Happy 4th of July at Jackson & Rye

One of the things I miss most about living in the UK is that I miss the wonderful 4th of July celebrations in the USA. You get a day off to spend with your friends and/or family, eat BBQ and other delicious food and then finish the day with fireworks. I have only been to one expat BBQ in 15 years, and it is really tough to celebrate the day when it isn’t often on a weekend. But this year, Jackson + Rye invited me and some friends to celebrate the 4th of July.

I grabbed my two favourite American expat friends (strangely, I know quite a few expats in my neighbourhood), and off to lunch we went. We would have loved to have our 4th of July meal on the actual fourth of July, but it was Sports Day, so we had our celebration on the fifth of July. Besides the joy of a mid-week meal, it was lovely going out for cocktails and great food with wonderful girlfriends.

First of all, let me make it clear that the celebration was not just a private party. Jackson + Rye are an American restaurant, and are offering guests a special 4th of July menu. From 3-7 July, you can order a special three-course menu for £25. Starters include Chicken Wings and Smoked Rib (both of which were delicious). I had the Fried Chicken, which was so yummy. And of course I had the sweet potato fries. Jackson + Rye make the best sweet potato fries so I can’t resist ordering them.

Throughout our meal, we taste-tested a few alcoholic beverages. We enjoyed the Peaches & Rye, as well as the gin and summer cocktails. If it’s wrong to drink cocktails in the middle of the day, I don’t want to be right. Then for pudding, we ordered the Apple Beignets and the Peanut Butter Pie. They were both quite tasty without being too heavy. And then it was time to jump in a taxi and pick the kids up from school.

Thank you to Jackson + Rye for a lovely 4th of July meal. It’s nice to know that as an expat, I can still get together with friends and celebrate.




I was invited to try the 4th of July menu for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.



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