Westerns Laundry

4.6
511 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
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.
What 511 People Are Saying
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R
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the atmosphere and the staff were great and food some of the best we have eaten in a while - since Primeur, the sister restaurant. will def go back

i
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a high end dining experience in a relaxed environment. Really recommend.

DT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had eaten at is sister restaurant recently opened in Fowey and were hopeful it was going to be as good. It was , the Oysters were excellent and so was the Huss and sardines . Rum baba was the only disappointment . It’s not cheap for small plates but we loved it and for us a real treat . Service was excellent , friendly and efficient . We will return

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb experience. Food, ambiance, service... everything outstanding!

c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality food, lovely atmosphere and great staff

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a 'nice' night out with family or friends. Menu is really good - though not too many vegi or kosher friendly plates (but it is a "sea" restaurant so what did I expect?!)

The service was brilliant. And the place had a great feel to it.

ZD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid good food - some dishes better than others but altogether good foodie quality.

FE
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I think it is important is serving Salted Cod - like Portuguese bacalhao- that you say. Our Cod was far too salty to enjoy, and I am a salt fiend normally. On asking the waitress if it was salt cod she said it’s just Cod. I asked her to taste it as I could not eat it. She took it to the chef. Came back and just asked Do you want another? No acknowledgement or feed back from her or chef. We said yes and received same salty dish... it WAS Salt Cod. If the chef had tasted it he would have been able to tell us that was how it should taste according to him, and we would have ordered something else. In this case, we ate what we could as the place itself is lovely and I did not want it to affect our evening further. I feel some opinion should have been stated rather than not a word said...also not asked at any point if we were enjoying it. Given we were opposite each other at the counter station, I think a little more engagement and charm would have been a welcome thing! I would still definitely return for ambience, menu and guys in front of house.

JJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is a perfect Islington gem for a special occasion. Fresh ethically sourced seafood and other small plates, with unfussy service, and nice natural wines.

N
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great spot - very happy they could accommodate us last minute. The small plates were fantastic and the servers were great at walking us through the unique wine list. A bit off the beaten path but well worth the trip.

MF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience, fantastic food and atmosphere. Really enjoyed our visit!

H
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Nice food but far too expensive for what it was compared to other restaurants of a similar calibre. The atmosphere was buzzing but probably too loud to hear each other if you're more than a two or three. The service was also not on point. We frequently had to ask for our wine to be topped up and in the end asked for the waiter to leave the bottle with us as we were tired of trying to flag them down the whole time.

AL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our first impromptu visit here ! Service was great and food was excellent. We recommend the sweet breads :)

J
London
37 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

interesting food in a relaxed atmosphere. Service is friendly but can be a bit disorganised at times.

GR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful. Like a San Franciscan hideaway. Magical.

RL
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Noisy, buzzy venue packed with an in-crowd. Food inventive and good, especially a magnificent crab fideo. Enjoyable wines, again not the obvious ones. Service very laid back but efficient and pleasant. Proximity of tables put conversation at a strain. Would certainly do again.

JL
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always love the atmosphere at Westerns - omen of my favourite places in London. Only comment I sent the food isn’t always a little too salty overall. But! Doesn’t stop me from going and loving the food.

RL
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

went there for a treat Saturday lunch. Food is delicious and fish cooked perfectly. Would definitely return and recommend

TR
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

It was the hottest day of the year and a seat at the bar opposite the kitchen made for a pretty intense experience... not my favourite dinner as a result. Food was good and I’d go back but only in winter as the kitchen makes the room oppressively hot unfortunately.

JC
London
10 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Hidden gem in the heart of Highbury

RE
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always gorgey! Ben and the rest of the team are great, place looked lovely in the evening sun and food was incredible as always <3

MG
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would definitely come again. Really interesting food and broad range of options with great attentive service.

a
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an unexpected oasis of relaxed, summer dining, which managed to feel personal and intimate despite the place being full and a shared dining table experience. Loved the food, the wine, and the service. Nothing bad to say.

GT
London
16 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
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

G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Over priced

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!

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!

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

Amazing food and great service! Highly recommend!

CB
London
2 reviews
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!

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

Lovely food and service but very expensive wine list.

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.

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

Delicious food reasonable prices, bit too noisy for conversation

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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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