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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
  • 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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSunday Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "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"
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "Food is really fantastic, perfect for foodies. The restaurant has a great atmosphere."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 09/06/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "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. "
    dined on 26/05/2014
  • "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. "
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "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!"
    dined on 22/05/2014
  • "St John Bread and Wine never fails to impress with simple food cooked to perfection. Nothing else in the area can match it."
    dined on 20/05/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 19/05/2014
  • "Really good quality of food, pulled pork is to die for! highly recommended!"
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "new approach of the food, nice place, pressed pig´s ear are amazing"
    dined on 05/05/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Outstanding experience. British real food reinvented!"
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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