The Wilmington

4.6
898 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
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.

Please note that children are not permitted in the outside or bar area after 7pm or in the dining room after 9pm. Dogs are not permitted in the dining room.

Online bookings are for dining only.

If you would like to book for drinks only or for anything other than dining, please call us on 020 7837 1384.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 898 people are saying
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BrownJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday roast . Great pub . Staff fab . A great find

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Lucy
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Extremely slow service, every time the same negative experience unfortunately, no matter how busy they are. Food was good, just an average Sunday roast.

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Claire
London
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place and have never had a bad meal. The booths are good for social distancing too, and help with private conversations. I have the roast pork belly and a lovely large glass of chardonnay. I can't think of anything to recommend to improve.

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Kate
London
91 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't heard of The Wilmington before but decided to give it a go as were looking for a venue on or close to Exmouth Market.
We were really pleased with our choice - the menu had great variety (although not all dishes were available), the plating was impressive, the food delicious, and all with a lively atmosphere.

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RebekahD
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect including the temperature of the wine. Great food service and atmosphere.

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AmandaC
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely great, they knew we were going to the theatre and ensured we were served promptly. We were also given a discount as we were theatre goers. The food was delicious and when we go back we will book an earlier time to enable us to have a desert!!!!

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MartinG
London
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Good, solid pub food. Well priced and a nice choice. Staff are friendly and happy to help.

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dinealot
London
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely warm atmosphere even though we ate early & not very busy. Staff very attentive, food freshly cooked & delicious. Ideal for Sadlers Wells Theatre - we were given 20% off food as pre Theatre which was unexpected. Definitely go back.

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MirandaK
London
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall3food5service4ambience4

The food, when it came was delicious, unfortunately they were short staffed in the kitchen (a very common problem in these times) so our food didn't arrive for 50 minutes after ordering so we had to rush as we were going to the theatre. I would eat here again but will leave enough time for any delays in future. The waiting staff were good and friendly.

The Wilmington
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Miranda, Thank you so much for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed your meal and service, and can only apologise for the delays on your food. We do hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Team Wilmo

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Was nice the Wilmington is a lovely bar/restaurant. The food is very good the fell is great service is great & staff are so so friendly & helpful

The Wilmington
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and are so glad we could help. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Team Wilmo

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SaraD
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The food was good and a lovely pub but the service wasn’t great, we had to wait ages for the drinks we ordered and we weren’t checked on after the food was brought so had to go to the bar several times to order more drinks to the table. It wasn’t particularly busy and there seemed to be plenty of staff so it was quite annoying to have to chase around for service.

The Wilmington
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Sara, Many thanks for your review. We're sorry to hear that the service didn't live up to your expectations during your visit; nor ours for that matter. We strive to improve our service so appreciate all feedback. We do hope you'll visit again, and that you have a much more enjoyable time with us. Best wishes, Team Wilmo

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CeriB
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely as ever. Food and service were great but so sad to see it so quiet.

The Wilmington
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Ceri, Many thanks for your kind review. Fingers crossed we'll be back to our busy selves in no time! Looking forward to seeing you again soo. Best wishes, Team Wilmo

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JohnW
London
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was very good but our waiter deserves a special mention not only was he very pleasant and attentive he also advised us of the 20% discount as we were going to Sadlers Wells.

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Kayne
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of London’s very best gastropubs. Has been at the top of its game for some years now. Long may it continue

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LauraB
London
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect venue for pre-theatre dinner.
Attentive staff and pleasant ambience.

The Wilmington
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Laura, Thanks so much for your lovely review. We’re glad that you enjoyed your visit to us and hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Team Wilmo

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JohnM
Kent
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Obviously short of staff.
Food was warm, ice cream had started to melt when it was serviced to me

The Wilmington
Responded 4 days ago

Dear John, Many thanks for your review, we’re so glad that you enjoyed your food. Unfortunately like many other businesses, staff shortages aren’t uncommon, but we’re sorry that that affected your overall visit to us. We do hope you’ll visit again soon, and that you’ll have a more enjoyable stay. Best wishes, Team Wilmo

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vipFiona
London
35 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The waiter was not on the ball. I specifically told him the time we needed to leave (going to the theatre) and he seemed to understand but then both he and a waitress seemed to lose all focus and we ended up really rushed.

