St. John Bread and Wine
St. John Bread and Wine

St. John Bread and Wine

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.stjohngroup.uk.com/spitalfields
  • Phone: 02072510848
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 9:00AM - 11:00AM
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00PM - 6:00PM; Saturday & Sunday 12:00PM - 4:00PM
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday 6:00PM - 11:00PM; Sunday 6:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: English, British
  • Executive Chef: Lee Tiernan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Counter Seating, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: St. John Bread and Wine is available for private functions including use as venue for corporate breakfast meetings. Menus for larger or private function groups are available on our website.
  • Private Party Contact: Renata Galli 020 7553 9844

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brushfield Street
  • Public Transit: Liverpool Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking available on Pay Meters
A word from St. John Bread and Wine
Bread & Wine opened in 2003 as a new home for our bakery and a more informal manner of dining than the first St. John Restaurant in Smithfield.
Breakfast and lunch are served seven days a week and supper from Monday to Saturday.
The menu, celebrating indigenous, seasonal ingredients changes as the day rolls on and diners can either order a three course meal or share a number of dishes from the courses on offer.
As well as selling goods to take home from our bakery, wines by the bottle or the case can be bought from our lists to take home with some delivery available.

Bread & Wine has been voted Best British Restaurant by the Evening Standard and named as best value restaurant by The Observer Food Monthly.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
St. John Bread and Wine reviews from OpenTable diners
179 reviews since 27 May 2014
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambience3.8
    Value3.8
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (117)special occasions (58)sunday lunch (42)business meals (36)brunch (36)outstanding value (32)group bookings (29)romance (22)pre/post theatre (19)good vegetarian options (14)child friendly (6)disabled access (5)afternoon tea (4)outdoor eating (2)Show More
  • The best restaurant in London
    Joseph
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    To me St. John is simply the best restaurant you can find in the city. Prices are affordable, but particularly the food is superb. Lot of choice and surprise every time you go there. I would definitely recommend
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    outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Breakfast
    shanethegreatestwinger
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    One of the best bacon sandwiches I have eaten. Great room, staff are friendly and relaxed. A perfect start to the day.
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    brunch
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  • Inventive, tasty food, meh service
    TXbiztrav
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The small dishes we started with were tasty and inventive- the foie gras and duck terrine and a poached white fish in a delectable herby, garlicky sauce. The entree- a beef dish, was mediocre. Loved the cool-kid atmosphere, although the waitstaff appeared uninterested in serving our table and we had to ask to place our order.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing foodie experience
    JoCoates
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    The food was amazing as was the service, we can't wait to eat here again. Highly recommended!!!
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    hannahtpagan
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    Another great meal at this reliably good quality establishment. Will return.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Fantastic grub
    Damo
    Dined on 18/8/2014
    They don't sod about here, every dish done incredibly well. I'd eat here daily if my wife let me.
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    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unctuous, but noisy
    Al1Flea
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Loved the food - delicious and different, but unfortunately the noise generated by a large party made this unbearable for my partner. Acoustics are bad so we had to shout across the table in order to talk, which isn't relaxing. Would have stayed for desert but he couldn't bear the noise. He said he wouldn't visit again, but I might be able to persuade him if we I knew a large group wasn't dining.
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  • best meal in the UK
    hosive
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    came here on recommendation from friend and chef from NYC's contra: best meal in the UK that we had touring for about a week. a la carte allowed us to try a few different smaller dishes and indulge in a couple of larger plates without exploding our budget. everything was simple, fresh and delicious. dessert is required. they even threw in a free scoop of chocolate for my daughter because the selections had too much alcohol for a 5 year old. on top of this they were extremely warm and friendly to kids....unusual on this end of the spectrum of food for us in the states.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies
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  • Delightful experience
    nkcp
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great insight into traditional British food. A meal here is an adventure in itself. Offering a menu that is not found anywhere else. Service was excellent providing great recommendations on the wine list.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, very noisy
    Justin
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Great food, and definitely one for foodies…but very noisy and could do with some sound dampening additions to the ceiling as it was hard for three of us to talk to each other across the table - and not because of one particular table but overall the sound seems to echo. The food is unique and varied, the fois gras is superb and the carpacio is fantastic, mains were great and dessert was yummy.
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  • sharing plates
    mmmt
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    nice sharing plates available so you can try out lots of different things
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  • Surprisingly delicious
    wanderlusterVIP
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    We shared several small dishes, and each one was delicious. They came in an unpredictable order, which turned out to be fine, but on other occasions might not be ... True French service, with everything served at once, would be a better option in these cases. But charming and helpful service and wonderful food and wine. Do go. It wasn't full and should be...
