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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EJ
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service.
Beef rib was absolutely delicious!

K
France
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

KO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

FH
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

delicious food, nice atmosphere and great service!

LA
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

BP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

MD
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

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 18 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, wonderful atmosphere! We’ll be back

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fabulous Sunday roast with great service from friendly staff

MB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 31 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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

EC
London
17 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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

D
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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 29 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

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 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely roast dinner as always

AG
Bath
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

FB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

JH
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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 21 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

RL
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
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 on 18 August 2019
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 on 17 August 2019
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
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
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 on 17 August 2019
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
185 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
14 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
6 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
3 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
2 reviews
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!

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