This isn't the first time I've tried Jackson & Rye, but since visiting their Wardour Street restaurant for lunch just before Christmas, I've been very keen to sample the dinner menu too.
Living relatively near to Richmond, I was mega excited when I found out they were opening a branch there and I finally got round to visiting on Valentine's weekend. Jackson and Rye is my favourite type of restaurant - it serves amazing comfort food in a laid back environment and with awesome drinks.
The setting in Richmond is beautiful and looking out over the river with lights twinkling in the reflection felt pretty fancy. We started with a couple of cocktails from the 'Rye' menu. They're all whiskey based and, despite not being my drink of choice, the El Paso was seriously tasty. It's all quite Mad Men and feels like the kind of place you should be drinking whiskey...so I carried on.
Picking food was HARD. The menu has a wide range of steaks, ham and eggs, fish, various burgers and much more. It's not the kind of place to visit if you're on a health kick. After much deliberation we both went for the buttermilk chicken and it was a very good decision. It wasn't greasy, was full of flavour and there was enough food to feed a small family. We had a side of Mac n' Cheese which wasn't quite as good as Le Bun, but when is mac n' cheese ever a bad idea?!
One of my fave things about Jackson and Rye is the desserts. They are all seriously indulgent with choices such as crumble, cheesecake, pecan pie and, my choice, the chocolate fudge and butterscotch melting sundae. Hot butterscotch is poured over a chocolate dome which encases a mountain of vanilla ice cream and the most moist (sorry) brownies ever. Cue food coma.
The prices are pretty reasonable (£70 for two having two courses with cocktails), the staff were great and the setting was awesome. It may not be the most conducive to romance, but I was too busy having a love affair with my sundae to even care.