The Modern Pantry Clerkenwell
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.
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)
Strange that in an empty restaurant they sat a couple right next to us. The lamb came out cold and uncooked but was quickly rectified.
Great service and relaxed environment, I booked Modern Pantry for a client breakfast... I ordered a delicious omelette with Asian shrimp. Coffee is great and it's a calm, grown-up environment which is ideal for all times of the day.
It is a nice place, friendly staff and good atmosphere, but it can certainly benefit from a more vegetarian friendly menu. Only one single vegetarian main on the menu, which tasted ok, a bit boring actually. The started were much better, even though selection still very limited.
Staff did not know which meals were gluten free and didn’t allow us to make any changes to menu
Great brunch, we come weekly especially enjoying the prawn omelette, eggs benedict and waffles.
It was fine but nothing more. Staff were quite sassy and sharp (not in a pleasant way).. not particularly warm, welcoming or friendly. I asked for vegan menu or just generally which menu items were vegan and was handed an allergy book (?!?!). Waitress did take time to run through menu but no decent vegan options - fruit salad and small chia pudding surely can't classify as suffient?!. despite being called the 'modern' pantry. Not very modern to not have decent vegan choices given there is a large community of vegans now! We ordered the 3 sides (tomatoes, mushrooms and avocado) with toast as that was all there was of hot food. It literally came as 2 slices of dry toast with the 3 items beside. Tomatoes seasoned well and very tasty, mushrooms nothing-y and tasteless, avocado just avocado. As I said, fine, but surely it would be super easy to have a 'herb roasted heritage tomatoes on toast' or 'garlic mushrooms on an mashed avocado toast' option?! They did have a choice between almond and oat milk which was good. Overall, it was disappointing, but there is SO much potential. All it would take is for the staff to put some effort into warmth and friendliness, the menu to include a couple of vegan choices (which would be super cheap and easy to produce - winner!) and all of a sudden you would gain custom from the enormous vegan community and customers who are happy to pay for good quality food and an overall enjoyable dining experience. May I recommend you stock a few vegan pastries from I believe the 'artesian bakery'. They have vegan croissants and a such, which FLY off the shelf in all places sold... there aren't many so it's such a good opportunity! Hope this helps!
Great value set brunch menu, with good options and a perfect amount of food - service was quite slow but it was busy. Prawn omelette really excellent!
This place never disappoints. The menu is interesting and different without being too much. The food is just delicious. The service is efficient and friendly. This place could be so stuffy but isn't at all. I could eat here every day and be happy.
The food couldn’t have been better. Unfortunately the service was terrible. We arrived at 2pm, 30 mins ahead of our reservation and were kindly seated as the restaurant was not busy. Despite the fact that the restaurant was not busy (15 people max) and there we ample waiting staff (I counted 5), we had to ask for the wine list, had to ask to order drinks and then food and then waited more than 10 minutes for one cocktail. The waiting staff did nothing proactive the entire meal such as top up our wine or ask if we wanted another drink (when glasses were clearly empty). It was incredibly hot and we had to ask 3 times for the aircon to be turned on. When we’d finished our main course we were the only people in the restaurant (we hadn’t had a starter so it wasn’t like we‘d been there for a long time). The staff had started to set up what I assume was some kind of staff tasting party with lots of cakes at the shared table we were sitting at, which was a rather odd thing to do in my opinion. At this point it became clear that we had outstayed our welcome (not that we felt welcome in the first place) the waiter clearing our plates suggested that we probably didn’t want coffees. Clearly keen to get rid of us they didn’t even mention dessert (which oddly was on our sharing table), which I was really looking forward to. All in all a really poor experience, we felt totally unwelcome and I felt really embarrassed as I had suggest the restaurant to my colleagues. A real shame because as I said the food was fantastic. There doesn’t seem to be any reason for the lack of service, ie staffing issues etc and you can book later tables that the one I had done so I’m not really sure why you except a 2.30pm reservation if you don’t want people there at 3pm? I’ve since read trip advisor reviews and this is a pretty consistent theme unfortunately. All in all very disappointing.
I have eaten here many times and the food is consistently good. Of course the prawn omelette is delicious and it’s hard to go there and not order it!
Sunday brunch. Enjoyed the prawn omlette. Quite a small portion. Wish I'd ordered another main (did have side of haloumi). Will probably return one day.
Had a lovely time, and thought the food and service was very good. Lovely ambience and nice rooms. I really liked the set brunch as it took all the effort out of having to choose. The only pitfall was that it was extremely noisy. I had to lean over the table to hear my friend. 8/10 (-2 for noise)
I've always been here for special occasions but I cam e for breakfast and it was lovely just to chill out on a wet Sunday morning.
We had a wonderful dinner for two in an unpretentious yet cosy downstairs room. Service was friendly and quick and the food well cooked and well presented. A firework of flavours from the starter to the dessert. Very good wine selection. Nice crowd of locals and office workers with some (few) tourists. Highly recommended.
We have had lovely meals here decided to try the brunch but should have noted reviews about poor service - booking service was excellent but service was poor and would not have brunch here again.
