It is so rare to find a restaurant that you go in armed with high expectations and it surpasses them. For us, The Jones Family Project experience was exactly that. Nestled midway on Great Eastern Street between the East London cool of Shoreditch and the tech hub of Old Street, JFP wears many hats.
The industrial interiors of the ground floor cafe-bar (towering glass facade, double height space and exposed ceiling ducts) is warmed by the use of fairy-lit trees, soft woods, coloured and patterned upholstery. It is a more relaxed and informal space where you can perch with a cuppa and a paper on a lazy Sunday or nurse hangovers over brunch.
Or you can create your own hangover by quaffing a couple of their delicious cocktails and curated wines in the evenings.
The cavernous basement is equally insta-paradise with a more formal restaurant, cozy booths and a gleaming bar. The versatility and quirkiness of this place is exciting. The interiors are designed by Brighton based (and quickly becoming one of my favourite hospitality designers) DesignLSM.
But, it is not just the interiors but also the food that made us sing and dance! All their vegetables and fish are lovingly sourced from sustainable farms and their meats from legendary butchers Ginger Pig in Yorkshire. The quality produce is strongly evident in their dishes.
Kris had the Blackfaced Lamb Rump, Boulangere Potatoes, Sprouting Broccoli, Tempura Enoki & Red Wine Jus (£24) for his Sunday lunch. The flavoursome rump was expertly cooked.
They came served alongside some lush, verdant broccoli that had been cooked just the right amount of al dente so it had a soft crunch. The potatoes were luxuriously comforting. The tempura enoki added a bit of texture and earthiness to the whole dish without being overly mushroomy.
Finally the underlying glistening sauce just brought it all beautifully together.
I had the 400g Pork Chop Chorizo, New Potatoes, Spinach, Salt & Pepper Crackling, Confit Garlic & Smoked Paprika Butter (£22.50). My fat slab of pork, served on a bed of wilted spinach, was delicious and flamboyantly cooked; the spicy chorizo and the homemade butter smeared on top adding an extra layer of flavour. The crackling was interesting – light, airy, crispy and salty.
For pudding, we shared Anna’s Triple Chocolate Brownie with Coconut Sorbet and Salted Caramel Sauce (£6.25). The brownie was dense and indulgent and was polished off quite quickly. The coconut sorbet was a refreshing alternative to the traditional vanilla ice cream.
On Sundays, JFP do a fantastic Roast Lunch Menu, which at £18.50 for three courses (and that quality) is outstanding. The staff are very friendly, efficient and clued-up.
JFP is all about upscale country comfort food, hearty portions and slick presentations. Whilst our lunch was very much meat focussed, I am confident their fish and vegetarian cooking is equally peerless. I will happily recommend this place if you find yourself meandering in London’s Silicon Roundabout on a weekend.
Location: 78 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3JL
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N.B. All photos and opinions are mine and my partner’s. We review anonymously and pay for our meals. This is not a sponsored post.