Sweet tooth satisfaction ~ Jackson + Rye

When it comes to sweet treats I have very little willpower and a catalogue of excuses, particularly on the kind of dark and damp days we face this week. But celebrating a birthday (even if it’s your boyfriend’s and not your own) is in my opinion a very worthy excuse, if not obligatory. I’d heard about Jackson + Rye opening last year and I’ve never quite forgotten about the dessert menu ever since.

Despite my sweet tooth it’s fairly unusual (although not unexpected) for me to choose a restaurant based on dessert, but when combined with a modern American-style diner interior and a menu of well-priced steaks, I thought I was on to a winner.


I’d booked a table in advance to avoid embarrassment or a hunger-fueled panic, and whilst there were tables free when we arrived these quickly filled up.

Low lights, the clink of glasses and the buzz of others chatting made for a leisurely start to the evening celebrations. We ordered our mains (blackened roast chicken for me, steak and eggs for him) which arrived very swiftly and were devoured pretty quickly. Simple but tasty.

But I was ‘secretly’ really waiting for dessert. Melting. Chocolate. Sundae. Hel-lo!


As you can see they present you with an ice cream sundae topped with set chocolate and a little pot of hot butterscotch sauce for you to pour as you wish.

Obviously both having fiendish sweet teeth we poured the whole lot in and let it melt before our eyes. Yum.


Melted chocolate, a kind of marshmallow, ice cream, brownie with the butter scotch sauce and a cracking surprise ingredient (I’ll leave this for your discovery), made for a very tasty treat. I would go back just for this. It would certainly go down well with a weekend coffee.

Jackson + Rye is a great option if you love sundaes and the marvel of melted chocolate, or you’re looking for a menu with an easy choice of mains. After browsing their menus online it also looks like a great option for breakfast and brunch too. Buttermilk pancakes anyone?

Do you like a good ice cream sundae? Have you ever chosen a restaurant based on the dessert menu?



  1. October 21, 2014 / 12:01 pm

    I too have been to Jackson and Rye based mainly on the desserts!! Is the only time I’ve ever had pancakes for brunch followed by a sundae!! The pecan pie is really good too. Another place where the mains are only average (and quite small…) but desserts are AMAZING, is Flesh and Buns. The S’mores are mindblowing…!

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      October 21, 2014 / 12:19 pm

      Sounds like it’s worthwhile going back for brunch then! 🙂 I think the S’mores at Flesh and Buns have got my attention before but at the time I wasn’t too sure on the food menu. I may have to review my thinking to give it a go!