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St John

I couldn't have been more fawning than I was last year in my first review of this place. So it was with great enthusiasm that we came back across the pond for football, art, and food - specifically, St. John. A Friday snack of brown crab on toast was delectable and served by a very friendly bartender, and we were really looking forward to lunch on Monday. But the service in the dining room was cold, arrogant, and inattentive. No refills offered on the wine though we had plenty of food. And one of the highly recommended specials - basically, slabs of beef on an open-faced slice of bread - was far too ordinary for the price. Those munching away in the bar were lucky not to have had this option.

I'll keep coming back to have some great snacks at the bar that can most certainly add up to a meal, but sadly, I can't see myself in the restaurant again.

Friday, March 23, 2007
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 7 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 3


St John

We've read so much about Mr. Henderson here in the States that we decided it was time to take the plunge. We had dinner on Friday. What did we think? We went back for lunch on Monday. And if we'd had more time, we would have gone back for more. We've done the Fat Duck, GR on Hospital Road, Pied a Terre, Nobu, Petrus, River Cafe, and some damn good bangers and mash. And apart from the service that was snooty at GR and robotic at Nobu, we thoroughly enjoyed them all. But this is going to be my first stop when I get back. The bone marrow salad must be ordered just because it is, but the other starters - venison terrine, brown crab on toast and the side of welsh rarebit - are simply sublime. A lunch of three or four shared starters might be the best value on the planet. Yes, the planet. If you live in London you are fortunate to have this place on your doorstep.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10


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