coming again - otherwise I'd be there all the time!

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal at westerns laundry.
Main waitress was excellent, but there seemed to be a language barrier with or second waiter.
Food was very good, but not as special in their sister restaurant, primeur.

My biggest concern was the wine. We ordered a cava as aperitif and we got something that was pesticide free and made using low tech methods. It tasted nothing like usual champagne or cava and I think the staff should have pointed this out at the beginning and we would have enjoyed it more or just ordered something more mainstream. My friend didn’t drink hers, shame!

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A
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service! Highly recommend!

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Some very good dishes - in particular the cuttlefish croquette. This was the second time we came, the first time the food was better but would still re visits as the menu changes regularly!

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EY
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and service but very expensive wine list.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

first visit and food of good standard although generally oversalted. Excellent Rum Baba , not at all sweet. and keen to see if they had wine at below £30 following the Jay Rayner review. They had a few . However no details on the fact they have Natural Wines which was odd as that is how they have justified higher prices. The ambience was difficult as extremely high noise levels due to loud music and everyone having to shout to be heard. and this was 7.30 on a wednesday. Although booked 4 weeks ago we had uncomfortable bench area seating not conducive to being able to communicate with all our party easily. I recommend reading Fay Maschler on how to reduce noise levels in modern style restaurants.

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S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food reasonable prices, bit too noisy for conversation

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Very lucky to live nearby..Super friendly service, laid back vibe, sensational tastes in an exciting and imaginative menu, and a seriously well thought out wine list. Decor is cool and perfect for the building/ space. Love it.

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favourite restaurant in London. The food is absolutely amazing (we have never had a dish we didn’t enjoy!). Staff are always very helpful and friendly. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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AK
London
13 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Such a great eating and drinking experience. The service was perfect and we all had a great time. Thanks so much Mat and team for looking after us and the dogs. Big ups. X

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DF
London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I had my birthday here with a table of 6 and the food was brilliant. I love this place for its ambiance and wide range of flavours they use in the cooking. Highly recommend the lobster.

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S
London
12 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. There’s not much more to add.
I love it.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a get together with some friends. Great food!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This was the second time we had been. We invited friends and booked for 8pm. The service was very slow and the food when it arrived was ok but nothing special. Having waited ages for the food I was then told that the table was needed back at 10pm. I had to speak to the manager, Ben, who was indifferent and rude. Shan’t be returning. Very average food and poor service.

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IE
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice evening with delicious food and a nice obliging service. Experienced some real new meals that convinced us.

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JM
London
10 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Every item on the menu tasted delicious and that started with the bread. The food was fresh and tasty - and interesting. The staff knew the content of the menu and the dishes.
Our only complaint was the price of the wine - the cheapest was £27 - the next one up was £33 for 750ml and that clearly came in a bulk supply - it was ok - but it was not brilliant.
The desert wines were delicious and interesting but very small portion.
The food though was great.
Regards
Jill

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Not enough vegetables on menue. Ones on the menue not particularly interesting as before (fresh courgette for example ).

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S
Bath
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very inspired food and great wine options. The staff was also very useful in helping us choose our food and wine combination. Highly recommended!

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RR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious fresh food - just the ticket. Good portion sizes. V naughty puddings...

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AN
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The selection of natural wine is excellent.
The food was very nice.
The service was really awful... very pushy.
And finally, despite I paid the gratuity, I asked a receipt including the gratuity, and we explained to me very roughly that it was impossible without looking for a solution and to be nice at the minimum.
I am in London for the real wine fair, I just went to Lyle s and 40th Maltby Street... No comparaison, I absolutely do not recommend the Western Laundry... It is a pity because twice I had very good experience at Primeurs 2 years and last year...

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another wonderful meal at WL.. Always a treat - fabulous service and wonderful food! X

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R
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and experience were better than expected. However I found that the wine was overpriced and when attempting to order a cheaper 2nd bottle I was persuaded to go for a higher priced one. Apart from that it was a lovely dinner and would definitely go back

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l
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best for ambience and food in North London by miles

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, cool atmosphere and setting. Wines were good although quite expensive once we’d figured out which one to go for.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the whole experience - will be back!

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i
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and buzzy vibe - super for a team night out!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Butterbeans for £11? Terrible. Too many "sharing plates" had the same cloying white sauce. No personal space. Dishes too small or too expensive. Far better alternatives close by.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience - great atmosphere, good selection of unusual wine and exceptional food & service.

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TS
London
14 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food ( best lamb chops !! ), lovely service and very cool atmosphere. Even loved the communal tables. Will def be back !

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AB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Went here following 2 amazing meals at Primeur. Our server smelled overwhelmingly of smoke, appeared to know nothing about the menu and offered no suggestions (‘sure, that’s probably fine’ to whatever we said).

The menu is severely lacking in vegetables and greens. That being said - the two meat dishes we had (beef and lamb) were great.

Will absolutely return to Primeur, will give this one a miss in the future.

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BJ
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve not been for lunch. The food was most excellent as always. Thank you

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F
London
12 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing, freshest fish, delicious vegetables and relaxed atmosphere

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance. Shared tables. Excellent service. Selection of wines is very good. Small dishes, nice variety.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine list is the worst.

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Wonderful service. Beautifully designed restaurant.

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Been here now around seven times and it's always been amazing. One of the best restaurants I've been to.

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V
London
9 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from interior to the food was perfect.
Nothing posh and a good atmosphere

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c
London
25 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nothing bad but only the John Dory was better than ok. Service was fine if a bit unfriendly and the stools at the counter not very comfortable. Lots of hard services so even at lunchtime the restaurant was loud.

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LF
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific evening, our third visit. It never disappoints.

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