The Modern Pantry Clerkenwell

4.3
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2234 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Fusion / Eclectic
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.



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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food5service2ambience2

It seems odd that a restaurant opens at the exact time of the first booking, makes for a cold experience if your a touch early, puts me off booking as 8am is the time I need.

JL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and drinks, everyone enjoyed their meal. Mains are quite expensive considering no sides come with them.

T
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

From initial days I have been a confirmed fan of TMP. But in my more recent experience the quality of cooking has been going down. On this occasion the main courses were very good. But the starter prawn omelettes were over-done. And vegetable side-orders were in texture both very tired and far too complicated. The favoursome mains cried out for simple sides to compliment and not rival/taste confuse.

On the strength of this meal regrettably I would not recommend.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our Sunday Breakfast was truly relaxing and very delicious.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real lovely venue with unusual, imaginative and delicious food

A
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Unfortunately we were the only ones in so it felt a bit soul less - was better when we were joined by another table . Shame because the food was nice and it had a festive feel about it . We’d been to saddlers wells theatre and it was a 20 minute walk . Would happily go there again - but would check it was a bit busier as feel a bit conspicuous when eating as a table of 4 .

F
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really tasty food, and such a great menu. We visited on a Sunday at 1pm so it was pretty quiet.

ML
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very charming place with a varied menu. I would definitely return

DW
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, reasonable price
Would recommend for any occasion

GS
London
161 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

There is some great food but like many small plate restaurants some work better than others. Try the cauliflower and artichoke salad!

Overly familiar service becomes a little intrusive and the corporate Xmas lunches annoying with their screaming as talking and self absorbed approach to space. May be worth visiting again Jan-Nov.

FT
London
18 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Attentive, perceptive service from front-of-house ensuring that we got what we wanted; excellent and interesting food. Very pleased.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, daring combination

RB
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Had great promise but didn’t deliver. The menu sounds delicious but what arrives in beige and lacklustre and far too bland. My colleague had a hair in hers. Such a shame as was looking forward to it, but it needs to work much harder for the price that is being charged.

JW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We shared small plates. Badly cooked (one was charred and bitter); cheese was served straight out of the fridge and was so chilled it tasted of nothing.

A noisy hen night completed the picture.

Disappointing.

P
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great menu, lovely setting. I’ll definitely return!

A
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The wait staff were friendly and attentive and the prices were probably lower than average for the area, so that's good.

However, we weren't impressed by the following:
(i) We had a group of five and instead of bringing out everyone's food together, they brought one or two dishes out a time over the course of about 10-15 minutes;
(ii) We had booked for five and were shown to a table that had been set for four;
(iii) The food was average - nothing horrible, but just run of the mill both in terms of presentation and taste.

It's a shame as the venue could be really nice, and from reviews, I take it has been in the past.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday dinner with friends.

I
London
77 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Perfect pit stop for a business brunch. Friendly staff, great food, charming location.

A
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Brunch was subpar unfortunately.

JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very enjoyable Sunday morning brunch. We had porridge and eggs.
Tasty coffee and food.

M
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is excellent and the wine very drinkable. Just be mindful that you may get other diners on the night who are quite boisterous. I did my best to ignore but my fellow diners were not so good at it

AB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food is good but nothing to go crazy about. The location is also very nice. Service can improve a lot.

JG
London
10 reviews
Reviewed on 18 September 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Great coffee, wonderful place for a lunch meeting!

F
London
16 reviews
Reviewed on 25 August 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Nice food in a rather sparse but pleasant cateen style dining environment...

JP
London
6 reviews
Reviewed on 9 July 2019
Overall3foodserviceambience

The food is really good here and the place is pretty. We had a departmental dinner which was enjoyable however service has been slow both times we have been.

B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We were in London for a short trip, and heard about Modern Pantry from a colleague at work. We tried several different dishes, including appetizers, but nothing was to our liking. The food overall was unimpressive, and I don’t think I’d return.

CE
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We went for mother’s day brunch and were sat upstairs which ha last a nice feel to it. It’s like your inside someone’s lounge so you instantly feel relaxed.

Food was lovely and fresh and the service was really relaxed but attentive.

MF
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

a very interesting menu with some unusual ingredients. All came together well and was well executed. All of the party enjoyed the meal

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food at very reasonable prices. The onglet steak was excellent

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such good brunch! Definitely recommend going here for great food and pretty vibes

t
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My favourite place for a special brunch with family and friends. Lovely food and great service!

BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was a quiet night at the Open Pantry, perfect time for a meal to catch up with a friend. Great service, intertesting menu and attentive service with plenty of vegan/vegetarian and gluten free options. Chef altered the dressing on the salad for my coeliac afflicted companion. Carafe of the house white was excellent, pork perfectly cooked, everything pretty much perfect.

AV
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I enjoyed my meal - I tried both the sugar prawn omelette and the portobello mushrooms. They were simple dishes but tasty enough. Not particularly outstanding in anyway but can't complain. My friend ordered the corn bread & chorizo which was quite dissapointing. The cornbread was incredibly dry. The service was also quite poor - we had to call the waitress over each step of the way, our coffees all came out quite cold, and then our cups were all cleared away before we finished drinking water or had been even provided with the bill. Overall, my meal was nice but wouldn't return.

t
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The modern pantry has a fresh and seasonal menu with food that is always beautifully presented and tastes amazing!

KS
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food was ok, but not great. I had the Cornish fish and it was a bit of an odd assortment of flavours on the plate. Small portion for the price, too. Service was attentive and friendly and the cocktails nice.

DW
London
17 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Not my favourite experience this time around as the meal was too fatty. Still love the ambience and service however

AD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food and good service. Would highly recommend.

RM
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent business lunch. Very light, ambience great and the food was outstanding!!!

k
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We really like the modern pantry, afternoon tea is lovely, imaginative, we added a Bellini each, and that pushes up the bill but hey, it was a birthday.
Cheese scones were gorgeous, lemon curd sublime, and for a Saturday afternoon it was surprisingly empty.
My only gripes are the cake was totally underwhelming, and the music playlist was weird and too loud.

C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Left after 10 min because it was extremely loud. Do not go on a Saturday