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The Jam Tree restaurant – Clapham

Whenever I’m meeting friends for lunch or a night out we always seem to end up somewhere around Clapham Common. Not just because it is familiar to us (we all used to work together on the High St) but because it is filled with so many bars and eateries to choose from.

My first port of call when looking for a restaurant is my Tastecard, I mean half priced lunch always tastes better than full price doesn’t it? I noticed the Jam Tree on the list and had never tried it before so booked a table.

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The Jam Tree is situated off the high street in Clapham old town. We booked for the afternoon on a weekday and I was surprised on turning up that we were actually the only people there. There were three of us and my friends gorgeous baby and we had such a lovely catch up without feeling that we had to rush in case someone else wanted the table, and nobody to judge me taking photos of my food!

The restaurant itself is really large and although it was empty, I imagine at weekends and in the evenings it is bustling with people as most places in Clapham are. As well as dining tables there is also comfy seating areas and even sofas with shelves full of board games so I’m sure some people spend a few hours chilling out with their mates in the evening in a relaxed atmosphere. Apparently there is also an enchanted garden out the back but it was pouring with rain when we visited so didn’t get a chance to look out there.

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The menu consists of 5 starters and 12 main courses that range from sausage and mash to meat and two veg. We went for the crispy chicken burger, the double bacon cheese burger and mamas fried chicken. We were very tempted by the cocktails but stuck with the soft drinks as it was a bit early and we didn’t want to be a bad influence on the baby!

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The chicken burger was flavoured with a roast garlic and herb mayonnaise and red onion marmalade giving it a nice sweet taste and I was quite pleased with the portion size of the fries (although I don’t think my waistline agrees) I am usually a bit of a glutton and try out the desserts but I was quite satisfied after my lunch and gave the sweet treats a miss.

After service charge was added, the bill came in at under £40 with the Tastecard discount which we thought was very reasonable for a lovely afternoon. I’m quite intrigued to experience lunch in their enchanted garden and have yet to give their cocktails and dessert a try so may well be back at some point over summer!

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Honky Tonk – Clapham

Honky tonk is an American style restaurant in the heart of Clapham Common, situated right opposite the tube station.

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I visited Honky Tonk in the afternoon to see what was offer on their lunch menu, and the experience was very different to when I had previously been in the evening where there was a really lively atmosphere.

As a Tastecard user I am always on the lookout for participating restaurants as it makes eating out so much more accessible, especially for larger families! And the 2 for 1 offer is great for a lunchtime date with the other half.

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The restaurant has both inside and outside eating spaces. It is situated is a busy high street with heavy traffic, this obviously doesn’t bother some people and most of the customers on the day we visited chose to sit outside, this meant we had pretty much the whole restaurant to ourselves. I’m sure later in the day it would get much busier but I quite liked eating in peace and the American theme décor adds a nice touch!

Luckily we were not in a rush when we visited as, even though there were not many customers, our food seemed to take ages to arrive. We are quite predictable when we go out, the man orders anything meaty…steak or ribs and I always choose a burger, although I am trying to be a bit more adventurous and went for sweet potato fries instead of normal ones!

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Unfortunately by the time our food arrived it was more luke warm than hot. I am not one to complain and as I was starving by this time I just tucked in, but the man likes his food piping hot and called over the waitress to inform her. They were quick to replace his food explaining they think the lift that delivers the food from the kitchen got jammed on it’s way down. We were offered a drink of our choice for the inconvenience of waiting and opted for the butterscotch milkshakes that were served in milk bottles.

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The food was pleasant and the milkshakes were really tasty and filling which meant we didn’t need to order dessert afterwards. It was a nice relaxed lunch and the staff were very apologetic about the food being cold, although I do wonder how they didn’t check on the food to see why it was taking so long as they obviously saw us waiting?

I would definitely eat out at Honky Tonk again as I do enjoy their food but I think I prefer it in the evening (and it is more acceptable to order the 2 for 1 cocktails at that time!) The price is very reasonable and I think it was around £25 with the service charge and the Tastecard discount for two of us.

Have you visited Honky Tonk? What was your experience like?