I had the chicken liver parfait which was fine but came with a random jug of vinaigrette. No idea what that was about.

This is the second time (out of quite a few visits) where I've had time issues here but still will come again.

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BridgetCamden
London
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food as always, only complaint, but my fault, asked for house wine and surprised when the bill came at how expensive it was

The Wilmington
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Bridget, Thanks for your lovely review! Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Team Wilmo

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PaulR
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a couple of hours before moving to Sadler's Wells and couldn't recommend this place enough. Really tasty and fresh food, nice atmosphere and great service.

The Wilmington
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Paul, Thank you for your kind words and this wonderful review! Always a pleasure to hear that you’d happily recommend us. We do hope you’ll visit again soon. Warm regards, Team Wilmo

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RosemaryM
London
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Have been to The Wilmington several times and it never disappoints. Service is always very friendly but was just a bit slow this time. Loved it all the same and will definitely be returning.

The Wilmington
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Rosemary, Thanks for your positive review. We’re sorry that the service was slower than expected, but so glad that your overall experience was a positive one. Looking forward to your next visit! Best wishes, Team Wilmo

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LindsM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A group of us ate here before going to the theatre. We didn’t realise when booking that we get 20% off food for pre-theatre bookings! That was a nice surprise! The waiter heard us talking about it and added the discount to our bill. I’ve eaten here a few times, and never been disappointed. The staff were really friendly. I have given an average score for atmosphere, because it was a Tuesday in early January during a pandemic, and it was an early-evening booking, so it was unsurprisingly going to be quiet. But it didn’t feel too quiet or awkward, The flat iron chicken was absolutely delicious.

The Wilmington
Responded 4 days ago

Dear LindsM, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We’re delighted you had such an enjoyable time with us. The flat iron chicken is always a firm favourite! We do hope to welcome you back again soon. Warm regards, Team Wilmo

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved this place, the food was excellent, along with the ambiance and the servers were super nice. We were visiting from the US and everyone suggested we go somewhere for Sunday Roast and this place didn’t disappoint. Two thumbs up

The Wilmington
Responded on January 12, 2022

Hi there, Thank you for your kind words. Glad to have helped make your stay in London extra special. We hope to see you again on your next visit. Best, Team Wilmo

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Feel bad about leaving a negative review as every time we’ve been before, it’s been great, but this time was a disaster — from the initial greeting (no-one looked up to say hello but left us hanging about at the bar, even though there were three members of staff there. Then they started talking about us but not to us “tell them we are full” “they’ve got a reservation” “oh”), the fact we were seated near the exit which meant people were constantly squeezing past our table to get out, even though we’d booked a table months ago and other tables were empty even when we left), then the waitress forgot to put our order through (we were told she had been so busy she’d forgotten but the place wasn’t even half full and we’d seen her chatting and laughing to other members of staff when we’d unsuccessfully been trying to catch our eye), so people/large tables who arrived after us were served before us and it was nearly an hour before our starters arrived and we weren’t even offered any bread to keep us going or a deduction from our bill.

And then finally, the food wasn’t great. One of us had a dish that was very over cooked and the other had one that was undercooked. The waitress seemed confused when she delivered the main courses “oh it’s got potatoes with it?” “Yes, I think it’s supposed to” “Oh is it?” She just gave the overall impression of being incredibly ditzy

Oh and then the coffee machine was broken. How hard can it be to get a cheap replacement while the repair is done? But instead no coffee at all could be ordered.

And at the end of all of it, the service charge was automatically added to the bill. Really? You might want to think about that another time.

I’m not sure if we will be back any time soon which is a shame. It’s hard to get staff at the moment, we know, but the service really was terrible.

The Wilmington
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. I’d like to apologise wholeheartedly for your experience with us on the day in question. Your feedback has been taken on board, and relayed to the team to ensure situations like this are few and far between. Though I can’t change the events of your last visit, I do hope you’ll return, considering that your past experiences have been positive ones. I hope to welcome you again soon. Best wishes, Aoife Caulfield

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PaulW
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The booths in the dinning room are perfect for small group dining. We had a mix of dishes but the whitebait (starter) and burgers (main) were outstanding. Friendly staff and pleasant ambience made for great evening out.

