St. John Bread and Wine

4.5
1212 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Notable Wine List
ST. JOHN Bread & Wine reflects the rhythms of its locale whilst observing the same respect for seasonal, indigenous ingredients and "the whole beast" as the bigger sister restaurant. Opening for breakfast, lunch and supper seven days a week, this branch very much beats its own drum with a menu structured towards a slightly less formal manner of dining, with guests actively encouraged to share dishes as they're ready from the kitchen.



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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, English
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast

Daily: 8.00 am - 12.00 pm

Lunch

Daily: 12.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Supper

Monday - Sunday: 5.00pm - 9.00pm
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Phone number
020 7251 0848
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Lee Tiernan
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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.
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Private Party Contact
Renata Galli : 020 7553 9844
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Cross Street
Brushfield Street
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Parking Details
Parking available on Pay Meters
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Public Transit
Liverpool Street
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

St John Bread and Wine serves food from the legendary St. John in Farringdon, but in an informal canteen-style dining room near Spitalfields Market.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1212 People Are Saying
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JA
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much fun! Awesome menu, really cool dining room, terrifically fun service team. A fantastic experience for reconnecting with our friends. Thank you!

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JF
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all aspects!!! We have been on numerous occasions and never been disappointed.

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M
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

Complimentary bread is of rather low quality. the table wines are too warm, and not served optimally. Service is very attentive however, but this surprises me, that they do not know of the problems surrounding the wine. Olives I had served where very bland. The main came in good time, and was very nice. Very loud acoustics - could not imagine how it would be fully seated. More hyped instagram bistro than fine dining.

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a
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The blood cake was excellent but the fennel with cheese was bland, boring, not a good dish.
All in all too expensive for the size and quality of the plates.

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B
Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lina and I, our second visit to the restaurant. We’re on holiday from 🇨🇦. But with our whole family. What a great meal. Watching fish eaters trying everything served. My son doesn’t eat greens but tried all.

This is truly one of my favorite places to eat on the planet. The service was spot on. Just simply a great place to be.

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

One of the worst meals I’ve had in London for a very long time. Menu left a lot of question marks and the food was poorly cooked and presented. Left extremely disappointment.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and interesting menu! Food is nice and service is good

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R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a memorable experience and meal, great for adventurous eaters

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JF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saint John Bread and Wine is a pleasure, with wonderful welcoming staff, and delicious food with much care and planning evident in its planning and preparation. From booking to paying the bill there is no lack of attention to detail. The restaurant is well laid out. I like the menus and menu boards. The wine selection is commendable. Each day, breakfast, lunch, and supper options are different. I have eaten here several times during my stay in the Spitalfields and each morsel I have eaten has been perfect. When I have dined with colleagues they have been very impressed. Saint John Bread and Wine is built on the floor plan of the house where the great herbalist, physician, and astrologer Nicolas Culpeper lived with his wife Alice. I think they would be proud of the design of food for the good of the body and soul and at a good price give here.

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JH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Pretentious without actually being any good.

It offered so much promise and even recommended by a friend. Just failed to deliver on nearly all counts. The menu changes daily so maybe it was an off day

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OT
22 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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DH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It almost feels pointless to write a good review about this place. The fact is, if you know this restaurant and what it stands for, as well as it’s historical significance, what some American in the wine trade says is basically immaterial. If you have never been, just go. If you have been there, go again.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

No one helped to celebrate my friend’s birthday

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CF
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Both my husband and I were very unwell after. Food was less than average, but if you like “earthy” style then you may like it.

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PS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s one of a kind in London ! Worth a visit and an appropriate lunch or dinner. It’s here since long time but it didn’t lost any Inch of its original DNA!

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EL
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Basically had a pork scratching salad - crispy pigs cheek heaven, enough said.

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PW
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely relaxed lunch. Food I love plus delightful staff

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect as usual. My all-time favourite.

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BR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was very excited to try this place, mainly because I wanted the bone marrow and also because it came highly recommended. Unfortunately, they ran out of bone marrow before we got there at 8 pm. The food was okay (6/10), but given the cost and expectations, I expected a lot more.

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IM
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have an innovative menu, with lots of fascinating specials every day. Arrive early if you want to make sure the specials are still available. Also, they have this Wednesday wine deal that is super cheap and amazingly good.

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YD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Based on the owner's reputation and friends' recommendation, I had high hopes for the last meal of my London trip. Chalk part of my disappointment up to coming on a Monday, and perhaps another part to having the same expectations of the bistro as of the flagship restaurant. Ambiance was friendly and convivial, and our server was trained in the instruction manual school of explaining "how things work here," something I hoped I'd ditched in coming from the US to the old country. The food was lackluster, the mackerel and quail done well but the vegetables poor in quality and presented without care. A very simple salad of tomatoes, lovage and aoili contained no lovage, and the tomatoes were frankly without excuse at the end of July. The bread was delicious, though, and a salad of tiny shrimp and cabbage was delightful. Overall bummer.

