Restaurant review: The Wilmington, Clerkenwell 

My boyfriend booked this cosy pub just off Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell for us one Thursday evening. I love a bit of pub grub, and with 4.5 stars on trip advisor, we were keen to check it out. We’ve been to quite a few restaurants in the Exmouth Market area before – it seems to be a great place for bars and restaurants.

The pub is great inside – traditionally English decor, and the tables are spaced out nicely so that it doesn’t feel cramped. We ordered the ‘croquette roulette’ which intrigued me. This was nice because we got to try the 3 different flavours – ham and cheese, mushroom, and black pudding. The only down side of a roulette is that you always prefer one flavour the best and wish you’d just ordered that one. My favourite was ham and cheese – the croquettes just melted in my mouth! 


For the next course we splashed out on the 6 hour slow cooked braised beef ribs, which comes with beef cheek fritters, garlic green veggies, rosemarie potatoes, horseradish cream, and braising potatoes. It was DELICIOUS, and whilst it set us back £45 (for two of us), it was well worth it – amazing! 

One problem I often have is that my eyes are bigger than my stomach, so I shamelessly asked for a take away box for the leftovers – this food was too good to leave. It made for a very tasty packed lunch the next day! 

We loved this place – great food in a relaxed and homely atmosphere. Just what you want after a long day at work. I want to eat the beef ribs again already. The Wilmington are doing a suckling pig offer for Easter at £35 a head – I bet they’ll be fully booked!  

Price: £40 head for a starter, the most expensive main on the menu, and some soft drinks 

Rating: 4 out of 5 prawns 🍤🍤🍤🍤

Why do I rate restaurants by the number of prawns? Because they’re my favourite food of course! 

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