REVIEW: The Jam Tree, Clapham
There’s no shortage of brunch spots south of the river, but if you do happen to venture down there of a Sunday we’d recommend The Jam Tree Clapham (there’s one in Chelsea too).
Right in the middle of Clapham Old Town, it’s well placed for a Bloody Mary (they’re excellent, not too tart but perfectly smooth) and a (large) bite to eat to take the edge off a hangover before going about some Sunday chores.
The Colonial-inspired menu is large and varied; on Sundays it’s a great mix of savoury snacks and starters (the likes of sticky squid and Malaysian yellow curries are available from 12pm) alongside more typical brunch plates (a Full English, smoked salmon and/or poached eggs on a toasted bagel all make an appearance).
We were tempted by all of the more unusual offerings – loving the look of baked duck egg with chorizo, Boston beans, sour cream, spinach and jalapeños as well as the Huevos Rancheros, consisting of fried eggs served on corn tortilla with refried beans, pico de gallo, avocado and yet more sour cream.
But it was the Cowboy Breakfast that tempted us in the end – a feast that filled us up well past dinner time, comprising pulled pork, ribs, fried eggs (which we swapped for poached) Boston beans, mushrooms and hash browns.
All was excellent but for the ribs – hard as rock, we couldn’t find much meat on them at all. It was a total shame they were so overcooked as the rest of the meal had been a delight – service was courteous and quick, the fruity breakfast smoothie just what the doctor ordered after a heavy night in Clapham.
In terms of decor, the clean, modern vibe does wonders for a sore head (so uncluttered that it actually verges on nondescript – despite a few large pieces of artwork, a Beatles mural and coloured chairs, we couldn’t help but feel it was a little clinical – some throw cushions, better music and a few little extras would do the atmosphere wonders) but the lovely staff and great food more than made up for it.
This is a great spot to pop in for a quiet meal, though if we return it will be in the evening – we were sold when we spotted the Jam Tree app, offering members (read: app users) 241 cocktails between 5 and 7.30pm 7 days a week. If they’re anything like the Bloody Marys, we’re in.
Amy @ FashionBite xx
Where: 13 – 19 Old Town, Clapham, London, SW4 0JT