SquareMeal Review of
With a likeable modern tapas menu, decent cocktails and a well-structured, easy wine list, it’s hardly surprising that Jules has already found a place in the hearts of the local crowd. Open for a full English and croissants at breakfast time, the place transforms itself by evening into an ideal spot for the chatterati to congregate over a glass or two of something with a collection of plates to nibble from. Classicists can stick to platters of jamón ibérico and salchichon or a decent-looking cheeseboard, but there are more challenging dishes as well: tostaditos of smoked sardine with mango vinaigrette; a bowl of shiitake mushroom crumb and foam with compressed tomato; octopus roasted to proper softness and served with paprika mash; giant spring rolls filled with tender teriyaki duck. Portions are generous for the price, so most customers don’t make it to the ambitious dessert list and head straight for the very good coffee instead. A real asset to the area, with the extra twist being that the man behind it all is George Herbert, the heir to Highclere Castle (arguably better known as Downton Abbey).