Food by John Lawson

4.8
56 reviews
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£41 and over
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Farm-to-table
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
"Our menu is inspired by the seasons using only the best produce, grown as close to the restaurant door as possible. For this reason our menu is set 4 courses, it can change daily depending on the delivery from our local farmers and fishermen. All food is cooked with health in mind, John only uses ingredients and techniques that are good for your health.

We offer a specially selected menu of organic wines and beverages with the option of having them matched to complement the food

All dietary requirements will be catered for just inform us upon booking.
Please note our kitchen uses nuts and nut milks so there may be traces of nuts.
Due to our small restaurant we do not have facilities for pushchairs or wheelchairs."
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Farm-to-table
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Hours of Operation
Wed - Sat 6:00pm - 11:30pm
Sunday 1.00pm - 5.00pm
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Phone number
01702 840904
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
John Lawson
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Private Party Facilities
We offer the restaurant for private dining please contact us for more information.
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Private Party Contact
Jaime Lawson : 01702 840904
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Parking Details
There is street parking outside the restaurant or a large car park on the corner of Leigh Road and The Boardway approx 5 minute walk from the restaurant.
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Special Events & Promotions
2018 Events:
Catch of the Day with Paul Gilson - 28th February
Mothers Day Lunch - March 11th
The Raw Chef Evening - 21st March
For more events please see our website.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Menu, Wine
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BB
5.0
Dined 3 days ago

An evening of food and cocktails. An interesting blend of ideas but it worked really well. The cocktails fitted perfectly with the four courses. The service was impeccable and we are delighted that the restaurant is only 70 yards from our front door. We shall return.

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BC
London
5.0
Dined 3 days ago

We attended taster menu with pairing cocktails. Food was exceptional and all cocktails matched each course supberbly. Attention to detail and how each course was described. It was a wonderful experience. Loved it all. Don’t normally write reviews but John Lawson and his team deserve high praise. Thank you. We will return soon.

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EG
Essex
5.0
Dined on 14 July 2018

2nd time and food as beautiful as the first even though the main was lamb and that is really not a favourite of mine everything else was mind blowing. Who'd have thought beetroot could taste that good! The whole experience was just wonderful.

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j
Kent
4.0
Dined on 7 July 2018

Staff and John Lawson were welcoming and very informed about the food which was very unusual and tasty. The online booking we made did not alert that one of us is vegetarian but nonetheless we both enjoyed our meals. The veg alternative was very similar to the ordinary dishes just without the sole and lamb. We also noticed that other people were offered cheese but we werent. We wondered if it was because we didnt add the wine tasting to our meal. We intend to try another tasting menu later in the yeasr.

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JM
5.0
Dined on 30 June 2018

This is one of the best meals I have ever eaten. It is also one of the most pleasurable restaurant experiences I have ever had. Great ambience, fantastic service and real value for money.
We can’t wait to go back.

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W
5.0
Dined on 28 June 2018

This was our fourth visit and it just gets better each time. We have taken friends the last three times and they have all raved over it. This time there were two vegetarians, a vegan and I went pescatarian. We were all catered for superbly.It is so enjoyable to be surprised with a taster menu that healthily caters for everyone. Thank you and well done John and staff.

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LS
5.0
Dined on 27 June 2018

lovely evening with amazing food in a relaxed atmosphere as always and great wines from Portugal served by the Vino Vero team and their expert knowledge.

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RH
5.0
Dined on 23 June 2018

2nd time we have been, and experienced a new menu.
Only complaint and it is minor was the fish course was a bit small, but exceptionally cooked.
Great place.

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NB
5.0
Dined on 17 June 2018

Second visit to Food by John Lawson. Lovely local restaurant with a brilliant menu. Local produce beautifully cooked. Lovely staff who couldn't do enough for you. Had the wine pairing which was perfect. Can't wait to go back.

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L
Essex
5.0
Dined on 17 June 2018

Great concept, excellent food, good atmosphere equals favourite local restaurant!

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OT
4.0
Dined on 16 June 2018

Arrived at time of booking and shown straight to table. Wine options were satisfactory if not wine pairing with meal.... white Rioja at £20.00 felt reasonable.
Food was very good, well seasoned and well presented.. in fact very tasty.
We ate for just over two hours and the time past quickly as each course was served and explained.
We left with a good feeling but this is not a place to eat to feel full when leaving. A great dining experience all the same!
Value for money... yes!

