The Modern Pantry Clerkenwell

4.4
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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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JG
London
9 reviews
Reviewed on September 18, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Great coffee, wonderful place for a lunch meeting!

F
London
16 reviews
Reviewed on August 25, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

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

JP
London
6 reviews
Reviewed on July 9, 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 May 7, 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 March 31, 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
London
1 review
Dined on March 27, 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
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

t
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 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 March 11, 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 March 3, 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 March 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

KS
London
1 review
Dined on March 1, 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 March 1, 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 February 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food and good service. Would highly recommend.

RM
London
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

k
London
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 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 February 23, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience3

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

F
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service was very relaxed , and a bit slow at times considering it wasn’t too busy

No candles on tables/ music etc so ambience was a bit flat

CS
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Gorgeous food and drink selections, lovely atmosphere. Just a lovely place for brunch.

MO
London
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As usual an excellent culinary experience with very helpful and friendly service

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The place looks and feels lovely. However, the food lacked seasoning and the service was slow. We never received a couple of the dishes we ordered, and no one offered us a menu to look at desserts or coffee. I plannned this as a birthday brunch for my husband and it was disappointing overall.

r
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best value and tastiest brunch that I've had in London.

All four of us had different dishes and each one was excellent.

R
London
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Didn't have most of their juices and smoothies, waiter kept forgetting drinks we'd ordered, service was very slow and they forget some side dishes... food was ok but service let it down badly

C
London
43 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Haven’t been for a couple of years so it was good to re-try. Their cutting edge style of food is no longer so cutting edge as others now concentrate on unusual spices, vegetables, ingredients, exotic influences and foraging but it is still very inspirational, inventive and modern.

My colleague’s hispi cabbage based starter was a tad bland but my Mexican style spiced prawns in an omelette was a good and unusual starter. My supreme of chicken in an unusually spiced sauce with mushrooms and other accompaniments main was light and excellent. Sides offered were interesting but not needed which cuts down the costs. Interesting desserts which we did not try (cutting down for January!) Shortish but good wine list with a good range. We had a good Albariño (Pazo Senorans) from Rias Baixas that I have had several times before - one of the best - but a tad overpriced at £50

The service was efficient but our waiter was not exactly charming or friendly. Could be improved. Previous visits had more charming service.

My double macchiato came with the cutest teddy bear picture dribbled on the top. Would add a picture but don’t have access from this iPad

Recommended

TW
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Disappointing the food was tasteless; would not recommend

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Friendly staff and a good table with lots of room and we could hear each other. Service was nice but an ingredient was not known and one side dish forgotten. Food was just about okay. The fish was overcooked and very salty and the squid ink ‘sauce’ starchy and flavourless. Heritage potatoes overcooked and lamped.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mum for brunch and it was lovely, food stunning

e
London
60 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Sadly the upstairs was closed but we had a nice table downstairs (avoided the refectory table!). The flavours were amazing - however the cut of steak was quite tough. Service was very good but impersonal.

h
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing!! So many flavours. Not boring basic classic brunch food. It has a middle eastern twang. Shoutout to the chicken spring rolls ❤️

MF
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent breakfast options, but the room is very noisy and the staff are a bit perfunctory and lacking in warmth.

MB
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal. We were given an upstairs table in the window which I asked for. I love the area and the feel of eating in a Georgian?/Victorian house. The only complaints....another vegetarion option, one of my friends did not have much choice.

NC
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very good place, but busy. Food good quality. If sitting near the front door in winter quite cold however, even with the curtain!

A
London
47 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really nice lunch - we opted for a selection of small plates and they were all delicious. I would recommend it to anyone wanting some interesting flavours and quality food.

SK
London
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I'd first come to the MP when Anna Hansen set it up - and my friend Bill Knott did the wine list. And I've been a few times since. It's held true to its fusion, Kiwi roots, but seems to have grown in confidence and swagger over the years. The smoked burrata salad was gorgeous - great courgettes - and the steak was to-die for. Yum. Plus a great place for a semi-formal business meeting (emphasis on the semi). AND I was sat next to a long-time collaborator, whose taste in restaurants I rate highly.

GP
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely time and the breakfast was fantastic!

SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience2

I found the decor a little stark and the lack of a lunch menu (brunch only on a Saturday) somewhat disappointing. However, the quality of the food was good and the service discreet and professional.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We came here last year for our anniversary and it was amazing.
The service was slow and the ambience was really loud. The food for that price should have been better!
Lamb was big but too overcooked. not medium rare as advertised, focaccia of the soup was too crunchy and hard.
Such a shame
Don’t think we will come back here!!

PY
London
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good restaurant with good food. Service was a bit mixed but staff were pleasant. Not everything on the menu was available when requested.

KL
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing bruch dishes & friendly service! Interesting combintation of ingredients and a lot fo choice.