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19 April 2014
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The Modern Pantryone star

020 3589 1691

47-48 St John's Square, London EC1V 4JJ

£44.00 Fusion , International Clerkenwell, Barbican

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  • Wine: £19.00
  • Champagne: £45.00
  • Lunch: £20.00 (2 courses)
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12N-3pm Sat-Sun 11am-4pm Tues-Sat 6-10.30pm

Square Meal Review of The Modern Pantry ?

The Modern Pantry is ‘a very memorable place’ – and usually for all the right reasons. First, there is the setting – a gorgeous Georgian house containing a cluster of different eating spaces, with the action spilling out onto St John’s Square on fine days. Then there is the food. Forget those late-90s’ fusion nightmares – Kiwi chef Anna Hansen’s highly expressive style delivers ‘delicate dancing flavours’. Few of her peers could pull off chorizo, date and feta fritters with tamarind yoghurt, or beetroot, fennel and leek gratin with a deep-fried egg and tahini dressing with such élan. If in doubt, dip a toe into the melting pot over a breakfast of sweetcorn, feta and chilli waffles in the all-day café. The joyfully globetrotting wine list is strong on organic bottles, although service can be wobbly.

Wine List Of The Year Finalist

There’s something eminently friendly about this five-page wine list that divides its wines by broad style and supports them with helpful tasting notes. With 25 wines by the glass (most of them in three serve sizes) and a good selection of sub-£40 wines plus the odd splurge wine for wealthy entrepreneurs, this eatery really matches wine to customer.

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  1. The Modern Pantry

    47-48 St John's Square, London EC1V 4JJ
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    Joanne W.

    A super brunch

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  2. The Modern Pantry

    47-48 St John's Square, London EC1V 4JJ
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    Tim H.

    A good night out...

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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 6

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  3. The Modern Pantry

    47-48 St John's Square, London EC1V 4JJ
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    Jill E.

    Inspired.

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    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  4. The Modern Pantry

    47-48 St John's Square, London EC1V 4JJ
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    Millie1

    not what we expected

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    • Food & Drink: 4
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 3

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  5. The Modern Pantry

    47-48 St John's Square, London EC1V 4JJ
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    Max B.
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    • Food & Drink: 2
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 3
    • Value: 2

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  6. The Modern Pantry

    47-48 St John's Square, London EC1V 4JJ
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    The Stranger
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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 1
    • Service: 1
    • Atmosphere: 1
    • Value: 1

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  7. The Modern Pantry

    47-48 St John's Square, London EC1V 4JJ
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    Ella D.
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 9

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  8. The Modern Pantry

    47-48 St John's Square, London EC1V 4JJ
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    Ian C.
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

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  9. The Modern Pantry

    47-48 St John's Square, London EC1V 4JJ
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    Jenny S.
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    • Food & Drink: 2
    • Service: 2
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 2

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  10. The Modern Pantry

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    Michael W.
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    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 2
    • Value: 1

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  1. Published : Wednesday, 29th January 2014

    Munch My Way :: Breakfast at The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell

    Home St John Square is filled with places to eat. One such place that is renown and fill with great expectations for delicious food is at The Modern Pantry. The Modern Pantry is a restaurant that embody the philosophy of the desire to please and excite the palate through the use of modern ingredients and everyday cooking...
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  2. Published : Monday, 4th November 2013

    Drifting Epicure :: Modern Pantry

    This was one of those lazy Sundays when the first thing you do of the day is to head for late brunch in the afternoon. There is no better way to start a Sunday than with a hearty meal of good food and catching up with friends. We came to Modern Pantry, a comfortably relaxed restaurant located in the area of furniture shops, Clerkenwell. It has two floors and outdoor seating when weather allows. The first floor where we sat is the more informal space with bare white wooden tables. Modern Pantry is known for the brunch but I ended up ordering the three course set lunch instead since I was quite hungry...
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  3. Published : Friday, 1st November 2013

