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Proof that classic never goes out of fashion, this sparsely decorated canteen delivers "fantastic British food for adventurous eaters", according
to one reader. Whilst the acoustics might be poor, meaning you may need to shout to be heard, the more casual sibling of the mighty St John is still well worth experiencing for its "relaxed vibe", "impeccable service" and daily changing menu. Breakfast, cakes and pastries are always in demand here – one bite of the Old Spot bacon sandwich, chased by a sweet hit from one of the signature doughnuts, will explain why. But there's much more to explore on the full nose-to-tail line-up, from kohlrabi with brown shrimps and chervil via devilled kidneys or grilled mackerel with beetroot and horseradish to steamed lemon sponge or burnt vanilla cream. The sound but "pricey" all-French wine list kicks off with surprisingly good house selections by the glass.

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St John Bread & Wine

94-96 Commercial Street ,London E1 6LZ

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On my favourites list!

by   platinum reviewer (86)

Jan 2017

We ate dinner here last night, and I loved everything about the place! Excellent waiting staff, buzzing atmosphere, delicious food and a daily changing menu, what's not to love? We had fois gras pate on toast, the welsh rarebit (wonderful mustard heat), skate cheeks and tartare sauce (super light crispy batter), cucumber, kohlrabi and brown shrimp salad (divine) and roasted quail with crab apple jelly and a bottle of Picpoul and the bill only came to £73. People were popping in on their...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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One of my all time favourites

by   silver reviewer (27)

Nov 2016

Have been coming here since it opened, and always love it. SJBW is by no means for the faint hearted or picky eaters, the food is pared back rustic with a whiff of foraging in every dish. Smoked sprats come simply on a plate with a dollop of horseradish. Homemade bread with superb butter is a treat. Duck hearts with loveage or lambs brains in breadcrumbs are done so gently and deftly that whilst you might baulk at the headings or thought of eating such offal, the actual experience is sublime....

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Hugo G.'s rating

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

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Bad Service

by   (4)

Dec 2015

Despite telling the head waiter and the waiter serving our table that we had a time constraint the restaurant ignored this and proceeded to serve us at a glacial pace. Everything was slow. When 10 minutes before our planned departure our main course had not arrived, enquiries got the head waiter to explain his approach (based on 30 years experience!) that they do not tell the kitchen to proceed with preparing the main course until the plates from the starter have been cleared. Clearly responding...

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Brian S.'s rating

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

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St John Bread & Wine

94-96 Commercial Street ,London E1 6LZ

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Great experience

by   (2)

May 2013

Very St John in terms of the type of food. Great experiences of unusual, interesting, tasty food. An excellent night out. One small grouse (not a real complaint) was that there were so many people having such a great time, that we couldn't hear ourselves over the noise.

Adrian B.'s rating

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

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94-96 Commercial Street ,London E1 6LZ

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by   (3)

Mar 2012

What an amazing dinner – I think we worked our way through most of the menu, all of which was amazing. This is not somewhere for the squeamish/faint hearted, as a lot of it is offal related, but the taste is out of this world, the wine list good and service excellent. The Madelines for pudding were out of this world! Would absolutely go again but it is pretty expensive, especially the wine.

Tish T.'s rating

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

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94-96 Commercial Street ,London E1 6LZ

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Apr 2011

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We went on Saturday afternoon. Having never been to St John restaurant I thought it would be a good starter experience to try St John Bread and Wine. The place was packed and we were told as soon as we asked for a table that there might be a wait for the food but we didn't mind. Perhaps the service has been bad in the past (judging by the reviews on here) but we had a super waitress, who immediately asked if we needed some water (the amount of restaurants that this doesn't happen in is extraordinary...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 6

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by   (1)

Jan 2011

I had a lunch here recently and have to say I left the place feeling depressed having spent £40 on dishes that were just awful and a wine that had such a mark-up on it it felt like theft! The mashed potatoe with egg and fried chicken skin sounded different and appealing but it actually turned mine and my colleagues stomach. It was served tepid, the mash was drowned in the water from the egg and it was inedible… the spinanch and lamb with anchovy dressing only tasted of anchovy and being a cold dish...

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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by   bronze reviewer (12)

Jun 2010

4 of us went for Sunday lunch, being my wife 25 year old daughter and her boyfriend. The place was full and we enjoyed the buzz of the place – the dining area, very plainly decorated, is fairly small so quite noisy when full which was fun for a ‘chatty’ sunday lunch. We really liked the fact that you could approach the meal rather like english tapas i.e we choose 6-7 dishes of the starters menu and shared – it worked very well and the food was all good and tasty – incidentally the choice of main...

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

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    Formal enough to repel the crowds of lagered likely lads and their buxom consorts who prowl this part of central London of a Friday, yet informal enough to dissuade those seeking only a quiet night in with their food, St John Bread and Wine is a genuine destination restaurant for those denizens of E1 for whom a good feed is the centrepiece of a good evening out.
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