Discover Your New Favourite Gastropub

Billed as a ‘great venue’ for food, drinks and dancing, The Jam Tree on Kings Road is the perfect place to let your hair down at the weekend.

The pub: The Jam Tree

Location: 541 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW6 2EB

First impressions: Located at the end of Kings Road, The Jam Tree is a large pub on the corner which is instantly recognisable thanks to the painted – yup, you guessed it – tree on the outer wall. Once inside, your eyes are instantly drawn to the Andy Warhol-style jam jar prints on the wall. Polished rose gold-tone domed lightshades provide the perfect counterpoint to the classic wooden chairs and tables. A long, leafy garden was absolutely packed when we were there which wasn’t a surprise considering how sunny it was.

What we ate: With a focus on modern British pub food combined with ‘Colonial flavours,’ the menu was an intoxicating mix of dining classics with Indian detailing. Think curries, burgers, steaks and salads. We kicked off our meal by sharing some cauliflower and cumin fritters served with saffron and buttermilk dip. Crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside, they were deliciously warming without being overpowering.

For mains we opted for royal vegetable curry served with basmati rice and a naan bread and a full rack of baby back ribs. The curry was rich, creamy and very delicious. In fact, we’ll go as far as saying it’s the best pub curry we’ve ever had. The naan was warm and fresh and packed something of a punch which worked perfectly with the curry. The ribs, served on a wooded board, were covered in the perfect rub: tasty but not too sweet as so many of these sauces are. The meat itself was incredibly tender while the fries were perfectly crispy.

What we drank: As it was the weekend we decided it was a must to try the cocktails. We started with a Black Moonshine (Disaronno Amaretto, Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum, cloudy apple juice and blackcurrant jam) which was nice and tasty but had a subtle kick, followed by a Gin ‘n’ Juice (Bombay Sapphire gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Crème de Mûre liqueur, lime jam and lime juice). The Gin ‘n’ Juice is the perfect choice for those who like gin-based cocktails but don’t want them too strong as the elderflower and lime provide the perfect balance with the spirits.

Instead of a dessert we tried out a cocktail recommended to us by bar manager Emmett. The Peanut Butter and Jelly Time cocktail was a blend of Cariel Vanilla Vodka, Baileys, strawberry jam and peanut butter. It was, we have to say, better than pudding. There was just the right amount of peanut butter while the jam added a sweet edge. Just take Emmett’s advice and don’t have it at the beginning of your meal.

Need to know: The Loft Bar, which is above The Jam Tree, can be hired out on Friday or Saturday evenings making it perfect for an event or party.

Verdict: Whether you’re looking for somewhere to have a relaxed Sunday drink, mid-week meal or big night out, The Jam Tree has everything you’re looking for. We’ll definitely be back.

The damage: Expect to spend around £80 for three course and a cocktail each for two people.

What to wear: Remember where you are and go glam. Women, think vertiginous heels while men stick to leather boat shoes. You are still in Chelsea, after all.

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