Westerns Laundry

4.6
405 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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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JD
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
3 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
4 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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SW
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food and wine. Relaxed, friendly and efficient service. Consistently and reassuringly great.

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

Great time

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TJ
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Subtle flavours, great textures and food to tantalise taste buds. Creative cooking at its best. The friendliness of the staff makes it even better. Their small list of natural wines is equally delectable. I have been here twice and would go back many more tomes I am sure.

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CC
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good tasty food, relaxed ambience, nice service, overall great place

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BR
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super delicious food... Lovely ambience and charming service. Will be back!

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C
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really special place - delicious food, great wine and lovely atmosphere - the perfect neighbourhood spot.

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R
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food great as usual. Service not very attentive.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, creative menu and great staff. We needed to get going for a theatre show and they really helped speed things along.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good food. I wish the wines were better though...

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KS
London
11 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

First time here and we loved it ! Deco was stylish and unexpected especially as you walk along the road and see the scaffolding next door.

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RH
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time I've been to Western's Laundry this year, and each time has been special. Brilliant interesting wine's and small plate eating that emphasises seafood as well as the nose to tail end of meat. Basically it's adventurous food, done really really well. And the surroundings and service are top notch too.

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NL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really great daily menu, lots of veggie options, fab wine list and a really buzzy atmosphere. And by far my favourite restaurant toilets!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional!

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W
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I love the way the menu changes daily. The food is incredible with imaginative sharing dishes and an interesting wine list. The service is always friendly and attentive. Love this place.

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NB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food, great ambience and attentive service. We had a lovely time

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Astounding food best I’ve tasted for ages, design and atmosphere impeccable.
Loved the table layout makes the experience more intimate. Lighting levels excellent.
Lovely welcome from waitress. Wine suggestions by another waitress not great and steering us to the most expensive wine, which I find very off putting. Taster so minuscule only enough for a drop for one person to sample.
Overall an absolutely brilliant find! Thank You Westerns Laundry we will be back.

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AO
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Portions very small, even the larger plates. Tasty though.

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CW
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Quickly turning into a local for me. This place always delivers - daily changes to the menu, amazing food, wine and stylish venue. Check out the sister restaurant "Primeur" nr. Canonbury as well. Equally amazing!

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DT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

One of our group had a celeriac allergy (previously notified to the restaurant, although the servers seemed unaware of this when we arrived) which effectively reduced our menu choices by half. Some of the dishes were excellent (eg - the cod); others rather ordinary. However, we will give it another go as reports by friends from past experiences have been that this is a first class spot. Service was good, the ambience buzzy, wine choice fine.

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BW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent dinner; food was incredible. Really nice to be sat up at the bar, looking into the kitchen. The sirloin was incredible.

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