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REVIEW: Jones Family Project, Shoreditch

WHAT? Unsurprisingly, a family named Jones are in charge of this Shoreditch stalwart, hidden behind a somewhat unassuming black facade on Great Eastern Street, opposite The Hoxton hotel.

Jones family proiect

WHERE? A few minutes’ walk from Old Street tube and Shoreditch High Street underground stations, you could be forgiven for walking past the subterranean steakhouse completely, its subtle exterior in keeping with the trendy monochromes and greys of the surrounding shops, hotels and cafes.

jones family project

Once inside, you’ll find a vibey bar drenched in acid brights on the upper level and stairs leading to the main restaurant, buzzing with in-the-know locals ordering towering plates of meat-focused British fare.

WHY GO? There’s an extremely large and varied gluten-free menu (unlike anywhere else we can remember seeing) featuring delicious cocktails, lamb veal, Devon crab, charcuterie, burrata, risotto and much more.

The ‘Land, Sea and Field’ sections of both the gluten-free and regular menus feature an abundance of options, our favourites being the Jones Family Plate (beetroot hummus, golden beetroots, sugar snap peas, sprouting broccoli, Greek yoghurt, Umbrian lentils, pumpkin seeds, olives & apple cider balsamic) and Scottish salmon with coconut-galangal sauce, sweet potatoes and baby aubergine, sprinkled with sambal peanuts.

Worth a special mention is the West Country Catch, market-fresh fish brought in from day boats in Brixham, Looe, Newlyn & Plymouth (just ask what’s arrived with that day’s landing). Roast dinners are a big deal here, with chicken, beef, salmon and a nut roast available every Sunday from 12-4.30pm. A set menu of two courses is just £16.50, while £18.50 will get you dessert, too (we highly recommend Anna’s excellent triple brownie, served with salted caramel and vanilla ice cream).

Then there’s the Josper grill, boasting Rib Eye, Sirloin, Fillet, Rump and Pork Rib Eye. We opted for the Pork Chop (400g, £23) with chorizo, new potatoes, spinach, confit garlic & smoked paprika, with the suggested addition of Italian smoked black pudding – perfectly cooked, the dish was large and comforting on a rainy day. Be sure to wash down your choice with one of the excellent cocktails, our favourite being the Belsazar: rosé vermouth, Prosecco, Mezcal, strawberries and basil (gluten-free, too!).

Jones family proiect

ANYTHING ELSE? Jones Family Project has a potato menu. Forcing guests to choose between truffled Dauphinoise, Anya potatoes with fresh mint, fries, triple-cooked chips, creamy mash, sweet potato wedges and vintage Godminster cheddar croquettes is an almost cruel endeavour, but when you finally do, you’ll be rewarded with a side dish worth writing home (or indeed a blog) about. Take it from us, and order the creamy mash.

Jones family proiect

DETAILS:  Jonesfamilyproject.co.uk / 78 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3JL / 0207 739 1740

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