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St. John Bread and Wine

Modern European Restaurant

St. John Bread and Wine34
bread • bacon sandwich • offal • ox heart

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  • Photo of Pamela Russo
    2 years ago
    For a scrumptious bacon sandwich to start your day
  • Photo of MH Pora
    3 years ago
    One of the best restaurant in London
  • Photo of Karen Mann
    3 years ago
    Must have the freshly baked madeleines!
  • Photo of Mowenlloyd
    5 months ago
    I had dinner there on Sunday evening. Restaurant was full, hot and noisy - with an open kitchen they need to upgrade the air conditioning. Chap behind the lectern greeted us coldly and without any enthusiasm. No eye contact or warmth. Food was very good - selection of interesting dishes; cooking first class. Service was again cold and devoid of any charm - my daughter described the waitress as passive aggressive, which her weird smile probably was. Left feeling underwhelmed. Kitchen is badly let down by poor front of house.
  • Photo of WeIcome
    6 months ago
    Nice atmosphere! Waitress was very helpful and really talked us through the whole menu, which is cool and very sweet! We ordered almost one of everything, which really made the experience very fun. As I understood they actually aim to make things so that people would share, so it is nice to order multiple different things with the table and discover some new things. I won't list all the things we got, but overall the experience was very good (bone marrow was very interesting). The food itself wasn't the best, but the experience they provided made everything awesome!
  • Photo of Jane E
    6 months ago
    Made a spontaneous visit here after attending an event nearby. They were busy, but a few tables available. It is quite noisy with poor acoustics. As I recalled from before, the menu is very limited and if you don't like what is on offer there are very few options. What we had was well cooked and excellent basic produce. A starter (also a bar snack option I noticed later, which may explain the rather rough way it was presented) of duck pate and toast was two crude, thick slabs of toasted bread with the pate smeared over - that was disappointing and aesthetically unappealing - I would have preferred to decide myself how much toast to eat with the actually quite small amount of (delicious) pate - it seemed to push the 'bread and wine' title very literally. My memories were of a rather better, more 'special' restaurant, but guess it has now become a regular place on the local circuit - an institution in the neighbourhood - but quite an expensive one for the level of service and presentation.
  • Photo of Wales_Solo_traveller
    We popped in here without booking for a quick bite one lunch time in August. Although it was a Friday it was still quite easy to get a table, which was a little surprising. The food as usual was outstanding - we had crispy pig's cheek which from memory came with some greens, it was very tasty as was the baked fennel and Berkswell cheese. The service is excellent and there is a good wine list. They put free sourdough and lovely fresh butter on the table before your order. We had a lovely relaxing lunch and will return.
  • Photo of jaakamat
    6 months ago
    visited this place late afternoon on a Sunday,ordered wine and sandwiches to start with,.also tried the donuts,would definitely want to return back to try their dishes,
  • Photo of AlanofLondon
    6 months ago
    A rare foray for some traditional British food. There was no doubt about the quality of the ingredients, it just turned out that the way they were put together wasn't really to my taste. Everything I tried was just a bit bland and nondescript. At these prices we would have done better in an ethnic restaurant that knew how to stimulate my (probably jaded) taste-buds. The drinks were good, but pricey and the ambience quaint and old fashioned. Possibly a good place to take foreign visitors but they may not enjoy the food..
  • Photo of Jon B
    6 months ago
    We arrived early in peaceful times. By the time the place had filled up and we were half way through our sharing plates and excellent 2 bottles of wine - the noise from excited diners made it hard to hear ourselves. Lively and excitable, lots of groups of friends, smart and sassy, a couple of first dates. No chance of awkward silences! Loved the foi gras and duck pate on sourdough toast. Slip soles were a treat. Couldn't face the lambs tongues but my friend smiled all the way through them. An excellent dessert wine with the salted caramel ice cream, a suggestion from our excellent Idris Elba look alike waiter.
  • Photo of Sheree A
    7 months ago
    We wanted a decent breakfast in unpretentious surroundings with good service and great value and that's what we got today - I had the kippers with sourdough toast, Ann had the perfect bacon sandwich with homemade tomato ketchup and lily a fried egg (off menu) with toast and butter. The plum preserve also deserves a special mention as does the man who served us who kept his cool as rather more demanding and pretentious guests around us played havoc or knocked drinks out of hands whilst 'performing' for their guests. We wanted to go back and have lunch to be honest but will save that for our next trip ! Plus we went back and bought some bread from the bakery before heading north- everything very affordable too The perfect start to a trip around Spitalfield Market - but check out the menu before you go if you're looking for the more traditional English fry-up/ American diner fare because you won't find it here and that's a good thing as far as I am concerned - as plenty of other places offer that so great to see this gem stand out
  • Photo of andy_milan
    7 months ago
    Went for breakfast. Toast bread was burned, asked to change it and after 5 min they brought me exactly the same slices, one of them cutted where totally black. Waiteress didn't say anything. When I paid, complaining, she told me that for the kitchen the bread was fine like this. Unbelievable.
