Permanently Closed - St. John Maltby

4.6
51 reviews
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£25 and under
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Contemporary British
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. After the success of our Druid Street bakery, it felt like a natural extension to open our St.JOHN Maltby: a proper, sit-in space where you can relax over a menu drawn from across the St John repertoire, creating both a shop window for our wines to drink in and take away and a new restaurant site.

During the day at weekends there will be staples such as our Welsh Rarebit and the internationally renowned Old Spot bacon sandwich. During the week for evening service the daily changing menu will be written on the blackboard, just as you expect from Bread & Wine and the Smithfield bar.
To wash it down Trevor has created a handsome wine list from our lovely collection of vignerons, with over 25 wines by the glass.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary British
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Hours of Operation
Wednesday - Thursday: 5pm - 10pm
Friday: 12 - 10pm
Saturday: 10am - 10pm (No reservations - Walk In only between 10am - 5.30pm)
Sunday: 10am - 4pm (No reservations - Walk in only)
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Phone number
020 7553 9844
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Cross Street
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Public Transit
Bermondsey station

London Bridge station
Additional
Banquet, Private Room, Wine
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London
44 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The worst service we have experienced in a long time. It ruined our evening. The manager took no notice of us as guests and our server scowled for 2 hours. We had to ask for every item several times from start to finish. It was so tedious. The food is tasty but warm wine, long waits for water and more glasses and then desert and then the bill took its toll. The toilet is not on the premises either. Nothing like the other St John. We certainly will not return. The manager asked me to email my concerns and as expected she has ignored my email.

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BM
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal with great use of interesting ingredients and great wines - staff were lovely. Highly recommended

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LB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely fresh food, relaxed and great service - we are local and will be back!

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TL
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We ate at St John in Clerkenwell twenty years ago and couldn't see what all the fuss was about. We thought we would try it again, as we were in the neighbourhood of the Maltby Street branch. We ordered lamb that was so raw we couldn't get our knives through it -- while we would normally order meat rare, this was simply inedible, so we had to send it back. The second time around it didn't appear as if the meat was cooked evenly. Our friend ordered the lemon sole, which looked much nicer and was well-cooked, and the vegetable sides were lovely. But we will not be going back for a third visit.

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NC
London
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second St John restaurant experience after visiting the Smithfield location and we fell in love with it all over again. There's nothing pretentious in the presentation or atmosphere and the staff where lovely. We'll be back again for some more amazing food and wine.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to St. John Maltby while on holiday in London and it was a true treat. My partner and I had never eaten at a nose to tail restaurant before but we were not disappointed. Great wine selection, including their own personal stock, and it paired very well with the food. The highlight of the meal was the anchovy pâté on toast, great combination of flavors. But truly, everything was great. 10/10 would recommend!

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MB
London
13 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Innovative, tasty plates of food - favourites were Dover sole and asparagus. Good wine list and friendly service in a nice atmosphere

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JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent nosh and decent house wines in a simple uncluttered setting. I love all 3 StJ restaurants but this is my new fave

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NG
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were in London for our 6 year anniversary and had heard about this place. It did not disappoint. The food was excellent. Service was great and the servers were knowledgeable and friendly. It was simply amazing.

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d
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant, wonderful engaging staff, delicious well prepared and presented food and a wine list like no other.
Couldn’t recommend this place more

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our fav spots!

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PM
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food (codd roe especially) and brilliant service

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ME
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Terrific - good food, excellent service, honest prices: entirely in line with the St John's ethos. And on Wednesdays you get a free glass of wine. Highly recommended.

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CD
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As you all likely know already, St. John is incredible! This was my first visit to their Maltby location and I really enjoyed it. The pigeon was notable.

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming service, strong, flavoursome food that's perfect for winter - cods' roe on toast a particular highlight, with Pheasant and Trotter not far behind.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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l
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 1

The quality of the food was good in parts- really good Bread ! - Pork dish was -good but ruined by too much beetroot - Pigeon raw in part -Cauliflower cheese nice if a bit “stalky” -Skate Wing okay ! Treacle tart fell apart too much bread/ crumbs? - but overall the quality was not enough to compensate for the uncomfortable surroundings- hard chairs -small tables overflowing with dishes - & Cold- ! Not enough heating ! Spent the evening with my coat over my knees shivering ! (& no inside toilet meant a trek out into the cold & rain )Staff were great though ! Won’t be going back !

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The emphasis throughout is on first rate ingredients, sometimes used in novel combinations, to produce delicious and highly satisfying food. The staff are perfect: friendly, knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive.