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    business meals, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    2fishypykes
    Dined on 23/7/2014
    It was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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  • Food to Share 'par excellence'
    Xpensivewino
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    This is the first restaurant we have visited, where you are encouraged to share. We all do it, at some point "what does yours taste like?" We went for a 2pm booking, slightly early, but no problem - I had 'Blood cake with a duck egg' to start followed by 'Devilled Kidneys on sourdough' and my wife had Sardines followed by 'Pigeon with Trotter' sweets were 'exquisite' 'Eccles cake with Lancashire cheese' and 'Apple Sorbet withVodka' The restaurants Sourdough bread is "to die for" and they do 'bread and cakes to go' Will definitely return, next time we're down in London
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Anto
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    For some time I have flirted with the idea of going to St John Bread and Wine, but never quite put those thoughts into action, until we visited for a late lunch on a Saturday afternoon. Every one of the sharing style plates hit the mark. The advantage of sharing was that we could be a little adventurous about ingredients we might not necessarily order. The artichoke soup was incredible, the fish and meat dishes beautifully cooked and nicely balanced and the house wine right on the money in every sense. The service is knowledgeable and unfolds at its own pace, but my sense is that this is part of the charm - namely slowing down and taking time to enjoy. Once I made this slight adjustment to my thinking the afternoon flowed beautifully.
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    outstanding value, special occasions
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  • ThierryVIP
    Dined on 18/6/2014
    St John Bread and Wine has been there for a long time but I think they should reinvent themselves. Food has become 'average' whereas it was quite innovative a few years ago. The service is way way too slow
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  • Fantastic food as usual
    Xavi
    Dined on 13/6/2014
    Food is really fantastic, perfect for foodies. The restaurant has a great atmosphere.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely food takes time to arrive
    eaglerider356
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great food and wine but exceptionally slow service. We ordered a range of dishes and it always felt we were picking at things rather than eating because it took so long for each plate to arrive. Fine if you want to get drunk chatting but we came for the food.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality
    MsDW
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The bacon sandwich (2 people can share) and the granola with yoghurt and honey are a lovely way to start the day! Only very fresh ingredients at this amazing restaurant.
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    brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always...
    cghrreiesn
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    Another great meal. Had some new additions on the menu - Sweetbreads, quail with tarragon and the highlight confit pork cheek with chicory - Delicious! Great meat to fat ratio that will no doubt be lost on some people. I hope to see that on the menu again! Just a tip for those who haven't been to either of the restaurants. I'd recommend Bread & Wine over the main Farringdon restaurant, as the format is more casual and about sharing which is much better for a first timer as you can get for dishes to try! Don't go expecting snooty Michelin star white table clothes and service, this is about enjoying the food and the company you are in. As always, thank you and I'll see you again soon. Chris
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  • Highly Recomended
    JohnDoe
    Dined on 26/5/2014
    Think British (and a bit of French) tapas. The food was brilliant - great ingredients treated well. The wine list is interesting. Service was very friendly, but a bit slow. Perhaps that's why you are not paying through the nose. Highly recommended, I will be back.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value
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  • A memorable meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    We chose St. John Bread and Wine as the restaurant for our last meal in London. What great meal we had, with every plate a gem. Simple food, treated well is always a winner, but the balance of each dish and it's flavour was just great.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Hedgehog
    Dined on 22/5/2014
    This is for meat lovers. Unusual meats and cuts, great wine, and sharing is encouraged. We loved it and hope to go again very soon!
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spitalfiled's gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 20/5/2014
    St John Bread and Wine never fails to impress with simple food cooked to perfection. Nothing else in the area can match it.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girlie catch up
    Leaderene
    Dined on 19/5/2014
    We chose this for a well overdue get together, wanted good food and space to chat and catch up. It met the bill beautifully. We all have different tastes re food and there was so much choice that this wasn't a problem at all. Loved the sharing idea and it meant that we could have a real range of food and everyone could try. The service from Frank was outstanding. He guided us as to how much and how it worked, on hand to answer all questions and what a lovely gentle and engaging manner. WE all thououghly enjoyed it and will be back perhaps leaving more space for desert next time.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Really Tasty
    Bizok
    Dined on 17/5/2014
    Really good quality of food, pulled pork is to die for! highly recommended!