  • Photo of Bermondseytravels
    7 months ago
    I've been to St Johns in Maltby St many times and more recently visited at St. John's Bread and Wine next to Spitalfields. I personally love this place even though I'm not a meat eater. There are always fish and veggie options and the St. John's own wines, plus their wine list is exceptional. The flavours are strong and the ingredients sometimes unusual but that's how I prefer it. Their bread products are lovely and worth buying even if not eating at the restaurant.
  • Photo of wappinghero
    7 months ago
    Used to love St John but this branch in Commercial Street has gone downhill. Hadn't been there for a year or so, because the manager was so patronising last time. Was hoping he had gone. No such luck! It was Sunday around 1pm. The place used to be buzzing. It was virtually empty! The manager kept us waiting while he was chatting to a couple sitting at a table. No welcome. No nothing. He saw us come in! We were eventually seated by a nice Scottish waiter. Wish we hadn't been. We chose a selection of six starters. The Bloody Marys were good. So was the house white. The staters were dire and tasteless. Most came swimming in green leaves,a yucky salad cream and capers. There were a lot of those. The snails were tasteless. No seasoning. The bone marrow was feeble. The duck was so salty it was almost inedible. I could taste the mackerel hours later! Puddings were nice and they reduced the bill because we complained. Nice table. Nice Scottish waiter, but they should get rid of the manager and the chef. Don't go there until they put up a 'new manager' sign. Hate throwing money down the drain like this
  • Photo of Vironment
    8 months ago
    This was the single most terrible lunch we have ever experienced and we have eaten across the globe and paid a lot for it too. The food was awful...the braised squid was swimming in huge amounts of an oily substance, the mackerel too smothered in oil making it virtually inedible. I ordered roast lamb which had not arrived until the mackerel my wife had ordered and couldn't finish. Where was the lamb? I've no doubt that if it had finally arrived it would have been equally inedible too. Definitely seem more interested in expensive food than the cooking or taste of it. It felt like Genesis Khan had come to life again, butchering great ingredients in order to 'poison' the customers/diners The service was at best Very indifferent and at worse virtually none existent....the cost £46 !!! A really mega awful lunch, appalling! ! Truly dreadful experience please be warned
  • Photo of 588Bunny22
    8 months ago
    Booked online yesterday for a table for two at St John's at Spitalfields. Got to the restaurant a bit late, but our table, with our specifications of corner + window was waiting for us. Ordered a bottle of St John's excellent Cabernet + Shiraz. And 3 dishes to share: Crab Meat on Toast, Ox Tongue and Trotter Terrine and Smoked Cod's Roe, Egg and Cress. It's hard to describe the flavours of each of these splendid dishes -- and harder to say which we enjoyed most! All of them were one better than the other. Although I think the Cod's Roe won by a short nose! We just couldn't get enough of it! Instead of dessert we asked for a glass each of extra dry Manzanilla sherry and liked it so much that we bought a bottle at their excellent retail price of only £9 to bring back. A supernacular evening!
  • Photo of GeoffCh2015
    8 months ago
    Not my favourite wine bar / restaurant though if you're a carnivore this might suit you. Good choice of wines though somewhat on the expensive side.
  • Photo of juanitalam
    8 months ago
    Returning customer - I usually come here for the doughnuts and brownies takeaway as my friends love it. The food is good but the short hair lady's attitude over the counter was a bit rude today.
  • Photo of Kunal P
    8 months ago
    As per the title, if you like good Bacon Sandwiches this if your place. truly mesmerising especially with the home made tomato ketchup. As well as this the artisan home made breads and fresh coffee are delicious
  • Photo of rosie f
    9 months ago
    My birthday treat- such a stylish place- food is understated but delicious. The beer they have on tap is the best lager I have ever tasted!
  • Photo of sharon s
    9 months ago
    This was one of the stops on our food tour. We had bacon/ham-sandwiches. I'm not a fan of bacon or ham it was actually pretty tasty. The menu looks really good and the prices seem very reasonable.
  • Photo of Alexander C
    9 months ago
    Food is absolutelly amazing and really enjoyed every single dish. It felt like they were a bit understaffed and had towait quite a long for someone tonotice us. Neverthlessstaff was amazingonce they came to the table a young lady with glasses really reccomended delicious dishes. All in all would have definatelly perfect if it wasn't because the restaurant was so loud that we had to rush the desserts because we couldn't stand the noise anymore. Deffinatelly reccomend to visit unlessthe restaurant is busy, try and avoid the buzz..
  • Photo of Andy S
    9 months ago
    I'd read and heard good things about St Johns in various publications (and on television). Decided to take my girlfriend there for her birthday and it was the right choice. The food was fairly classic but with excellent fresh ingredients, nicely presented. The beer, we both agreed, was the nicest Pilsner we've ever had (from Bermondsey but I can't remember the name). The rustic simplicity of the decor is charming and lets the food do the talking. Nice diverse atmosphere. We shared a few small plates, which I'd recommend. I also got a nice surprise when the bill came as it was much lower than anticipated. My only criticism was that the staff were a little slow, but it was very busy to be fair. Highly recommended, can't wait to go back.

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