Best Places To Watch The World Cup - Fun Cocktail Gambling Challenge At The Jones Family Project, Shoreditch

The “modern family” of tight-knit friends behind The Jones Family Project ( restaurant and bar in Shoreditch are getting into the World Cup spirit with a bit of fun cocktail gambling!

As well as screening World Cup matches in the upstairs bar, the unique, multifaceted venue will offer two cocktails as specials per match – one for each team playing, each incorporating flavours associated with that country.

Guests can back their favourite team by ordering the corresponding cocktail – and if you choose the winning team's cocktail, The Jones Family Project will pick up 50% of your bar bill at the end of the match!

Some examples of special World Cup cocktails:

·         Mexican Heat for Mexico (Olmeca infused chilli, agave nectar, exotic fruits)
·         Jones Apple Pie for USA (Absolut vodka, muddled apple, cinnamon, lemon, sugar, egg white)

The frequently morphing design and ever-evolving “project” concept means The Jones Family Project is exciting on every visit. Unexpected and fun creativity, which will fire your imagination and make you smile, is to be found in every corner of the two floors of the restaurant and bar including fantastical and whimsical design features, such as over-sized ceramic pots that tower over your head, a tree growing through a table, a graffiti covered street entrance, and a large, Tardis-esque subterranean restaurant hidden beneath the ground floor.

While the space is a unique project with something new to discover every time, there is always an emphasis on quality, particularly in terms of the food, wine list, craft beer and cocktails. Classic and inventive dishes are offered from morning until midnight, throughout all the diverse areas of the spacious restaurant and bar.

Ingredients are carefully sourced from suppliers with sound practices and quality produce (including select UK artisan producers such as The Ginger Pig - which is exclusively supplying a special Pork Rib Eye cut for the menu, Olivier Bakery and Jumi Cheese) and cooked freshly to order by an experienced and attentive team of chefs on a state-of-the-art Josper oven.

The Jones Family Project is set to be the destination of choice for fatigued Londoners who complain of being bored by predictable venues. Guests are even welcome to change the surroundings to suit their mood by taking control of the record player at certain times during the week.

With its contemporary and eclectic décor, The Jones Family Project offers a flexible space ideal for both work and play with friends, colleagues and family; from business lunches and meetings to private events, parties, romantic dates or lazy brunches.

Whatever your mood or the purpose of your visit, there is an area to suit: booths for small groups, a large communal table under an indoor tree and even a “private office for one” in the window free for anyone to use. Hard-working types are supported with sockets under all tables to charge devices, plus a well-stocked bar which has shelves that swivel round from the daytime display of coffee and tea, to wine and spirits at night.

Downstairs there is a 'stage set' area which changes regularly with themes ranging from nostalgic Granny's Parlour to elegant Hunting Lodge. It will soon transform into a 1970s dining room with matching retro menus. Guests are encouraged to plunder their dressing up boxes and arrive dressed according to the theme of the stage set dining table.

Although the space and design features at The Jones Family Project will change, the welcome and service will always make you feel you are one of the family.

Aiming to encourage an inclusive community feel, The Jones Family Project was created by a group of friends who have come to know each other as family, having worked together for more than 20 years: Duncan Watts, Anna Watts, Amit Joshi and Cristiano Caputo. Duncan was one of the team behind Pitcher & Piano, which revolutionised bars by making them more inviting to women in the 1980s.  Amit Joshi and Cristiano Caputo were also involved with Pitcher & Piano before setting up Rocket in 1999 with Duncan and Anna Watts. All of the businesses this foursome have been involved with have grown from small start-ups.

The Jones Family Project also supports artistic innovators and local creatives, commissioning skilled artists such as the talented Fanakapan, whose work transforms the venue’s Rivington Street entrance, and showcasing the stunning work of Fian Andrews with five giant 6ft ceramic pots.