My coffee was spilt in the saucer on arrival and one course never arrived - ended up having to go to desk to pay as couldn’t get anyone’s attention.
The food was imaginative and we'll prepared. Excellent value. But the service, while friendly, was disorganized, inattentive with poor timing.
Great food and very good service.
Booked a table for 5 friends, lovely table, great choice of food for Both meat and non meat eaters.
Staff very attentive.
Very impressed with how serious they take food allergies. They even have a binder listed out all the ingredients for the desserts. Never been to a restaurant take it that seriously and even dated the list.
We did enjoy the food & the presentation.
Beautiful renovated Georgian town house. A little noisy as all hard surfaces but beautiful. Busy so atmosphere is good. Service was with a huge smile and so attentive. I dropped my knife at one point and it was replaced instantly! Food was delicious and prices a little high but worth every penny. Very full. Very satisfied.
Amazing and fun selection of food, great location and lovely staff! Highly recommend.
Food was excellent. The waiter misheard/wrongly entered several parts of our order so we had delays as these were corrected. Very helpful in sorting things out though and gave us a free drink to compensate.
The service was really great, the waitress anticipated any delays and communicated so well with us. The food was good. The setting was really perfect for a friends brunch get together
We had a delicious dinner, but the service was sub-par. Our server was often occupied in conversation with Co-workers, and just absent part of the time. We felt ignored.
Really lovely food and good selection of veggie and vegan options. Staff were a little brisk and abrupt, plus distracted by the party upstairs (often seemed to be gossiping?) . Price fair for a special occasion meal
We had some good food but our experience was slightly spoiled as ours was the last sitting before the restaurant shut early for a staff event - something we were not told about when booking. We felt a bit under pressure to finish and leave before we were ready to go
We have been to the Modern Pantry on previous occasions over the last couple of years and normally enjoyed it, however our most recent visit was poor.
The food was to a good standard, inkeeping with previous experiences. However the service was dreadful and ruined the experience for us. The restaurant was only half full during the time we were there. Despite booking, it took 10 minutes for our table to be set up. Our drink order was taken but took well over 10 minutes for 4 drinks to be served. At the end of the meal we asked for the bill but after 15 minutes of waiting and our waitress disappearing we needed to ask yet another member of staff. I would expect slow service if they were at full capacity however this was not the case and there were several members of staff stood around chatting.
The venue itself seems to have become more dated and tatty, with the table we were seated at covered in vast coffee stains and ring marks.
We have had brunch before, which is always great. As we visited on a weekday we had breakfast, the choices and combinations were fantastic .
Disappointing visit. On arrival we were told food would take longer as they had big party in. All tables were reserved so they knew they had big table in! Bill was incorrect with price of drinks and no apologies for waiting times, incorrect bill. Sad as I have always loved this restaurant but their standards have slipped.
Excellent meal. Very pleasant and cheerful service. And a fair wine list. I will go again.
We had a lovely Sunday Brunch at the Modern Pantry. Particularly recommend the Brunch special. My frst time trying chia seeds in the starter and was pleasantly surprised.
The combination of chorizo and plantain in the main was original and a delight on the palate.
Friendly staff and quick service. Good coffee.
Lovely breakfast, excellent food. Staff were very welcoming. We will be back for sure. Only thing is we sat near the front door and it was a little squished would have been nice to sit up stairs, will request that next time.
We went there for hen do brunch and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful!
Sorry to say we had a terrible experience with one of the waitresses. She was so inexperienced and simply did not understand basic things we were asking for like, what does this main come with and can we the have wine list. I feel like it was her first day or something but really could not believe how bad she was. We finished our starters and she asked if we wanted desserts before the means arrived! the rest of the staff were great and thank god kind of took over our table. But I am afraid it ruined our meal a little bit as we felt like nothing we ordered would really turn up (even though it did somehow) Feel like it is very unusual for your restaurant as we have never had that problem before and feel everything else is a really high standard. the food was lovey though!
I went to the Modern Pantry with my partner on a Sunday evening. There were hardly any other people there and as the weather was so warm, we were lucky enough to eat outside in their small terrace. The service was laid back and friendly. The food was exceptionally good and very inventive. The wine list has a good selection of interesting wines and we were offered taters before ordering a bottle if the wine was sold by the glass. We each had a glass of Laurent Perrier Rosé to start, which was excellent buy highly priced at £17.50 each. Overall, our own experience was good and we would thoroughly recommend the restaurant for food and its quiet and interesting location.
Very delicious. Prompt service and genuine care. Can't get over the ricotta pancakes.. i'll be back soon!!
Fantastic, seasonal afternoon tea in a beautiful setting.
Great restaurant with a creative brunch menu . Would definitely go back!
Best breakfast I've ever had and it was only scrambled egg on toast (with bacon, mushroom and tomatoes). Service was great, the restaurant was extremely clean (including the toilets).
Great atmosphere. The modern pantry has a really good menu. The flavour combinations of each plate we tried were excellent. The meals are presented in a creative way, the service isnt careless at all - overall a great experience.