Jack and Alice
Foley St, London, W1W 6DR
“Once upon a time there was amazing food, fantastic wine and unforgettable memories ….” J & A
Down on a Fitzrovia’s Foley Street sits a cute little café bar that very much resembles a Nanna’s pantry. Adorable tea towels hang from the ceiling, chunks of cake sit on a clear stand, and wine and spirits stand side by side in a charming wooden unit. This is where me and my friends found ourselves last Wednesday when we were invited along to try some Pantry Dining at Jack And Alice*. This little pop up pantry is just a small taster of what is to come as this the pop up is about to go Permanent this Autumn with three planned locations opening up.
So what is Pantry Dining? I would describe it as tasty light bites, with plenty of drink options. It’s the going-out equivalent of rustling something up when you’re a little peckish or perhaps preparing some snacks from the pantry when friends pop over. It’s the perfect spot for a lunch date or after-work drinks and nibbles with friends, which is exactly what I went along for. The current Jack and Alice pop up has a few tables outside and one big table inside, as well as some window benches. All the outdoor tables were taken, so we sat inside and had some Prosecco as we gushed over how cute the pantry décor was.
The food on offer covers all your meals, from cereal and pastries for breakfast, to toasties and salads, and plenty of cheese and meat in the evening. As our reservation was at 7pm we decided to go for a cheese and meat board and the lovely Robert (I think his name was Robert, he was the loveliest and most attentive waiter I’ve ever encountered) rustled us up a selection of nibbles. All our food was delicious. Everything. From the homemade Mango chutney, to the selection of cheeses – including Brie, my favourite – and a nice variety of meats to accompany it. There was also ripped bread, dips, crackers, pickled onions and mini gherkins. A perfect board, really. All presented so beautifully. Three of us shared this platter of food, however I think it was more of a portion for two. Not that we minded, as right after it we moved outside for cake and more Prosecco!
Myself and my friend Lucy each had a delicious slice of Millionaire Shortbread, whilst Tam had an ice cream cookie sandwich, which we made her share with us! Soooo yummy. We then finished off the last of the Prosecco and Robert kindly made us a champagne cocktail. By this point it was around 9pm and the pantry was filling up with a mix of people stopping for an after dinner coffee whilst others joined us in drinking something a little stronger from the pantry.
I cannot wait to visit the permanent Pantries when they open and dine at Jack and Alice again. This place really is a wonderful and adorable little spot to place to stop off for a light bite or drinks with friends and really reasonably priced. But I think next time I might head for breakfast and try some of their pastries and coffees – nom nom nom.