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St. John Bread and Wine
94-96 Commercial St. (Spitalfields)
(44) 020-7251-0848 | www.stjohnbreadandwine.com
HOURSMon.-Fri.: 9:00am-11:00pm; Sat.: 10:00am-4:00pm, 6:00pm-11:00pm; Sun.: 10:00am-4:00pm, 6:00pm-10:30pm
BEST FORLunch; dinner
RESERVATIONSRecommended, especially for 6 or more
PRICE (APPETIZER AND ENTRÉE)Appetizer: GBP 2-10; Entree: GBP 10-15
FAMOUS PLATESOffal; ox heart in salad; cold pigeon; stinking bishop; chocolate terrine
DRINKS AND WINEGood selection of well-priced wines; British microbrews
# OF SEATS50-75
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
TUBELiverpool Street; Aldgate; Aldgate East
The foodie in-crowd swears by this casual off-shoot of the legendary St. John restaurant. The kitchen turns out the same creative “nose-to-tail” take on British eats, and the similarly all-white, stripped-bare look passes for no-fuss "decor." But the vibe here is more convivial and laidback. There’s also a counter selling their fresh breads and cakes and a collection of carefully sourced wines, in case you’d like to take a loaf or bottle for the road.
Mainly foodies of all stripes, though a few curious boys (and girls) from The City pop by too.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
It’s casual–smart jeans and nice top will work fine. (They’re more interested in the food than what you’re wearing anyway.)
GO HERE WITH
Friends; family; anyone as long as they’re willing to be adventurous with food
WHY WE LIKE IT
The food is divine, and they make intimidating offerings like offal interesting and easy to eat. The best British food in town.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
GOOD TO KNOW
The kitchen closes 4:00pm-6:00pm on weekends.
St. John Bar and Restaurant (London)
Read more about St. John Bread and Wine in The Diary
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