The Jam Tree

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Clapham

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    The Jam Tree 13-19 Old Town Clapham
    SW4 0JT

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    Tube: Clapham Common

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    1. The Jam Tree
      • 13-19 Old Town Clapham
        SW4 0JT
      • 51.465354,-0.140996

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chris27

Awful. I booked a table for 2 people at 9pm on a Tuesday (hardly the busiest time in the restaurant trade). We got there bang on time, waited around 2 minutes in the doorway before any staff noticed us, and then they showed us to a table that had the last diner's mess all over it. The "waiter" went off, came back with a cloth, wiped the table, then asked us to sit. Then he wandered off, presumably to get cutlery, napkins, glasses etc to set the table, and come back for a drinks order. Nope! He just wandered around the restaurant slowly, looking blankly at every other table except ours. The table, which had nothing on it except a drinks menu, was wobbling so I took the menu off and used it to prop up the table. When I eventually got the attention of the "waiter" after 10-15 minutes, he just stared at me blankly and said "are you alright?" I said "could we order a drink or something please?" to which he replied "OK". Charmer. My wife then asked for a menu - he said "food or drink?" and we said "food please", as if that's not something the waiter would automatically give you when seating you in a restaurant. Then, here's the fun part... He went away to get a food menu, came back, noticed the drinks menu propping up the dodgy table and had a go at us! In a sarcastic tone, saying "You put my drinks menu under the table, I'd appreciate if you'd asked me first". My wife replied "But the table was wobbling and you weren't here". He responded with "Yes, but it's a very expensive menu"! At that point we got up and walked out. I don't know what the culture is like in these trendy gastro-bar places, but where I come from I prefer a waiter to serve me than insult me. I'm sure the >£80 I was expecting to spend on a proper good meal would more than cover his precious menu, however I understand that maybe he has different priorities and the annoying customers that come in and interrupt his walking around time should be taught a lesson. Sadly, I can't comment on the food, which actually looks really good, if overpriced. Unfortunately I will not be returning to the Jam Tree for a second chance - there are far too many brilliant restaurants in London to waste time on snobbish places like this. If anyone's interested, we ended up going to the Stonhouse pub nearby for an absolutely cracking meal with brilliant service in a nice, relaxed environment.