1 August 2014

Jackson & Rye

56 Wardour Street, London W1D 4JD

£30.00 North American Soho

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  • Wine: £14.50
  • Champagne: £35.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 8am-12M

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Fresh from opening Grillshack on Beak Street, Richard Caring of Caprice Holdings (J Sheekey, 34, Scott’s) is backing another Soho venture with the same team headed by executive chef Mark Askew. Occupying what was Satsuma, Jackson & Rye offers an informal all-day menu and a casual vibe inspired by America’s East Coast: breakfasts of creamed grits, cheese melts and hotcakes with slab bacon give way to Gruyère cheeseburgers, chopped salads, prime steaks and a couple of variations on buttermilk chicken. The adjoining bar dispenses appropriate US cocktails – think breakfast sour, gimlet royale, Americano highball and a bespoke old fashioned, plus hard shakes and plenty of European and American wines. Jackson & Rye also bucks the Soho trend by accepting reservations.

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  1. Jackson & Rye

    56 Wardour Street, London W1D 4JD
    Overall rating:
    Glenn B.

    Take your place......at the bar!

    Editor's pick

    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 9

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  2. Jackson & Rye

    56 Wardour Street, London W1D 4JD
    Overall rating:
    Nicole G.

    Underwhelming though they try hard


    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 5

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  1. A lunch time catch up and off we went to Jackson & Rye in Soho. On the corner of wardour street and old Compton road, this Anerican diner/ bistro of sorts comes to life with its wide variety of dishes. My visit here comprised of mac'n'cheese, lobster and fried buttermilk chicken. How do you describe that as a food category? To start with I was able to share with my friend the truffled mac'n'cheese and 1/2 lobster. A good match and if they wanted to merge the two together then even better. The lobster came out with all he necessary equipment to prize all the meat from the lobster. It was tasty and squeezed over with lemon juice was just what I wanted. The mac'n'cheese had a rich flavour to it and this came from the truffle...
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  2. Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows I love a burger with mac and cheese…I just do not get bored of it…and so whenever I hear of a new American place, I get terribly over excited. I received my new Tatler restaurant guide last week and so now I have several new places to try - the top of my list was Jackson + Rye.This all day restaurant is backed by Richard Caring whose portfolio include the J Sheekey's, Scotts, 34 so I had high hopes! It is based in Soho and is a sleek, buzzy US brasserie - just what you'd expect to find in New York.Pascal and I decided to live life on the edge and go without a reservation - something I never do - however I knew they did some very good cocktails so we could always have a couple of drinks while we waited for the table.We arrived at 7.30 and the place was already rammed - we were told it would be a 45/50 minute wait, you can either wait there or go elsewhere as you can track your waiting time online which I thought was pretty cool! Luckily there were two seats left at the bar so we settled down with a gin on the rocks, a g&t and some popcorn and nuts….I couldn't have been happier.Of course I then had to try a cocktail…..a Deuce Royale with vodka, lime, mint and fizz - delicious!Before we knew it our table was ready - it was actually only a 30 minute wait. We were shown to our table - this was a disappointment, for such a big restaurant the tables are practically on top of each other and they squeeze as many people as possible around each one. Anyway our waitress was super friendly, the place has a great atmosphere and so we didn't dwell on it and instead moved on to the most important part...food….I had already studied the menu (obviously) and knew exactly what we were going to order.We shared a starter - crispy squid with chipotle mayonnaise. This was good - more calamari in breadcrumbs than crispy squid but still enjoyable, Pascal really rated them and the mayonnaise was delicious.Obviously we both had burgers and I was very happy that you could order it with double cheese!!Pascal was disappointed that they wouldn't cook the burger rare, only medium or well done. We both had the burger with a side of bacon. The bacon was absolutely phenomenal, I was expecting something thin and crispy but this was more like pork belly and it tasted incredible and really made the burger. It wasn't the best burger in London but it was a good one. For sides Pascal ordered the lettuce wedge with blue cheese dressing - this was so good, Pascal didn't even share a bite with me!I ordered the truffled mac and cheese which I adored - cheesy but not creamy with lots of truffle oil. Pascal was not a fan as it was too greasy which suited me as then I got to eat it all!We needed another table to fit all our food at this point as we also ordered spicy coleslaw and fries. I enjoyed the coleslaw with my burger, it wasn't spicy at all - it was good but not amazing.The fries were thin, crispy and salty but I was fit to burst by this point so could only eat a couple - Pascal enjoyed them though.Wow - what a meal - I needed to be in my tracksuit bottoms not tight jeans!! Pascal was so full that wanted to have a digestif when we got home - I thought he meant a shot (not medicine), so told him to surprise me with one…….he really played me at my own game and gave me a shot of absinthe!!! Revolting!!Anyway service at Jackson + Rye was quick and extremely friendly and compared to most places in central London, the bill was not astronomical which made a pleasant surprise. The food was good although not exceptional. I wouldn't rush back there in a hurry although if I was passing by I would go in, it would be fun with a group of friends…but maybe I would order slightly less next time!!Jackson + Rye56 Wardour StreetLondonW1D 4JGTel: 020 7437 8338

