The Wilmington

4.6
604 reviews
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Gastro Pub
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Comfort Food
Welcome to The Wilmington, a listed 19th century public house, situated in the heart of Clerkenwell.
The honesty and quality of food is very much our focus, with an emphasis on imaginative, modern British cooking, using fresh produce sourced by local suppliers. Our menus change monthly to reflect this. Our signature dishes include 6 hour braised beef ribs for two to share, and our bun & cheek - ox cheek braised in Worcestershire sauce, served in a brioche bun with hand cut chips and dipping gravy.
Drinks also celebrate in our entrepreneurial spirit, with 14 draught beers and ciders, and 5 changing guest ales, with a focus on London cask producers. Highlights from our wine list include Gamay "Thirst" with a vibrant pink hue, yet striking strawberry and cranberry aromas, or the Gifford’s Hall Bacchus Vintage, from Suffolk, England, a Riesling/Sylvaner cross. This variety has a distinctive aromatic, slightly flinty quality though each season brings its own individuality.
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LD
Shropshire
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great gastro pub close to Farringon/kings cross. Nice atmosphere and delicious fish!

RL
Brighton
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent gatropub in a fantastic Clerkenwell location close to Sadlers Wells. The menu choices are wide and imaginative and the dishes do not disappoint. The dining room is spacious yet cosy and intimate with tasteful wood tones and upholstered booths. Staff are friendly, attentive, courteous and knowledgeable, service quick and efficient. What's not to like?

PM
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Love this pub... it’s my favourite Sunday lunch spot. I head here at any opportunity.

JH
London
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to eat before going to Saddlers Wells. The staff were absolutely charming - food and drinks arrived quickly and were both great. And it was excellent value and a short walk to the theatre. We will definitely go again.

AD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always come here before or after we've been to a show at Sadlers Wells. Usually the food is the highlight for me, because it is delicious, but this time it wasn't just the food but the staff too. We were served by three different people at various points and they were all really friendly and really lovely.

the sticky toffee pudding was on point.

VC
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked beforehand for a Saturday lunchtime but there were a number of free tables. There were some unusual items on the menu and we both had Pig cheeks ragu with pasta. It was delicious! After my daughter had sticky toffee pudding which was unctuous and I had elderflower creme caramel with an enormous strawberry, delicious but you couldn't taste the elderflower! Service was very efficient and we were very comfortable. The bill came to £80 but because we were going to Sadlers Wells we got a discount of about £15! We will definitely go to The Wilmington again.

E
London
175 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Very nice waitress and waiters- have good advice about food and were really friendly

P
London
12 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not our first visit to The Wilmington, but a first visit not at a Sunday lunchtime (always excellent) so a chance to sample the a la carte dinner menu, and, wow, we were not disappointed! All three courses from a varied menu - with some daily specials - were excellent, in appearance, taste and portion size. Really fabulous . And of course a wide variety of drinks to be had from the bar. Service was excellent too - friendly and courteous, but timely too. This is our dining location of choice when attending Sadlers Wells performances - and a bonus is the generous discount often available for Sadlers Wells ticket holders.

LT
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were good but it was incredibly noisy with the post work crowd.

RB
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was truly outstanding and excellent value for food of that quality. Good service in pleasant surroundings.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is the ideal place for supper before going to Sadlers Wells. Delicious food and good service.

JW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked not knowing the place, just because it was near to Sadlers Wells theatre. I would say it was a very lucky choice. We were there early evening, the staff were welcoming and the food was beautiful. Have already recommended it to others

n
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We are big fans of the Wilmington so I think this must have been an off day. Sunday roast came with a massive jorkshire pudding but hardly any veg, order was taken wrongly, and food prepared incorrectly. It’s not the best value for money

The Wilmington
Responded on 30 July 2019

Hi Norbert Thank you for taking the time to let us know of your experience, i am saddened to read it was not up to its usual standard. We had an exceptionally busy day on Sunday, which did catch us out a little bit. I have already had a de-brief with my team on this and i will report your feed back also to ensure we maintain the high quality of food and service, we are so proud of in delivering. I hope your experience has not put you off coming back again, i hope to see you again soon.

