Jay’s has gone from strength to strength since opening in 2011 as a delicatessen, serving coffee alongside its homemade cakes. As their fan base grew so did their passion for serving quality food, and Jay’s gradually expanded into a café offering breakfast and brunch to hungry locals. They now open for evenings from Wednesday to Saturday, delighting diners with their take on contemporary European cuisine.
The concise but eclectic menu boasts an array of enticing dishes made with locally and ethically sourced produce. During the day you’ll be tempted by the likes of glorious spinach and mozzarella arancini and eggs Florentine. For dinner, indulge your palate with the handmade pissaladière flatbread followed by za’atar spiced Lebanese chicken. If you fancy something hearty, try one of Jay’s mouth-watering burgers made with locally sourced, lean beef and served with a variety of optional toppings. For liquid refreshment, whether it’s a silky Monmouth coffee, a refreshing Negroni cocktail or anything in between, the skilful staff are on-hand to pour, brew or muddle your preference.
With its unpretentious atmosphere, charming staff and delicious food, it comes as no surprise that Jay’s has earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of excellence and a place in the top ten restaurants in the area. This is one of Harpenden’s dining scene’s real gems.