Another weekend and another brunch ticked off the list! On what must have been the hottest weekend of the year so far we decided to start it right, and what better way to do this than by having a delicious brunch!
We decided upon Jackson & Rye and called up to reserve a table. The cheery person at the other end took our booking no questions asked and off we went. We know they’re busy so it was great to get a booking. They do leave a few tables free for walk-ins so you’re welcome to try your luck.
Upon arrival we were quickly greeted by the friendly Maitre’D who showed us to our table. The menus were already waiting for us which helps quite a lot!
When we think of brunch we automatically think of bellinis. J & R have a couple on the menu and we settled for the white peach option. These were really tasty and set off our day on the right track. You can’t go wrong with champagne and fruit!
For food, we started by sharing their Buttermilk pancakes with banana cream & maple syrup and Jalapeno corn bread with sour cream & laced with spring onions. Both were delicious. The pancakes were as they should be – light, fluffy and springy to the touch. The accompanying banana cream was moreish and worked really well. It was the first time any of us had tried it and we have to say its definitely something we are going to look out for on brunch menus again. The corn bread was hot, spicy and melted in your mouth. It was a nice counterpart to the pancakes and again is something you rarely see on menus but always want more of.
These were followed by eggs for everyone. Miss Herbie went for the Gardener’s (Fried eggs, spinach, country style potatoes, grilled toast) but swapped the fried for poached and asked for hollandaise on the side which they happily accommodated.(Always a winner with us for sure!) Other options included the Farmer’s (Fried eggs, slab bacon, fried potatoes, herbed sausage patty, grilled toast) and Angler’s (Scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, country style potatoes, grilled toast). Everything was great! Eggs were cooked to perfection, the accompanying potatoes were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and a great alternative to hash browns. The sausage patty was a star on the plate. Succulent and rich with flavour and it had us longing for more.
Overall a great brunch with brilliant service. If its for a quick bite or a long boozy get together with friends, this place is definitely worth checking out if you are out and about in Soho.
Jackson & Rye
56 Wardour Street, W1D 4JG