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

St. John Bread and Wine Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.stjohngroup.uk.com/spitalfields
  • Email: reservations@stjohnrestaurant.com
  • Phone: 0207 251 0848
  • 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: British, English
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBritish
Diner Reviews
  • "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. "
    dined on 13/04/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 13/04/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 06/04/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 06/04/2014
  • "But service... bit pretentious I was surprised to find!"
    dined on 06/04/2014
  • "Outstanding experience. British real food reinvented!"
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "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!"
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "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!"
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 17/03/2014
  • "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...."
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "Unfortunately, not all our dishes arrived at the same time, though we were warned about this when we ordered. The mussels and pigeon were delicious, however the broccoli was covered in a mustard sauce and in my view overpriced. Service was friendly as was the ambience."
    dined on 06/03/2014
  • "Options were varied, fresh, well thought out, and tasty. However our portions were sized disappointingly. Unique combinations, but not necessarily fabulously executed. Might have preferred just going down the road for a couple pizzas for a quarter the cost."
    dined on 26/02/2014
  • "Food was curios and very nice. Some particular combinations were perfect! The bread was fantastic!! I liked the fact they explain us the dishes, giving some suggestions or hints for wine and quantity of food. The only pity was a noisy group that ruined a bit the atmosphere!!"
    dined on 17/02/2014
  • "It was my first time at this well known restaurant and it was about time. The food is simple yet very tasty and creative. Every dish was hugely enjoyable, service attentive and friendly and the wine was reasonably priced for London standards. A place one would wish to visit every week."
    dined on 09/02/2014
  • "I came hopeful but left St John Bread and Wine very confused. The decor and lighting are spartan, quite unpleasant even. The maitre d' couldn't even muster a smile. The service overall was awful. The food was interesting but not enough so. Lamb, bread and green sauce, for instance- the lamb is tender but it's a cold dish, with bread and rocket drenched in olive oil. The madeleines were delicious and so was the marmalade ice-cream. But I am still not sure who they cater for- I wouldn't go there for a romantic meal, nor would I take a business partner. And while the food was interesting, the overall atmosphere puts me in mind of a cheap canteen with staff that would rather be somewhere else (especially the maitre d'). Wouldn't recommend it."
    dined on 01/02/2014
  • "Unhappy with the service particularly as I made it a point to include it in my itinerary whilst visiting from Canada. The food was fine, but lack of knowledge on food to wine was terrible."
    dined on 01/02/2014
  • "Knowledgeable waiting staff, great wine list, fantastic location... The only criticism, & it is minor, is that the atmosphere could be better but then not sure how that could be accomplished."
    dined on 31/01/2014
  • "We had a very nice evening which started with the buzzy atmosphere and was completed by the great dishes. Really enjoyed the dishes and the House wine was great."
    dined on 10/01/2014
  • "It was a memorable meal. The devilled duck hearts were delicious and soft and the mussels were the freshest I have ever eaten. Wonderful! Only quibble: wine is rather expensive and the manzanilla was pricey for what was not a very good version, rather acid. But this is just a small complaint for a place with outstanding food!"
    dined on 28/01/2014
  • "I've been to St John quite a few times now and keep going back for two things (mainly). The food is fantastic - perfectly cooked, straightforward food. And the second is the service - really attentive but in no way overbearing, you eat at your own pace, pour wine at your own pace, they quietly keep the plates coming at good intervals rather than rushing everything a/t you and there is always someone ready as soon as you want them."
    dined on 22/01/2014
  • "Good food, perfect for an "ordinary" meal out that has good food. not great if you are looking for a "romantic" atmosphere"
    dined on 11/11/2013
  • "I very much like the unusual and quirky options at St. John - it's a great place to go to for something a little different. The bread is lovely too."
    dined on 20/01/2014
  • "I've dined at B&W pretty much since it opened, a few visits a year when I come in from the US, often as a solo diner. But this time...eye-rolling host, wet lettuce turned each bite of salad into puddley swamp greens, overcooked crab. I don't think anyone in the kitchen really cared that night, foh staff stopped coming by once my app dropped. Coulda sold me another glass of wine, an entree, but you'd have to have shown up at the table to do that. I didn't have the heart to order dessert as the eccles cake is a treat I don't get anywhere else and I was afraid to make my last memory of it a bad one. I think this is the year Bread & Wine and I break up, ten years was a good run but I think I'm done."
