Fergus Henderson’s world-famous ‘nose-to-tail’ restaurant St John will next month open its first new satellite venue for more than a decade – a two-storey all-day operation including a wine bar in the heart of Marylebone Village. St John Marylebone launches on Tuesday 18 October (now delayed to 19 October) at 98 Marylebone Lane, next-door to a branch of Richard Caring’s Ivy Café brand.
Billed as St John’s first wine-led establishment, the new spot majors on a wine list from Fergus’s business partner and co-founder Trevor Gulliver (both pictured, above), including St John’s own-label wines from the south of France. Doughnuts, bread and pastries will be supplied daily from the St John bakery in Bermondsey.
Head chef Fintan Sharp’s menus will feature plenty of St John classics, including bone marrow toast and parsley and deep-fried Welsh rarebit, and the site will be split into two levels: upstairs will be reserved for walk-ins, with a zinc bar and a white marble table-top in front of the sash windows, while the open-plan dining room will be open for reservations at wooden tables which echo those at St John Bread and Wine in Spitalfields.
The original St John opened in Smithfield in 1994 and has influenced a generation of chefs in Britain and around the world, with its focus on simple but indulgent cooking and use of unglamorous cuts of meat. Its many fans have included the late Anthony Bourdain, New York’s wild man of food writing.