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e
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always great service and an interesting menu at St. John. Perfect place to go with friends who have an adventurous palette. Best of Britain.

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious simple food, varied menu - good non-meat options!

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OP
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

When you create a persona based on simple food it should be good and of the utmost quality, St. John was neither. A shame really. London has evolved while St. John has regresssed.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was top notch but two dishes - although lovely - were WAY too small for what price they were! One was a small serving of cauliflower cheese and side salad. It was not a main course size, it was a small bowl. £15!! Second was an ice cream sundae, which again was nice and the £13 price suggested it was enough for two. It wasn’t! It was the same size glass they use in Hawksmoor and many restaurants, the £8 sundae in Hoi Polloi is far larger than this one! So whilst I love St John I did feel they took leave of their senses when pricing the menu when I ate there.

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L
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good, service was lacking. Waiter didn't pay attention, brought the worn drink and was inattentive.

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DD
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

A lot below what I expected. I really don’t understand how this place got his glory. Price to high( we paid for 42 adults and 2 children over 120£, and webt out tobeat something right after), taste mediom and even less.
Very very slow service .
One of the dishes was so salty we couldn’t have eaten it. The waiter said :”it’s cockes in his own juices “.... so what??? The client (all of us) couldn’t ear it. In this kind of restaurant shouldn’t you be able to eat a 20£ dish???
I decided not to argue then, but all of you be aware.
By the way - the restaurant was nearly empty.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Don’t go in summer! The room is too hot and detracts from the great food.

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o
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything Great as always.
But they need proper AIR conditioning!!!! That makes the experience a bit uncomfortable.

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F
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef and the staff were very thoughtful and friendly, they helped us to choose the best dishes, making the whole experience an amazing dinner we are going to remember for a long time. The next time we visit London, we are definitely going to dine in St John Bread and Wine again.

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BS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent experience as always - even though we missed friendly Ervin who was on leave. Shared an excellent starter of Braised Venison with horseradish sauce, a Grilled Mackerel with salad plus Jersey Royal potatoes and a superb bottle of Bordeaux specially bottled for St John.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Execution of the food is excellent. Flaws in service. This is supposed to be a sharing restaurant, but many of the dishes don't lend themselves to this (mussels, skate). Waiter was absent and difficult to hail to get simple things like another bottle of water. Room was very warm. Food is generally more esoteric (pigeon, kidneys on toast, etc). If this is your thing and your good to fend for yourself, this is your spot.

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SC
London
29 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very similar to the choices offered by the main St. John restaurant. Food is good. But much is the novelty of the preparations. It might lose appeal after 2 or 3 times there.

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AF
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Felt ignored at times by the servers. My main course of pork was mostly jelly with a sliver of edible meat. Starter was very tasty but extremely overpriced for what is supposed to be offal cuts.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Staff lovely, food nice, but it was the loudest place I have ever eaten. Unfortunately we thought it was your other location where there isn’t such an acoustics issue. Hopefully a few discreet noise absorption elements added onto the ceiling or walls would remedy.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very good fish dishes and very good bread. Much better than the meat choices. What definitely would have to change is wine serving - less in a glass (yes, it does matter) and the temperature of it. too warm and unfortunately the waitress wasn't willing to do something about it.
The atmosphere is friendly and agreeable, but much much too loud. If you're looking for a quite place to have a low tone conversation, it's not this one.

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BS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding on all counts: food, wine, service, friendliness, price. Very highly recommended.

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic dinner at St. John Bread and Wine! I was initially disappointed not to see bone marrow and parsley on the menu here, but these concerns were soon swept aside.

The first dish to arrive was cold roast kid on a bed of watercress salad with a delightful and moreish green sauce - it tasted like early summer. This was followed by seasonal and soft yet charred onions with goat's curd on grilled bread. Another excellent dish. For mains, we ordered the oxtail and pea soup (flavourful but a tad salty for our palates) and crispy pig cheek which had sensational crackling. Unifying the meal was a glass of the house red, dangerously drinkable. Will definitely be back again.

Oh, and we got some madeleines to take away - a great way to finish the evening!

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I went to St. John wit great expectations that were confirmed by the food quality and taste (roast bone marrow served with bruschetta was really fantastic). Nice location and really excellent staff made my night pleasant.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were visiting from the US and we’re excited to try St John.
The experience was fine, but it wasn’t quite as spectacular as expected. We got a late reservation so a lot of the menu items we wanted were gone. Service was fine but not attentive. The food was good and well cooked, but from what we had read about the restaurant it didn’t meet our high expectations.

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