3
May
2011

The Jam Tree

Walking past the array of chic restaurants, boutiques and interior design shops my expectations were high for Chelsea’s latest watering hole. The Jam Tree, located on the very swish surroundings of the Kings Road, is a new gastropub offering a range of draught beers, cocktails and fine wines, as well as a selection of freshly cooked dishes. In summer, if it ever comes, they’ll be firing up the barbecue out back.

On arrival at The Jam Tree we were offered either a glass of champagne or a ‘Jam Mojito’; a delicious raspberry-infused variation of the traditional cocktail.

Automatically opting for the cocktail, I sat down and took in the surroundings, noticing The Jam Tree took the theme to every level, with the design and interior of the bar covered in jam jars, be it actual jars or colourful paintings on the walls and behind the bar. The look and feel of the bar was laid-back, clean and elegant, with an eclectic range of chairs, both old and new, dotted around a handful of wooden tables. The crowd that filled The Jam Tree were stylish yet diverse, with the opening attracting a cool crowd of young professionals, mixed with older, more distinguished types.

After catching the eye of the friendly waitress who was making her way through the jam-packed room (pun intended), I managed to get a taste of what can only be explained as little mouthfuls of heaven. The man that can take the credit for the wonderful canapés offered to us, is the not-so-famous but almost equally brilliant James Browne. After trying his delicious belly of pork with Aubergine Sambal, the sensational spices of the jerk chicken skewers and the smooth laksa broth shots with King Prawns, I felt it necessary to ‘get on up’ (yes, really) and praise the talented and modest chef for the highlight of the night.

Following the food, I had time to check out the rest of the bar, finding a surprisingly large garden to the rear, its warm and charming appearance very much in keeping with the rest of the bar. Yet despite a cool, clean vibe, I felt the bar lacked a little character and almost felt a little unfinished.

In time it would be nice to see a few simple additions to the interior, such as old wine bottles with candlesticks inside, perhaps more artwork, antiques, or just something to give it a little more interest and make it stand out against some of the other local haunts. With this, and the inimitable talents of head chef James Browne, The Jam Tree will surely become a must for those after-work drinks in the heart of Chelsea.

The Jam Tree
58 Milson Road
Chelsea
W14 0LB

Tel: 020 7371 3999

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