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English restaurant in [[Locale Clerkenwell|Clerkenwell]], just north of Smithfield market. It received a (some would say long-overdue) Michelin Star in 2009. There's also [[St John Bread and Wine, E1 6LZ|another branch]] in [[Locale Spitalfields|Spitalfields]]. The chain also had a brief venture into the [http://www.stjohnhotellondon.com/home/ hotel industry] in [[Locale Soho|Soho]] (now under different ownership).
English restaurant in [[Locale Clerkenwell|Clerkenwell]], just north of Smithfield market. It received a (some would say long-overdue) Michelin Star in 2009. There's also [[St John Bread and Wine, E1 6LZ|another branch]] in [[Locale Spitalfields|Spitalfields]].
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St John specialise in meat, meat, and more meat; and especially the parts of it that aren't usually eaten: tripe, sweetbreads, tongue, heart, and their signature dish of roast bone marrow served with parsley salad and toast. They're also quite keen on snails, and they do cobnuts in season. The menu changes daily and can be [https://www.stjohngroup.uk.com/smithfield/menu/ viewed on their website].
St John specialise in meat, meat, and more meat; and especially the parts of it that aren't usually eaten: tripe, sweetbreads, tongue, heart, and their signature dish of roast bone marrow served with parsley salad and toast. They're also quite keen on snails.
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They offer a "feasting menu" option for large groups; you do need to book in advance, and select from a limited menu (up to two starters and desserts), but this gives you the chance to order an entire roast suckling pig, which will be brought in whole and carved in front of you. The head is cut off and presented separately, with two large trays holding the carved meat, crackling, stuffing and trotters. A pig serves 14–16 people and costs £330 (as of March 2010), payable in advance. On [[Ewan]]'s visit with a group of 16 in March 2010, the pig was excellent quality, while enough starters and desserts for everyone were served on several trays placed at intervals along the table. Our table had the marrow as well as potted pork for starter, with a rich and tasty chocolate mousse (served with crème fraîche and biscuits) and the dependable Eccles cakes with a huge chunk of Lancashire cheese for pudding.
They offer a "feasting menu" option for large groups; you do need to book in advance, and select from a limited menu, but this gives you the chance to order an entire roast suckling pig, which will be brought in whole and carved in front of you. A pig serves 14–16 people and costs £320 (as of March 2008), payable in advance.
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[[Kat]] and Rick have visited several times (most recently in April 2015), thoroughly enjoying each occasion. Our favourite starters have included octopus (wonderful, not at all chewy or rubbery, huge portion) and the bone marrow; main course highlights have been a roast lamb with turnips (melt-in-the-mouth), pigeon with lentils (excellent) and braised rabbit (rich and mustardy). We've always found the staff helpful with recommendations and explanations. The desserts are also good; the lovely chocolate mousse had the texture of a brownie on the outside, but was soft in the middle, and the Eccles cake with Lancashire cheese went down very well too.
[[Kat]] and Rick thoroughly enjoyed their visit in April 2009. We started with octopus (wonderful, not at all chewy or rubbery, huge portion) and pig spleen with bacon (interesting but underwhelming), and opted for mains of roast lamb with turnips (melt-in-the-mouth) and pigeon with lentils (excellent). The waiter recommended we order a side of greens, which suited our dishes well. The desserts are also recommended - the lovely chocolate mousse had the texture of a brownie on the outside, but was soft in the middle; the Eccles cake with Lancashire cheese (&pound;6.40) went down very well too. On [[Ewan]]'s visit shortly after, this pudding was a particular highlight <small>[http://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/3444501289/ photo]</small>, the cake crusty but with a ginger kick and the dried fruit balanced by the creamy texture of the cheese, of which there was almost too much, but that's hardly a criticism.
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Vegetarians are catered for &#8212; although there's generally only one main course vegetarian option, it tends to be interesting and worth eating, rather than being an afterthought (it's rarely if ever vegan, though, and it doesn't seen to change as often as the meat options do). Examples we've seen include courgettes with butter beans, and fennel with Berkswell cheese. On [[Ewan]]'s April 2009 lunchtime visit, the vegetarian starter was a fantastic nettle soup (&pound;6) <small>[http://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/3445306202/ photo]</small>, not at all stingy in the generous serving, creamy without being too filling, so setting up the other courses well. The vegetarian main was lentils with goat's curd (&pound;13.50) <small>[http://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/3444495343/ photo]</small>, and if the lentils were less than spectacular, the curd was lovely, fluffy but filling. A dessert of Eccles cake with Lancashire cheese (&pound;6.40) was a particular highlight <small>[http://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/3444501289/ photo]</small>, the cake crusty but with a ginger kick and the dried fruit balanced by the creamy texture of the cheese, of which there was almost too much, but that's hardly a criticism.
Vegetarians are catered for, but there's generally never more than one vegetarian option as a main on the menu (which changes daily and can be [http://www.stjohnrestaurant.com/menus/ viewed on their website]); on [[Ewan]]'s April 2009 lunchtime visit, this was lentils with goat's curd (&pound;13.50) <small>[http://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/3444495343/ photo]</small>, and if the lentils were less than spectacular, the curd was lovely, fluffy but filling. On other occasions, the option might just as easily be courgettes with butter beans, or fennel with Berkswell (a kind of cheese).
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On the same visit, Ewan's non-vegetarian companion had the brown shrimp with white cabbage (&pound;7.20) <small>[http://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/3444491805/ photo]</small>, which she certainly liked but not nearly as much as her main, the ox heart with beetroot and horseradish (&pound;15) <small>[http://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/3444498787/ photo]</small>, cut thinly and an order above the same dish as tried elsewhere. Apart from the fine Eccles cake, an excellent baked cheesecake (&pound;6.90) was offset by a coating of the sharply alcoholic liqueur de coing, derived from quince fruit <small>[http://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/3444503791/ photo]</small>.
Other dishes [[Ewan]] and his friend sampled were a fantastic nettle soup to start (&pound;6) <small>[http://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/3445306202/ photo]</small>, not at all stingy in the generous serving, creamy without being too filling, so setting up the other courses well. My friend had the brown shrimp with white cabbage (&pound;7.20) <small>[http://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/3444491805/ photo]</small>, which was certainly liked but not nearly as much as her main, the ox heart with beetroot and horseradish (&pound;15) <small>[http://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/3444498787/ photo]</small>, cut thinly and an order above the same dish as tried elsewhere. Apart from the fine Eccles cake, an excellent baked cheesecake (&pound;6.90) was offset by a coating of the sharply alcoholic liqueur de coing, derived from quince fruit <small>[http://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/3444503791/ photo]</small>.
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[[Kake]] has visited several times over the years (most recently in July 2006), and never been disappointed. Dishes I've enjoyed in the past include Puy lentils and Swiss chard (a side dish), and chickpeas with sausage and snails (fantastic: the chickpeas were cooked right, the sausage was very meaty, the broth was rich and well-spiced, the slice of bread lining the bottom of the dish was a very good sourdough, and the snails were large and moist and well worth eating).
[[Kake]] has visited several times, and never been disappointed. Dishes I've enjoyed in the past include Puy lentils and Swiss chard (a side dish), and chickpeas with sausage and snails (fantastic: the chickpeas were cooked right; the sausage was very meaty; the broth was rich and well-spiced; the slice of bread I found in the bottom of the dish was a very good sourdough; and the snails were large and moist and well worth eating). It should be noted though that I've not been there since July 2006 and word on the interweb is that standards may be slipping.
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There is additionally, a bar area in the courtyard with some small table seating around the edges and along the entry corridor, which gets predictably crowded in the evenings after work. There are draught beers available including quite a few by Meantime, as well as three handpulls for ale -- Wadworth 6X and Black Sheep were on during an April 2009 visit (and still there a year later), with the other off. In April 2015 the handpulls featured Black Sheep and two Redemption beers, the Porter and Rock The Kazbek (deliciously well-kept). There is also a bakery stand, with breads and cakes available to take away.
Starters cost around &pound;6–8, main courses around &pound;14–22, side dishes around &pound;3–5 (and some of the main courses <i>are</i> designed to need side dishes too), and desserts around &pound;4–7.
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There is additionally, a bar area in the courtyard with some small table seating around the edges and along the entry corridor, which gets predictably crowded in the evenings after work. There are draught beers available including Meantime, as well as three handpulls for ale -- Wadworth 6X and Black Sheep were on during an April 2009 visit, with the other off. There is also a bakery stand, with breads and cakes available to take away.

