This place is ideal for a Sunday brunch ! Be sure to be there before 12am if you don't want to queue !
Very good value for money : good food, nice people, cheap prices (and on top of this they are really reactive and serve fast !).
I had the double English breakfast (2 eggs, beans, mushrooms, sausages, bread) and the salmon eggs Benedict ... Wow :)
They have also a bottomless coffee for a really affordable price !
If you're in the area on Sunday, this is your place !!!
This place has just got it spot on!
Everything I have had, seen and tried bits of friends has been awesome!
Great selection of food and friendly service.
Place looks warm and welcoming, but still makes you want to eat and leave, without being hurried.
A huge fan!
This place might not be one of those hipster breakfast places in central or east London, but I like it because it's not pretentious and there is something genuine in both of their food and service.
The portions are quite big and I saw many people leave their food.
I saw such great reviews, so I thought I would give this place a chance after walking past it to many times to count. I was here for lunch.. maybe the breakfast is better. I had the cheeseburger, It was below average... I wished I had went to GBK for a burger. I was not impressed by this place. I left felling like I wasted money as this place was below average.
I often find myself in clapham and never know where to try but think jacks would be a great shot from now on!:my brother had a cider and I had a lemon and ginger tea but the food looks great and staff were friendly!
I came here for lunch when in the area as I'd heard good things. We were there at the weekend & it was busy, but we managed to get a seat straight away with the caveat that if another couple came into eat, they'd be sharing our table with us. Weird. Thankfully nobody did.
The prices are good for the amount of food you are given. I had a veggie breakfast, and it was tasty. I didn't have a hangover, but if I did, this would be the perfect hangover busting food.
The menu is extensive so lots for you to choose from, including more american breakfast/brunch options which I am sure are very popular.
The guys cooking behind the counter were super friendly and smiley which I enjoy. Would come back, and recommend for hearty portions of food at reasonable prices.
A tiny, awesome brunch/breakfast places! Excellent pancakes, excellent coffee, and excellent service - I had to roll in with a big suitcase that they kindly let me put at the side (minimizing everyone's stress).
I got seated almost right away despite it being peak hour (1pm). The tables are tight, but you get your own tiny bit of privacy (since they move apart).The prices very were fair.
Highly recommend if you are looking for a breakfast/brunch option in the area!
Best American pancakes I have had in London!!! We ended up at a sunny table outside. The service was fast and friendly and the food delicious! I got the Yankee, which was two pancakes, 2 bacon, and eggs. It also came with OJ which was perfect for the hangover. The eggs were light and fluffy and the bacon was huge! The pancakes were delish as well. Could have done with some more syrup, but I was so full by the time I finished my first pancake that the syrup size worked out perfectly.
Amazing food, amazing value, great service... new fav breakfast spot!
So as the lovely Robyn J and I found out before a UYE Book Club meet-up, this is somewhere you can linger chatting for the best part of 3 hours if you're minded, consume a huge portion of pancakes/ French toast, eggs, bacon, syrup etc, and drink unlimited tea or coffee. And all for about £7.00! What's not to love about that?!
There's no frills or pretensions - expect to queue a bit, squeeze in wherever there's space and cosy-up with other brunchers. It's all part of the lively, bustling nature of the place. So yes, I'm definitely a fan!
Nava and I decided to go to Jack's on a warm Sunday morning. We show up, it looks kinda cool, the food seems super diner-y, which as Americans we kind of dig. We wait in the queue.
They ask us if we mind sharing a table. We don't, but the table they wanted to seat us at was wedged in front of a bit of wall that was jutting out, and I knew there was no way the two of us were going to fit there. So we waited a bit longer. This time they sat us at a table with a couple of Scottish guys. Wedged into the corner again.
So don't expect a lot of room. There isn't. In fact, the tables and chairs are so close to each other it's awkward.
Nava had the corned beef hash with juice, and I had the Yankee Doodle Dandy with coffee. Now they claim to serve unlimited coffee. First, the coffee is terrible. Second, there's no way to get refills as the servers NEVER COME BACK TO YOUR TABLES. Don't expect unlimited coffee like you get in the states. It's not like that at all.
