Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas at Jackson and Rye

Finding a suitable Christmas lunch spot for seven fussy discerning diners is no easy feat. We discussed ideas in a Christmas dining version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears "too far away" "too expensive" "too chain restaurant-y" "too Christmassy" "too un-Christmassy". Luckily, the Christmas menu at Jackson and Rye looked pretty good and at a time of year where our wallets are being a bit mis-treated isn't extortionately expensive. I love how the menu caters for Christmas loves, non-Christmas lovers and veggies too.

We were booked in for 3.30pm so half of the team distracted ourselves from hunger with a visit to the Chris Stein / Negative: Me, Blondie and The Advent of Punk exhibition at Somerset House. The exhibition is a free one with some great photographs - Debbie Harry was (and still is) a bit of a babe. The Somerset House Christmas market was visited too, great for last minute gifts and the ice rink is always beautiful.

These girls.
It's Christmas - Deuce Royale for me
We exchanged Secret Santa presents and Sarah got me this lovely marathon-themed gift - so thoughtful and I will actually use everything (I thought, taking a large sip of my cocktail to push away any more thoughts about running 26 miles in FOUR MONTHS TIME)
After present opening and Christmas card giving the food arrived! I had the Market Soup to start - not the most exciting sounding on paper (but I am fussy and knew I'd like this regardless) but it was so well presented.
Table talk.
The rest of the Dream Team had the Mac n Cheese (topped with kale - the veg of 2014) which was approved of by all.
Soup Porn.
Buttermilk turkey won the main course vote for the rest of the team.
I had crab cakes because I'm a rebel. Both came with a crunchy slaw. I pinched a couple of Aisling's chips and they were crisp and perfect.
Peanut butter cookies and milk ice cream - sorry for the poor dessert photos, the restaurant turned the lights down to lull as into a post lunch slumber just before they were served.
I had Christmas pudding because there is one traditional Christmas food that I do like! I secretly love dried fruit (probably the most uncool food item ever) and this was so fruity and good.
After post lunch chats (mainly about how we all wanted a nice nap) we headed out into the dark, full of lovely food, Christmas cheer and another-year-over-already-?-panic at saying "see you in 2015!".

Favourite Christmas food?



  1. It was a great way for the last dream team meet of 2014!

  2. Yum! I really like Jackson and Rye, a great place for your Christmas dinner :) x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  3. Those peanut butter cookies look really yummy! I can't believe that this year is almost over either....eek!

  4. That sounds like a great Christmas lunch! I'm missing having one with work colleagues this year but we are going out for cocktails. Too many fave Christmas foods to mention I think!


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