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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  • giorgioj
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    new approach of the food, nice place, pressed pig´s ear are amazing
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  • amazing
    Fuzzfud
    Dined on 13/4/2014
    The food is always interesting and tastes fantastic. Can sound unusual but are always great. Have never had anything didn't like. Crispy pig skin is the best! Staff are brilliant really friendly and always able to give great advice. If in any doubt as to whether you should book just go you won't be disappointed.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good value-expand your palate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 13/4/2014
    Went for Sunday lunch and had a great time. Amazing bakery items - phenomenally fresh produce - really good service. Like the minimally intrusive, farmhouse feel to the restaurant as well. Highly recommend this for locals, foodies and those tourists who really want to experience "snout to tail" dining.
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointment
    marilou78
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I love St John restaurant in St John street and I was looking forward to taste the St John bread and wine. What a disappointment ! The food was so and so (mussels not fresh and not cleaned, sandy) and the wine was terrible (50 GBP !). Service OK but restaurant expensive for what you get.
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  • Typical
    Shopper
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    At Bread and Wine the food comes when cooked, so sharing avoids companions waiting for "their" food, but the convivial atmosphere soon overpowers the restaurant's hard surfaces making it very noisy. As it's always busy it's rarely a place for a quiet chat or a meal of held hands and romantic murmours. Great and interesting food is why you go to St John and that's the main pleasure. Cooked well, with imagination and respect for the ingredients. You need to be able to forgive an extra long pause before you get your next dish, because waiting for food while sitting in a noisy white box would otherwise really irritate. For all the small reasons, I couldn't eat there often, but as a peculiar treat, it's unusual and lovely food worth waiting for.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    FAAR
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I keep being impressed 2 weeks or months later (even years now) They know how to keep the good work ... It is a sign of rael professionalism.
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    fit for foodies, brunch, outstanding value
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  • Smells great
    ilovefoooodVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    But service... bit pretentious I was surprised to find!
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    Sunday lunch
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  • nz2tail
    ugofergus
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Had breakfast here. Yes the bacon sandwich is simple but wonderful. The rhubarb and yogurt was perfect. Every item tasted here was made with each ingredient being the best it could be. Nice neighborhood for shopping too.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding experience. British
    Leoaluis
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    Outstanding experience. British real food reinvented!
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    group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Ideal for sharing
    EmilyQinVIP
    Dined on 22/3/2014
    I visited St John's at Farrington a while ago and liked it a lot! However the portion was so big. St John's Bread and Wine's portion is more like tapas' size and great for sharing if you want to try different dishes. Definitely going back for the feasting menu!
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  • New take on forgotten food
    Pigeon83
    Dined on 21/3/2014
    I have been going to this place on numerous occasions and am never disappointed at the quality of the food, the eclecticism in recipes and resulting awakening of my taste buds on forgotten ingredients and combination of flavours. Desserts are absolutely to die for and I will recommend keeping space for them! Service is just as it should be i.e. people that seem to enjoy working there and sharing their love of good food, wine and ambience. Have been bringing friends there and they now bring their friends and family - talking about word of mouth!
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    business meals, disabled access, brunch, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • laudes sancti johannis
    DDDD
    Dined on 17/3/2014
    Thinking back over 25 years, this (with its partner in Smithfield) is my favourite London restaurant by far. The cooking is excellent; traditional but at the same time imaginative, always original, and sometimes challenging (it's invariably worth taking up the challenge). It makes you think about food and how we respond to it, and encourages independent cooking. The atmosphere is lively and fun, but not oppressively loud. The service is efficient, friendly and knowledgeable; it puts most other restaurants to shame (the staff are to be congratulated). For what you get, and the care and skill that's been devoted to it, it's very good value. Well-chosen wine list, not too subservient to oenophiles.
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    disabled access, child friendly, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service matches ambience
    anglophiles
    Dined on 15/3/2014
    The food here was outstanding....every part of the meal was excellent...interesting flavors, delectable combinations...all a dedicated foodie would enjoy. However the wine we chose: a French Red from Langueduc was the worst choice of wine we have had in London...it wasn't "bad" enough to send back but had an offensive aroma which required a half hour to blow off! But our concern is about the surly service. This was the worst, most unhappy, surly, inattentive service we have experienced at any level here in London. Also, the ambience is Spartan. It looks like an all white cafeteria with the oak tables lined up like a school lunch room. It's a "look"....The food is the "star" here.....just not the guest....
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  • The Only Way to Start The Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The Only Way to Start The Day Before 11am Perfect in every way!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.