The Wilmington

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549 reviews
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Gastro Pub
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
  • 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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MB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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

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L
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
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
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
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
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
90 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
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
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
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
4 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
5 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
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
59 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
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
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
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
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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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Sunday roast

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TT
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and lovely service in a cozy atmosphere.

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H
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Lovely Christmas Eve family meal. The croquettes, bun & cheek and pie were highlights. Plus a sticky toffee pudding!

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AS
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service from attentive staff and delicious homey food

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PL
30 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful Sunday lunch! Excellent food and amazing service!

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CJ
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

It was very noisy when we visited.
The food was tasty but a bit cold. One of the pork main dishes we ordered didn't have the apple sauce advertised on the menu. We weren't told this at the time of ordering so two members of our party were disappointed.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very warm welcome and friendly service throughout. Delicious food, very nicely presented and serving time was perfect to fit in with our pre-theatre booking. Would definitely visit again, thank you for making our day even better.

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P
9 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A really good hearty traditional Sunday lunch can be found at the Wilmington, which other local eateries around Exmouth Market do not seem to offer. Our roast sirloin was delicious and nicely moist and came with a good selection of vegetables (and a massive Yorkshire) - and the apple and fruit crumble was really yummy, light and really fruity. Service was very friendly and welcoming and nicely paced.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

posto eccellente dove abbiamo potuto degustare un ottimo sunday-roast.
da segnalare che oltre a ritrovare la classica atmosfera del pub inglese, c'è un ottimo rapporto qualità-prezzo

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D
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I have been to The Wilmington before. The previous time I was really amazed by the food, but not this time. The signature dish (rib eye) was served cold, which I find unacceptable for £24. Other than that the service is always good and so is the atmosphere of the place. I would definitely suggest a visit and fingers crossed you go on a day that the food is not served cold. If that’s the case then you’ll enjoy your visit a lot.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Really lovely meal. Excellent roasts and good selection of beers. Thank you!

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K
13 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Good food. Even better value with sadlers wells ticket disc for pre & post theatre dinner

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JM
101 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely meal in a great location. Staff were friendly and welcoming. Relaxed atmosphere with great food!

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GG
23 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service as always, one of my go-to stops when in the area. Were awesome with my friend and her daughter and pram.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food, the Bun and Cheek is incredible! Service and value for money are both huge advantages to this place.

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L
23 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Friends and I had a wonderful Sunday roast here. Excellent food and wonderful, warm and welcoming service. Comfortable and inviting space and good loos. We all ordered something different and were all pleased, from the vegetarian wellington, to the roast beef to the fish cake. The portions are generous and well presented. We will definitiely be returning.

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J
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Came to the Wilmington with a group of 6 for a Sunday lunch - the veggie roast was simply divine (and my non-vegetarian friends loved their meaty roasts as well). Food was hearty and delicious, service was friendly and attentive, and prices were reasonable for central London. Looking forward to coming back - highly recommended!

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OT
6 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

excellent sunday lunch at the Wilmington . Great choice and everything very well cooked. Could have done with a few more veg and gravy but overall very good value for a top sunday lunch in london.

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