Sunday Roast with the Jones Family Kitchen in Belgravia is a chic and urban culinary experience offering a relaxed luxury in a modern setting.
There are few things more British than the traditional Sunday roast. Typically made up of roast meat, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, vegetables, gravy and stuffing, it has its origins in 1700s England. Families would leave a cut of meat and vegetables in the oven while attending Sunday church. By the time they returned home, the food was cooked and ready to eat. From these humble beginnings came the most iconic of British meals, and where better to experience a slice of iconic British cuisine than at the Jones Family Kitchen in London.
Jones Family Kitchen can be accessed either from Ebury Street (on the East side between Elizabeth Street and Eccleston Street) or Eccleston Place (on the West side between Re-Mind and Tailor Made.)
7-8 Eccleston Yards | Belgravia | London | United Kingdom | SW1W 9AZ
You can find it in Eccleston Yards, a new millennial-inspired redevelopment that serves as a creative and innovative hub for shops, restaurants and work spaces. It sits in the main pedestrian-only courtyard which, weather permitting, allows for relaxed al fresco dining – an option we look forward to exploring on a less wintery day. There is definitely a creative vibe to the area, one that is spectacularly illustrated by the large Frida Kahlo mural on the refurbished brick wall across from the restaurant.
The restaurant – or rather bar, lounge and restaurant – is polished, modern and airy. It is particularly well lit due to the building’s large glass front and well positioned spot lights. The interior design is eclectic, successfully reconciling Pompidou inspired inside-out industrial look ceilings with floral wallpaper and velvety floral fabric that adorns the chairs, bar stools and banquet seating. The most contemporary of settings then for the most traditional of British dishes.
Sunday roast at the Jones Family Kitchen is brought to life though the Sunday Roasts Set Menu. It cost a very sensible £25 for 3 courses (or 2 if you prefer) and included a schooner of beer or a glass of house wine. The aperitifs on offer – a Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Aperol Spritz and Lost Negroni – cost extra. The Bloody Mary came with its very own in-house inspired Scoville scale: from 1 – mild to 10 – very spicy. A 2 was ordered to protect the pallet.
There were 3 starters – Prawn Cocktail, Caesar Salad and Cleric Soup. The Prawn – or more accurately shrimp – Cocktail came with a twist, namely four small balls of pureed pink grapefruit. They gave the dish a distinct and contrasting layer of flavor and texture, and turned the rather rudimentary into something bright and fun.
The roast options were free-range chicken, picanha beef and nut (for non-meat eaters). Both Jones Family restaurants (the other one is in Shoreditch) source their red meats with loving care from the Ginger Pig. Wonderful ingredients are only half the battle with roasts though. Timing is also very important – let the vegetables idle too long and they soften or go limp, overcook the potatoes and they harden, neglect the gravy and hello lumpy. Fortunately, the chefs at the Jones Family Kitchen avoided all those pitfalls and produced a perfectly cooked and flavorful roast, and one that arrived at the table on a warmed plate – a lost art in many restaurants. The portions were, thankfully, very generous. Order a chicken roast and you get half a bird – it seemed more – and what free space was left on the plate was over-filled by all the scrumptious accoutrements – roast potatoes cooked in duck fat, honey roast parsnips, Chantenay carrots, tenderstem broccoli, creamy cauliflower cheese, a billowing Yorkshire pudding, a dollop of soft mash and serious amounts of gravy. A special mention goes to the accompanying house red. It was well-balanced, aromatic and rich without ever overtaking the food. A hidden gem.
Afters came next. There were 3 choices – Jones Galeto & Sorbet, Apple + Raspberry Crumble and Nutella Cheesecake Tart. The crumble was the obvious choice. It came with a small jug of warm vanilla custard and ticked all the right boxes – sweat and tart, rich and indulgent, and warming and filling. The perfect end to a wonderful meal.
Alas, the traditional roast dinner is starting to fade from British culture. Modern life means that most people are not prepared to give up their Sundays to the kitchen or to the whole family. This is unfortunate as life without a Sunday roast is far duller. Fortunately, the Jones Family Kitchen is on hand to keep life interesting with its Sunday Roast Set Menu, one that should be enjoyed with friends and family alike.
The Jones Family Kitchen, 7-8 Eccleston Yards, London, SW1W 9NF, 020 3929 6000. Open noon-midnight Monday to Saturday, noon-8pm Sunday.