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h
London
26 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice meal here on a Saturday evening. Menu small but tasty. Wine was not chilled enough but waitress brought ice bucket on request. Nice desert . Not bad value.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, imaginative and flavoursome food, generous portions, friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, interesting food and charismatic service. Great value, too. I am coming late to the party on St John's but would absolutely recommend.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent.

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h
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was totally delicious and service was welcoming and friendly. The rice pudding with brandy custard was so so good, pure nostalgia. It was a quiet night and we enjoyed getting to know the staff a little and hearing their stories. Back very soon

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Considering it was practically empty the service was slow and inattentive. We might have ordered more if they'd recommended something, anything! Sorry guys, could definitely do better.

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O
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great - as are all the St John outposts - the staff are lovely, the wine (the rose in particular) was delicious and my friend and I could have eaten everything on the menu at least once. Go as soon as you can.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

St.Johns restaurants - a small chain - are all interestingly different, reassuringly similar. Traditional English recepies, authentic ingredients. A modern approach to traditional cooking - and using the parts that mainstream restaurants throw away. Delightful. Pudding was yummy too.

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LB
Austin
41 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great takes on all the possibilities of eating from chicken hearts to Welsh Rarebit. Lively private label wine. Chef Alex was so accommodating and has a tattoo of an anchovy tin!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The sort of place that's hard not to order every dish on the menu and make a proper event of it. Each dish is well thought out, with the utmost respect paid to the ingredients. Cracking wine list too!

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DU
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a word, brilliant! Very laid-back atmosphere belying the fact that the food was outstanding, the service very amiable and friendly. An almost tapas-like way of trying the many profoundly different dishes. Excellent wine selection. Incredibly relaxing experience.

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LG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service was great and very friendly and I love the atmosphere. And while I liked the tastes in each dish we had, they were all really salty. I do okay with that but my boyfriend said his mouth was burning. They did take a dish of he bill because we flagged it with them. The bacon on the snails was salty but then bacon can be. But the quail was and the lamb and one of the veg. Hopefully they sort it out because I really want to love the place!

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Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What a wonderful find! Grabbed a late evening bite with family. Enjoyed the snails wrapped with bacon, bread, olives, egg with mayonnaise and anchovies, pigeon and sole. Wine was lovely. Everything was excellent and we appreciated the courteous service. Tiny place, no bathroom (it's two doors down), but I would eat here again any day. Loved it.

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n
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful service, fantastic wine selection, will come again!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting, food and wine. Lovely staff. Perfect place to wind down - very relaxed vibe and great sense of being looked after, without intrusiveness.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hi,

I came here after watching Anthony Bourdains no reservation and have to say it was delicious. My brother and I were dying of hangovers when we got there but 4 bottles of wine, some fantastic food and lovely service later we were on top of the moon.

We stayed there for 5 hours and ate most of the menu, loved every bit of it and would come back again. Keep up the good work chaps.

Thanks,
Formerly hungover Irish brothers.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I am a great admirer of the original St John, and had high hopes of this restaurant, but I'm afraid it was very disappointing. We were advised that the different dishes would be served as they were ready - fine in principle, but in execution this was a disaster, with e.g. the green salad arriving fully 45 minutes after the rarebit (were they growing it?). There was little or no logic to the order in which dishes appeared, making the meal feel utterly random. In itself the food was acceptable, although the teal was far too rare even for my taste, and made me unwell subsequently.

It should be made clearer that this restaurant has no on-site toilet - you have to exit and walk down a couple of doors to an outside facility. This in itself would make it an unsuitable venue for many people (and a challenge in the wind/rain/snow).

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AA
London
9 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Concept behind the food is just outstanding and it worth a visit from truly meat lovers. Quality of the ingredients: top.
Lovely place, Definitely will be back.

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N
London
30 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good quality food complemented by interesting and enjoyable wines

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RS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2016
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

St Johns in London is a bit of an institution. The original restaurant in St John Street is always amazing. This little brother sits in the railway arches along Rope Walk, SE1 with a great, casual feel and buzz of the Bermondsey neighbourhood. The food is excellent, as you'd expect, but from a limited menu which, on occasion, doesn't always appeal to everyone. (From our group of 4, two didn't really fancy anything on the mains list and neither are particularly fussy eaters). The loos are a bit of a walk - outside, at the end of the arches and shared with other spaces. Will always support and visit but a few more menu choices would be good.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We had a lovely dinner though it was only us and another couple at the venue. A few more guests would have let to a better atmosphere - wouldn't go on a Saturday night again

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LI
London
11 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

the food is fantastic, it was lacking a bit of atmosphere but the food and the staff makes up for it. I do recommend it.

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