Despite needing a lick of white paint here and there, the establishment has aged well and continues to achieve critical acclaim: in the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best, it ranked 16th in 2008 and 14th in 2009, though fell back to 43rd in 2010. It recovered two place to rank 41st in the most recent awards.
And having previously uploaded ourselves Chez Bruce to the blog, a notable absence where we only recently dined for the first time, St John too has been a notable absence, though we've dined there a few times over the years, it just never made it to the blog - till now. And while we have had one very bad meal there, there is a charm to St John that continues to grow on us and certainly our most recent meal was much enjoyed.
The Roast Bone Marrow and Parsley Salad is almost always my starter order here for I think no one has topped St John in serving bone marrow. The combination of the toast, the parsley salad, course sea salt and bone marrow scooped out of piping hot bone cylinders is unbeatable and a treat every time. We also order a Whole Crab and Mayonnaise which is impressively large. We can't go wrong.
A special mention goes to our side of greens and new potatoes because the potatoes were really special in their own right, from Cornwall we're told, and were so much more than just a filler.