Westerns Laundry

4.6
426 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
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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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EW
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Delicious food, great ambience, friendly staff. Fantastic.

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TK
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very romantic candlelit restaurant - amazing ambience, staff and most importantly, food! We had a really interesting selection of small plates and you could taste the quality of ingredients and each dish was imaginative and delicious. Can’t wait to come back!

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JW
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely space but a little surprised to see three people we didn’t know attached to our table of eight - especially as there seemed to be room for them at other smaller tables. Some dishes much more successful than others but overall a fun experience and some interesting tastes. V much liked chilled ambience and light airy space - perfect for Sunday lunch.

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JT
London
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another excellent meal. Service fantastic. One definite step forward is that wine by the glass has come down in price markedly making the whole meal far better value all round. It's not cheap but the food is really superb and always piping hot. Will be back again.

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RB
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and ambiance, very enjoyable evening.

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NR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was attentive and informative without being over the top, the food was just superb and the wines we tried were really great - I had been a bit apprehensive because of other reviews, but everything we had was brilliant. We had a great evening and will be back.

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c
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anywhere that serves rum baba to share is all right by me! Delicious food, love the sharing tables and general ambiance, stellar service. Would definitely come back!

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and tasty. Great ambience

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LO
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

THIS PLACE IS CONSISTENT. WE GO REGULARLY AS MY HUSBAND IS A FAN OF THE SEA FOOD THERE. IT IS INDEED VERY GOOD! WE LOVE THE CONCEPT OF SHARING FOOD AND SHARED TABLES AND IT'S LOCAL TO US. HOWEVER, THE SERVICE RUINS OUR EXPERIENCE ALMOST EVERY TIME. THE STAFF IS QUITE RUDE AND ALWAYS OVERWHELMED EVEN WHEN THE PLACE IS HALF EMPTY. THEY COULD USE A CHILL PILL.

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Berlin
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wine in a lovely room. Really enjoyed and will definitely be back.

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LB
London
12 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great off beat location, very cool entrance and ambience - good value for money, although we only really needed 3 dishes!

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HS
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Have to admit I am so sad to write this review as have heard only good things about western laundry. However our experience was disappointing, although the venue looked amazing when we arrived the service wasn’t friendly, our waitress seemed almost irritated by us when we asked questions about the food. Also the food was a little hit and miss - loved the oysters, dory and the cauliflower dish, but we weren’t keen on the ox tongue and a fennel pasta dish.

It’s a shame as this was going to be a great, but we thought it was going to be better to be honest.

Thanks

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

Food was excellent as usual

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Z
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Troisieme fois que j'y vais, je ne m'en lasse pas, un vrai Bonheur culinaire. Je recommande fortement cet endroit

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P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The food was perfectly pleasant, but underwhelming for the price.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed this. I visited with a vegetarian so we went for all the vegie dishes - they were tasty, interesting and varied. Service was great - relaxed and friendly, but also attentive and the dishes were well paced. Overall, really excellent food and a good atmosphere. It's right in Pop Brixton so we were then well placed for some post-dinner drinks.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just excellent food and service in a relaxed informal setting.

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant, quality of the food was incredible and service was top. A couple of considerations would be that the table was slightly too small for 3 people and the blackboard with the menu was difficult to read for anyone sat facing the opposite way. We'll be back!

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O
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was imaginative, but the quality of the ingredients didn't quite seem to carry it.

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem in Islington. Been a few times now and the food and wine was just as amazing as the first time. Found out they allow dogs too so Mr Red will soon be a regular 😍

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JD
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Had heard a lot of good things before I attended. When we walked in, we commented that the ambience was nice and the shared tables had the feel of a pop up restaurant which we didn’t mind. But then the food turned up. We ordered the pollock, Denver cut and pork belly. Every dish lacked flavour and seasoning. On top of that, the prices were very expensive. Needless to say I expected a lot more. We won’t be returning

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SA
London
14 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were encouraged by some friends to book a table so we came for my husbands birthday. The food is excellent and I felt that the seafood was cooked in really interesting ways. The service and warm greeting is first class and the restaurant itself has a great energy about it. I will definitely return!

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JP
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish well thought out and original. Incredibly attentive service. Great selection of wines.

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MH
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We found the flavors too strong and food too salty, wines were a bit odd

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Z
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding. My favourite local restaurant by far.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really fabulous food. Great atmosphere. Fun relaxed environment.
Service a little erratic with a few mistakes with orders.

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food, with an energetic vibe and comfy surrounds. Great spot!

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H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Westerns Laundry, I have quite a lot of dietary requirements and they are always so accommodating. The staff here know the menu inside out, which is fantastic. The atmosphere is really lovely and as always the food is outstanding. As I'm gluten intolerant some places can be complicated but Westerns make things so easy - one thing that would be incredible would be a GF bread option and a sorbet or something for dessert as an option. Love the after dinner drinks too, really fantastic food and evening, as always.

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r
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The hype is greater than the food. Quite small dishes, largely overpriced, and noise level almost unbearable.

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JW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

The food was decent. Our waiter wasn't very enthused about recommending wines or answering our questions about the menu, so it negatively impacted the overall experience. The food was decent and the venue was very pleasant.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We had a poor experience- maybe we were unlucky as it was a match day at the Emirates and packed. Knowing this we had booked a table which was confirmed by telephone at lunchtime that day. However on getting there (slightly early) we did not have a table. There was only 1 reservation - for a different party (in the name of someone called Ellie). One of the female staff members did try to find us a table but there were none- so we left having had a glass wine only. Dissapointing. ps food rating poor as we didnt eat and the rating is compulsory

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The staff were a little difficult, gave me attitude over having the steak rare to medium rare. Then brought me the wrong dish and accused me of ordering it when I had ordered another. They did exchange it for the correct one but it wasn’t a pleasant experience. Most restaurants would apologised and sort it, with grace.
The food was pretty good, Shame about their attitude.

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T
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly staff, good wine options and nice ambiance!

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F
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exceptional find - We were recommended to this restaurant by friends, and are delighted that we managed to book a table. We arrived 1 hour early expecting to wait, but with a quick re-arrangement, we were fitted in straight away. Considering the restaurant was full, we appreciated the efforts that the team went to to accommodate us. The food was superb and a great wine list to choose from. I 110% recommend this restaurant (Its popular, so book well in advance)

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate here with my girlfriend.
We had Delicious food and drinks.
I have since recommended it to several friends.

Lovely atmosphere there too and great staff

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i
London
20 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service in this restaurant is outstanding. The food was also really good, in particular the seafood fideo and the baba au rhum. It can be a little expensive if you indulge in a bottle of wine and several plates (they are small so they recommend many), but it was worth it for a special occasion or a date night. I like that the menu offered dishes I wouldn't normally find or think of ordering, but everything turned out delicious.

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CH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food every time.
Only complaint is that they write the name and time of the next booking on your table - feels like you’re being told to “f... off” before you’ve even sat down.

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JB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab food and a lovely special atmosphere. A real treat.

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very buzzy restaurant. Was slightly disappointed on the second visit. Perhaps it was the selection of dishes however the food was executed with less finesse.

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RF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent casual feel, left to browse the menu and chat as long as we wanted, but staff always present when we needed them.

Menu was beautiful, could have had one of everything. The artichokes and pig's head croquette were my highlights. Can't wait to come back and try another day's offerings.

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