St. John Bread and Wine

4.5
1245 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 1245 People Are Saying
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PR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Very well executed food but fairly overpriced, e.g. small teal for £20

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RA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Really great food, hard to find a place that meets standards like St Johns!

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TD
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was tremendous and it didn’t disappoint. Unfortunately we missed out on the marrow bones by minutes. The waiter was pushy on how much we should order and tad inattentive but he was helpful on when we saught suggestions on what to order. I would definitely eat at any of Fergus Henderson’s restaurants again and hopefully the marrow bones are available that day.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grandioso, rotundo, sincero y auténtico

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JP
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was great apart from the service and the pie for 2. Service wasnt bad but a little slow at the beginning, we were eating food before our wine arrived. Pie was tasty but a bit much at £44, esspecially when 1/3 of the filling was an inedible rabbits ribcage. Other food was delicous though as always.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

All of the meat options were lovely. However, the veggie options are a bit of a joke, after being informed that the Welsh rarebit (1 of 2 vegetarian options) was sold at at 7:20pm my partner had to opt for the cauliflower, leek and chic pea. Which is exactly that. A small plate of raw cauliflower with some roughly chopped leeks and what would appear to be tinned chic peas all of which were doused in a very pungent garlic mayo. For main the mallard was very nice but I was told it was on the carcass. The only remenants of a carcass was a tiny wing bone. The use of carcass would imply a larger portion than a a single breast. Which at £24 served only with braised red cabbage is a joke. The main of mussels was small. As tasty as the mushy courgettes were they were unfortunately over seasoned as we're many of the items. Deciding to pass on dessert I cannot comment as it was time to bid this sub-par meal a farewell. The saving grace was the bread.

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EC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I thought this restaurant was vastly overrated - the food was expensive for the quality received (the lamb main course was almost flavourless) and most dishes were not particularly impressive.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

First time in St Johns for breakfast. Very simple British fair done extremely well and at a reasonable price point. Scotch woodock was very tasty as was herselfs bacon butty. Decent coffee and doghnut also.

Perhaps lacked the wow factor of dinner at St Johns if i am nitpicking.

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BA
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is our favorite place in London for breakfast lunch and dinner !!! Just perfect and délicieux !

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PM
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful place. The service is exemplary and the staff helpful and informative.

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s
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I had heard and read great things about St John. Unfortunately, I was more than let down. The food wasn’t even edible. My dish had burnt garlic, many times too much salt, and was soaking in olive oil. I had a few bites and stopped. The waiter graciously comped up fizz and said he would pass on our comments to the kitchen. I want to go back and give a second chance, but with so many amazing restaurants in London, it may not happen.

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BS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, wine and service as always. Excellent value for money. Wish they could do something to somewhat mute the high decibels of so many people shrieking at each other, though. Heavy upholstery?

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had been wanting to eat at St. John for a while now and took the opportunity to book lunch when some friends from overseas were visiting. We enjoyed the food. Dishes were varied and vibrant – I have eaten at Rochelle Canteen and St John is in comparison similar if a little more hearty. Lovely buzzing vibe at Sunday lunchtime (the place filled up quickly after 1.30pm). Service was pleasant but a little slow. Will return for dessert next time.

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GH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely breakfast spot. Genuinely interesting disruptive cooking which is 100% authentic. Go every day you can. Order off menu and have the scrambled eggs. Enjoy the traditional donuts. Buy bread. Love the service. Imagine you are an extra in a Le Carre book. Look for the principle.

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BM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Never fails to hit the mark. Great service and the duck liver on toast is worth a visit alone.

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Berlin
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Broader menu than original St. John, and, maybe, deeper wine list that contains some fine options. There were three birds on the list the night we dined and some fine fish, especially good as starters. That comment for the red meat and organ averse.

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AC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to St John Bread and Wine and the other St John restaurants more times than I can remember, the food is always exceptional and the service is superb. It's simple food cooked brilliantly using the cuts of meat and parts of the animal that are often ignored or overlooked. Head to toe cooking at its finest!

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DG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd visit. THE most wonderful bacon sandwich in fantastic bread. Deviled kidneys were fantastic and my second bacon sandwich was better than the first ( if that’s possible).
Bloody Mary’s were served after 10am and they were brill with the perfect blend of goose bump shivers. As with my previous visit, the staff were as cool as, without being cool which makes this place the greatest for for breakfast in London, if not the world.

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Rich, comforting and tasty food. Staff were lovely and helpful with questions. Overall, a great place for a hearty meal.

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ZH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time at the restaurant, would definitely come back! Excellent service (Krystos & German), wine and food was delicious.

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GC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staf was really friendly, the food excellent. We loved it!

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s
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just lovely - didn't have time to make it back for the madelines post-gig, but next time!!

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DM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service made a delicious meal all the lovelier.

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ER
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Simple and sublime! Local and seasonal ingredients done with love and attention to detail. Great wine list. The service was understated but attentive and unhurried. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Farm to table . Better if more than one person

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KV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best food I have had in London, if not in my life! It was exceptionally good and burnt malt cream is what dreams are made of! The service could have been a tad quicker, but they seem to be on the shorter side of staff - Friday was a very busy night, as to be expected.

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SH
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Rude treatment by the manager who refused to seat us for breakfast despite many empty tables. We booked online where there was lots of availability, and returned 10 minutes later to take our seats. A smirk from the manager when he recognised us, and no proper explanation or apology as to why we were refused service as walk up customers and why online bookings are prioritised. Half the tables remained empty throughout breakfast. Made the experience awkward and the restaurant feel unwelcoming. A simple explanation or apology would have helped. A shame as we really like this restaurant and have been visiting for a long time now.

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the perfect location for a leisurely lunch with a friend.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just everything - wow. Food, drinks, everything !!

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JA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
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 on 15 September 2018
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 on 14 September 2018
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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

absolutely amazing service and food - you must all go!

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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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JV
London
57 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Always an adventure, the food is different and sometimes challenges norms - the pigeon on the day we went was a bit to rare and basic for our tastes, but interesting and a good unique eat for foodies

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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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