The Modern Pantry Clerkenwell

4.1
2122 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Fusion / Eclectic
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  • Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
The Modern Pantry is housed in two handsome Georgian buildings in St John’s Square, Clerkenwell. The larger of the two buildings was originally part of an adjacent steel foundry, while the other was a townhouse. The Modern Pantry offers a range of dining options:



The first floor Dining Rooms (Restaurant) is comprised of two elegant, light filled rooms overlooking St John’s Square. Classic Heritage features are complimented with contemporary design creating an intimate and relaxing atmosphere.



The Ground Floor Café is a modern casual dining space serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week, with out door seating in the summer.



Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8am - 11am

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12pm - 4pm

Dinner: Monday: 5pm - 9pm, Tuesday - Friday: 5pm - 10pm, Saturday: 6pm - 10pm, Sunday: 6:30pm - 9pm


Brunch: Saturday: 9am - 4pm, Sunday: 9am - 4pm


Afternoon Tea: Friday - Sunday: 3pm - 5pm (Phone Reservations Only)

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Phone number
020 7553 9210
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Anna Hansen
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Private Party Facilities
The Modern Pantry can host events from meetings to private dinners, drink and canape parties, product launches and celebrations in a choice of stylish spaces.
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Private Party Contact
Dougal Spratt: 020 3700 1608
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Catering
The Mobile Pantry caters for both corporate and private clients, creating eclectic delicious menus tailored to your needs. It offers a full service: everything from cocktails and canapés to lavish buffets, or even an intimate dinner with matching wines.
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Parking Details
Metered parking in St Johns Square and Clerkenwell Green.
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Public Transit
Farringdon / Barbican Tube Stations
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Offers

FT Weekend & Laurent-Perrier Summer menu £55

...from a set menu. Includes a glass of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvèe per person

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 18 June 2018

Ends: 31 August 2018

Availability: Sun 18:30-21:00
Mon 12:00-21:00
Tue-Fri 12:00-22:00
Sat 18:00-22:00

Reviews from verified diners
2,122 reviews
4.1 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
48%
Very Good
29%
Good
14%
Fair
5%
Poor
3%
4.2
food
3.7
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
value
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
5.0Dined 14 hours ago

I went for brunch with three friends. Everything from reservation, to the courtesy call a day before to confirm the reservation, the welcome, attentive service and great food was wonderful.

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SS
3.0Dined 2 days ago

Service was terrible and food wasn’t usual good standard (eggs half uncooked, spinach soggy and over cooked...), but waiting staff were too preoccupied to speak to about it

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LE
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful relaxed vibe outside but formal and elegant inside. The food is superb and everything was delicious. Highly recommend

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JS
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great attentive but not 'in your face all the time' service :)
Lovely food and ambience!

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N
5.0Dined on 15 July 2018

It was really pleasant, very welcoming and friendly staff and the food prepared to a perfection. I am so pleased to see it thus it went through a bad patch some months ago but has clearly regained the old perfect and friendliness we associate with the modern pantry.

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M
4.0Dined on 15 July 2018

Nice restaurant, food is nice. Staffs are very busy there so the waiting time is a little bit too long.

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D
4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Met up with a friend for a Saturday brunch and really enjoyed our time. The place was super busy, and they gave us a table upstairs with a bit more space and not as noisy. The menu is my favourite part about Modern Pantry. So many great combinations and an impressive brunch menu. I will return to try something new the next time.

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P
5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Delicious. I wanted every single thing on the menu. One of the nicest meals I’ve had in a long time and staff were so attentive

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ME
4.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Really excellent food. A bit of a mix up with table but sorted out quickly.
Had brunch, starter arrived with main, very apologetic. Forgiven as food was so good.

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MG
3.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Food was tasty and flawless presented. But wine was poured in a glass with dust in it. The service was uneven and it totally lost track when the restaurant got busy. Ambiance was terrible. Very noisy. I felt like I was in a pub. Overall, this is not an experience I would like to repeat

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J
5.0Dined on 2 July 2018

A relaxed outdoor brunch with good food and friendly service.

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SE
2.0Dined on 1 July 2018

Had heard good things about place and menu looked interesting for brunch. Lovely looking restaurant but we were upstairs in room with mostly empty tables (despite tables empty downstairs) and view of cleaning products. Hoped good would compensate, eggs with bacon and mushrooms nice but not exceptional. Pancakes sounded great but seriously average with barely a spoonful of compote, making it overall bland. Bellini was ok. Not in hurry to return.

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DS
4.0Dined on 1 July 2018

The location is great, airy and was on our list for a while to go and try out. Went there for brunch and was not disappointed. I had the pulled lamb on English muffins with poached eggs. Was tasty, albeit slightly more salty than it should've been. Also had the passion fruit smoothie which was excellent and very refreshing! Service a tad on the slower side - but hey, we went there for a leisurely brunch so no real complaints.

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RS
4.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Good food and a nice atmosphere for a sunny day. The service was very slow though, considering it was a small restaurant and there were at least 4 or 5 waiters / waitresses who were all a little inattentive.

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FJ
5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Had breakfast at the The Modern Pantry. Lovely place, great breakfast, nice staff.
A charming experience. Will return for lunch or dinner next time I´m in London.

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OT
5.0Dined on 26 June 2018

Excellent food. Lovely terrace.

