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St John Bread and Wine

94–96 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6LZ 020 7251 0848

We say

Sitting across the road from Spitalfields Market, St John Bread and Wine is an offshoot of Fergus Henderson’s well-known nose-to-tail restaurant in Smithfield’s Market. The whitewashed former bank now houses a bakery, wine shop and eating place. The menu is simple, and the stress is on sharing food in a group: mix and match with dishes such as Jerusalem artichokes, red onion and rocket; mussels, cider and dulse; and foie gras and duck liver toast. The breakfast menu might offer an Old Spot bacon sandwich; for elevenses try a glass of Madeira and one of St John’s legendary Eccles cakes. British cheese is another speciality.

You say Average Rating ★★★★★

Great old-fashioned food ★★★★★

Great food here for meat eaters - they serve a great suckling pig (if your group is big enough you can have an entire pig on a platter), and the other options are really good too - including the eccles cakes. There are veggie options but it is a very meat-focussed place, despite the name, so don't come here expecting just to eat bread and wine! We loved it though and will definitely be back when we're over on that side of town.

St John Bread and Wine reviewed by on July 17th, 2014

British and proud ★★★★★

This restaurant doesn't shy away from serving the more unusual cuts of meat and offal and allows the quality of the ingredients to shine through. The idea of having sharing plates works really well, except when it comes to desert when you absolutely have to have your own portion of the famous Eccles cakes and Lancashire cheese. When we were there we spotted Neil Tennant and Janet Street Porter who are apparently regulars.

St John Bread and Wine reviewed by on April 5th, 2012

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Mains £6.50–£16.50

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Breakfast daily 9am–11am, lunch noon–3pm (4pm weekends), supper 6–11pm (Sun 9pm).

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