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* [http://booinlondon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/st-john-smithfield.html Boo In London review]
* [http://foodsnobblog.wordpress.com/2008/06/23/st-john-london Food Snob review]
* [http://foodsnobblog
.wordpress.com/2008/06/24/st-john-ii-london Food Snob second review]
* [http://owlfish
.livejournal.com/766777.html?style=mine owlfish's review]
* [http://www.london-eating.co.uk/103.htm
London Eating comments]
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* [http://bookshop.multiply.com/journal/item/255/St._John_Bar_and_Restaurant_London Sanctuary From The Mad World review]
* [http://laissezfare.wordpress.com/2009/11/25/st-john-%E2%80%93-twice-as-nice/ Laissez Fare review]
* [http://gourmettraveller.wordpress.com/2009/11/09/st-john-bar-restaurant/ Gourmet Traveller review]
* [http://agirlhastoeat.com/roast-suckling-pig-st-john-bar-restaurant-review-farringdon-london A Girl Has To Eat review]
* [http://www.pigpigscorner.com/2009/12/st-john-bar-restaurant-smithfield.html The Wild Boar review]
* [http://aroundbritainwithapaunch.blogspot.com/2010/02/lunch-worthy-of-beatification-at-st.html Around Britain With A Paunch review]
* [http://itoeats.blogspot.com/2010/01/st-john-bar-smithfield.html Ito Eats review]
* [http://foodofhongkong.blogspot.com/2011/02/st-john-london-uk.html HK Epicurus review]
* [http://essexeating.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/st-john-london.html Essex Eating review]
* [http://desdemoor.co.uk/st-john-ec1/ Des de Moor's review]
* [http://foodsnobblog.wordpress.com/2008/06/23/st-john-london Food Snob review]
* [http://foodsnobblog.wordpress.com/2008/06/24/st-john-ii-london Food Snob second review]
* [https://myannoyingopinions.com/2016/12/14/st-john/ My Annoying Opinions review]
* [http://owlfish.livejournal.com/766777.html?style=mine owlfish's review]
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<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Kat]] and Rick, April 2015. Opening hours taken from the St John website, April 2009.</div>
<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Ewan]] and friend, 15 April 2009. Prices verified on that visit. Opening hours taken from website, April 2009.</div>
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English restaurant in Clerkenwell, just north of Smithfield market. It received a (some would say long-overdue) Michelin Star in 2009. There's also another branch in Spitalfields.

