The Modern Pantry Clerkenwell

4.2
2166 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£26 to £40
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Fusion / Eclectic
Top tags:
  • 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
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
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)
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
020 7553 9210
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress Code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive Chef
Anna Hansen
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
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.
icon/ic_contactCreated with Sketch.
Private Party Contact
Dougal Spratt: 020 3700 1608
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
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.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking Details
Metered parking in St Johns Square and Clerkenwell Green.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
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
What 2166 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
3.8
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
LV
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

Report
Helpful
a
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
JM
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
A
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Staff did not know which meals were gluten free and didn’t allow us to make any changes to menu

Report
Helpful
S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great brunch, we come weekly especially enjoying the prawn omelette, eggs benedict and waffles.

Report
Helpful
JM
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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!

Report
Helpful
b
London
21 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

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!

Report
Helpful
TH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
E
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

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.

Report
Helpful
t
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

Report
Helpful
OT
London
21 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
AW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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)

Report
Helpful
MT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
SC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
JJ
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was imaginative and we'll prepared. Excellent value. But the service, while friendly, was disorganized, inattentive with poor timing.

Report
Helpful
ML
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

Report
Helpful
MC
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
d
Berlin
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and fun selection of food, great location and lovely staff! Highly recommend.

Report
Helpful
C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

Overall, great.

Report
Helpful
L
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
f
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

Report
Helpful
AR
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

Report
Helpful
N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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

Report
Helpful
HG
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

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.

Report
Helpful
C
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have had brunch before, which is always great. As we visited on a weekday we had breakfast, the choices and combinations were fantastic .

Report
Helpful
LJ
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
London
19 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. Very pleasant and cheerful service. And a fair wine list. I will go again.

Report
Helpful
EB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
A
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went there for hen do brunch and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful!

Report
Helpful
SA
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

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!

Report
Helpful
MC
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
TM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious. Prompt service and genuine care. Can't get over the ricotta pancakes.. i'll be back soon!!

Report
Helpful
B
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, seasonal afternoon tea in a beautiful setting.

Report
Helpful
L
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant with a creative brunch menu . Would definitely go back!

Report
Helpful
JK
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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).

Report
Helpful
BN
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
AM
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
55