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The white canteen interior might seem austere, but it certainly provides a blank canvas for Fergus Henderson’s no-nonsense nose-to-tail cookery. At this little sibling of the seminal St John, the atmosphere is less formal, sharing of dishes is encouraged and sustenance from the on-site bakery and French-accented vintner’s gets a chance to shine among the top-quality seasonal ingredients. The daily menu begins with breakfast – porridge with prunes, perhaps, or Old Spot bacon sandwich, before elevenses of Eccles cake. A full meal could encompass warm Jerusalem artichokes with rocket and red onion in a satisfying sweet honey dressing; soft chunks of flaky salt hake resting in crunchy spaghetti-like strands of white cabbage with chervil; or pretty-in-pink rare duck perfectly matched with Cox apple jelly. Puddings tempt too, with the likes of freshly baked madeleines. Complaints about noisy acoustics persist, but we didn’t notice – although it was devilishly hard to attract the attention of the laid-back staff.


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  1. Published : Wednesday, 26 March 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: St. John Bread and Wine

    Sitting slap bang opposite Spitalfields Market, St. John Bread and Wine is the creation of Trevor Gulliver and Fergus Henderson. It very much follows the ethos of their other Michelin starred restaurant St. John in Farringdon; simple precise cooking with plenty of offal on offer, all served in simple surroundings...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 11 May 2014

    The Hungry Porker :: St. John Bread and Wine

    This was probably the last place to take somebody who had been heaving up their stomach lining all weekend. But then again given that stomach lining has no doubt featured on the menu at some point here, it felt somewhat appropriate. I probably could have been more generous when ordering and gone for something a little more gag-friendly than brains on toast, but this was a satisfying payback for being made to endure the Kardashians all week.

    In-keeping with the industrial east London surroundings, St. John’s is about as bare a restaurant can get. White walls, tables and coat hangers is all you get here. This...
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  1. I love the concept of English tapas, I prefer lots of different dishes rather than a starter and main and with the seasonal nature of the menu means there are usually things you haven’t tried. The sourdough bread made on the premises was brought over and we devoured it. It was great with the crab we started with...
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  1. Published : Friday, 23 August 2013

    Munch My Way :: St. John Bread and Wine, Spitalfields

    St. John’s Bread and Wine is the St. John restaurant group, the dishes evolves around utilising the whole animal and is under the award winning, Michelin St. John restaurant in Smithfield’s. One might think how is this particular Bread and Wine concept different from the restaurant in Smithfield?...
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  1. Somebody double parked, we couldn't help it. It might have been Saddam Hussein,we're not really sure. He had a British accent though. George Costanza (Seinfeld episode “The Dinner Party”) Recently I completed the trilogy of Trevor & Fergus visiting St John Bread & Wine. I had been before in the iconic Smithfield restaurant, the only saturday's bakery in Druid St, and also in the now closed Hotel in Chinatown. The placed is in front of the old market, operating since 2003 seven days a week from breakfast to supper. The original intention was to open just a bakery but soon the project became a full restaurant. Same...
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  1. This branch of the St.John restaurant group is famous for its food as well as their take on everyone’s favourite breakfast sandwich, the bacon sandwich or more slang the bacon sarnie.
    A couple of months ago I was here for dinner and thoroughly enjoyed the food they offer. But want I just learn from fellow blogger, TheSkinnyBib, that this serves maybe London’s Best Bacon Sandwich. The Guardian says everyone penny spent on that sandwich is worth it...
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Fergus Henderson

Architecture’s loss was the restaurant world’s gain when Fergus Henderson dropped the former for the latter. With no formal training, he took over the French House in Soho with his wife Margot, before opening the legendary St John in 1994 – and, later, its sibling St John Bread & Wine. Famous for his ‘nose to tail’ philosophy, Henderson has influenced an entire generation of chefs; his alumni represent a veritable ‘who’s who’ of modern British gastronomy.

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