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.
020 7272 1587
020 7272 1587
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This isnt just a tavern full of incredible booze - this is an education on how to enjoy the best food in the most comfortable surroundings. There is a wide range of mouthwatering options that present ground breaking gastro ideas from pheasant pappardelle to smoked haddock and mussel chowder. The show stopper would be the oysters. Carlingford rock oyster to be precise. Seriously good and definately surprised at the quality considering the amamznig price.
My sisters and I were heading to a sad family meeting at a nearby hospital and decided to meet for lunch beforehand. I am so happy we came across the St. John's Tavern. As soon as we stepped inside we were met with warm hospitality and professional service. We didn't try the wine but the lunchtime menu and food was superb. The mackerel burger is something to write home about alone and the chips are the best in the world!
The atmosphere was a great combination of relaxing and professional and in no short time we were reminiscing, smiling and laughing. This was the perfect place for us to relax, chat, laugh and even shed the odd tear. We will be back when we have more time to enjoy this lovely gastropub and it's very flavoursome food.
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