Jackson and Rye has brought all-day American food and cocktails to the former orange-filled Satsuma space, on the corner of Wardour and Old Compton Street.
Richard Caring is the man behind this inviting new Soho local, and with a little help from the designers behind Dean Street Townhouse, the result is not far from perfect. The bar is as welcoming as it is bottle heavy,and there's a whole wall glittering in amber rye. But the show doesn't stop there: the fans spin around lazily, the lighting is dark and alluring and the moody green ceiling looks like it has been peppered (with corks we're presuming), step in and become part of the act.
Swing onto a leather stool at the bold bar that dares you to walk past it, and drink to your surroundings. They are big on their rye in here, naturally, so hit the Goldrush, the Boulevadier or the Black 'n Rye... all will delight.
You'll want to stay and eat, so pray they can accommodate you with a table. Out front the vibe is fun and you can mix with the drinkers, or go out back and settle into the dining room, which is as inviting as it is smart. It's all about the grill baby: steak, lobster, rosemary chicken and dishes that should only appear to you in dreams like truffled mac n cheese and melting chocolate sundae. Actually don't risk it, make sure you book and be sure to finish up with a leaded shake, the Dark & Stormy Float with a blob of rum and raisin ice cream chilling on a bed of rum and spicy ginger beer, more than floated our boat.
With late hours on Friday and Saturday, this is one very welcome addition to the Soho scene. Come and get your Rye on... we're sure Michael would have been proud.