We first went to St John a couple of years ago. My husband loved it so much we went to their Chinatown restaurant in November, then we returned to Smithfield last week. He likes offal, whereas I despise it, but happily there is always something that suits us both.
St John's is a relaxed affair, so it's an ideal lunch option if you've just had to travel or don't fancy walking round the shops later all dolled up. Simplicity is key here. Table cloths are white paper, and staff uniforms are plain white overalls. The food is also simple, but never basic. If you catch my drift. There's no faffy presentation, and nothing is there for the sake of it. It's usually a handful of components which are cooked to perfection and allowed to shine.
We started with some homemade sourdough with salted butter, and my husband had the mutton and garlic broth. The flavours in this were pretty intense! We also got a side of the famous St John Welsh rarebit - enough to finish off mere mortals...
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