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J
4.0
Dined on 1 June 2018

First visit on their first anniversary so free glass carva on arrival.Attentive but not intrusive, adapted menu for my taste, everything fresh, original ,locally sourced( big thumbs up!) Bottle of wine sensibly priced.Portions small but felt full not stuffed so perfect for me.Cant really fault it.Classy.Definately go again.

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AA
5.0
Dined on 27 May 2018

Had a really lovely Sunday lunch here with friends. I keep forgetting to buy the whole bottle of wine at the beginning which I should do as the pairing is always spot on and I want more! All topped by lovely front of house. Will return soon.

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D
London
4.0
Dined on 25 May 2018

Great food and love the concept.

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 25 May 2018

Excellent food and service!! Definitely a favourite restaurant of mine leigh. Food was a different class - so fresh and also loved the ambience and atmosphere

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 18 May 2018

This is only the second time I’ve visited Food By John Lawson both for birthday celebrations and I just love everything about the place especially caters well for gluten & dairy free - can’t wait for another excuse to return.

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OT
5.0
Dined on 12 May 2018

Absolutely amazing! Tasting menu was superb, dish of the day was the to die for duck in a beautiful burgundy. The wine match was fantastic, really complimentary, quality wines from Vino Vera, which I also love.
The staff were fantastic, the chef took time to talk to us, all in a intimate, simple setting that played down just how special it actually was. Can’t wait to go back!!

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MH
New England
5.0
Dined on 12 May 2018

Absolutely exquisite food
Delightful atmosphere
Excellent service
Have already recommended to many friends and can’t wait to go back!

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EE
5.0
Dined on 12 May 2018

Food was amazing. All local and seasonal. Healthy too. Couldn’t recommend Food by John Lawson any higher. Nice ambience and great wine too. Always a sign that the Chef cares when he comes out at the end of a meal to ask how it all was. Looking forward to going back.

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RM
5.0
Dined on 11 May 2018

I love the fact that the dishes constantly change & this was possibly our favourite menu yet.

There was an abundance of gorgeous fresh asparagus, skate cooked to perfection and really tender, flavoursome duck served with a delicious jus. Loved all the little pre-dinner nibbles too and we thoroughly enjoyed the dessert (which is sometimes a weaker course for us): beautifully poached rhubarb with a lovely maple sweetness & lovely rice pudding (even though I would never choose rice pudding). The end chocolate 'treat' was also the best we've had here - gorgeous. Great wine, great service too plus a lovely pace to the meal.

All in all, a fabulous meal.

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NS
5.0
Dined on 10 May 2018

We had a thoroughly nice time during our first time at Food. Service was incredibly warm and friendly, food was just divine. Will certainly be frequenting there again very soon. Really impressed.

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BC
5.0
Dined on 6 May 2018

Visited “Food By John Lawson”on Sunday with my wife on date night, and was absolutely blown away by the quality and value of the food.
A Sunday roast taster menu was a great way to try out the food in this unique restaurant. Highly recommend and will be coming back again and again.

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CA
Essex
5.0
Dined on 5 May 2018

Everything about this restaurant is superb. We were completely overwhelmed with the service and food. We were celebrating our anniversary and having a very rare evening out without our 3 small children and this was everything we wanted from our evening. Thank you !

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GD
5.0
Dined on 5 May 2018

This was a genuine taste experience and one that I will be repeating
again.
It is very important to understand that this restaurant purely offers a tasting menu, each tasting dish superbly cooked and presented
over a period of time, allow around two hours to be relaxed.
If you want to sit down to a large plate of stodge and walk away with a full stomach, this is not for you.
Emphasis here is on local produce, cooked with care, great attention to detail and presentation.
The wine list, though small in number of items, covers all tastes.
Highly recommended.

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KP
5.0
Dined on 29 April 2018

1st visit to this restaurant and will be back ! Much enjoyed - unusual flavours and great to now locally sourced and organic. Excellent service - thank you !

