This London restaurant talks about how meat comes from the local Well Street (another trendy street in Hackney) butchers and how beers also come from London microbreweries. Some of the ingredients and flavors on the menu are undeniably British. Oysters from the east coast, anyone?
However, this being Britain in 2013, the influences also come thick and fast from Europe, Australia and the U.S. On the brunch menu is a grilled cheeseburger, served either with bernaise or ox jus. Wines are mostly from the big wine-producing countries like Italy, France, Australia, Chile and Argentina - with a smattering from Spain and one sweet one from Britain.
Goats curd cheese, wilted greens, heritage tomatoes and macaroni cheese all feature as adopted parts of the British diet. But sitting alongside those delights are parsnips, wood pigeon, beetroot, horse radish and cured salmon.
Also in the tradition of all the newest restaurants in London, Jones and Sons will be running a Latin-flavored pop-up restaurant towards the end of October 2013, if you prefer your food a bit more international.
The venue of Jones and Sons is a delight in itself. Housed in an old Victorian textile factory - which was at one point the Arcola Theatre until it closed in 2011 - the restaurant has been kitted out in the best industrial tradition. It boasts banquettes, exposed steel lighting, brick walls, a huge bar topped with carrara marble and Scandinavian (modern Danish) designed chairs. It's all understated, sparse and achingly cool.
The drinks and food are reasonably priced, at least in line with other restaurants of its caliber in the area. Vegetarians are well catered for, with mushroom and cheese pies or polenta and wild mushrooms. Other autumnal seasonal delights are scattered across the current menu.
At the end of the meal - or if coming here to while away a lazy Sunday enjoying brunch - you can sip your coffee courtesy of the Monmouth coffee house from baristas trained by "coffee maven" Tim Williams. The coffee comes from a vintage Faema machine; this is clearly a place which takes coffee very seriously. The ubiquitous flat white is present and correct, alongside the usual suspects of espresso, cappuccino and latte.
If you are a connoisseur of London ales, then you might like to know that Meantime, Beavertown Brews (a Hackney brewery) and Kernel all pour forth from their taps. For meat lovers, the char grill is the centerpiece of the kitchen, which is placed where the old stage was formerly, proving that cooking is an art that has come to be elevated in Britain like no other.
The whole place has space for fifty covers. It aims to contribute to the local community spirit by offering a haven away from the bustle of nightlife on nearby Kingsland Road. Come, unwind, have a drink and partake in some seriously comforting and tasty food.