The Jam Tree, Chelsea
A hop, skip and a jump down the street that was once reserved for kings and queens, and you’ll find yourself at The Jam Tree. Though you needn’t bring your crown – this bar, restaurant and beer garden is just royally cool. Surprisingly relaxed with mismatched chairs and eclectic décor, you can sink into chesterfields under pop-art jam jars or take a table for two by the giant inglenook.
Yeah, I’ll have the Netflix and chill please – words I never thought I’d hear myself or my date mutter, but do. It’s the name of the cocktail to get your evening started, with a vanilla vodka base served in a large popcorn cup, topped with the cinema favourite itself!
Surprisingly refined, start with the baked goat’s cheese served with walnuts and honey with an on-trend sprout salad. For a more indulgent entrée, the squid was deliciously coated in a crispy sweet kecap manis sauce. Choose a lighter and more delicate main; opt for the pan fried fish cakes, a combination of coley, hake and salmon with lemongrass and an Asian bean salad. To satisfy the meat craving, you can’t go wrong with their dry aged longhorn ribeye steak with thyme seasoned fries and rocket.
End as you mean to go on, with “adult puddings” of strawberry and chocolate based drinks, wickedly spiked with vodka, gin and rum.
It’s fun, cool and relaxed. If you are too, there won’t be any issues here. The buzzing vibe and fun menu make conversation effortless. As the chat and drinks flow, take it outside to The Jam Tree’s hidden gem, it’s garden. Don’t worry, it’s heated, though offering your jacket always goes down well…
I’m still not sure why or what a Jam Tree is… not that really it matters.