Anna Watts, co-founder of The Jones Family Project said: “Shoreditch is such a vibrant area of London. We were inspired by the cultural hub and the diverse melting pot of people and professions to create an eclectic space which would always welcome guests as "one of the family".

With a focus on fantastic food, cocktails, wine and friendly service, as well as imaginative and original decor, there is something new to discover at The Jones Family Project on every visit.”

Lower level restaurant
The lower level restaurant concentrates on carefully sourced quality ingredients and over 90 wines.Choose to sit in cute cut-out Wendy house style booth areas, orange leather chesterfield style sofas  in discreet alcoves or the glass-walled private dining room which can also be hired for events. From Tuesday to Friday set lunch in the restaurant is only £14.50 for two courses and £17.50 for 3 courses. The £5 corkage on Monday nights offers another perk.

Lower level bar
The full service lower level bar offers an extensive selection of wines and a range of mainly local craft beers, and delicious cocktails. People are welcome to sit on the comfy bar stools at the New York style bar and eat from either the main a la carte menu or bar snack menu. This malleable space is made up of a collection of innovative areas to fit the creative Shoreditch setting, including a novel “stage set” area which changes every six weeks.

Ground floor bar
Visitors can choose seating to reflect their mood or purpose from snug private booths to hide away in, to open-plan seating with bright natural light from the windows to watch Shoreditch life go by. There is a high table with a tree growing through it for an indoor picnic feel!It is the perfect spot for late night drinking, speedy lunching on gourmet salads and soups made fresh daily, lazy weekend brunches (with DIY Bloody Marys) or daytime hot-desking.

Suppliers: The Jones Family Project is proud to source top quality food and drink from artisan London suppliers, including:
•        The Ginger Pig -
•      Olivier Bakery -
•        Jumi Cheese -
•        Black Sheep Coffee -
•        Joe’s Tea -
•        Butler’s Gin -
•        Brixton Brewery -

Sample food menu
•        Smoked Aubergine Puree – Greek yoghurt, tomato chilli jam and crispy bread  (£2.50)
•        Corn Bread – Smokey chipotle butter, onion and herb salad (£3.00)
•        Quinoa Fritters with spicy avocado sauce & lime tomato salsa (6.50)
•        Burrata with roasted tomato & red pepper chutney, caper berries and basil ((8.75)
•        Josper cooked Bone In Prime Rib, for 2 people (£6.70 Per 100g)
•        Pork Rib Eye Steak (18.50)
•        Chuck Burger Topped With Slow Cooked Oxtail (£14.50)
•        Rare Yellowfin Tuna Nicoise Salad (£18.50)
•        Charcoal Grilled Vegetable Salad (£13.50)
•        Truffled Mac ‘n Cheese (side dish; £3.50)

Sample drinks menu
•        Full service bar with over 90 wines, including 20 wines available by the glass, carafe or bottle
•        DIY Bloody Mary Table at Weekends
•        Cocktails from £8
•        Selection of draught and bottled beers (mainly local) from £4.00
•      Both bars are managed by Andrea Travenzoli who mixes a fine cocktail!

Find The Jones Family Project online:

Restaurant opening hours:
Monday – Friday
Noon - midnight
Serving lunch from noon - 3.00pm
(Except Mondays when our restaurant is closed for lunch.
Our bar serving soups and salads is open on Mondays)
Serving dinner from 6.00pm - 10.30pm

10am - midnight
Serving brunch from noon - 5.00pm
Serving dinner from 5.00pm - 10.30pm

10.00am - 6pm
Serving brunch from noon - 5.00pm
Bar opening hours:

Monday – Friday
9.00am – midnight
Serving breakfast from 9.00am - noon
Serving lunch from noon - 5.00pm
Evening & bar snacks from 5.00pm - 10.30pm

10.00am – midnight 
Serving brunch from 10.00am - 5.00pm
Evening & bar snacks from 5.00pm - 10.30pm on Saturday

10.00am - 6pm
Serving brunch from 10.00am - 5.00pm

The Jones Family Project, 78 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3JL


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