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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.
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.Enter the Bear, being one such denizen. St John Bread and Wine, as the little sister of the renowned “nose to tail” main restaurant in Smithfield, has an excellent and varied menu for hungry carnivores.
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