The food was mediocre. The french toast was pretty bad. White bread barely dredged through eggs so it was a bit dry in the middle. The American pancakes, while fluffy and light, were overcooked on the outside and almost burnt. My fried eggs were hard and overcooked. The corned beef (probably from a can) had the wrong beef-to-potato ratio. There were probably eight bits of potato in it. It really needed a lot of work.
It was an unpleasant dining experience all around. At least it was cheap. I assume that British people like it because there's a queue, but for me not at all worth the wait.
Great breakfast spot! Good variety of typical Englsih breakfasts, American-style ones and some healthy fruit and muesli ones if that takes your fancy! Prices are reasonable too.
Staff are attentive and friendly. It gets extremely busy at weekends so not somewhere to lounge for hours over breakfast unless you can watch people queue for your table without feeling guilty!
They do a whole range of lunches and I believe dinners as well so an allround handy place to know in the area for grub!
I finally found a place that does proper fluffy American pancakes in London - The Yankie Doodle! You have the choice of pancakes or french toast or if you have a big appetite can get both with the Yankie Doodle Dandy. They're pretty relaxed so they're happy to switch out any of the items but I think there is a charge if you change more than 1.
I usually go for the breakfast spread but always get food envy. The salads and sandwiches look amazing and the best is that everything is pretty cheap. I wish I had 2 stomachs to eat everything I want!
Comfortably crowded most weekends. Jack's is the best place in London to get an American breakfast. They're a little pricey but fresh juices, amazing bacon and beautiful American pancakes make it completely worthwhile. They'll even let you mix and match English and American breakfast components to create an amazing breakfast hybrid.
Staff is great, service is fast and they'll give you as much syrup as you can soak into your pancakes. I can't recommend Jack's highly enough for any Americans needing a taste of home! Breakfast is served all day, there are lunch items for those so inclined and they've got root beer. Root beer!
Best breakfast / diner place in the area. Amazing and simple food... and great service. They do it American way and they do it well !
Was looking for an American diner and found this on Yelp. It didn't look like an American Diner, but the food was brilliant, portions were generous, prices very reasonable and the staff very nice and friendly! Also, the coffee was weak, just like the bottomless coffee is in an American Diner. :)
It was a bit crammed, but enough space to have a somewhat private conversation. Would definitely recommend!
I'll be coming here a lot more since I just moved around the corner. Updates to come!
This is a fairly decent place to go for breakfast, and thankfully was right around the road from my parents' hotel. I don't really think it's a place to go too out of your way for, though. A fiver gets you a basic English breakfast, which is filling and tasty, though nothing I couldn't have gotten at a caf down the road for the same price. My dad enjoyed his corned beef hash and my mom really enjoyed her omelette. This place seems really famous for its pancakes though unfortunately we didn't try them. The service, though quick, is a bit annoying as you do have to call someone over for refills. Definitely a good place to go if you're already in the area, but if you're not then just go to your own local favourite, it'll be just as good.
Yep we went again within a week of discovering the place. Giving it a 5 star rating as they have the best service experience in London.
This time for lunch with root beer, however we slipped up and ordered breakfast again as it is so darn good! Eggs Benedict was delicious with eggs cooked just right and a pleasant amount of hollandaise sauce. I love that it always comes with hash browns: it has been a permanent struggle to get a side of hash browns with breakfast in London (without it costing an additional £3 etc), so this really was a revelation to me. Big breakfast is pretty special all things considered.
Scanning the room we saw future inspiration: large yummy looking salads on display.
Soda could have come with ice on a hot day. Just sayin'.
For breakfast this is a great little place, offering a selection of American diner staples, located on Lavender Hill and just a two minute swagger away from Clapham Junction. It is faithful to the American diner breakfast experience not only in terms of the breakfast dishes on offer - corned beef hash, eggs benedict (with variations), french toast, pancakes, bottomless coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice (it always stuns me that we British tolerate the awful ersatz alternative) - but also insofar as it is very reasonably priced (all dishes less than £7 I think) and doesn't take pains to dress itself up self-consciously as an authentic American diner (so no misplaced candy stripes or polished Arizona licence plates).
I had the corned beef hash with poached eggs, which was wonderful and I actually liked the unusual addtion of a little carrott. My companion had a full breakfast with french toast, which he heartily enjoyed. The placed was packed on a Saturday morning but we still got a table and the service was, though a little muddled, was never less than friendly and enthusiastic. I haven't been yet for lunch, but the salad menu did appeal.