  3. From the team behind Grillshack comes Jackson + Rye, the latest American diner-style restaurant to hit Soho. There are so many cool restaurants and bars on Wardour street, and J + R fits in nicely with the edgy vibe. When I arrived, I was pleased to see the place packed out. The design is 'New York' style with free standing tables as well as banquettes. It is also much bigger than you may think at first, extending into a large back room and a downstairs...
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  4. Published : Saturday, 1st February 2014

    The Hungry Porker :: Jackson + Rye

    As if Soho wasn’t already over-saturated with all-day American diners, now Jackson + Rye has come along; and as so many of the reviews say, it offers a real slice of New York. Whatever the hell that means. Just what slice of New York that is, I do not know...
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  5. Published : Saturday, 11th January 2014

    The Insatiable Eater :: Jackson + Rye: stick to brunch

    've been to JR twice now - once for brunch before Christmas and again for dinner this week. Based on what I've eaten I'd probably stick to brunch. I'm quite fussy with scrambled eggs and can think of nothing worse than dry, overcooked, lumpy ones. I requested runny eggs at JR and got exactly that with the oddly named Prison Eggs (which don't seem to be on the website menu anymore, although saying that, the all day menu lists the buttermilk chicken served with both a spicy coleslaw AND fries but actually you have to order the fries separately). My eggs were mixed with jalapeños, borlotti beans and spring onions giving it great texture and more than a bit of pep...
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  6. Published : Tuesday, 7th January 2014

    laymytable :: Jackson + Rye

    We’ve been over this. Time and time again. The New York movement is upon us. Some of them work, some of them don’t. So, I read a great deal about the opening of Jackson + Rye and wanting to wait until the soft launch had passed and all the Christmas cheer, I held off. It is marketed as a New York brunch establishment. Of course most, if not all, New York brunch restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner also. This is no exception. But what it really stands for is the brunch. Much like Mogador, Extra Virgin & Cornelia, to name but a few in Manhattan, its strengths lie in that delightful time between breakfast and lunch...
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  7. Jackson + Rye have taken over the space with an all-day East-Coast inspired restaurant, headed up by executive chef Mark Askew. The restaurant is backed by Richard Caring and the people behind the recently opened Grillshack - Mark Askew and Hannah Bass. Upon first glance, the plush decor struck us as very Soho Kitchen & Bar, although the designers are the same people from behind the Dean Street Townhouse. This is a super sleek US brasserie with a warm, cosy atmosphere and the gentle background buzz from the bustling crowd. Jackson + Rye‘s clever use of soft glowing lighting and heavy iron pipework shelving are nice touches. As are the dark wood panelled walls, aged leather seating and mirrored picture window frames. It’s obvious that a lot of thought and attention to detail has gone into the interior design, and yet again we pick up more ideas for our home (that we’ll probably never follow through with)...
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  8. Given the number of early risers and night owls in London, there are surprisingly few breakfast spots worth seeking out and even fewer late night diners. A restaurant that combines both is rarer still. Jackson + Rye on Soho’s Wardour Street opens at 08.00 for breakfast and closes at around midnight-ish. While these opening hours won’t impress ever-restless New Yorkers, they’re notable for London. Situated inside the premises formerly occupied by Satsuma, Jackson + Rye is split over two floors and is nothing if not a handsome place. The booths, tiles, dark wood panelling and moody lamp lighting aren’t exactly original, but it is all nonetheless attractive and comfortable...
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  9. Published : Thursday, 19th December 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Jackson & Rye

    Jackson & Rye is the latest Richard Caring backed restaurant and it’s the creation of the guys behind Grill Shack – which I loved. This too is an all day dining affair – it’s open 7 days a week from breakfast to late night dinner offering American comfort food. As that sounds right up my street I was super excited to be invited along for brunch...
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  10. Last night I headed off to the soft launch, or even pre-soft launch, at Jackson & Rye, a new bar/restaurant in the middle of Soho. With the influence of the owner of Grillshack, Jackson & Rye is a New York-style venue with a 1920s flavour. It was very much still in its training stages last night. However, if last night was anything to go by (and I hope it was) and they manage to maintain the excellent standards on display when they open fully, Jackson & Rye will be a contender for my favourite Soho haunt...
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