The Wilmington

4.5
567 reviews
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
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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H
Oxford
25 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Was alright, nothing to write home about. Fish stew was reasonable but needs serving with some chunky bread so that it is actually filling. Sticky toffee pudding came so quickly I’m convinced it came out of the microwave!

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very good meal it a decent price. Efficient friendly service, and a wine list that doesn't inflate the overall bill. There could be more specials on the board I guess, the choice is not fantastic. One the whole though it was a great overall experience, and I'd visit again without hesitation.

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R
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A very good experience in a nice friendly pub with good food.

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A really great Gastropub with superfriendly staff, fantastic food and such a great ambiance.

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FL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful selection of roasts on a Sunday. Lovely staff and good vibe

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AB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Quality of food is excellent. The beef rib was so tender. Service was very good - efficient, friendly and knowledgeable. Nice decor, large airy pub.

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T
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great meal...very good food and excellent service... recommended..

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LH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious food. Staff were really pleasant and had taken note of the fact we were going on to sadlers wells so made sure we ordered and were served quickly so we had enough time to eat. A vibrant atmosphere. Really nice pub.

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PS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Good Sunday roast, generous portion and quality ingredients. Worth the £25 a head.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Family visiting from LA who love British Ales and pub food. They were delighted with our choice and asked us to keep it in mind for next time they visit.

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PT
Buckinghamshire
16 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A great place for a pre-theatre drink or meal. Great atmosphere, freshly cooked food and a friendly, knowledgeable server!

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BT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic welcome, great service and food, reasonable prices.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Spent a really enjoyable afternoon in the Wilmington. We were a table of 6, everyone had the roast all said it was fantastic. Really enjoyed the wine as well. Service was nice and welcoming, though if im being really critical they could probably do with one or two more as it was pretty busy. Overall a superb experience, i would definitely recommend. And also kick bar round the corner to go somewhere after. Enjoy 😀

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DJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sunday Roast was great, good meat and portion size, nice environment, relaxed, comfortable and very friendly service.

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EB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Wilmington do an excellent Sunday roast, it is a bit more expensive than some places, but the quality is worth the extra couple of quid! I would really like to try the 6 hrs cooked rib of beef next time I'm there, based on the roast lamb I had I can only imagine how nice it will be. The waiting and bar staff were very attentive and relaxed, but still really on top of their service game. All in all we felt really looked after. Highly recommend!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyable. The service is excellent- friendly and knowledgable without being intrusive. The food is cooked with real attention to detail, and is clearly well sourced and the wine list is well considered. Excellent value for money

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SB
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great Sunday roast and excellent service. Got a seat outside in the sun for a nice relaxed afternoon.

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F
London
88 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Food very nice, good portions, came out quickly, fresh and tasty. The restaurant was practically empty as it was lunch time and based on the service was poor. Asked for the bill and he didn’t get it and was really hard to get attention even with all of us trying!!

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Very good overall...would definitely return for Sunday Lunch

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L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

As visitors to London for many years, it’s nice to travel a bit out of the touristy center to a real neighborhood where this charming pub is located. Everyone on staff was super friendly & mentioned there were several tables from the US over the course of Presidents weekend. The food was really delicious. lunch consisted of bloody Mary’s, cauliflower hummus, burgers and roast chicken. We will definitely go back!

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MB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have been countless times, it's on the pricier side but worth it. Food was great, service was also. Kids are more than welcome. See you soon.

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NM
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A great range of real ales. Service and food were excellent, would recommend and will be going back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely pub with a fun quiz on Sundays

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The place and food are good! Service is great.
Amanda is the best

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CJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is now officially my local ‘go to’ Why make all the effort to prepare a Sunday roast will all you ever need is here !

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G
London
95 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Five of us ate and three meals were really very good, one not at all good and one ok. The ox cheek burger was the best burger my friend had ever had, he said. The pig cheek ragu was also exceptional. Goats cheese and beetroot salad was also excellent. So, given these stellar dishes I have no idea why the fish and chips was so poor. The haddock was a very thin piece and the first one went back because it was literally 80% batter. The second one was also thin, but less batter at least. Chips not great, triple cooked, which I am personally not a fan of, but that’s just me. Would I go again? Certainly. I just wouldn’t order fish and chips, which was on the daily specials menu. Perhaps stick to the main menu which they have obviously totally nailed.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was lovely
Could have been hotter. The roast potatoes were the only thing on the plate that was hot but this will not put us off from returning

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T
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My second visit this month - so glad we tried it!! Had a Su day lunch first time and then dinner this time - all the food was delicious, lots of good choices. The staff are all very friendly and helpful- this place has got it right!!

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GH
London
44 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Early evening dinner, pre-ballet, was well cooked and served in a prompt and friendly manner. The wine list is good and reasonably priced and there is a good range of craft beers and real ales. I'm a fan of the Wilmington, whether Saturday brunch, Sunday lunch or whenever.

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P
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and good food before we went to Sadlers Wells and a great 20% discount too.

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AF
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great pub food and cosy feel too. You can generally get a table last minute too
Friendly service !

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K
Newcastle
8 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It was really nice but I compare everything to the hawksmoor which it’s no where near as good. Food was lovely, service was great but it’s a very casual Sunday lunch. Nothing out of the ordinary.

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JL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We went for Sunday lunch. Its a great place, good for groups and welcoming of families with excellent food and service.

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BC
London
60 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Great for pre-theatre dining before a show at Sadlers Wells and you get 20% off if you show your tickets. It was a bit chilly in the pub and not particularly busy but the staff were pleasant and the food was competently cooked with a good choice of starters and mains. As it was January there wasn’t much of an atmosphere but I’m sure this place buzzes normally.

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NY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We stumbled on the Wilmington and this was such a find. At first we thought it was just a typical pub, but we were surprised to see the creative spin on their menus. The food was unique and delicious. They had tremendous specials. We had the rib-eye which was cooked to perfection along with the cauliflower hummus.

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WR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had just a delightful evening before the London New Year's eve fireworks. Staff was amazing , really polite, happy and quite festive. Meal was superb, many choices but the chateaubriand was one of the best cuts of beef I've ever had. Chips were out of this world. Very high quality food and very reasonable. Highly recommend this place.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! Can’t fault it. Excellent food, outstanding service and amazing atmosphere. 100% would recommend.

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LE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Wilmington is our "go to" neighborhood spot. People warned us that having a baby would significantly tamper with our active social life and they were not wrong. However, thanks to the Wilmington we can still have fun early dinners with our toddler and still feel like we are somehow contributing to the London vibe. The food never disappoints, the staff is exceptionally friendly and the kitchen is super knowledgeable and accommodating with my allergies. Definitely recommend it.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great staff, very accommodating. Good food and great service. We had a fab time!!

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SH
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect Restaurant with very friendly staff and very good Food, Beer and Wine :)

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