In short, it's everything i've been waiting for - a cheap, cheerful American diner a stone's throw from where I live and that is a genuine restaurant rather than a marketing ploy.
Jacks is the ultimate hangover spot, although it's equally enjoyable even if you don't have a dangerous level of alcohol seeping its way out of your system. Their all-day breakfasts are generous, comforting, not overly greasy (just the right amount) and they offer pretty much anything you could possibly want to satisfy your cravings and soothe your poor, abused body. Variations of the classic English fry-up abound, with traditional ingredients alongside pancakes, French toast and hash browns. I've tried them all (so sue me, I like brunch) and everything's been cooked to perfection. If you're particularly hungry then go all-out and choose the Yankee Doodle Dandee, which basically has every breakfast ingredient ever piled onto one plate: despite costing less than £8, you'll get enough food to keep you stuffed for the rest of the day. They even have posh stuff like Eggs Florentine and Benedict (and they explain the difference, which is nice, because I feel like a right pillock when I have to google my breakfast) and if you're feeling particularly healthy you can go for fruit and muesli, but you probably won't, because you're a human.
I do like their sausages but they're a bit on the tiny side. It's not a place to go if you're craving a calm oasis of privacy: they're rammed of a weekend, sometimes with the queue out the door, and chances are you'll have to share a table*. And the waitresses, whilst initially delightful, were significantly less so on my second visit; strange, since it was an awful lot busier the first time. The tea and coffee is bottomless but I had a real job of it trying to get them to refill my cup. Ultimately I didn't care, though, because that just gave me more of an excuse to hang around in the warm, bustling atmosphere and relish it being a balmy Sunday morning with not a care in the world, punctuated by unlimited (if sporadic) coffee and shared with somebody special. Really . . . there's no better feeling.
* If you don't like sharing, try a spot of singing. We thought our table neighbours would enjoy it, but they didn't. They'd upped sticks and moved to the other side of the room before I'd so much as asked them to pass the ketchup. Oh well, I guess some people just don't appreciate good music when they hear it.
I love Jack's. They give you everything you could possibly want when you are a) hungover b) tired and c) hungry, as in could eat a horse hungry.
The food is served really quickly, there is a good choice of condiments, it's always busy and the portion sizes are huge, especially if you venture to get the double (a real man sized breakfast if ever I saw one).
The service is really good, they will chop and change bits of the menu if you ask and it's pretty much a great little place for greasy breakfasts. I'm sure they served healthy stuff, but to be honest, my eyes never stray far from the winning combination of bacon, eggs and sausage.
I hate Clapham. I really hate it.
I could write thousands and thousands of words about it. But I'll spare you the detail in case you live there and think it's brilliant. (It's not).
The trouble is, I have to go there pretty regularly, for band rehearsals. This time around, I thought I'd numb the pain a bit with a decent breakfast. We had an early morning rehearsal booked in so I thought I'd yelp somewhere for breakfast. Jack's came up, so off I went.
Jack's has a solid menu of half Brit, half-Yank fare. I had the Benedict (as part of my ongoing Eggs Benedict in London mission) and it was absolutely fine for the money. The hollandaise was great and the eggs perfectly runny. The filter coffee wasn't bad either.
So my advice is, if you find yourself in the cultural desert of Clapham Junction, you could do loads worse than popping into Jack's for some comfort food.
If you're looking for a proper diner in London, Jack's is about as close as you're going to get.
I came for a late breakfast on Sunday, and the place was heaving. The little floor space was crammed full of tables, all of which were occupied at all times.
Brusque servers, quick-service food, clanking cutlery, elbowing your neighbours, unlimited filter coffee, pay at the till, cheap prices - diner.
The food runs the gamut in terms of country of origin. Something to note: American pancakes are on offer, although they're a little less fluffy and a bit more dense than you might expect. Also, order them with some butter on the side, because they won't come with it.
Overall, the place has a good buzz about it. And you can't really argue with an enormous plate full of breakfast food for £6.50, which includes your coffee (or tea, if you must).
My caff of choice on Lavender Hill, this is a pretty new cafe, serving a wide range of breakfasts, roasts, sandwiches, soup and potatoes to an interesting mix of locals, aspiring artistes on their way to the Battersea Arts Centre, and hi-viz. My normal is the Double (fried, chips, no mushrooms, no beans, extra brown toast, and a tea, please). A nice touch is bottomless tea and coffee.
