St John’s lesser-known fourth London location, at the Bridge Theatre on London’s Southbank, has announced that it will go from offering lunch, pre-show and interval menus to an all-day operation. Brand new breakfast and post-theatre menus have today been announced. Noting the varied profile of customers throughout the day, St. John says it “is delighted to respond to demand.”
Breakfast will run from 10am until midday, Monday to Saturday and 11am to 1pm on Sundays.
As well as St John Granola with pear and yoghurt, more St John-y cooked items will include anchovy toast with soft-boiled egg; hash, egg and brown sauce; and pikelets (thin, buttermilk crumpets) with marmalade and butter. A selection of Pastries 2.50Selection of Cakes and tarts will be priced between £2 and £2.50. Of course there will be chocolate brownies and St John’s signature doughnuts, too.
Post-show menus will need to be pre-ordered for immediate service at the end of performance, or as usual after the show. Last orders are at 10.15pm.
Among the snacks and small plates are a number of St John stalwarts: radishes; carrot and anchovy; terrine; Welsh rarebit; root vegetables and horseradish; quail and aioli; cheeses with raisin bread; Eccles cake and Lancashire cheese and madeleines.
St John chef and co-founder Fergus Henderson, asked a typical and eminently sensible rhetorical question regarding the new breakfast menu: “A joyful finger of anchovy toast while you overlook Tower Bridge from the glorious atrium of the Bridge Theatre. What better way to start your day?”
References to St John(‘s restaurants) were littered throughout the Eater London guide to the best British restaurants, such is the stature of the institution, its chefs and the ripple-effect of its philosophy. Restaurants across the city could, on the whole, continue learn a thing or two from St. John’s commitment to traditional British breakfasts — those cooked in the manner that would delight a certain Reynolds Woodcock.
The Bridge Theatre is currently showing Julius Caesar, running until 15 April.