St. John Bread and Wine

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1306 reviews
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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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Bit too expensive

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PW
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent as always though I think the servers were a bit puzzled by my friends Northern sense of humor!

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PC
London
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

St. John Bread and Wine offers a wonderful dining experience: exquisitely prepared and adventurous food served in unfussy surrounds by immensely helpful and personable staff. A terrific meal.

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E
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I have been eating at St Johns restaurants since the late 90s ( and drinking ) . I have alway loved everything about St Johns and the food is always great .
My recent visit was no exception although i didnt recognise any of the staff ...which is a first for me.
The only criticismt i have is the closing Rope Walk ...which was so so special ..why did you do that ?
Anyway dont ever change what you do and as a Spanish friend of mine said recently " St Johns is a very necessary restaurant " ...and i agree !
Love john ebden

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AM
London
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great modern vibe. Excellent food using essential ingredients to bring out maximum flavor, on par with St John Restaurant. Lunch time, pleasantly quiet and a good value. Service and staff disengaged and couldn't care less.

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OD
London
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Level dishes unequal to the price. Medium Wines. Very expensive.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Generally really impressive. Everything tasted great.

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MT
London
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service. A place to visit for a special occasion.

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Nous étions déjà venus 2 fois dans votre restaurant avec de belles découvertes culinaires

Si les entrées étaient correctes mais sans surprise...il en va autrement des plats
le porc n'était pas cuit et et le plat était froid...Nous avons du le renvoyer !
et la plie et sa sauce tartare ...très cher pour une simple plie et une délicieuse sauce tartare
Nous avions recommandé votre restaurant à de nombreux amis mais cette fois nous sommes très déçu

Equipe en salle souriante et efficace

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JR
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great wine and good food as usual, but the menu was unusually bland this weekend. No game!

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j
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our experience at St. John Bread and Wine. Some exceptional dishes include the sourdough that came in the beginning, the smoked mackerel, and the ox tail. Other dishes were delicious but a tad too salty, but overall we really enjoyed our meal. The service was also excellent.

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CG
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Waitress was rude. Food was okay but the main dish was cold.

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r
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food if you like nose to tail eating. Expensive but worth it for the quality. Lamb tongue FTW

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BP
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always really good food and service , in a relaxed but vibrant atmosphere. The changing menu means there is always something new, but the favorites remain.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food. Conservative seating plan

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L
London
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
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 February 12, 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 February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great time

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 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 February 1, 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 January 26, 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 January 21, 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 January 20, 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 January 19, 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 January 15, 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 January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Server Philip was great

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 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 December 30, 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 December 30, 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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 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 December 28, 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 December 22, 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
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 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
69 reviews
Dined on December 18, 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
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 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 December 17, 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 December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple ingredients inventive delicious food

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CE
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 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 December 14, 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 December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food as always! Thanks team!

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