Westerns Laundry

4.6
470 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Westerns Laundry British ingredients, seafood focused small plates, low intervention & fine wine cellar. Communal and counter dining

What Insiders Are Saying

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
8 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
24 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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a delicious lunch, but we were a bit surprised by how expensive the wine list is. Usually you'd expect to have a few options under £45 but there was none and only about 3 options under £50 a bottle.

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MR
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Our party of 6 was unlucky with the service. My partner asked her to explain how things worked in terms of ordering and she just said that she had already explained it to another diner in our party. Given the considerable noise levels (partially due to diners being seated very close to one another), this was not a constructive answer.
I'd urge the place to take out a few covers in order to allow diners some space to enjoy the great food and interior.

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NB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious - unique dishes and really fresh ingredients

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T
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Not great value for money, food creativity, quality or cooking didn't blow us away. Service was quick and efficient but cold. Wine list needs to be reconsidered, huge jump from house to bottled.

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W
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, great building. Bit noisy but I am old.

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LR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

This was my second visit to Western’s Laundry. The first was fantastic - delicious food, interesting menu, good service. This last visit, for my birthday dinner, wasn’t great. The menu wasn’t as good, the food not as delicious, and the waitress was verging on rude.

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really looking forward to the Fowey opening we desperately need a foodie venue

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food. Atmosphere is on point. Just love this place it's faultless.

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SG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant experience as always. First time for Sunday Lunch which was so relaxing and good fun. I really feel privileged to have found Westerns Laundry the staff are wonderful and hugely informed about the food and wine. Incidentally I don’t understand why some critics have slated the choice of offering ‘Unfiltered Wine’ Personally I absolutely loved the sparking Lambrusco....but hey what do I know?!? Thank You Westerns Laundry

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best restaurants I have been to and I have been to many all over the world. Been here six times over the last 12 months and food has always been amazing and the place cozy and friendly. Best stuff: the plain untouched oysters, marinated olives, whatever ham selection they have, croquettes, most of the fish dishes and of course the rum baba.

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Great food, shame about the moody waitress. The wine was overpriced for its quality.

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J
London
12 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible dinner, interesting amazing dishes and lovely atmosphere. We’ll definitely be back!

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New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent, with great food, interesting wines and fabulous service. Come hungry and be prepared to try something new – either an ingredient or a new combination of ingredients – always shared. Love this place.

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AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food is amazing, overall enjoyable experience - I have been a few times and will definitely be back. One of my Top 3 restaurants not only local but in London.

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