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St James Restaurant & Bar
St James Restaurant & Bar

St James Restaurant & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.stjamesn8.co.uk
  • Phone: 0208 348 8348
  • Hours of Operation: br> Monday -Friday: 12:00am - 10:30pm
    Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am - 10.30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British, European
  • Executive Chef: Simon Trussell
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment:
    Childrens Entertainer every Sunday 13:30 - 15:30

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from St James Restaurant & Bar
St James restaurant and Bar now well established in the heart of Crouch End on Topsfield Parade and runner up in the Best Local Restaurant category of the 2009 Time Out Eating and Drinking Awards. Open from 10:00 am, enjoy a hearty full English breakfast or just pop in for a coffee and a lighter snack. To the front of St James is our casual dining room, dominated by the large, marble bar ideal for bar snacks and your favorite tipple. St James is the perfect place for lunch, whether it's a tasty treat from our 2 course set menu for £9.95or choose from our A La Carte strong on comfort foods and robust flavours. The Skylight Room - ideal for parties seats 14 around a sociable square table. To the rear of the venue is our 34 seat restaurant, with white walls, napery and mirrors reflecting the natural day light that floods into the room through huge doors, which open out to a secluded patio, perfect for warm days. St James is an excellent venue for all types of celebrationsContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were able to take advantage of the set lunch menu which is very reasonable and sit in the small courtyard at the back of the restaurant. My watermelon and Feta cheese salad for a starter was delicious as was the pork belly we both had as mains. Drinks were very reasonable. A very nice reliable local restaurant which has a more formal dining room for special occasions."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "Saint James is always good for nice food. Sauvignon blanc Malborough not up to usual standard but still down nicely. Very unusual marmite flavoured creme brûlée was yummy."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Went here for a Saturday night meal with my mum. The food was fantastic, best meal I have had in ages. The service was very good and they even served the starter we were sharing onto two separate plates, lovely touch. It was very quiet in there though and that was the only shame. I can't understand it given how good the food was. "
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "Lovely lunch for a cross generation family birthday - great food, lovely service good value. We were very well looked after - Recommended."
    dined on 26/05/2014
  • "Very cool and relaxed atmosphere, would definately come back."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "Went back with a group of friends. Have been coming here over the years. Sad to see good value set menu is daytime rather than evening. Menu choice revamped and much fewer dishes but some dishes too experimental and put off desserts completely. Atmosphere nice but have been there when big group in bar area and additional noise tends to spoil ambience so don't go very often. "
    dined on 21/05/2014
  • "My partner and I went here for a quiet romantic dinner and we couldn't have loved it more. The staff were extremely accommodating of our needs and walked us through the menu choices. The food was divine and was cooked to perfection. The staff were so friendly and made it an amazing date for us. We had a quiet private area and were well looked after by everyone. The food was quick and we enjoyed a slow dance in the garden. It couldn't have been more perfect!"
    dined on 15/05/2014
  • "We booked on-line and got an acknowledgement that we could have a table on bank holiday money but when we turned up the restaurant was closed."
    dined on 05/05/2014
  • "This is the third time we've visited and it never disappoints. The service is excellent - friendly and quick. The two/three course set menu is exceptional value and delicious. A huge amount of choice and decent portion sizes. A wonderful restaurant."
    dined on 08/04/2014
  • "I have eaten here often, on week days, weekends, evenings and lunchtimes. The food, service and value for money are consistently excellent."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "The food was excellent quality and the service very good. We all really enjoyed or evening."
    dined on 20/03/2014
  • "Would have given it a 5, but there's not enough choice on the starter menu - only one hot starter other than soup."
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "We enjoyed a lovely dinner for 4. Service was impeccable and the food was delicious."
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "We needed a restaurant with European food, not a chain, and within 5 miles of home. St James was the only one that was available - we'd overlooked the fact that it was Valentine's weekend. It was clear why St James was not! We were seated in a sort of intermediate area, all on our own, with empty tables around. The food was adequate but not as exciting as the pretentious menu promises. Wine is overpriced (5 x supermarket price for identical bottle). No bread. No tablecloths. It's a bit like a gastropub without the pub. Service was pretty quick and unobtrusive, but the waiter spent half an hour of our meal polishing cutlery right behind us (within 1 metre of where we were sitting) which was really irritating."
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "The service was polite ,friendly and helpful. A good but not huge menu, but flexibility shown and a positive attitude ,e.g. to wheat-free dietary request."
    dined on 01/02/2014
  • "Had an excellent Saturday night meal for two at St James. Hadn't realised how much space they have out the back - decor is very up to date, chairs very comfy. Menu was all very appealing, lots of fish on offer as well as various steak and grill options. For once I wasn't drinking so didn't look at the wine list and can't comment on that. Cheesecake desert was huge as was the cheese plate. Service very good - we had an early table so were through3 courses in about 80 mins. Got a lot busier around 9pm. Will def be back."
    dined on 01/02/2014
  • "A friend and I come here when we want to be comforted by good wine and food. This time portion size was a bit hit and miss but still had a satisying meal. Will be back."
    dined on 13/10/2013
  • "We dined on a Monday and the restaurant was busy but the service was attentive. We had previously visited St James and had tried the a la carte menu. However, dining on this occasion we had the opportunity to sample the set-menu - I have to say the cooking is on par with the a la carte so I think it definitely represents great value dining. Handy local dining."
