The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell

The Modern Pantry

Last week I went for brekky with Flo at The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell. This was a new discovery for me, but I was on the hunt for eggs before my appointment at Easton Regal (handily just next door) and I had heard wonderful things about the magician that is chef Anna Hansen.

Their website firstly explains the thinking behind their name: ‘Modern’ comes from the Latin term moderns – it conjures up the excitement of something new, fresh and original.

The Modern Pantry

Pantry comes from the Latin word panis, (which I misread and snorted) meaning bread. A pantry is a cupboard or room which houses the necessities of life… and that is exactly what this bright, airy and Scandi feeling café is. It housed all the necessities of life for me that morning; perfect eggs and heavenly coffee.

Modern Pantry

The Modern Pantry is housed in a Grade II listed building overlooking St John’s Square, with a different space on each of the floors. We were in the ground floor café, but there is a more formal dining room upstairs, a pantry and a Foundry Room.

The Ground Floor Café, which also has a small bar with an eclectic wine and cocktail list,  serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week. And with an additional 32 seats spilling out into the square, it’s the perfect spot to meet and eat over the Summer months.

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Modern Pantry

Tea smoked salmon with wilted spinach, poached eggs and yuzu hollandaise

Tea smoked salmon with wilted spinach, poached eggs and yuzu hollandaise

 

Modern Pantry

Sugar cured New Caledonian prawn omelette, green chilli, spring onions, coriander, smoked chilli samba, toast

Choosing what to eat was somewhat problematic as I fell in love with everything I saw. After wrestling between soft boiled eggs with buttered marmite soldiers… and raspberry and ricotta pancakes with berry compote and creme fraiche.. I abandoned them both and opted for tea smoked salmon with wilted spinach, poached eggs and yuzu hollandaise.

Flo chose the sugar cured New Caledonian prawn omelette.. dreamy is the word I choose to use here, for both our meals. Dreamy.

The Modern Pantry

View the full menu on The Modern Pantry website

The Modern Pantry

Yep - she has her eyes closed. But they were closed in every single one of my photos. So I felt they universe was telling me something. Go with it, Poppy. Go with it.

Yep – she has her eyes closed. But they were closed in every single one of my photos. So I felt they universe was telling me something. Go with it, Poppy. Go with it.

The Modern Pantry is bursting with natural light and it bounces off the simple white furniture around the café. It’s classy and elegant but also has a lovely low-key feel to it. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love it.

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The coffee was spot on and the food, exceptional – fresh, fragrant and delicious. They have an extensive tea menu, which I loved (think Jasmine Blossom, Lemongrass and Ginger, Gen Mai Cha.. etc.) and had we stayed longer I would have certainly not been able to resist the Jasmine, elderflower and fresh mint iced tea…

The sun poured in through the open door and with the view of happy Clerkenwellers cycling across St John’s Square to wherever they may have been going to, I couldn’t have picked a better spot to begin my day.

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The Modern Pantry
47-48 St John’s Square
Clerkenwell
London
EC1V 4JJ

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7 thoughts on “The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell

  1. Lovely foodie pictures, the modern pantry looks really fantastic. The scrambled eggs and chorizo would be my top pick too Lucy

  2. I’m currently waiting for my pizza to finish cooking the oven, I stumbled across your blog and now my pizza seems soo inadequate! Your choice of food looks amazing & your photographs are fab too :)

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