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A Shoreditch restaurant and bar emphasising high-quality meat cooked in a charcoal oven.

There were two big draws to this new bar and restaurant in Trendsville Great Eastern Street: the impressive wine list, and the Ginger Pig beef and pork on the menu. The promise alone of meat from the esteemed Yorkshire butcher – who supplies some of the best kitchens in the capital (including the Hawksmoor restaurants) – was enough to lure us out on a cold, wet evening. The smallish ground-floor bar gives way to a cavernous downstairs restaurant (mostly empty, on our visit). It was in this basement that staff did their best to drum up the semblance of atmosphere, despite having to contend with an ’80s R&B soundtrack that practically shouted, 'Ladies, shimmy round those handbags!'


The menu’s a bit Mediterranean, a bit Mexican, a bit American, a bit Asian – a bit mixed up generally. Our starter of scrambled duck eggs with (too much) truffle oil and lots of undercooked onion was more suited to breakfast. We had high hopes for the Jones Double Burger, which our waitress assured me was made with Ginger Pig beef. A request for medium-rare was rebuffed: our burgers are cooked well-done, she said. Why? ‘Because they’re made with oxtail, so they need long cooking.’ Hmm. A new one on us, but how bad could it be? Quite bad. The twin thin patties perched on their brioche bun were scorched and as dry as the Mojave Desert, crying out for a dousing of ketchup.


Dessert of olive oil chocolate mousse with honeycomb, crushed chocolate cookies, raspberry syrup and fresh raspberries turned up without the advertised raspberries (little surprise, it being mid-winter – nil points for seasonality). It was a muddle of cold, claggy, grainy-textured mousse and soggy biscuits, topped with a cloyingly sweet raspberry sauce.


The meal’s saving grace was the massive and unmessed-about-with pork chop. This was served with cabbage and apple sauce, and cooked simply and perfectly, with a nice bit of char from the charcoal-fired Josper oven. The wine list is also good – a concise collection of mostly European wines from good producers, with a nice selection by the glass and 50cl carafe. Jones describes itself as a ‘family project’; in which case, it could be depicted as slightly dysfunctional.

Venue name: The Jones Family Project
Contact:
Address: 78 Great Eastern Street
London
EC2A 3JL
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight Mon-Fri; 10am-midnight Sat; 10am-6pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Old Street
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £65.

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:7
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  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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Lorna S

I have now been to Jones more times that I can count and it just gets better and better. The burger was perfectly cooked, the potato menu is divine, and the truffled macaroni is brilliant. We all ordered different things and shared, everything went down very well. The servings are generous and the staff are very sweet. An extra treat is board games available in the bar: perfect for pre supper cocktails while enjoying happy hour.

D A

This place is fab, a real breath of fresh air.  We’ve now had Sunday brunch, lunch and a birthday dinner party with 30 friends at JFP and I am mad about the place.  My first experience was brunch, absolutely delicious, accompanied by one of JFP's amusingly named cocktails, we felt warmly welcomed, very relaxed and could have stayed a lot longer!  The atmosphere is so comfortable with well trained, happy staff, innovative décor that has differing atmospheres depending on where you sit - in a booth, in the 'green room' or at one of the tables in the bar area, or at the bar.  The food has been delicious on each occasion, meat, fish and puds alike (haven't tried the vegi options yet but they look good!)  and they source their food responsibly.  For the dinner party we were partially divided off from other diners, by Japanese style screens - enough to feel private and do our own thing but still part of the buzz of the restaurant (and good music!), the staff were excellent, attentive and aware without crowding us.   A really great find, a delightfully refreshing find in fact - a fun atmosphere and as good for a cosy twosome as it is for a family brunch or a crowd of mates. Looking forward to going back. 

Rani B

 First of all i never write a review for anything unless it has exceeded my expectations.


I found this little gem after extensive research and very glad i have come across this lovely restaurant, our company decided to host our NHS private dinner on the 15th May.

The communication with the staff was great they had helped with every little thing from start to finish, the tasting session was amazing the wine was superb, and the atmosphere and decor of the restaurant i cant fault.

The evening of the dinner staff were attentive on point smiling and always helpful, the downstairs dining area was laid out exactly how we wanted.

all on all our guest and sponsor and staff had such a great evening that they didn't want to leave and wanted to stay for more drinks.

All the feedback about the restaurant and the food has only been positive ones.


Everything about this restaurant was amazing!!!


I now have a restaurant where i can keep on going back to for our private dinner events.


A big Thank You to all the staff on the night.


Rani B


Arthur S

Have been back numerous times and thought it was time to write a review. The food was delicious each time, last time I ordered the burger which was genuinely incredible. The atmosphere in the evenings when there's people around is amazing. The service is friendly. It's certainly not your typical Shoreditch restaurant, and although, depending on what you order, can be expensive, its worth every penny. 

Rafe S

The jones family project, a recently opened restaurant and bar in shoreditch is a great revelation and night out! The food is amazing and the atmosphere is warm, friendly and and very welcoming. The review got it completely wrong and I would hugely recommend the JFP to everyone who is looking for a good meal with a nice atmosphere!

James H

I heartily disagree with the review above.  I have been to Jones FP 3 times and the food gets better and better.  I can only assume the reviewer arrived very early in the evening when the restaurant was empty and it was an off night.  It looks like it was maybe shortly after the restaurant opened.   Anyway which way  the burger was literally the best burger I've ever had anywhere.  Perfectly cooked and a taste that lodges in your memory.  I will definitely be back. 

Kate J

Sad to say I agree with this reviewer. I had high hopes for this restaurant and while I can't fault the service, I can firmly say I won't be back. First off, the atmosphere was lacking. Empty bar, empty tables, but most unforgivingly, it was far too bright for a Saturday night dinner. Felt more like a pub lunch. The food was equally unimpressive. The salmon I ordered was badly overcooked, and sitting on a pile of green mush (aubergine?). It was completely flavourless, until I remembered that it cost £17 (!!) at which point it tasted pretty bitter. A meal for 2 (no dessert) cost £85. We left the restaurant feeling like we'd been had, which is never pleasant. In an area that has TONS of great places to eat, this one won't last. You can walk 30 seconds down the road to Merchants Tavern which has Michelin star quality food for similar prices. Don't waste your money here.

Jack

Just had dinner at JFP and I've got to say these guys know how to cook a steak! It really was perfect. We had two prime ribs to share between four, the whole potato menu and one of each sides...what a feast! As if I wasn't full enough, I thought I'd stretch my belly to it's limits and have the tiramisu. Also super tasty. Not your run of the mill Shoreditch haunt, it's not cheap. But the for the quality, service and vibe it's more than good value. They even have their own lager..I'm going to be back..a lot!

Lucie Barnes

Perfect spot for a cheeky date! The downstairs restaurant is intimate and cosy. Steak was amazing, cocktails hit the spot and staff couldn't have been friendlier! I'll definitely be back..this is one to watch!

Emma Hadley

It's a shame that this review only gave The Jones Family Project (JFP) 2 stars. I have been on a number of occasions and the food gets better and better. I had the oxtail burger recently and it was the most delicious, moist burger I had ever eaten. I prefer medium rare but was willing to try something different and I am glad I did. I do agree that it might be trying to cater to too many tastes with so many different international cuisines but it's a new restaurant and I think it is still finding its feet. The lunches are great and what they can do with eggs on the weekend is not to be missed. The wine selection is strong, maybe a bit too long. The Picpoul de Pinet and the Secco valpolicella Valpantena were very nice. I would say bear with it.