St John specialise in meat, meat, and more meat; and especially the parts of it that aren't usually eaten: tripe, sweetbreads, tongue, heart, and their signature dish of roast bone marrow served with parsley salad and toast. They're also quite keen on snails.

They offer a "feasting menu" option for large groups; you do need to book in advance, and select from a limited menu, but this gives you the chance to order an entire roast suckling pig, which will be brought in whole and carved in front of you. A pig serves 14–16 people and costs £320 (as of March 2008), payable in advance.

Kat and Rick thoroughly enjoyed their visit in April 2009. We started with octopus (wonderful, not at all chewy or rubbery, huge portion) and pig spleen with bacon (interesting but underwhelming), and opted for mains of roast lamb with turnips (melt-in-the-mouth) and pigeon with lentils (excellent). The waiter recommended we order a side of greens, which suited our dishes well. The desserts are also recommended - the lovely chocolate mousse had the texture of a brownie on the outside, but was soft in the middle; the Eccles cake with Lancashire cheese (£6.40) went down very well too. On Ewan's visit shortly after, this pudding was a particular highlight photo, the cake crusty but with a ginger kick and the dried fruit balanced by the creamy texture of the cheese, of which there was almost too much, but that's hardly a criticism.

Vegetarians are catered for, but there's generally never more than one vegetarian option as a main on the menu (which changes daily and can be viewed on their website); on Ewan's April 2009 lunchtime visit, this was lentils with goat's curd (£13.50) photo, and if the lentils were less than spectacular, the curd was lovely, fluffy but filling. On other occasions, the option might just as easily be courgettes with butter beans, or fennel with Berkswell (a kind of cheese).

Other dishes Ewan and his friend sampled were a fantastic nettle soup to start (£6) photo, not at all stingy in the generous serving, creamy without being too filling, so setting up the other courses well. My friend had the brown shrimp with white cabbage (£7.20) photo, which was certainly liked but not nearly as much as her main, the ox heart with beetroot and horseradish (£15) photo, cut thinly and an order above the same dish as tried elsewhere. Apart from the fine Eccles cake, an excellent baked cheesecake (£6.90) was offset by a coating of the sharply alcoholic liqueur de coing, derived from quince fruit photo.

Kake has visited several times, and never been disappointed. Dishes I've enjoyed in the past include Puy lentils and Swiss chard (a side dish), and chickpeas with sausage and snails (fantastic: the chickpeas were cooked right; the sausage was very meaty; the broth was rich and well-spiced; the slice of bread I found in the bottom of the dish was a very good sourdough; and the snails were large and moist and well worth eating). It should be noted though that I've not been there since July 2006 and word on the interweb is that standards may be slipping.

Starters cost around £6–8, main courses around £14–22, side dishes around £3–5 (and some of the main courses are designed to need side dishes too), and desserts around £4–7.

There is additionally, a bar area in the courtyard with some small table seating around the edges and along the entry corridor, which gets predictably crowded in the evenings after work. There are draught beers available including Meantime, as well as three handpulls for ale -- Wadworth 6X and Black Sheep were on during an April 2009 visit, with the other off. There is also a bakery stand, with breads and cakes available to take away.

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Last visited by Ewan and friend, 15 April 2009. Prices verified on that visit. Opening hours taken from website, April 2009.

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