    sexdrugsandbaconrolls :: The Modern Pantry

    We have been to The Modern Pantry for dinner before but decided to try it as a brunch location. It was a lovely sunny day and all of the tables on the terrace outside were taken; this was fine as there was a light breeze and there is nothing worse than luke warm food due to wind chill. We walked up the couple of stairs to the reception and gave our booking reference , the waitress looked for a good couple of minutes and then gave up and showed us a free table – clearly they hadn’t put us on the system even though we had called the day before. Fortunately the restaurant indoors was pretty quite so she could give us a table without losing face. It’s a little awkward as the reception desk is right by the door (which was open as it was sunny) and the waiters kept having to push past us as they were serving outside...
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  4. ‘The Modern Pantry’ is a restaurant found in the heart of St John’s Square in Clerkenwell with neighbours such as Bistro Bruno Loubet and Sushi Tetsu, the area is a foodie’s dream and ‘The Modern Pantry’ is no exception...
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  5. Visiting the Modern Pantry is like visiting your favourite aunt’s place who loves to feed you with unusual and tasty food combinations. The kind of aunt that loves taking care of you (much to the envy of your own mum) and who always makes you feel right at home by creating some great tasting dishes...
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  6. Published : Sunday, 28th April 2013

    Frenchy love food :: MODERN PANTRY - Brunch

    This week end I went for a brunch with friends at The Modern Pantry on St John Square in Clerkenwell. The restaurant is spread across 3 floors in a lovely Georgian House. Atmosphere...
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  7. Published : Saturday, 23rd March 2013

    ytTastes :: Brunch at the Modern Pantry

    Cold, snowy & sleety… must be mad to go out to brunch with the girls and make it down to the Modern Pantry which is not in my neighbourhood. However a very quick & efficient over ground train to Farringdon gave me my usual first to arrive at the designated meeting place. I was a little apprehensive as I was considerably early and knowing that it had been difficult to book a table at the right time I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by the staff, very welcoming (perhaps helped that I looked frozen despite being totally wrapped up), and I was escorted to a very nice table on the first floor, promptly asked if I wanted anything to drink, and my caffe latte was immediately placed on order before I could disrobe myself of my rather excessive wintry attire...
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  8. Published : Wednesday, 27th February 2013

    Bistro Becs :: The Modern Pantry: Ladies Who Brunch

    Anyway, back to The Modern Pantry, it’s located in St John’s Square in trendy Clerkenwell and is the brainchild of Anna Hansen. It's a warm space despite it being quite crisp in décor, with black wooden furniture and white, white walls adorned with various pieces of modern art. When I arrived just after 11am the place was already teeming with groups of friends and couples and had a fun yet laid back feel to it. The brunch menu was filled with so many enticing dishes that Estelle and I were tempted to order from both the ‘Fruits, Grains & Seeds’ section as well as the ‘Cooked’ although given what we eventually ordered I’m glad we demonstrated some self-restraint (must be the advancing years)...
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  9. I do love The Modern Pantry. I don't know quite why everything tastes good and why the very surprising flavour combinations work. What I do know is that my plate always ends up empty. Reading the ever-changing menu can be a tad perplexing. You seriously have to think about all of these, often unusual, ingredients together, and it's usually that it isn't until the dish arrives and you are tasting it that you "get" it...
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  10. Published : Monday, 29th October 2012

    The Celeriac :: The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell

    The Modern Pantry is a rather nice Clerkenwell restaurant where everything is white or a darker shade thereof. It is run by Anna Hansen, who is famous in cheffy type circles for being one of the names behind The Providores. The other was Peter Gordon who is now running Kopapa which is very much overrated and not all that delicious. The Modern Pantry is a lot more delicious. Take note Mr Gordon...
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  11. After recently dining at The Providores I was keen to try The Modern Pantry where Peter Gordons former protégée Anna Hanson MBE (2011 honors list) produces some very interesting food. The Modern Pantry is located in St Johns Square, right next door to the delightfully cosy Zetter Townhouse which was ideal for our post lunch cocktails. We entered The Modern Pantry via the side door, through the informal cafe and were escorted upstairs to the modern quirky dining rooms, with their designer lampshades and wooden floors which in conjunction with our wobbly table introduced a strange bouncy effect when any one walked by...
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Room for 40 people40
Room for 40 people40
Room for 12 people12

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