Time Out rating:
Time Out says
Mon Jul 23 2012
We’ve had mixed experiences here in recent years, but St John’s was performing at its best on our recent Saturday lunch visit. Astute staff and a well-organised kitchen meant that the large birthday party on one side of the capacious dining room caused nary a blip in service. All the while a procession of good-looking Longhorn beef burgers, slow-roast pork bellies and fish and chips were carried through to the attractive bar too.
The sizeable blackboard menu stretches beyond gastropub faves to a River Cottage idyll with dishes such as breaded Dorset snails and nettle purée; goose egg with chorizo and peas; and ox liver with bacon and cauliflower cheese. There’s a couple of dishes for sharing, maybe on the chesterfield sofas, or in one of the U-shaped leather booths beneath the gallery of portraits that lend the room distinction.
Estimable suppliers highlighted on the board above the semi-open kitchen include the source of flour for St John’s bread. From the long list of desserts, own-made ices proved the best choice.
A bar in the dining room allows convenient delivery of real ales (Cocker Hoop golden ale, Ruddles County and Hooky Bitter, on our visit), which seem a better deal than the 125ml glasses of wine.
St John's 91 Junction Road
020 7272 1587
- Opening hours:
Bar Open/meals served 5-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-11pm Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Main courses £2.75-£12.50. Restaurant Lunch served noon-3.30pm Fri; noon-4pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 6.30-11pm Mon-Sat; 6.30-9.30pm Sun
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Main courses £12.50-£19
- 91 Junction Road
- 020 7272 1587
- 91 Junction Road
- St John's
Food and drink
Eating and drinking facilities. Restaurant. Restaurant and bar facilities. Reservations required. Outdoor facilities. Tables outdoors
Wow factor. Drinks. Speciality beers. Wine buffs. Going in a group