St. John Bread and Wine

4.6
1359 reviews
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  • Authentic
  • Local Ingredients
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.

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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.
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London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is always incredibly good. Intelligent, delicious cooking from the British isles.

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London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food, brusque and quite uninterested service

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SK
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely dinner - food was delicious (especially the desserts) and service was great.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have not been here since 2009. Just as fantastic as I recalled. Low-key and well-executed. A timeless place to return to, thank you!

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Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

In a word, disappointing. Best items... all baked items and the bone marrow. Most other items (mackerel and ox hearts especially) way over cooked. If I had to compare to a type of restaurant it is trying to be it would be Girl and the Goat or Publican (Chicago) Not even close to the same league and is more expensive. The most aloof service we’ve had during our month in Europe and we just came from Paris speaking no French.
Worst of all were the sweetbreads. Instead of crisp fried coating and delicate insides, could have fooled someone as a soggy chicken tender.

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t
London
30 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

i hadn't been here for a while and was reassured by the eclectic menu. We opted for the pig spleen (a first for both me and my colleague) - livery as perhaps we could have expected. Smoked sprats; smoky. mince on toast - a massive portion all being shared and then belly pork with tomato salad on the side. Staff were helpful and suggested removing one dish as we had overordered which we did (the mince was indeed filling). All washed down with a large bottle of breton cider - again shared. Note to self - go back more often.

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Z
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is out of this world good. If you are into good food good experience and are not afraid of trying new things this restaurant is for you. There will be elements of surprises and familiarity, both of which will satisfy your inner gluttony.

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PS
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful bacon sandwich and devilled kidneys on toast. Had a lovely meal. Perfect.

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FD
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of my favourite restaurants and it never lets me down

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GW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent interesting and great service

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ML
Munich
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The day before Wochenende had dinner at 'the mothership' St. John in St. John st. - but Bread and Wine was even better! We loved the food and and a great service - these two restaurants are my absolute favorite and a must-go when in London. Great. Not more to say.

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AF
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious imaginative food as ever ! Travel down from Yorkshieire at least 2 a year for lunch - worth the 300 mile trip - already planning our next visit

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Tasty and interesting menu. Staff were helpful. Ability to try the wines was limited by price, naturally.

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JK
London
11 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really lovely food from start to finish. We had the cods roe, rissole, mutton, greens but the highlight were the freshly baked madeleines which I'm still dreaming about.
The only downside was that my opentable reservation did not transfer to the restaurant (my email confirmed but St John had no record of my booking) but luckily they could seat us.
Will definitely go back again and hopefully get to taste the famous ox-heart.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

A friend recommended us the restaurant, so we went. The places is nice, services great, but very much disgusted about food: too much grassy oil in every plate, we couldn’t find the lamd no the plate, same salad side for all the dishes. Very sorry about that

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Brazil
9 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, very friendly service

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MS
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently perfect. Fantastic ingredients presented with the minimum of fuss. No hiding behind spices or sauces, just deft cooking.

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PM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good place to enjoy real food! Authentic menu! Good service and good wine!

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting from Toronto, Canada - St John Bread & Wine is a must any time we are in London.

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London
26 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the staff being too laid back and a bit rude when he served the wine to us. (It was during their Wednesday open bottle time and we asked to try the wine. Usually, they offer to customers straight away when they sitting down)

Other than that, food was great as always. Especially the skate with samphire and capers.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb..my fav in London!

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London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

brilliant, as always. i'm currently having to follow the keto diet and they catered brilliantly for me.

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WE
London
49 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Having eaten at St John in Farringdon many times this was my first visit to the sister restaurant. Deco pretty similar - sparse and simple. Food was amazing but be warned there are lots of sharing dishes and these are huge - we therefore ordered far too much food! Service was very good. I had meant to have one of my favourite Eccles cakes with cheese but I simply didn’t have enough room! I’ll have to go back again soon!

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AS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best breakfast in London! Amazing quality and traditional food

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Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Off the charts. I am lucky to have dined in a number of world class restaurants, including St. John Smithfields, and this was equal to or exceeded the very best. An immersive solo dining experience, only made better by Philip's attentive, jocular service. Spectacular.

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SD
3 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Slow service, overpriced and no atmosphere.
Disappointing.

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AL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was great, yet the service was generally inattentive.

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m
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food! Very efficient and knowledgeable staff and excellent service.

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London
26 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very surprised not that much of people taken advantage of their open bottle Wednesday offer (free glass of wine for everyone) food was excellent as always.

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CM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service unbelievably great very knowledgeable and what I liked gave personal preferences. Food was so delicious and presented well. Came out as it was ready which suited us

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

seemingly unfussy and stripped back, but you can tell when close attention to detail is being payed both in the kitchen and in the presentation.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice of food and wine. We would have preferred a greater choice of fish courses.

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G
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Don’t believe the hype. Truly, amateur service, the kitchen ran out of 5 plus items, wine list is basic. This is what happens when food writers get special treatment and free meals, over exposure and under deliver.
This is on the level of my foodie friends dinner party at home, but I got a £120 bill at the end.

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H
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I've never not enjoyed a St John lunch or dinner. It's always a great place to catch up with someone over good food and drinks. I always feel welcomed and there really isn't any other place like it in London...other than their other places Smithfield and Neal's Yard. :-) Service is always top notch - kind and genuine.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good service. Very relaxing environment.

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PF
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pretty close to their usual high standards

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S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really lovely birthday meal at St John’s. It was nice to share everything. Some of the big plates could have been slightly bigger but overall really well cooked food.
The madeleines were delicious - they were fresh and warm out of the oven! :)

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

incredible food and an amazing wine selection. 12/10

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F
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Usually this restaurant is great but for the first time ever it’s ticked the average/disappointing box. Went here on Good Friday for breakfast and the food just wasn’t as good as it normally is.

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MS
London
9 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

St John Bread and Wine is consistently superb - delicious understated food cooked with with simplicity and and care.

It’s so easy to get food like this wrong - no sauces or multiple ingredients to hide behind.

Service is faultless.

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