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Kickin out at The Jam Tree in Chelsea

The Jam Tree, Chelsea, london

Apple Crumble and Jammy Dodger are house specials at The Jam Tree, a gastro-pub on New King’s Road just a few minutes’ walk from the Chelsea Football Club. And those are just a few of the drinks the bar is known for. Others include Netflix &Chill, made of vanilla vodka, butterscotch liqueur, caramel and lemon, served in a popcorn cup.

Apple Crumble is another sweet concoction of vodka, gingerbread, caramel and apple juice. And, for those who truly want a sugar fix with their alcohol, there’s Wham Bam Thank You Jam, crafted to taste like a sour boiled sweet we all felt grateful for as kids, the drink is a blend of vanilla vodka, Chambord, raspberry jam, and sour mix topped with popping candy.

If these sounds more like pudding cocktails, try the the Tea Thyme martini, made with Bombay Sapphire gin, orange marmalade, grapefruit juice and thyme. Jars of Wilkin & Sons top the bar providing inspiration for many of the drinks.

A heated, walled garden turns into a barbecue area in summer. Roasts are served with family-style trimmings: roast potatoes, swede & carrot mash, spring greens, parsnips and cauliflower cheese.

We’re here for cocktails, naturally, and the new summer menu. The best dishes are those meant to be shared over a few drinks. Sticky battered squid with coriander is a generous portion, perfectly fried and flavoured.

It’s a something-for-everyone menu with things like mini-game pasties sharing boards aplenty, along with a range of dishes featuring different cuisines – from Caribbean fried plantain and pepper sauce, to aubergine and coconut curry.

Sunday brunch goes well beyond the full English and avocado on toast. The Israeli baked egg and pepper dish, Shakshouka, of Ottolengthi fame makes an appearance, as does a Cowboy breakfast, with baby-back ribs, pulled pork, potato hash, beans, maple-glazed bacon, eggs and a corn tortilla. It’s either the perfect morning-after brekkie, or a Paleo delight, hold the potatoes and the tortilla. And, if you’re not already nursing a hangover, you may never leave the bottomless brunch.

Amy Hughes

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