Jones & Sons, Dalston, London
S,unday roast, it’s been a little while. Naive little me thought I’d have been eating these up weekly since my move to London. But it hasn’t been the case at all, I’m barely getting out of bed in the mornings. At least on this Sunday my friends and I headed into Jones & Sons in Dalston. Originally we were here for a brunch, but by the time we got there the Sunday lunch menu was in full force.
We may not have even made in inside, our maître d declared upon entry. Well, as long as we were willing to be in and out within an hour, we could take a table. Not the friendliest greeting for a Sunday
morning afternoon, but there is sweet relief in being able to dine. We end up having to speed eat despite the allocation, time flies and service is slow. By the end, staff are practically angling for us to be rid of. That part didn’t make for the most charm, however, we were won over by the food.
Jones & Sons presents itself as a classic British restaurant and cocktail bar. On weekends they offer a bottomless brunch option and Sunday lunches feature the roast menu. The original Jones & Sons was based in Arcola Street, but in 2016 they have relocated to their current location here on Gillett Street.
A belly full
On our visit Rob and I both end up ordering the pork belly roast. This features a slow roast hampshire pork belly with apple sauce (£16). This is served alongside carrots, parsnips, seasonal greens, shallot, potatoes, gravy and the classic Yorkshire pudding. This one seems awfully happy to see us, the number of inches is impressive. It’s an outrageous portion side (c.f. the ceviche in the background) and neither of us get too far in finishing off the meal.
Along the way we have a few sides including the sea bass ceviche (£9), triple cooked chips (£3.50) and broccoli (£4). The pork is tender with tantalising crackling. The meat is quite a fatty cut (even for pork belly). I do wish there was a touch more of the gravy, this is excellent and helps to dish out a touch more seasoning to the accompaniments. I’m happy to have been reunited with a classic roast, so overall, it’s a worthwhile experience. It’s a hearty meal at Jones & Sons and one that kept me full for most of the day. I’d imagine booking in a table would resolve the uncomfortableness of dining in a hurry.