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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St. John Bread and Wine reviews from OpenTable diners
180 reviews since 1 November 2013
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambience3.8
    Value3.8
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (117)special occasions (53)sunday lunch (46)brunch (38)business meals (33)group bookings (30)outstanding value (30)romance (19)pre/post theatre (19)good vegetarian options (14)child friendly (6)disabled access (5)afternoon tea (4)outdoor eating (2)Show More
  • Unrecrom
    Cityguy
    Dined on 22/10/2014
    We have been going to St. John's bread and wine almost since it opened and have always loved it. The food has always been exceptional but this week we had a disaster of a meal. The salad was limp oily and under seasoned, the fish was over seasoned and the meat was way undercooked. What a disappointment I seriously doubt that we will return.
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  • St. John Bread and Wine Lunch
    scbrighton
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    A great spot! A super room where you can watch the activity in the kitchen and bakery. Excellent food. Really excellent! Good service. Good value for money. Well worth a visit!
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Another great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Third time I have been here on visits to London from States. Each time outstanding. Salad was great with touch of mint. Had potted Hare which was a treat. We also had the vegatables and in addition the Kid Olaff with mash and bacon. Can't wait to come back next year.
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  • St John Bread & WIne
    LizRVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    WOnderful mince on toast! GReat food and wine - highly recommended
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies
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  • Focused on the food.
    DaveCharlotte
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    If you love eating offal or unusual meat and vegetables this is your place. The ingredients are of the highest quality and cooked well, nothing too fancy the presentation or service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab
    Wini
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We were four and shared all our dishes and they were all really good as was the house red which we did drink copious amounts of. Vegetarians would feel somewhat restricted but Pescatarians would be happy. I really like the atmosphere as everyone -staff and punters - seem to have a smile on their face, pleasure rather than smug I think.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hopefully just a bad day
    underwhelmed
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The 4 times I have been previously were very good so I'm hoping this was a one-off. Restaurant was half full but it took a few minutes of standing by the door to be seated at a table so close to the one behind that there was no space to sit down so we moved. The food was ok but the 'hot' dishes were less than warm and served by a waitress who gave the impression we were imposing on her afternoon. No problem with an open kitchen but when all the staff are sulking and standing around it doesn't give a great impression. Which then begs the question why we had to wait 30 mins between our first three dishes and the fourth with no indication from the waitress despite trying to get her attention. Left feeling very disappointed.
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  • Excellent
    DaffertyCoggins
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Excellent as always. An old favourite and it is great to see that it is able to maintain standards over the long term.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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  • Great food, rude service
    Nandh
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    We've liked this place for the food for years, although the service has been inconsistent. This time, the waiter was simply rude and unfriendly. It's a real shame as this place should be excellent
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  • A tasty gem
    Patientdiner
    Dined on 28/9/2014
    Not cheap but they know how to cook real food here. Wonderful flavour combinations and generous portions. Simple décor, relaxed atmosphere - a memorable lunch.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Interesting !
    labrador
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    We all enjoyed our choices but felt that the main courses were a "tad" expensive especially the chicken pie for 2 at £34 !!!!!! Overall we liked the cooking, service and general atmosphere and will recommend it to friends and family etc and certainly return ( and drink water as house wine pricey at £25 !!!!!!!)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and a relaxed ambience!
    Hels
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    Try the signature dish of bone marrow, raw beef and dripping - first time trying bone marrow and I loved it! Grouse and venison both beautiful too.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just plain, dull dining
    richard
    Dined on 22/9/2014
    Utterly, utterly underwhelming... I was very much looking forward to it all, what with its excellent reputation et al... What a let down.
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  • 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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    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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  • Great old fashioned English Food
    HarryVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Great old fashioned English food - very good service - and some fantastic food. The place feels like an old fashioned school canteen and until it gets busy the atmosphere isn't exactly great - but when it fills up the ambience changes dramatically as the small tables and merry people enjoying the excellent English food - would certainly go back.
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    fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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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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  • Solid Fayre
    Whiters
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    A bit of a hurried lunch, but the staff were extremely accomodating and helpful. Solid, simple, imaginative food, served in an unpretentious way.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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  • Really nice
    ABCDVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    I go to St John Bread and Wine regularly. It is arguably the best option in the area, with consistently good options (and a few poor ones). It's not over crowded, and if you don't mind the bare "canteen chic" decor, it's perfect. I would recommend if you are looking for a tasty lunch in the area.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, Sunday lunch
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  • AntoVIP
    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.
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    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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    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.