The other weekend some friends and I went to participate in that age old tradition known as Sing-a-long a Sound of Music… As it started at a reasonable 1pm at the Prince Charles Cinema around the back of Leicester Square we looked for a nearby brunch venue first.
We couldn’t get into Kopapa or Dishoom, so instead we settled to try out Jackson + Rye on Wardour Street, only a short dash away.
This was our first time at any of the Jackson + Rye restaurants, they have more near the river in Chiswick & Richmond, Tiva was especially excited to see steak & bourbon on the brunch menu! The Soho branch entrance was tucked under some scaffolding and when we entered it seemed busy & buzzing, the bar area immediately in front and the place full of dark wood paneling.
We were led downstairs into the dimly lit basement and ordered some of their fabulous drip coffees to wake us up – they certainly worked a treat, especially as alcohol wasn’t sold til midday – we had arrived at a respectable brunch time of 11am… They don’t advertise the licensing limits anywhere!
Whilst waiting for our final friend to arrive we started off by ordering some of the snacks – the truffle arancini and jalapeño corn bread were amazing! The arancini a decadent hit of truffle oil and cheese and the corn bread warm straight out of the oven, served with sour cream to muffle the kick if you got a whole chunk of the chili.
Despite the slow service, we were now anticipating the ‘mains’ (and the prosecco at midday!)
Looks good (the lighting was terrible downstairs!), and tasted great!
Tiva had her steak and eggs and a ‘side’ of banana cream pancakes – and OMG they were stunning. The banana cinnamon cream with maple syrup was sublime on the American style stack – worth ordering!
Ellen had another steak (no eggs!) and a side of Mac and cheese – I have never been so happy that my dining companions were willing to share food 🙂
We quickly necked back two bottles of prosecco with the food (not wanting to wait while the bar woke up and got to grips with cocktails! Our coffees took long enough to come!). I would definitely want to come back here when they’ve gotten the staff trained and ironed out the small issues, there’s a whole menu of cocktails to try with brunch! (But only after midday).
Then we donned our habits and headed as the pure nuns we are (not) to the Prince Charles Cinema for an afternoon of singing along!
Grumpy nun, stripy nun, sleepy nun and cheeky nun!
I thoroughly enjoyed singing along to the musical (they put the words on the screen so it’s like mass karaoke). The Prince Charles do lots of events like this – you can sing along to Frozen – and there are adult only versions! They show loads of old films, cult & classics, definitely worth checking out.