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SH
3.0Dined on 24 June 2018

I can’t fault the food which was delicious, the chilli espresso martini which was amazing and the coffee was good. Our waitress was charming and efficient but the overall experience was spoiled by where we were sat. Admittedly we were 10 minutes late (for which we apologised), a lady who had arrived ahead of us was refused a table because they were “running a very tight schedule” as the front of house woman put it. We were shown upstairs, past many empty tables right through the dining room and seated behind a curtain where there were no other diners and near the kitchen door. Frankly it felt as though we had been seated in the naughty corner and the reason for only 1 star for ambience. I don’t find the naughty corner a particularly ambient place to be. There were tables available in the window which would have been very pleasant but we didn’t like to ask if we could move as we were expecting them to be filled as the lady had indicated that they were super busy. So we were quite surprised that during our time there only one more table came to be seated. All the window tables remained unoccupied, it seemed they had lots of space yet we were shoved behind this curtain and the poor lady in front of us at the door was turned away. I would highly recommend the food but am reluctant to return or recommend as I’m baffled about the hostesses behaviour. Shame, because that prawn omelette was to die for!

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AC
4.0Dined on 17 June 2018

We went for brunch with friends - five adults and one child. While the staff was very friendly when I made the booking, I was a bit disappointed. I had not been back since 2011 but remembered it to be a cosy place with a nice brunch menu. This time I found it noisy, the food was average, with no food suggestions for children, plus they had run out of some items (cheese and ham croissant). I am not sure I would go back.

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MC
3.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Very patchy service this time, cold toast, items missed. Not up to usual standards and not in line with the price. Clearly overwhelmed on this occasion (Father’s Day).

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K
4.0Dined on 11 June 2018

The food here is interesting and lively, and good for vegetarians as well as meat-eaters.

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M
4.0Dined on 9 June 2018

We ate here after spending the day visiting gardens and squares across London. The variety of choices on the menu was excellent. When the food came it was presented very well and the flavours were terrific. We will be back soon.

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BB
3.0Dined on 7 June 2018

Have wanted to eat here for a while. On the whole, an underwhelming meal. Perfectly nice - but not memorable.

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E
4.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Very pleasant experience with outside dining space. Staff were polite and attentive

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G
2.0Dined on 27 May 2018

Terrible service and had to wait a long time for anything (water, ordering, paying). Plenty of staff around chatting to each other at the till. Booked a table but was sat downstairs - even though there was space upstairs when I passed by on the way to the loo.

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OT
5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

Súper Nice

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SG
4.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Very different food with exciting ingredients. Very relaxed with no pressure to finish your meal, staff very helpful. We will be returning.

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EB
4.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Went for brunch, booked in advance, all as expected, lovely food.

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SF
1.0Dined on 21 May 2018

Really disappointing service - went for a birthday brunch and the waiter was really inattentive and we were rushed to order. Food was tasty but felt overpriced overall for such an average experience.

Lots of building works going on right next to where we were eating for Clerkenwell Design Week - not the fault of restaurant but I did book in advance so it would have been courteous to have been informed of this, especially as it was a special occasion brunch.

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MN
5.0Dined on 17 May 2018

The menu was amazing! I ate food I’ve never tried or thought I wouldn’t like and it was all incredible. Need to book for their afternoon tea next!

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LM
5.0Dined on 15 May 2018

Super , efficient, delicious, nice ambience, friendly.

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OT
5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

The yuzu hollandaise was exceptionally good

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R
5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Very good selection of dishes on the menu, high quality cooking, excellent choice of ingredients. Very nice ambience as well.

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CB
4.0Dined on 12 May 2018

It was the fouth time we went to the Modern Pantry for brunch. The place is still really pleasant, with a really nice atmosphere. However, the service was a bit "messier" than what it was the other time we went there. Otherwise, we found that the food was still original, refreshing and diverse.

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F
5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Great evening. Love the Modern Pantry. Been coming for a few years now and it’s always hitting the spot. Two of us had the onglet steak which was great and the other had the Persian lamb. Matched with perfect wine recommended by the waiter.

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HC
4.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Stylish restaurant nicely situated on St John's Square with ambitious and and well-realised food. They dealt well with our dietary requirements and the virgin cocktails were as excellent as the alcoholic ones. Some previous reviewers have complained about the service but when I visited with two friends we were looked after well by a friendly and attentive young man. Overall a very pleasant experience.

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JS
5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

Lovely service and a very quirky, adventurous menu. Was so hard to pick what to have because it all sounded delicious!

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M
3.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Food amazing, wasn't aware we only had the table for 1 hour and half got told we had to leave as the next table here.
Waitress stood and waited while we got our cards out and had me calculating how much we had to pay each.
Asked the waitress if she had Soya Milk, had no idea what her response was thought it was Almond milk but she was getting aggitated repeating herself so I just had my coffee black in the end.
Asked for water three times before we received any.
Come here for a quick bite in and out.

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LA
4.0Dined on 28 April 2018

I sat upstairs and the acoustics are very harsh making it very noisy and canteen like. The food was very tasty though with a varied, interesting menu. Service was by 3 people, neither of which had any redeeming qualities in fact one was a little arsey.

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C
3.0Dined on 28 April 2018

I think this restaurant has had its day! We used to go virtually every weekend about 5 years ago when we lived nearby but on visiting this time it fees tired, the service is unaccomodating and the food is confused. That said the doughnuts were pretty special but other than that would not recommend.

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KW
4.0Dined on 27 April 2018

The food was delicious and the service was good. A really lovely place for a quiet meal.

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