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91 Junction Road
The good folk at the strapping St John’s Tavern make no bones about their dedication to the food side of the operation – this is a pub of the gastro variety, with a retro finish, where the triumvirate of rustic tucker, cracking real ales and European wines keeps the punters happy. The Victorian-era space with its generous proportions is ideal for hosting both casual drinkers and full-on diners; shabby-chic decor confirms the everyman appeal. The kitchen’s repertoire, listed on blackboard menus, is grounded in British cooking, yet looks to the European mainland for further inspiration. Provenance is an evident watchword. Kick off with grilled herring with pickled tomato, or a classic fish soup, and then dive into English rose veal chop with wild mushrooms, or lemon sole with a Mediterranean spin. Puds have the same Brit/Euro mash-up, and Sunday lunch will warm your cockles – especially if you sit by the open fire.
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91 Junction Road
Archway Tube Station 168m
Upper Holloway Station 291m
St. George's Theatre 927m
Highgate Cemetery 1km
Mon-Sun 6.30-11pm (Sun -9.30pm) Fri-Sun 12N-4pm
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Food + drink: 3
Another local. It has been a fixture in North London for many years and it still delivers. The menu always offers something interesting, and the food is well cooked and presented. Sometimes the service comes with a little attitude, but overall a very good gastro pub with a great atmosphere.
Update Feb 2010
First time back since the refurb. Have never had a bad meal here.
We go to St John's quite frequently, being locals… We always like our food and drinks and have been generally happy with the service until a recent visit: Recession, recession… we started adding up our restaurant bills – but even before checking our bill at our latest visit, we were surprised at the rather high final amount that already included 12,5% service charge… We were over charged by £11 for our meals, that consisted of a £5 starter and two main courses – not a difficult one to add up! After pointing it out to our waiter, although we felt rather awful, we did not get even an apology, yet alone a drink on the house… It was weird and uncomfortable – We won't be rushing back …
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