St. John (restaurant)

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Coordinates: 51°31′13″N 0°6′5″W / 51.52028°N 0.10139°W / 51.52028; -0.10139

St. John in 2014

St. John is an English restaurant on St John Street in Smithfield, London. It was opened in October 1994 by Fergus Henderson, Trevor Gulliver and Jon Spiteri, on the premises of a former bacon smoke-house. Under Henderson's guidance as head chef, St. John has specialised in "nose to tail eating", with a devotion to offal and other cuts of meat rarely seen in restaurants, often reclaiming traditional British recipes. Typical dishes include pigs' ears, ducks' hearts, trotters, pigs' tails, bone marrow and, when in season, squirrel.[1] As result, St. John has developed a following amongst gastronomic circles: "chefs, foodies, food writers and cooks on sabbatical".[2][3]

Awards and accolades[edit]

St. John has won numerous awards and accolades, including Best British and Best overall London Restaurant at the 2001 Moet & Chandon Restaurant Awards.[4] It has also been consistently placed in Restaurant magazine's annual list of the Top 50 restaurants in the world. Most recently it was placed 41st,[5] up from 43rd in the 2010 rankings. It was awarded a Michelin star in 2009.[6] St. John Hotel was awarded a Michelin star in September 2012.[7]

Noted chef, author, and food TV host Anthony Bourdain has called St. John his favourite restaurant.

Related enterprises[edit]

The original restaurant in Smithfield was joined by a smaller, less formal sister restaurant and bakery in the Spitalfields area of London called St John Bread and Wine in 2003,[8] and a hotel near Leicester Square in 2011.[9] As of 2013, the hotel is no longer affiliated with St. John restaurants. [10]


  1. ^ "First catch your squirrel". The Independent. London. 2002-03-10. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
  2. ^ "The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating by Fergus Henderson" (Book Review). Retrieved 2006-12-12. 
  3. ^ Fergus Henderson (April 2004). The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating. Ecco. ISBN 0-06-058536-6. 
  4. ^ Moët and Chandon Restaurant Awards 2001
  5. ^ "Top 50 restaurants, 2010". Restaurant. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  6. ^ "New Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2009". Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  7. ^ Walker, Peter (2012-09-27). "Michelin leaks own restaurant guide a week early". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  8. ^ St John Bread and Wine
  9. ^ St John Hotel
  10. ^ St John Hotel

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