    dined on 11/01/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our meal at St John. Great wine and amazing specials. Highly recommend the special on the board."
    dined on 05/12/2013
  • "This, and it's Farringdon twin, are my favourite restaurants. Never ever disappoints."
    dined on 02/12/2013
  • "great space, food and staff, consistently serves the best of seasonal produce .superb"
    dined on 30/11/2013
  • "St John Bread and Wine. Love this place, the food, service and atmosphere are excellent."
    dined on 27/11/2013
  • "Everything about my experience was ok, but not amazing. The smoked mackerel pate worked well with the pickled chicory. The chicken hearts were cooked well but over garlicky, the venison shoulder looked amazing but lacked in taste, and the hot chocolate pudding was still cold and hard in the middle. The service was average, I had an empty wine glass on my table throughout the meal. All in all it's somewhere I'd go for a quick lunch but definitely not venture there for dinner again."
    dined on 25/11/2013
  • "Went into the restaurant on a thursday day where there were few customers at the start - but this didn´t last.A very lively place with very good food and wine . The waitress was very kind trying to explain the menu card to two danes who wash´t familiar with a lot of the things on the menu. This is a very recommendable restaurant for a very good & relaxed restaurant.Just go there!!!!"
    dined on 19/11/2013
  • "So far this place always delivers great food and great service with a really lively and warm atmosphere from quite a mixed clientele. The food is really good and interesting."
    dined on 23/11/2013
  • "This place is great. Waiters know the food, know the wine, let you try the wine before you commit to choosing it, easygoing atmosphere, style, good vegetables, the waiters will discuss how it's cooked and how easy it or difficult it is to make at home ... The week before I went to one of those ridiculous two star Michelin places where they won't listen to feedback, recommend wines that are totally different in style to what you request, what a contrast!"
    dined on 21/11/2013
  • "I went last Thursday evening as a wee treat to my man and I didn't eat a single thing the next day, i was savouring the flavour and my stomach was so content that it did not want a morsel more. I tried bone marrow and kid for the first time, oh me oh my delicious. St Johns staff kept bringing complementary bread to the table to help mop up all the delicious sauces. We had 5 plates of food, bottle of wine, coffee, brandy and half a dozen madeleines for £100. Worth every penny. If you have taste buds you should take them here."
    dined on 14/11/2013
  • "This is a great restaurant. Service is always excellent and the food is amazing. Also, very reasonable on price."
    dined on 05/11/2013
  • "Im a big fan of St. John bread and wine normally and rate it in my top 5 place for supper in london, however had a rather disappointing time there on Saturday evening, for 2 reasons: 1/ Our waiter was miserable. He didn't smile once. He rolled his eyes when we weren't ready to order and begrudgingly brought us a jug of tap water after being asked 3 times. He barely spoke to us and certainly didn't tell us about any dishes or specials of the day. 2/ whilst we understand that the food comes out as it's ready. The teal was supposed to take 30mins but took 65mins to appear so we had one very hungry (and drunk!) person amongst us...the butternut, lentils dish also took about 45mins to appear. Too slow... Hopefully this is all a one off...."
    dined on 16/11/2013
  • "Always an amazing treat to go there... Fantastic food/wine and service! It's a great place for any occasion and I would definitely recommend St. John's Bread and Wine OVER and OVER again."
    dined on 16/11/2013
  • "We went there because it had amazing reviews... And now I undertsand why! The food was amazing, serving traditional English/French vegetables and meat with incredible creativity. We had the mussels, swede cake, lamb with mint sauce. All were unbelievably tasty! Definitely one of the best places to go in London!"
    dined on 15/11/2013
  • "Generous food, with good vegetables choices, beside the well known "from nose to toe" ones. Nice place, the atmosphere though isn't as warm and special as you can find at St. John's"
    dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Reading the other reviews makes us think that this was an exceptional case but beautiful looking lamb from the specials board which tasted strongly of fish?? A gorgeous pork chop but served with a half a cup of aioli and cress which was covered in aioli and a dish of chickpeas and cauliflower covered in – you guessed it - aioli (maybe they had a job lot to get rid of?). The waitress seemed bored when asked about the menu and whether we needed to order side dishes. Apparently they “don’t do” them - it’s a menu of dishes for sharing like tapas. It was lively and busy so maybe we were unlucky but we won't be going back and went elsewhere for dessert. Shame. We were looking forward to it."
    dined on 14/11/2013