The Wilmington

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Sunday Lunch
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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MJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to venue for family celebrations....always good!

OT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Staff were very good accommodating our extra guest

BA
London
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Been a few times now and Wilmington was as good as usual with excellent Sunday Roast (rib for 6). Really enjoyable relaxed aftrnoon

AG
London
14 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for lunch.

SH
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely Sunday lunch. Very nice pub with a good selection of beers on tap. Also outdoor seating for warmer days.

OT
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice pub, pleasant and attentive staff and good food. Enjoyable Sunday lunch.

EJ
London
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.
Beef rib was absolutely delicious!

K
France
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very good dinner and the staff was very kind. It was a very nice evening

KO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely and helpful staff, great food, quick service.

FH
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious food, nice atmosphere and great service!

LA
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good, but not so well served.
Starters were very nice, and so was dessert.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lamb roast. Lovely service. I'll definitely be back.

BP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly reccomend a great central London find for myself and my girlfriend. Will return regularly

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably my favourite London pub. Great food, service and atmosphere.

MD
London
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was great, as always, but the service was fairly poor. Our table was placed in the main pub area instead of the dining room and it felt like we were forgotten about. Drinks orders were missed, we had to remind the waiter about other items of food that we had ordered and the wait for our dessert order was far too long. Would go back for the food though which was excellent.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful atmosphere! We’ll be back

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasty food, warm atmosphere, excellent waiter, Daniel, and good value. If you’re going Sadler’s Wells and can show a ticket you get a discount as well! Definitely will go again.

FD
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always eat at The Wilmington when we go to Sadler's Wells, which is several times a year. Saturday's meals were as fantastic as always. Well done on everything you do

LL
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous Sunday roast with great service from friendly staff

MB
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going here for years. Never had a bad meal or bad service. They're always so tentative to your needs. Service, food and drinks is always spot on. Well done.

SM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great friendly staff, good food and booze selection. All served up with a heavy dollop of ambience.

EC
London
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, nice dining room, great service. We'd recommend to a friend. Good location near Exmouth Market.

D
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was a perfect place to eat before going to Saddlers Wells. An interesting menu with some different choices. Our party of 4 all had good meals. Only gripe was that the side order of rosemary chips was very small, as soon as I mentioned this, a second portion was provided and I'm so glad they were because these chips were incredibly good.

SO
London
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Poor service. Got drinks and order wrong. Burger was greasy, not gastro standard. Didn’t come back to ask how the food was or take order for dessert.
Really noisy, photos looked more like the restaurant part was more separated.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely roast dinner as always

AG
Bath
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a pre-theatre dinner here and it was excellent. Would highly recommend them.

FB
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an early meal and drinks before going to the ballet. We sat inside as it was a rare boiling hot day. Food and drinks were good and there was something on the menu for everyone in the group. What really stood out were the staff, very friendly and welcoming and on the ball. Definitely worth the five minute walk if you are going to Sadler’s Wells.

VB
London
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose the Wilmington due to it's proximity to Sadlers Wells and the interesting menu for a pre matinee lunch.
We were not disappointed on any count and it was quieter and cooler than many other similar establishments in the area. Hospitality was excellent from all the staff we encountered and the food was delicious and perfectly suited our requirements.
We would certainly recommend The Wilmington to anyone requiring food or drink in that area of London.

AK
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dining area and good food . Staff v friendly and characterful

JH
London
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food. Quick service and very attentive. Place was quiet but we were early. Overall great. Will be back very soon.

LD
Shropshire
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

RL
Brighton
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on August 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

JH
London
23 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
London
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
186 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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

P
London
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

RB
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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