• Roxii Hoare-Smith

Jackson + Rye Review

Sunday Brunch at Jackson + Rye

Since I started working in London and I now own a monthly travel card from Kent, I have been saying I will venture into London one Sunday for brunch for months. Last Sunday (7 December) we finally got around to doing this and killed two birds with one stone as we also went back to Richmond, somewhere I had also been planning to visit.

So off we headed to Richmond to visit Jackson + Rye’s latest branch. They also have branches in Chiswick and Soho.

As you can tell, I was really excited.

It may seem a bit of a trek from Maidstone to Richmond but for me the journey seems normal as although I do live in Kent I spend 90% of my time in the capital so I am always on trains or tubes!

We arrived in Richmond around midday – early for me as I’m normally still asleep at this time on a Sunday – for a browse around the town and a mulled cider as a starter for our boozy brunch at Jackson + Rye.

The restaurant is located perfectly by the river.

We arrived a little too early for our booking but this didn’t seem to bother the staff even though the restaurant was extremely busy.

We were seated by the window overlooking the river. The restaurant has a beautiful design and it feels like you have just taken a step from London to New York. The atmosphere was buzzing (trust me, it was busier than these photos below ;))

To start we opted for a cocktail each, an Aperol Spritz for Karl, which is usually a favourite of mine, and a Winter Berries cocktail for me. Karl and I both agreed the Winter Berries cocktail – mixed with strawberry purees and amaretto – was one of the best we had tried in a while.

That is saying something as we love trying out different cocktail bars. The cocktail was nice and sweet without the overpowering alcoholic taste you often find. It reminded me of a childhood sweet but I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what that was!

As well as my cocktail I was also treated to a glass of a Californian Riesling KUNG FU GIRL. I was offered a bottle but I didn’t think this was a good idea with work the next day. But after taking a sip I instantly regretted declining as it was amazing. KUNG FU GIRL is so sweet, it has a gorgeous fruity taste. Karl hates wine but even he enjoyed this!

Above: Karl’s squid starter.

I’ve been dying to try Grits for ages, ever since I first heard Miley Stewart mention them on Hannah Montana many years ago…

I was so excited to try it I had it to start with Shrimps and for main with Cajun Salmon. I don’t really know how to explain it but it has the texture of porridge but a thousand times tastier mixed with spring onion and sweetcorn. The salmon was absolutely delicious so soft and rich in flavour with a crispy cajun spiced coating. The soft grits contrasted well against the crispy kale, something Karl and I love to cook a lot at home ourselves.

The food and drinks were absolutely amazing but I actually cannot stop thinking about the dessert. It may not seem like anything special – Peanut Butter Cookies – but they were great!

The Peanut Butter cookies are covered in grape jelly and are served with warm chocolate to pour over the cookies or the milk flavoured ice cream. I can’t stop thinking of the creamy nutty flavour to the cookies, very subtle but enough to satisfy my peanut butter obsession!

Below is Karl’s Toasted marshmallow dessert served with Blood orange sorbet which sadly I didn’t get to try (I guess it really was that good!)

You can read about Karl’s Jackson + Rye experience soon on Tartle blog.

You can view the weekend brunch menu here.

I have to go back soon to try the Truffled mac & cheese, Buttermilk pancakes and Avocado benedict.

As Studded Kisses focuses on eating out and dressing on a student/intern budget, Jackson + Rye fits in very well. The restaurant is very reasonably priced and the food is top quality.

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