Jackson & RyeStumbling around central London, I bumped in to Jackson & Rye on Wardour Street. Promising egg dishes and hand drip coffee, this sounded like what I was needing to set me up for the day ahead.
A smart, informal interior is made to feel bustling and busy by a whirring staff team moving at double speed. This leads to the odd mistake and the sense of everything being rushed, but I can see the appeal.
The menu offers a good range of brunchy whatnots. I was caught between the avocado Benedict or the Farmer’s eggs. My friendly waitress strongly endorsed the latter. I added some hand drip Guetamalan coffee to see what that might be. It proved to be a fairly underwhelming pour over.
My dish soon arrived looking like a chunky fry-up. Instead of regular bacon, thick slabs of maple roast that looked and tasted a lot like pork belly; the advertised sausage patty rather squashed and tasting of nothing but fat; cubes of potato; two good runny eggs; crunchy toast. There were some onions buried at the bottom. It was all a bit incoherent.
The bill arrived with an “optional service charge” of £1.41 (12.5%). I paid it although probably would have a left just a little more if left to my own devices.
So overall, Jackson & Rye was strong on the central premise, but quite weak on the execution. It was fun to visit but I’ll head elsewhere next time I have a spare morning in the metrop.
Blythe scores Jackson & Rye
3/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: farmer’s eggs
I drank: drip coffee
I wore: blue
Address: 56 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D 4JF
Total bill: £11.25 (optional £1.41 service charge)