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Ode to St. John

November 17, 2011

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Dear St. John,
You’ve been my favorite spot in London for the past 2 years. I’ll miss tucking a loaf of brown sourdough into my bag for the week, and I’ll miss your friendly staff, your Welsh Rarebit, your seed cake & Madeira, your roast bone marrow & parsley salad, your cauliflower salad, your Negronis, your duck liver on toast, your bacon sandwiches, your custard doughnuts (especially your custard doughnuts), your wine list, your Eccles cake with Lancashire cheese, the light in your bar area in the afternoon, and so much more.

You could not exist in any other city and you will always feel like London to me. Don’t change.


  1. Sarah permalink
    November 17, 2011 2:34 pm


  2. November 17, 2011 2:41 pm

    Oh B. these just took my breath away. St. John just screams Ferry. I’m glad you had such a special place to call home in London. Can’t wait to see you! Soon!

  3. November 17, 2011 2:50 pm

    Positively lovely. Almost makes a person (me) homesick for a place she’s never been.

  4. November 17, 2011 2:50 pm

    Brian, these are stunning. I adore the one of the hand grabbing the wine bottle above the table. Such a beautiful composition.

  5. November 17, 2011 2:51 pm

    Yeah; AMEN to that….. I can read your longing loud and clearly!!!! What a glorious place – this hurts really!
    Visit it often!!! Places (the good ones) have souls too and you mustn’t loose touch with St. John :)

  6. November 17, 2011 3:50 pm

    have a safe move, Brian! Don’t forget the afternoon of hanky pankies and pork rinds!

  7. November 17, 2011 3:53 pm

    Gorgeous photos. because of you I went there on my visit to London last month and I was not disappointed. I spend two hours eating my lunch: grouse terrine, venison liver and turnips, lemon sorbet with a cold vodka chaser. Oh yum. I have to go back for those custard donuts. What a wonderful place. I will miss your postings from there.

  8. November 17, 2011 3:56 pm

    beautifully put.
    I’ve enjoyed seeing it through your eyes.

  9. November 17, 2011 3:57 pm

    p.s. now i really need a BACON SANDWICH

  10. November 17, 2011 4:10 pm

    these shots are wonderful.
    there will be many more st. john meals in the future, ferry.

  11. Christophe permalink
    November 17, 2011 4:39 pm

    Hear, hear!

    (and what Charlotte said…)

  12. November 17, 2011 5:40 pm

    London without St John wouldn’t be London. Hope that Ryan, I guess spotting him in the 4th picture (?) loved it.

  13. November 17, 2011 5:48 pm

    How many things we have to leave behind and how many things keep staying with us, in our hearts and minds.

  14. November 17, 2011 5:50 pm

    St. John will be there waiting for you and custard doughnuts might be awkward to mail, but I’d be willing to give it a try. Have a safe trip Brian and come back soon!


  15. November 17, 2011 6:27 pm

    Brain, these are such fantastic pictures and that menu sounds to die for!

  16. November 17, 2011 6:44 pm

    Seriously great photographs. Thank you for sharing your favourites.

  17. November 17, 2011 8:35 pm

    Hear hear! We visited St John’s Bread and Wine on our holiday from Australia in June. Can’t wait to go back and try more.

  18. November 17, 2011 9:25 pm

    So warm, wonderful captures, thank you for taking time to say goodbye to London (my birthplace, which I miss and visit infrequently)!
    D x

  19. pewna.taka permalink
    November 17, 2011 9:32 pm

    Love it.
    It’s the best (and probably the most honest) advert I’ve ever read.
    I’ll be there next time in London :)
    Take care Brian. Hope everything goes smoothly with your move.

  20. November 17, 2011 10:08 pm

    So beautiful. These photos are incredible. They’re capture the darker and intimate atmosphere I imagine in the restaurant without being all shaky and blurry (like my restaurant photos always turn out).

  21. November 17, 2011 11:01 pm

    What Charlotte and Christophe said.
    Safe travels, friend.

  22. November 18, 2011 12:31 am

    i always run out of time, but next time, and i’ll remember to toast you.

  23. November 18, 2011 12:33 am

    These photos tell a lovely story! I can see why you love this place, and I would love to visit it. Best of luck to you.

  24. sueysong permalink
    November 18, 2011 1:19 am

    I wish I was there at St. John too. The beautiful pictures seem to tell me how it’d be like to be there to eat – and more than that!

  25. November 18, 2011 6:47 am

    hopelessly nostalgic. i can relate.

  26. November 18, 2011 10:55 am

    Beautiful images and words. I promise to go to St. John’s next time I’m in London. Duck liver on a toast mmmmm :)

  27. November 18, 2011 1:54 pm

    Hi! I never really comment here, but I come here every day hoping for new pictures, new inspiration. Your imagery is always that. Inspiring. I hope your move back to the US goes well for you. All the best!

  28. November 20, 2011 8:52 pm

    Glorious, as always. Thanks.

  29. November 23, 2011 1:36 am

    Love love love your pictures.

  30. February 14, 2012 3:00 pm

    Your ability to find the warmth in locations for your photographs keeps on impressing me. Makes going through our photos that much more enjoyable.


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