Celebrating the finest of indigenous British produce and making the most of what is seasonally best whilst applying straight forward cooking techniques, St. John is now celebrated as one of the 50 Best Restaurants in the World and in 2009 was awarded its first Michelin Star.
Nose to tail eating means that, where appropriate, every part of the animal should be put to good use in the kitchen and so along with Roast Beef and Lemon Sole, diners will find Rolled Pig’s Spleen, Kidneys and Ox Heart, Liver and Chitterlings as well as the Roast Bone Marrow & Parsley Salad, something of a ‘signature’ dish.
Whilst often cited as not a restaurant to take a vegetarian to, the kitchen source and prepare dishes for vegetarians with the same amount of studiousness as they do the meat, fish and poultry and desserts.
We came for Valentine’s Day dinner, spent 65£ for two appetizer, 1 main and 2 glasses of wine. The value was amazing!
It’s the best food I have had in England, must go!
The food, the service and the space were amazing. Can't wait to come here again
Love this place.
Nose to tail dining with a mixture of classic and innovative dishes.
I had the Crispy Pig Skin salad to start, delicious crispy flavourful crackling pieces mixed with a fresh salad with punchy radishes.
My veal main course was beautifully tender and rich in flavour.
A genuinely enjoyable lunch in all respects. The décor is no-frills industrial - whitewashed walls, no pictures or decoration - and the excellent, friendly, informative waiters are dressed in kitchen whites. Most of the customers seemed to be there for a business lunch and we were the only people not dressed in black and white. It was a little cold by the single-glazed window, and I'd recommend a jacket or jumper (we were in shirts). The food is a real treat, from starters to desserts, starting with the sheer excitement of reading the day's menu. The meat is justly celebrated (the bone marrow and parsley salad couldn't be better), and was perfectly cooked - and the seafood likewise (grilled squid and turbot, in our case). On our visit the fish options outnumbered the meat. My only minor regret would be that the yearling lamb I went for was so rare that I missed out on the outer fat that often makes a roast. Nevertheless, we both enjoyed every mouthful and glassful, and will return. If you want to cut costs, the same starters are available down in the bar area ('bakery'), and judging by ours, these are substantial enough for a light lunch.
Do not miss this....a classic that deserves the description.
We are a small dining group who meet every 3 months or so.
St John's is by far our favourite restaurant for its ambiance and service.
However its the food that keeps us coming back particularly the lamb broth, devilled kidneys, bone marrow and of course, Welsh rarebit and eccles cake. The Breton cider is also a favourite!
Superb meal (pheasant pie and kidneys); great wine. A very friendly and efficient service as always.
Great food, great location, great bar with great ale. The only downside is the service which can be a little cold and cocky.
Fantastic food, wine and company
Staff was extremely friendly. Our chips were too salty and we were geven a new portion and a salad free of charge. Food was delicious.
The only minor point: our waitresses apron was very dirty, looked like ink stains. But loved the experience!
Disappointing and basic. This place seems to be trading on it’s previous reputation. Much better places to go to.
Absolutely delicious one of the best meals I have had anywhere
Amazing service, friendly and attentive staff with excellent food suggestions... Perfect birthday location, really special with great food, we had a brilliant time!
Wonderful food, staff, service and menu, a favourite.
Incredible food and service. I will definitely be going back!
Reception: could have been a bit more personal.. was far more personal on a previous visit.
Table service was very good , attentive but leave you alone if that makes sense?
Food?... Simply outstanding!
Starter of pigs toungues with roasted shallots and remoulade was amazing.
Main course of grilled lambs hearts with aioli and carrots was a masterpiece
Desert of custard tart was simply sublime.
Loved it , food and drink superb in a relaxed atmosphere!
Fantastic restaurant with a great atmosphere. Simply my favorite. Nose to tail is without doubt the way to go, with the best marrow bone starter and lambs heart main and lemon posset available anywhere today.
Just amazing. Everything. Fabulous. Go there. Then return and do it again.
I have been coming to St John since shortly after it opened. It is one of my favourite restaurants in the world because of the honesty of its dishes - no twists or tricks just good ingredients cooked with skill and combined with taste.
Great, traditional, head-to-toe fare. Very rich and oily at times, very filling. Hearty. Great breads!
For people who think St John is a place that only serves crazy food, that just isn’t the case. Most of the food at St John is just good every day old school food with a twist. Give something new a try you won’t be disappointed, and the price is right.
The food was amazing, and the service was top notch. One in our party has a long list of dietary restrictions and everyone at the restaurant took the time to listen and ensure everything he ordered adhered to his needs.
Absolute fantastic food drinks service and atmosphere
Just really awesome food that isn’t pretentious and a great ambience.
My favorite restaurant in the world. They always have new delicious things to try on the menu.
I love the head-to-toe philosophy. The "real food" and the traditional options at St John. I love that the menu is always changing so I can always try something fresh, new and in season. I bring all my London visitors here and they all love it!
Wonderful relaxed atmosphere. Exceptional menu. Lambs brain starter and calves liver main were both delicious. Combined with the house claret, attentive service and good company, this is one of my favourite meals, and restaurants.
Service not great on this occasion (took them more than 30mins to take our order - even for drinks) but food was great as usual
Everything I expected from St John, wonderful Bone Marrow to start and an amazing Grilled Lamb Heart to follow. The Eccles Cake and Lancashire Cheese was sublime
A real gem of a restaurant. What looks as simple dishes turns out to be amazing in taste.
Was very interested to dine at St. John based on its reputation. I was not put off by emphasis on offal as it was what I expected, but menu choices might be very limited for some diners. We took a cold brill and cabbage salad and a kohlrabi salad that looked almost identical. Nice vinaigrette, but nothing special. Pork main for my girlfriend and mallard for me. Both dishes arrived cold ands were served on cold plates. Server did take them back to be reheated, but the enthusiasm was gone. Mallard dish with squash was good; pork very boring except for crackling. Pastry of Eccles cake was very stodgy and not flaky. Three best dishes were a side of mashed swede, a side of Welsh rarebit and the outstanding pavlova pudding. Restaurant was kind to compensate with gratis madeleines and a glass each of dessert wine.
The food and service is outstanding. The menu is so interesting that several visits would be needed to get a comprehensive sample.
I'm looking forward to another opportunity to visit!
Very different dining experience in a non fussy and non pretentious setting. Great food, good service and reasonable price for the quality.
Brilliant menu with a wide range of food, fish and meat. Imaginative and traditional. Cooking if highly skilled, presentation simple. I had devilled kidneys with swede mash - I have not tasted better, a simple and restorative plate of food. Eccles cake and lancashire cheese for pudding - worth coming here just for that. Then an espresso which was better than I have had outside Rome. A great restaurant, peopled by charming staff who know what they are doping and love their restaurant.
We were recommended StJohn by our son who is a chef, currently working in Denmark. The food was excellent, and the service level was very very good. Highly recommended you book a table at St John.
Whole crab starter was outstanding, followed by super size main courses which we just couldn't get through so was kindly wrapped to take home by the staff when we couldn't finish them. Bonus for beer drinkers unlike many London restaurants draught pints on tap so pints available. House wine super value , rum and raisin ice cream excellent. Checking menu every day to see when the whole crab is back on , will be back.
Absolutely incredible. A culinary masterpiece. Simple yet so sophisticated.
Wonderful experience from start to finish! We definitely come back