    dined on 30/09/2013
  • "Its our local restaurant - we probably go 3-4 times a year. It did not disappoint. Lovely food, good wine list, excellent service and a lively crowd of 40 somethings in the bar if you want to stay on!"
    dined on 07/09/2013
  • "I was really impressed with my first visit to St James's. The 2 course set menu was excellent value for money at £9.95. THe decor was really well done and the staff were very attentive. I will definitely recomend to others and will be returning myself. Only room for improvement would be more vegetarian options and a cheaper house wine."
    dined on 15/07/2013
  • "Unflappable service, great food, nice vibes on a Sunday - shame about some of the other customers! Would recommend."
    dined on 16/06/2013
  • "My first visit - menu online looked amazing, was excited. Possibly foolishly we went for the £9.99 set menu. Starter of pork balls with chilli jam was nice, but avoid the prawn Caesar salad. On the menu it said tiger prawns (I think, certainly implied large prawns), but actually got a dish overflowing with tiny prawns (shrimp-like), drowned in a salty, Cajun dressing. It was not good. Willing to give it another go but this time I would try a la carte. It seems a lovely place though."
    dined on 22/05/2013
  • "Another excellent visit to St. James. We love this restaurant."
    dined on 18/05/2013
  • "Fabulous ambience, for all age groups. Restaurant greatly situated in the heart of Crouch End. Wide variety of tasty well presented flavoured food!!"
    dined on 15/05/2013
  • "Had lunch here with a friend. Great service and reasonably priced 2-course menu for £9.95. We both had the goats cheese salad starter which was 5-star. Really nice, good flavours. My friend had the burger which was very good. I had the chicken milanese which I'm afraid was not a good choice. Brown to look at, bland flavour - don't bother. And only one choice of dessert on this menu although we didn't want one."
    dined on 26/04/2013
  • "all good as always, tad noisy in the back (big table of girls on a night out ), v.friendly service, good food reasonably priced."
    dined on 23/03/2013
  • "Great food and great service! Highly recommend it."
    dined on 17/03/2013
  • "When we first arrived we were a little uncertain. The restaurant is large, but it is in two parts: the front which is was lively and buzzing, and the back, which was deathly quiet. However, we got our table and sat down to order. We noticed that the really nice salads could be topped off with anyone of a selection of grilled foods: halloumi, king prawns, chicken etc. Great stuff. We all went for them and they were really delicious. Great idea; great grills."
    dined on 15/03/2013
  • "Three of us & a 6 week old baby had lunch here on Mother's Day, the set menu had a wide range of dishes on it including good vegetarian options. The restaurant had set aside a table for toddlers & young children to be entertained at which I thought was a nice touch"
    dined on 10/03/2013
  • "The staff at St James could not have been more friendly or helpful and the Sunday Brunch was an absolute treat. I shall certainly be returning."
    dined on 03/03/2013
  • "We came here with the children on Saturday for a celebration unch. We could have had the good value 2 course menu - there was a good choice - but we actually had the a la carte. I had pheasant, the girls had steak sandwiches, he had steak - all very good and the puddings were delicious too. I've been several times before - there are two very distinct parts to the restaurant - the front half is more "brasserie" like in atmoshphere - up the stairs at the back has a more formal / smart feel - white leather sofas etc - very nice but better for evenings (in my view). Service was charming but could have been a bit more on the ball. A good local restaurant for all sorts of occaisions -they do a very good brunch too."
    dined on 23/02/2013
  • "My first visit to St James. We chose the £9.95 lunch which was excellent value."
    dined on 21/02/2013
  • "Set menu is great value - lovely food, great service - highly recommended"
    dined on 20/02/2013
  • "The service was quite good. The room was bland. The food was disappointing. We waited so long for our main course that my friend asked the waiter if the chef had gone home! My rump of lamb was cold and overcooked. It was replaced by another that was hot but made up of what appeared tone stringy off-cuts. The wine list was expensive with a very nasty and cheap tasting Italian house red at £18. None of the four of us enjoyed our meal and we shall not return."
    dined on 16/02/2013
  • "all good , great service , limited but extremely good well thought out set menu for valentines,"
    dined on 14/02/2013
  • "Attended with my partner for valentines day, the starter of salmon ballentine and the main of steak in their 3 day matured jus was fantastic.. Highly recommended. The waitress lovely too!"
    dined on 14/02/2013
  • "I love this restaurant. It's one of my favourites. It I was a special occasion so we had what we wanted, which made it quite expensive. However that is not a complaint. There are options for meal deals. My only negative was that the music in the bar area was too loud towards the end our evening, hence only 3 stars for ambience. The head waiter and the waitress were particularly excellent. Will always revisit and recommend this place. Crouch end is lucky to have it."
    dined on 26/01/2013
  • "I dine here once in a blue moon with a group of friends. their set menu is really good value and usually good and I like the atmosphere. Went recently with a group of girlfriends to celebrate my birthday. we are a group of mums that don't often get together so was looking forward to having a nice dinner and catch up. It started off well and food was good but the ambience which is usually nice was spoilt by a growing number of people who were celebrating something at the bar - the music and banter from the other group was so loud that my group could barely hear each other speak towards the end of the meal so a disappointing visit this time."
    dined on 23/01/2013
  • "Food was delicious and service prompt but not rushed. We ate very early on a weekday but it picked up so I'm sure the ambience would be even better at a regular dinner time."
    dined on 22/01/2013
  • "Have been to the restaurant before and it continues to live up to the high expectations we have of it. Had the set menu which was very good value and all food was delicious. Can't fault it."
    dined on 15/12/2012