The Wilmington
Responded on January 12, 2022

Hi Paul, Thank you for your kind words. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Team Wilmo

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Philippa
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful staff and lovely, Christmassy atmosphere

Highly recommend!

The Wilmington
Responded on January 8, 2022

Thank you Philippa for a 5🌟 review and a good word! Team Wilmo!

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CarolA
London
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food was tasty and plentiful. The service was very good and the noise level was fairly quiet, mind you it was a Sunday. I had the trio of meats but you don't need to as a single serving is more than adequate.
At the moment they have venison on the menu and that I definitely recommend...it was delicious. I will certainly go again.

The Wilmington
Responded on January 8, 2022

Thank you for a 5🌟review. We are happy to hear that! Come back soon! Team Wilmo

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TCar
London
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always look forward to dining at the Wilmington, the Sunday roast was delicious as always and staff were really friendly.

The Wilmington
Responded on January 8, 2022

Thank you very much for your feedback! We’re looking forward to see you again! Team Wilmo

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Bella
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a friends Xmas lunch on a Sunday. The service was excellent and the vegan options were great.

The Wilmington
Responded on January 8, 2022

Thank you for a 5🌟 review Bella! We hope to see you back soon! Team Wilmo

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great as always, a super place for a catch up with friends. Lovely food and drink selection.

The Wilmington
Responded on January 8, 2022

Thank you for your feedback and kind words! Come back soon! Team Wilmo

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CMcg
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and the service was brilliant. Good vegan roast option also

The Wilmington
Responded on December 23, 2021

Thank you so much for your review. We’re so glad that you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you again soon!

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Popey
London
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our annual Xmas lunch at the Wilmington & we were very well looked after by Aoife & her team. The food was fantastic with the lamb & turkey being firm favourites. A great selection of drinks meant we spent most of the day there. Would definitely recommend!

The Wilmington
Responded on December 21, 2021

Thank you so much for your lovely review! We’re so glad that you enjoyed your visit with us, it was a pleasure to have you and look forward to seeing you again soon and hope you have a lovely Christmas. The Wilmington Team

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anna
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A beautiful cozy pub with excellent Sunday roasts. My parents visited the UK and I’m glad could show them this part of British culture at its best.

The Wilmington
Responded on December 1, 2021

We really happy to hear that! Thank you so much! Team Wilmo!

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AmyD
London
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We waited an hour for the food. The food was cold.

The Wilmington
Responded on December 1, 2021

Thank you for sharing it. We do have to say it was not our usual Sunday. We are training new staff and unfortunately you got to experience that. But brighter days to come! Team Wilmo!

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JulieE
London
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Such a shame as I’ve always liked coming to this pub for Sunday brunch but oh god what a disaster we waited an hour for food people were returning cold dinners people were so unhappy staff in restaurant area we’re going out to kitchen and dishing food out then to top it of dessert was put in microwave and tasted like rubber really a shame as I’m not sure that I will return

The Wilmington
Responded on December 1, 2021

Thank you for sharing it. We do have to say it was not our usual Sunday. We are training new staff and unfortunately you got to experience that. But brighter days to come! Team Wilmo!

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MSC207
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive and knowledgeable staff. But of a wait during a busy service, but a great option if you want a nice long meal catching up with friends. Lots on the menu for veggie /vegan /pescatarian diners.

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MMarley
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. Great food and amazing service always .

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London
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food, excellent friendly service, good value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good food and pub but annoyingly, they sometimes run out of food towards the end of the day (for example, we had only one of the five starters on the menu to choose from today).

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Spacebar
London
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Had a really fantastic first visit here so was excited to dine again. Unfortunately this time not so good.

Great food but service woeful. First round of drinks took ages and plates were left on the table for well over 30 minutes once we were finished, with staff doing their best to avoid eye contact. Had to ask for the bill twice.

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AmberR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing roast - meat and vegan both great - and lovely atmosphere

FAQs

The Wilmington is rated 4.6 stars by 898 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.