St. John | Smithfield Restaurant
Smokehouse; greenhouse; squat; beer store; rave venue… restaurant.
The simply white-washed walls make no attempt to hide the colourful past of St. John, a Clerkenwell institution that resides in a building which has changed very little over the years.
Other than the 20-foot high skylights, that is.
The menu’s a nod to St John’s days as a smokehouse, with dishes like roast bone marrow and grilled ox heart fitting the owners’ philosophy of ‘Nose to Tail Dining’ (which encourages diners to eat unusual parts of the animal which has lost its life to feed them).
On the menu, in addition to alternative cuts of meat, you’ll find the likes of razor clams, roast lamb and Arbroath smokies, and desserts like madeleines (which can be ordered by the dozen) and pear sorbet with polish vodka.
Dedicated to sourcing only the very best ingredients, St. John also have their own bakery and carefully hand-select wines from small vineyards…. which means that you can happily just visit for a drink in the impressive bar, thanks to a daily changing menu and a decent selection of beers.
NOTE: You’ll also find St. John in Spitalfields and The Bridge Theatre, plus their bakery in Neals Yard. You can find out more HERE.
St. John Smithfield | 26 St. John Street, EC1M 4AY
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