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St. John's Tavern Restaurant Review: Shock horror! A gastropub near Archway. But wait, this might once have been a pretty dire area for restaurants, but it's steadily, if a little slowly, going upmarket (helped by projects like the private housing created in the former church nearby). But even without the local gentrification, St. John’s would succeed, as it combines serious food with a friendly, local pub atmosphere. The cooking is gutsy and honest, with formidable dishes, all chalked-up on blackboards and changing daily like gazpacho, braised shoulder of mutton, hake steak, and fools and tarts. There’s an open fire at one end of the restaurant for cold days, and a few tables in a tiny garden for the summer.