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DR
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service and delicious food. Javier even arranged a taxi pick up for us

The Wilmington
Responded on 30 July 2019

Thank you for your lovely feedback, I look forward to letting Javier know how such a good time you had. We look forward to seeing you again soon

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CA
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Sunday roast no more no less ,wine expensive .Pleasant staff ,nice ambiance ,pleasant to sit outside with a drink.

CP
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious Sunday roast and relaxing ambiance. We will definitely go back!

FC
London
25 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place; cosy yet perfect for a special occasion, the food is brilliant and the service friendly.

MP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday roast favorite, never disappoints and the staff are awesome

EV
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service, just a bit noisy on a Saturday night, no doubt due to its popularity!

AM
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Wilmington was recommended to us and we were not disappointed. We had Sunday roast which was delicious, if anything, there was so much we could not do it justice. All the staff were very pleasant and helpful.

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely service and food ...

VG
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, one of the best Gastro pubs in London.

MB
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not fault this place. Relaxed but attractive decor, lovely server. Felt very welcome .
Loved all the food we had.. great salad, chicken pie, sticky toffee pudding- perfect food for two jet-lagged people.

SR
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent, nice place, good service, good location. Quite a bit pricier than I had been expecting though.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and really lovely friendly service! The woman with short blonde hair in particular really made it a great experience, thank you!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Father’s Day

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only feedback was it smelt strange that day - a bit bleach like, which isn’t their normal smell in there

RC
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Entertained friends from Moscow and we were extremely well looked after by all staff especially the kids. The food was wonderful and i will be back for the slow braised beef ribs.

LV
London
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, friendly service. Lovely food at very reasonable prices.

M
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious Sunday roast

TC
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal. Starter of Onion Bhaji was excellent as was the main of Chicken Kiev. My friends had excellent meals as well.

L
London
28 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been here several times and it's always a great experience. Wonderful grown-up food and service. The goat cheese and mushroom Wellington, for Sunday Roast, is absolutely delicious. Fab Bloody Marys, too.

RB
London
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely, incredibly fabulous Sunday lunch at the Wilmington. Our waitress was fantastic and the food just perfect, including huge Yorkshire puddings, crisp and fluffy roast potatoes and superb pork and rib of beef. The room is just right too - not too big, not crowded. I will be back!

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderfully friendly and helpful staff, lively but not overwhelming atmosphere and very good food. Recommend this one!

JS
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed an excellent lunch in this pleasant pub before visiting the nearby Postal Museum. The barman/waiter was helpful, polite and friendly and the food we had was good value, nicely presented and tasty. Sadly there were very few customers when we were there. Would thoroughly recommend!

GS
London
159 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The bright, airy environment with friendly, professional service makes this place a real gem. With good food, a wine list to suit all budgets and tastes, as well as the bar itself, this is an easy place to wile away the hours on a Sunday afternoon.....

p
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great staff, food and atmosphere experienced on a Sunday when the pub quiz is on. We felt rushed at the end though after being offered the dessert menu and then by the time someone came back to take our orders we were told the kitchen would be closed so its not possible for hot puddings. Puddings came anyways and they were delicious! Chocolate fondant with coconut ice cream was insanely good.

H
Oxford
26 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Was alright, nothing to write home about. Fish stew was reasonable but needs serving with some chunky bread so that it is actually filling. Sticky toffee pudding came so quickly I’m convinced it came out of the microwave!

C
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very good meal it a decent price. Efficient friendly service, and a wine list that doesn't inflate the overall bill. There could be more specials on the board I guess, the choice is not fantastic. One the whole though it was a great overall experience, and I'd visit again without hesitation.

R
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very good experience in a nice friendly pub with good food.

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