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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016St John’s utilitarian simplicity was revolutionary back in the day, and its ‘nose-to-tail’ concept raised a few eyebrows too. Once ahead of its time, it’s now of its time – and is still relevant. The industrial minimalism of the starkly white interior places the focus firmly on matters gastronomic (and the company you’re keeping, of course), while the menu reads like a foodie’s dream – “oh, the bone marrow and parsley”, sighs one fan. Alternatively, play it safe with a damn fine pea and ham soup or go for broke – braised cuttlefish and alexanders, lambs’ tongues with chicory and anchovy, or braised hare with swede, kid liver with turnips are “simply great”. As for pud, take your pick from the likes of quince and hazelnut pavlova or apple and blackberry pie. “Everything is good, I never know what to eat”, sums up readers’ heartfelt enthusiasm for Fergus Henderson’s trailblazer turned Michelin-starred City treasure. The wine list is exclusively French, with interesting options by the glass and bottles to take out too.

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St John

26 St John Street ,London EC1M 4AY

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Lacked Oomph and More!

by   platinum reviewer (122)

Jul 2016

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Editor's pick From previous reviews I could hardly believe that I was eating at the same restaurant, lunchtime early July 2016. I had heard about Fergus Henderson and so had a reasonable idea of what to expect, or so I thought. To begin, pollock served cold was unexpected (hot would have been preferable and being such an economic and unexciting fish in itself, it needs to be made interesting). Well they tried, but completely over-powered the dish with garlic in the aioli, to the extent that just a couple...

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Foodess's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 2

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St John

26 St John Street ,London EC1M 4AY

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Carnivore carnival

by   platinum reviewer (216)

Sep 2015

If meat is your thing, you have intrepidity and lack squeamishness, then there are few better places than St John. That the restaurant has endured for well over a decade with very few tweaks to the format is testament to its success. The formula is very simple: a large white-washed room (admittedly somewhat akin to a canteen), serving high-quality British produce, but specialising in intestines and the like. On the downside, St John is not cheap and I would certainly feel somewhat short-changed had...

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Gourmand Gunno's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 5

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St John

26 St John Street ,London EC1M 4AY

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Tasty

by   silver reviewer (19)

May 2013

Took some clients to St John's for lunch and, having consciously avoided the place for over a decade, was pleasantly surprised. The food was unfussy, unpretentious and, most important, very tasty. The decor is a very claming all white. Nothing flashy at all. Tables are appropriately spaced and service was efficient. The food was very good and, as I understand that the menu changes daily, I will not go into any detail as to what we had. A thoroughly enjoyable experience at a reasonable price (including...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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St John

26 St John Street ,London EC1M 4AY

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by   (1)

Jul 2011

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

We went to St John the other week and it was decidedly average. We had the sole and roast chicken (it was Sunday lunch). The food was underwhelming and what you would have expected at your local gastropub – sole OK but flabby and soggy, the chicken boring and bland. Lovely service though, and the wine list had some good choices at reasonable prices. Overall however, the pricing was way out of line for the quality and skill of the cooking. Very hard to believe St John has a Michelin star. I won't...

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Dave B.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 3

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26 St John Street ,London EC1M 4AY

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by   gold reviewer (36)

Jun 2011

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Eaten at St John 3 times in the last 18m. Our most recent visit was April 11, having not eaten there since early 2010 (always booked up). Its pretty much unchanged, and every bit as good, with its focus on simple high quality English dishes, especially the “unpopular cuts”. The main white walled dining room is rather stark and cold, especially with its warehouse style lighting – but perfect abattoir décor ! OK when busy, but it must be very “cold” if there are times when the restaurant is quiet. The...

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gmbklm's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 9

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26 St John Street ,London EC1M 4AY

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May 2011

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

A sustained exercise in sleight of hand . Indifferent and unpleasant staff serve mediocre food to posers whose main concern is to see them selves reflected in the eyes of other narcissists…avoid.

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 1

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26 St John Street ,London EC1M 4AY

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by   gold reviewer (40)

May 2011

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So much has been written about St. John Restaurant, I feel I’m only adding to the love letter pile. The humble little cave in Clerkenwell serving overt British organs and cut-offs has become cult. A holy shrine. True believers, once they’ve marked off Jerusalem and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, come here. Fergus Henderson’s straightforward combinations have drawn plaudits from across the globe. AA Gill commented that: “I have few regrets as a restaurant critic, but one is that I didn’t give...

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David J.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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26 St John Street ,London EC1M 4AY

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Jan 2011

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I have thought about reviewing this restaurant for some months now and decided to do it finally for the most awful experience I had. I saw the mice running out from the kitchen while eating… Yes, not mouse, not one, but two different during the whole meal. Needless to say I didnt have much appetite after that. But since it was an anniversary surprise dinner in October 2010 organised by my boyfriend, I did not raise an alarm. I ve grown up in country- side, so seeing mice does not freak me out per...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 5

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26 St John Street ,London EC1M 4AY

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by   platinum reviewer (153)

Sep 2010

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No matter how good the starters on the menu are (and there are always some tempting offerings), nothing can compare to the bone marrow on toast, and it gets me every time. I know that I should try something else, but once again I failed. Four pieces of melting bone marrow, encased in burnt bone, with a parsley and caper salad. There is truly no finer single signature dish in London. OK, the great Piere Koffman is back with his pigs trotter stuffed with thyroid glands. That is hard to beat; but Fergus...

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Richard E.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 9

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    foodstinct.com :: St. John Restaurant, Smithfield: If you’re veggie, go twice, for dessert

    When I think of self-flagellation, an image of Berengar, the forlorn monk from In The Name of the Rose comes to mind. Attempting to absolve his sins (having and acting upon his homosexual desire), he’d whip himself with a specially crafted belt, ripping out slices of skin from his back as he did.

    Some may liken a fair weather-vegetarian visiting St. John Smithfield to such self-flagellation. Indeed, as plate after plate of whole bone marrow were whisked through the dining room on dainty porcelain, resisting the temptation to divert from my mission was challenging.

    But resist I did, for I was eager...
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    Samphire and Salsify :: St John, Farringdon  | Samphire and Salsify

    I remember my first dinner at St John, a Michelin-starred institution by Trevor Gulliver and Fergus Henderson, a good few years back. I tried tongue for the first time, both lamb and ox, and my gentleman companion struggled to finish a grouse so rare it was practically squawking. It was brilliant.

    We recently returned on a Thursday evening (after Lizzie Mabbot‘s Chinatown Kitchen book launch at the Drapers Arms – do have a look at it on Amazon) with no reservation and they managed to squeeze us in – only just. The dining room was packed with an intriguing mix of suited, high-fiving men and trendy chaps with...
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    The Food Judge :: St John. It's the Daddy. | The Food Judge

    We’d escaped to the Beckford Arms at the weekend, a gastropub with rooms, deep in the heart of the West Country. Run by boys who look like they should be in a Boden catalogue, it’s well worth a visit, although we don’t stay in the body of the pub. Set in the heart of the adjacent Fonthill Estate is an old barn, converted into two self-contained über-sheds, run by the hotel and overlooking some stunning countryside. This is our destination. Deep joy of joys, there is no phone signal, but there is wi-fi. The other way round would have been unacceptable.
    They must have known I was coming, though, because there,...
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