St. John Bread and Wine

4.5
1292 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.

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 1292 People Are Saying
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London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food. Conservative seating plan

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L
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

I would recommend for the food as it is so unlike any other London restaurant the plates were very well executed but the service was below average and very disappointing for the price you pay and the reputation- although staff were polite and friendly, we were waiting a long time for the main and completely forgotten about afterwards. We ended up waiting more than 40 minutes or so to pay before anyone had come over. Not really service I would expect when you’re paying £100 or so for 2 people.

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MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious food and wine. It was an empty day in the restaurant so the vibe was subdued but actually perfect for us to have a proper conversation without shouting!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great time

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Third time at this one - fantastic food as ever. Always impressed by the variation on the menu. It was fairly quiet for lunch and we weren’t rushed at all. We ended up getting about three small dishes, a whole crab and a grilled mackerel between four which was a good amount for us.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Overall a really disappointing experience unfortunately. I had wanted to dine at St. John’s for some time and finally found an excuse to visit. No tables left at main restaurant so settled for Bread and Wine. Wish I hadn’t! The starters were of good quality (devilled kidneys!!) but the mains were a massive let down. We initially received the wrong order and had to wait an additional 20 minutes. The duck had only been seared skin side so was completely raw. The goat was 3/4 fat and overpowered by aioli that had turned to mush in the gravy. Nearly shattered my teeth on a prune stone left in the dish. Service overall was slow and disengaging. On the plus, good quality and varied wine selection. I believe St. John’s has a Michelin star but based on our experience I don’t think it’s worthy considering the quality of other great restaurants in London with one.

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m
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique take on farm-to-table British food -- rigorous in concept yet wonderful to eat. Solicitous service, beautiful room.

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SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, wine and a great atmosphere. Really pleased with our evening

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PS
Houston
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great place near Spitafelds! Highly recommend especially to those visiting nearby.

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C
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. It's a local gem, very good food that can be shared and a great wine bar. It's not exactly intimate with a large room and lots of tables, but I find it refreshing, modern, cool and friendly and the Eccles Cakes are to die for.

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t
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience. We had a ball! Your staff were absolutely fantastic at making us feel at home and at ease. Thank you

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Server Philip was great

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were with family for Xmas, 4 adults and three young adults. The restaurant exceeded all expectations. The Pheasant and Trotter Pie, Roasted Marrow Bone and Marrowwhite were all fantastic! We will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, friendly and easy ospitality, british atmsphere. def a nice place to eat or drink a glass of wine. bread is delicious.

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ES
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really delicious, inventive food presented beautifully. The flavors were unique and rich. Incredible wine list. A can’t miss!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a lovely time at St. John Bread and Wine - a bit of a bucket list place for me - made more special by how everything lived up to my expectations - thanks!

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DP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service over a very long lunch for 4. Sharing dishes worked well, although the portion sizes vary a lot, so we should have ordered 2 of some. Everyone's favourite dish was the smoked cods roe. Hard to pick a runner up, but perhaps a tie between the Ox tail and ducks hearts.
Atmosphere was very lively and buzzing.

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AA
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming here for over 10 years, whenever I come to London I always drop by. Great variety of special and seasonal food with flavour. nothing pretentious. A real foody place.

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CH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal and our waiter wa soutstanding. We ate everything he recommended and it was sublime. Thank you for a delicious night!

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JE
London
68 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I went with a friend for dinner. We had a mixture of the main dishes (we have big appetites). The trotter and sausage casserole and mackerel were good. Nice ambience and good service.

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I
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food served was great. We had the herring which was really fresh, served with mash potatoes - the mash was to die for.
Of course for dessert, we had the madeleines. Amazing!

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LP
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

amazing seasonal food with a great wine list. an very kind stuff

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YB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple ingredients inventive delicious food

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CE
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming to St John Smithfield and Spitalfield for years and still our favourite restaurant!!

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r
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a lovely evening, all my guests really enjoyed the meal and the Madeira was delicious with dessert.

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AY
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food as always! Thanks team!

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RH
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Superb.

The food was exquisite.

I look forward to coming back again soon!

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best duck leg of my life! I also really enjoyed our server. He was very helpful with menu selections and extremely jovial.

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DS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent, ingenious, tradition with a twist. Pheasant and trotter pie was magnificent, tasty, filling and warming.

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TL
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service, wine list was concise but fantastic. I loved it and highly recommend.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely amazing British food. Quality ingredients and impeccable execution.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful all around! Friendly and accommodating. Food was simple yet delicious...highly recommended!

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Atmosphere was quite staid. Staff seemed to be going through the motions. Mussels were gritty and broth thin and the serving was paltry. Other food was ok but overall very underwhelming.

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G
London
9 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

We had our usual corner table & settled in for a familiar treat. Soon the restaurant filled up & the noise level started to rise. There was a large group of mostly men, who looked like they were out for an office do. They got louder as they got drunker. We asked our waiter if he could have a word with them, but it made no difference. It reached unbearable levels as they vied to have selfies with the suckling pig. We left earlier than usual, ears ringing and tempers fizzing. Not the usual delightful evening that we three friends usually enjoy, sad to say

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to eat in London. Great service, great food.

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LW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Pro - ox heart, smoked mackerel + cocktails

Con - busy table nearby were very intrusive + long wait for dessert

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V
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, and the food is as usual fantastic. Particularly I enjoyed the beef mince on duck fat fried toast, it was so flavorful. I loved the white cabbage with brown shrimps too, delicious yet simple. Would love to come back soon to try out other dishes.

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KB
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just my favourite. Food is exceptional as is the service.

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m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good location to get away from business sector. Easy to talk. Service was great, everything was well explained. Food very unusual and created taste explosions! Good wine options, some light enough for lunch!
Nice room, not fussy or pretentious.

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b
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Buoni piatti tradizionali come i marrow bone. Servizio cortese.

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