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JG
Essex
5.0
Dined on 26 April 2018

I cannot praise this restaurant highly enough. It was a first visit for me and my son and we have both been talking about it to our friends and family ever since. The choice and preparation of the food is sensationally good, and although it was a long and lovingly constructed meal, neither of us felt bloated at the end of it. The catch of the day was gurnard, which was a rare treat, and great skill had been shown in the filleting. Then came a dish of cauliflower with smoked pork shoulder and belly. The flavours exploded in the mouth. However it's really impossible to choose a favourite course, they were all so good. Throughout we were looked after by wonderfully attentive and knowledgeable staff - Jody and Lucas - and John Lawson himself came and chatted with us on two or three occasions. We felt thoroughly spoilt and I hope will be able to return on many occasions. There really is nothing to compare with Food by John Lawson locally, and many London restaurants with reputations would struggle to keep up!

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BW
5.0
Dined on 21 April 2018

An excellent Saturday night dinner, great food and menu with a good restaurant ambience. We will definitely return to sample the wine!

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CS
London
4.0
Dined on 21 April 2018

We had a really nice evening. We always like a tasting menu as it removes the hassle of having to pick for yourself and the wine pairing was excellent. The food was really to our liking, sometimes a 4 course tasting menu can leave you feeling quite sluggish, but they kept all of the courses fairly light although very enjoyable and we left full. The service was good and would recommend overall.

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KT
5.0
Dined on 13 April 2018

Enjoyed a relaxing meal, excellent food and attention. It was lovely letting the restaurant choose the food we ate. Wine pairing made the meal complete. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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OT
5.0
Dined on 13 April 2018

Second time at Food by John Lawson, and it didn’t disappoint. Excellent food, with chefs explaining ingredients, exemplary service and a laid back atmosphere. My 10 year old son loved it and wants to go back.

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M
5.0
Dined on 8 April 2018

We received a gift voucher for this restaurant for Christmas and finally got around to booking a table. I was very sceptical but was left very pleasantly surprised.
The service was fantastic, but not over bearing.
The ambiance was soft, gentle and calming. The food was delicious, I don’t drink and the non alcoholic selection was very good and not an after thought, but my partner said the wine was fantastic.
I’ve already rebooked for my partners Birthday.
I could not recommend this place enough. If you get the opportunity please try it, I very much doubt you will be disappointed.

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MP
Essex
5.0
Dined on 7 April 2018

Fantastic food, highly recommended for foodies and/or people with dietry requirements.

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EG
5.0
Dined on 7 April 2018

Magical - it was everything I hoped it would be. The food was beautifully presented. The taste was sublime. I wish I could have just a little bit of his talent to make healthy food taste divine. The waitresses were very knowledgeable. So impressed, cant wait to return.

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on 7 April 2018

Wonderful flavours in the food and the wine matches were delicious. Very cosy ambience. Can’t wait to go back.

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r
London
5.0
Dined on 6 April 2018

3rd time dining at the restaurant and every time we have the most amazing experience. Cannot wait to go again, I can't recommend this place enough, its my firm favourite and cannot find a single fault.

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LH
Warwickshire
5.0
Dined on 6 April 2018

fabulous staff, beautifully presented and delicious food, and overall great ambience
will definitely be back.

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KP
London
3.0
Dined on 4 April 2018

I enjoyed the food, however my boyfriend is pescatarian so did not eat the meat courses (and had vegetarian instead, which was just cauliflower) and he got charged the same price as meat courses which is ridiculous. Also, vegetarian and vegan only £5 cheaper, which is insane. There is no way 2 cauliflower florets costs the same price as pork belly and pork shoulder.
I think the food is very overpriced for the tiny portions (esp. vegetarian/vegan) so I wouldn't recommend.

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W
Essex
5.0
Dined on 4 April 2018

Fabulous night of delicious locally sourced seasonal organic food with a twist and perfectly crafted exciting cocktails to match all four courses. Brilliant new tastes and would highly recommend this venue for innovation!

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SH
London
4.0
Dined on 1 April 2018

This is the third time we’ve come to Food, this time for the Easter Sunday lunch.

The food was delicious as always, but maybe lacked a little of the extra special magic that we’ve had the previous two times. This could well be down to it being a Sunday lunch, so a little more down to Earth compared to the usual fare.

The service as well was great but just seemed to not quite have the same slickness and speed of our previous visits, certainly not enough to put us off from visiting again though!

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SM
5.0
Dined on 30 March 2018

Another fantastic evening at John Lawson. A truly unique experience. The food was delicious and the service personal and attentive. Will go back again!

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