With every restaurant in London packed on Valentine’s evening, and not wanting to be just ‘another table for two’. This year Ben and I opted for a Valentine’s lunch at Maggie Jones’s instead. I first heard about Maggie Jones’s over on Rosie’s The Londoner and it came back onto my radar on the Instagram explore page a few days ago. When it did, I immediately booked a table and stuck it in the diary.
Their Instagram makes it look like an old-world palace of treasures and trinkets lit by candlelight and big windows. Real life didn’t disappoint. Maggie Jones’s is hidden down a street just off of the main Kensington Highstreet. Opposite, is currently undergoing major building works. But sitting inside the 40 year old cosy, rustic building, nothing could disturb us. With Valentines day being a day dedicated to love, we couldn’t very well leave our fur baby at home! Luckily, Maggie Jones’s also happens to be dog friendly. A major bonus point to the restaurant.
Settled down in our window seat, with the candle flickering away, sunshine streaming in and Pepi happily tucked up chomping a treat under the table we ordered some drinks. I can’t remember the last time I had a cosmopolitan (my previous drink of choice before I discovered the Porn Star and Espresso Martinis). It was absolutely delicious and fruity with a bitter punch to it. Ben ordered a cider which we cheers’d. While a big basket filled with chunky pieces of bread was brought to the table. Mouth wateringly chewy crust and the softest middle with glossy butter, served on mix and match plates.
The specials sounded absolutely heavenly, but we both decided to go for the two course set menu. We were initially going to have the three course, but were defeated after two courses!
Ben went (rather predictably) with the pâté which was so smooth and delicious. I went for the cauliflower cheese which would never be something I would usually choose but tasted so good!
We both went for the pork belly for main, served with smooth mash, hot apple sauce, beans and bacon peas. A gold gravy boat held the most delicious gravy I’ve ever had, which we both smothered our food in.
The meal was quite honestly one of the most amazing meals I’ve ever had. The Staff (we had two gentlemen serving us) were charming and the setting makes it (in my eyes) the most romantic restaurant in London. Ben and I spent our first year anniversary at Clos Maggiore, but I have to say, I think Maggie Jones’s may be even more romantic!
After lunch, we were absolutely exhausted, I could have fallen asleep at the table! So, instead, we had a wander around Kensington before hopping in a taxi home.