The Modern Pantry Clerkenwell

4.3
2271 reviews
£26 to £40
Fusion / Eclectic
In line with government advice, we are operating a COVID-19 secure management system* in our restaurant and details of the controls we have in place can be found on our website.

By confirming your booking, we trust that you are adhering to the governments’ legislation in respect of meeting friends and family outside of your household. As of Saturday 17th October, we can now only accept people dining indoors with guests of their own household or support bubble.

Outdoor bookings remain limited to a group of 6 from any number of households.

The Modern Pantry is housed in two 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.
Classic Heritage features are complimented with contemporary design creating an intimate and relaxing atmosphere to serve lunch Tuesday to Friday, brunch Saturday and Sunday and dinner Tuesday to Saturday, with outdoor seating in the summer.

Support The Modern Pantry Clerkenwell during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2271 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.3
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.0
Value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MonicaQ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for the set lunch menu which was excellent value for money. We had the buttermilk chicken, catch of the day dish and the pumpkin tart to finish - all amazing, not a crumb left on the plate!
Would definitely go back if we're back in the area

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

An explosion of flavours for a very reasonable price.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great vegan option!

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HannahC
London
12 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We essentially ended up with the place to ourselves! Which was a surprise but the food was delicious, the cocktails and wine were great and the service was warm and friendly. Lovely evening.

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vipilovemaguire
London
180 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Very pretty venue with a nice a la carte menu. I chose this place for lunch because it claimed to be good for vegetarians but then their lunchtime set menu (good value) had no vegetarian options and when I asked they were unable to accommodate so had to order the more expensive a la carte.

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Feedmefran
London
18 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Lovely to sit outside in sunshine - certainly weren’t rushed by staff. Food very good.

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Cole
London
21 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

A great place for brunch on a Saturday morning; very tasty food.

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DSmith
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Could hear grumpy chef berating staff in kitchen as v small space, packed like sardines. Awkward.

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Jasmine
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unique flavours and great service! They were really understanding and accommodating of us being late.

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TheoK
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience4

Lots of delicious flavours but a rather over salted. Also undercooked pink fir potatoes. Delicious drinks

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

absolutely spot on! Must try the prawn omlette.

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PhillipD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Dinner. A pricey option for a special occasion. Inventive fusion cooking and a super wine list. Seafood and fish heavy compared to some. Seating downstairs (our location) is communal and close; upstairs felt more rarefied.

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FionaA
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Good service and wholesome, healthy food. My salad was delicious and just the right amount. The service was attentive and courteous. I have booked the Pantry twice in the last week for business lunches and it is an ideal venue. In and out in an hour after a nutritious, tasty meal.

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GeoffC
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great fresh and varied food in a relaxed environment

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

A) the food took well over 30 mins to arrive, making it a rush to eat.

B) when it arrived the eggs were not hard boiled as requested. Once broken they were inedible.

C) I cannot fathom how a restaurant that has its first sitting at 8am opens on the dot at 8am with customers outside in the freezing cold.

Will be the last time we eat there, and we have been for about 6 months on a weekly basis.

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LouiseR
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really nice brunch at this lovely neighbourhood restaurant. Could do with a few less complex ingredients and maybe a few more brunch type recipes but good service and great coffee.

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MartinD
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, great ambience and fantastic service it was my birthday and The Modern Pantry did not disappoint - will definitely be booking again - thank you for a great dinner!

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Alan
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Amazing place but complicated food menu...
The restaurant itself is lovely and the service is great. But the menu is too complex and expect something different arriving on the plate..

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AYFool
London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a nice lunch in Modern Pantry. Didn’t know they offer great set lunch menu in weekdays. £20 for 2 course with a glass of wine. Food quality and atmosphere are amazing. Would definitely go back

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SaraH
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Really delicious food. Helpful staff to advise us re the menu

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PennyW
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We had delicious food with fabulous service. It was quiet because it was early but we still had a great time!

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AliceT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding location, service and food.
Spent a beautiful sunny Saturday brunching with a friend and loved it. Lots of light in the dining room, and nice relaxing atmosphere. Only slightly negative comment is the prices but I guess they’re in line with what you’d get in most places in the area!
Will definitely recommend and come again!

JW
JoannaW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food, drinks and service were all excellent especially for the value. We had a nice table by the window with a lot of light. No loud music which is nice for a quiet family brunch.

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JoanneB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic breakfast. Friendly, helpful staff, happy to provide a simplified dish for my young daughter. Beautiful interior, with clean, modern decor.

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FR27
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and can't fault the service. Always a favourite and the partner has been converted and its a big fan also!

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Christopher
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Love this place but somewhat unfortunately this week they had a large and noisy party on their long middle table.

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FrancesS
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Friendly service, interesting food. Ask for a table upstairs for the quietest lunches.

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ckfoodie
London
39 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really tasty menu and lots of choices including vegetarian and vegan options. Great vibe and lively crowd.

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IanH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Remarkable food. Tables a bit close together for my liking when busy but other than that this is a fantastic restaurant with some good vegetarian options.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food2Service5Ambience5

I would recommend it for the atmosphere and service but not for the food.

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vipRM2018
London
131 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time here for ages but, as usual, it was terrific. Best neighbourhood restaurant by a mile.

MD
MarcD
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

A great venue with outstanding seasonnabl produce and awesome attentive service.

The space especially the ground floor are however becoming a little too loud and forces you to half shout when trying to make conversation.

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SamB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Will be back soon!

SM
SilviaM
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I came back to the Modern Pantry after visiting for the first time about ten years ago. My first impression was excellent and this other meal confirmed it. Relaxed, laid back restaurant with outstanding food. Hope to be back without waiting another ten years!

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ATreat
London
13 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We booked after reading Giles Coren's review.
Quite outstanding the food delighted our wide range of guests.
Had a drink in the Zetter beforehand - will not make that mistake again!

Thank you for a great evening with superb food and delightful service

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RachelZ
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

I booked a reservation for afternoon tea because my friend who was visiting wasn't picky with what he wanted to see or do except that he wanted to experience afternoon tea. I researched good afternoon tea place and found Modern Pantry. When we got to Modern Pantry, we were told we were only allowed to do afternoon tea with a reservation, of which I told them we had one. After waiting about 10-15 minutes they told us, that they did not do afternoon teas anymore. It would have been nice to get some sort of notification about that considering I booked a reservation for the sole purpose of afternoon tea. We ended up having some tea and some small plates, but the service was pretty slow and not very accomodating, so I will not be returning.

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Susie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The set brunch menu is really good value and delicious. It's noisy though, to an uncomfortable level- even upstairs where the tables are spaced further apart. Some soft furnishings would help absorb the echo and make for a calmer dining experience. Shame as the food and service is excellent.

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vipRomaE
London
28 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Still an excellent place to meet for brunch/lunch or just a coffee and cake.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
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
JamilaL
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.

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The Modern Pantry Clerkenwell is rated 4.3 stars by 2271 OpenTable diners.

The Modern Pantry Clerkenwell does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://shop.danddlondon.com/gift-cards/.

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.