St John’s Bar and restaurant is the bomb location on a nice sunny Welly day. Check out the blue sky in my photo for proof that Summer did arrive albeit very late this year. They have outside tables, umbrellas and a cool grass area with bean bags and this place caters for the old and young alike.It’s housed in the former ambulance building way back in the ’30’s, hence its name. It’s been modernised and the fitout is beautiful and has been well maintained over the years.
I’ve been here several times for just drinks and think I may have only tried their chips, many moons ago.
They pride themselves on their international beer list and they also offer tap and craft beers and they have an extensive wine list. Being athletes we stuck with water this visit.
We popped in for our traditional Sunday date lunch after a long walk and propped ourselves up outside under an umbrella for some good people-watching. Service was friendly and swift.
They offer a mix of small and large tapa plates for sharing on the lunch menu. We didn’t feel like the brunch menu but there were lots of yummy egg dishes as well as a chia custard and a tuna panzanella salad. Yum. We chose the chipotle lamb rump with cumin carrot puree, candied fennel seeds & coriander and spiced chicken wings. Divine. They have a wide range of vege dishes; cauli, kumera, broccoli, green beans, salad or the standard salmon, pork belly, steak and chicken dishes. Not knowing if two dishes would be sufficient, we wisely added in a third tapas to share; the famous French Canadian poutine dish (fries in gravy). St Johns serve theirs topped with parmesan and boy were they good. They also have fine dining for dinner and a private function area.
You’d have to be brave to venture over on a cold, wet, windy day to St John as they appear to thrive on the Summer business. Go visit them. Take it easy drinking in the sun though so you don’t need to call an ambulance.