They do takeaway too - but I find their sausage sandwich to be too bready.
First class breakfast stop. I had the American breakfast with ultimate coffee. Loved it. Service was fantastic and the price was reasonable.
Recommended to all!!
Great, great cafe up from Clapham Junction station. Takeaway, or eat in the spacious and welcoming rear dining area, you're going to get a great lunch either way. Or breakfast if you're an early riser.
I think that this place has cornered the market in this area, with tasty, well-cooked food, from all-day's, to jackets and paninis, and the great idea of bottomless coffee/tea.
Spare yourself the station coffee shops, walk up the road and fill yourself up!
As Clapham has a reputation for a great night out it is only fair for Clapham to also have great hangover cures!
Jacks do sell sandwiches and the like but I went for a proper english breakfast. They have lots of different options or you can just pick your own. Baked beans, eggs, bacon, sausages- the works.
I have a very small stomach but I managed to eat all my breakfast, was so nice! It is a popular place but the staff are very efficient and hard working so you never have to wait long. They are also very efficient withtheir space so also the cafe is relatively small you can still find a table for you and your friends.
Only reason not giving 5/5 is because I had to ask for my coffee refill. This said, the coffee was great.
I looked down at the breakfast served to me and felt joy ... It would be tasty and filling ... Quality and quantity I had begun to think these were a myth in breakfasts in London ... But it seems unicorns do exist!
Had the soup of the day (chicken and vegetable) as was a chilly day, it was quite possibly the best soups I've ever had! Reasonably priced and full of tasty ingredients. The staff were smiley and welcoming. Was my first visit and certainly won't be the last.
Well located 2 minutes from Clapham Junction station, Jacks Cafe is the perfect cure for a weekend hangover.
Good service, good ingredients (except the OJ wasn't squeezed) and proper American pancakes with maple syrup (so hard to find this side of the river!). Sadly, no streaky crispy bacon (what a shame It's a Yankee b'fast!) but I'll ask if it's possible to get it next time I visit.
Rather cheap as well. It's a very good alternative to Boiled Eggs and Soldiers on Northcote road if you want to avoid the crazy pram pushers and co.
Jack's is a winner for Sunday brunch on several accounts:
1. Bottomless tea or coffee with your meal
2. Wide range of breakfasts - classic English (in 3 different sizes), American-style (with French toast or pancakes), healthy (yoghurt and fruit) and more (Eggs Benedict, Florentine etc)
3. Excellent value for money - last time I was there it cost us £12 for two (including tea, coffee and an orange juice)
4. Friendly staff
Only (small) downside is that it's quite busy on Sunday mornings and you can't book (so not good if there are more than 4 of you), but I've been twice with just one other person and been seated straight away.
Highly recommended if you're in Clapham Junction on a Sunday morning, especially if you're feeling a bit sore from Saturday night.
I don't have enough words to describe how terrible my experience was at jacks. It took over and hour to get an cheese omelette and coffee. Half of the tables got up and left because it took so long. My friend received rock hard eggs benedict. They forgot my fruit salad. Even after i reminded then....twice. I would not send my enemies there. I am an american and to call that a "american diner" in a absolute disgrace. I wouldn't send my enemies to jacks at the junction. Go ANYWHERE else.
Went there today and the food was really good. It did not have enough American food on the menu - I first saw it on an email alert, listed as an American-style diner.
Nonetheless the food was really good and customer service also good. I ordered the eggs with French toast and pancakes. There was bottomless hot drinks as well which was great. It is really great value for money! Would definitely go again.
Love this place. Breakfast rocks, staff are great, interior design is exposed brick (which I like). I would recommend it for anyone looking to get the day off to a good start!
Pretty nice salad, fresh and crunchy :-)
This diner is absolutely fantastic! The best breakfast and brunch in London - great menu, excellent food, amazing service. We will be back. Highly recommended.
Just recovered from a horrific bout of food poisoning thanks to the Tuna Nicoise Salad at Jacks.... The rest of the menu is very greasy and stodgy, so i wanted a lighter option but 2 days of illness is what I got!!
Never go back AGAIN!!!!
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