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St John's Tavern

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Upper Holloway
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(9user reviews)
St John's Tavern

There’s no denying St John’s Tavern is a slick operation. The charmingly refurbished saloon bar is light and cheerful, while the huge adjacent dining hall works well as both informal gastroboozer and special-occasion restaurant. Staff strut the wide aisles of tables and booths with an air of authority backed by an open kitchen that serves well-crafted food of estimable provenance.

Dishes tend to be modern British with Mediterranean influences – a big plate of Dorset snails with spinach tagliatelle, for instance, or roast leg of lamb with runner beans, Jersey Royals and salsa verde. They’re not afraid to offer pub staples in their purest form, but if creativity is more to your liking (gooseberry tapenade, anyone?) there’s sure to be something tempting on offer. Offal makes frequent appearances: jellied pig’s head, say, with pickled green apple and beetroot purée, or lamb’s kidneys with lentil, purslane and sweetcorn salad.

The list of puddings and cheeses is dreamy, so do save room. Real ales are respected (there are handpumps in both restaurant and bar) and the genial European wine list starts at £16 a bottle. If you can’t get (or don’t want) a table in the dining room, the appealing choice of bar nibbles includes cockles and whelks, montgomery’s cheddar and patatas bravas.



Venue name: St John's Tavern
Address: 91 Junction Rd
N19 5QU
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
Transport: Tube: Archway
Price: Main courses £11.50-£19
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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The pub had good reviews but it felt a little soulless and the food was only ok. The staff so friendly and attentive which is important. I think that we may have chosen badly but it was a little disappointing. The refit is a little odd as it didn't need have much character at all.

Beautiful dining room and pub serving seasonal menus and tapas in the bar. Top Sunday roast destination.
A neighbourhood favourite.

Love this pub! Great selection of beers, friendly service and really really good food (especially the scotch eggs)! They tend to play great music too and just a generally good atmosphere. Good mid week drinking spot and definitely the best in Upper Holloway.

Cancel my last review. After a recent refurb, the restaurant has been stripped of all its character. The food's still good, but now it feels like you're eating in a Premier Inn lobby. Shame. Real shame.

I think my favourite place to eat in in London.  Have been going for over 10 years time and time again and never have been disappointed.  I love the atmosphere and how you can have a drink in the bar before and after.  The decor is just perfect and the colours.  And the food is great!  I always call it "The only reason to go to Archway"!  And what a good one:)

17/08/2013 Early afternoon, party of five, chance visit on a recommendation & an interesting menu. Food exceptional across steaks, fish & seafood. House wines, red & white, very good. Service exemplary & friendly. Personal high point? Spectacular horseradish sauce. Dessert? Lavender brulee - simply perfect! If our experience was typical of St.Johns, go there, you will not be disappointed. We loved the place.Great atmosphere & could not possibly rate it less than 5 stars!

Consistently great food - eaten here about 20 times and never had a bad course, let alone meal. Always great service. Baby friendly. Dog friendly. Great atmosphere - either in the beautiful high vaulted restaurant at the back, or in the bar. Great wines at same price per glass as bottle equivalent. Can't really criticize...

I highly rate this pub where the food is delicious and the dining room at the back one of my favourite dining backdrop. One negative point: a very unwelcoming, unsmiling, arrogant manager, who received us without a hello or even a shadow of a smile, nor deigned looking at us! This does not match the high standard (and prices) of the place. A Maître D is simply NEVER above his or her guests and should always make them feel welcome. This lady has a lot to learn from the charming French waitress who did exactly that: made us feel welcome and valued as guests!

As an N6 resident for 11 years I have been to St John's more times than I care to mention! What I especially like is the eclectic mix of people who frequent it, it's a relaxed place to go & a local for a lot of residents nearby. I like the atmos & personally have found the staff charming & welcoming . We were in last week for a steak & chips& even though we hadn't been there for nearly a year (having left the area) the Manager remembered us & offered us a digestif at the end of our meal. it's really lovely when it's a bit colder as they have real fires in the pub & the dining room, settle in with a good pint & the papers.

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