Jackson And Rye Guilford:Review

Just before Christmas we made our way into Guilford to the launch evening of the brand new Jackson and Rye restaurant that has just hit town.

Jackson and Rye are already a very well established chain that have bought a touch of London style dining to the heart of Guilford.

The dimly lit restaurant and dark decor set the tone for the New York style dining they are famous for.

Once seated we were shown a menu that was so hard to chose from as the variety was so great.

We started with mini corn dogs that had caught our eyes a few minutes before ordering, a huge plate of flavoursome crunchy chorizo prawns and some wonderfully crispy buffalo chicken wings.

Our eyes may have been bigger than our bellies as the portions were so generous that after the appetisers we were already pretty full.

Mains arrived promptly and my Cajun spiced chicken was super succulent and accompanied perfectly with a fresh sweetcorn succotash that was a welcome change from the richness of the starters.

My steak loving husband picked his favourite fillet steak and was more than happy with the juicy cut of meat and the crispy fries that set it off perfectly.

Literally bursting at the seams I still made room for a sticky potted cheese cake that was served with a tart berry compote.

We went along as a couple but this restaurant would also cater well for our large family; we looked on at a table full of little ones throughly enjoying a large variety of food from the menu.

Jackson and Rye was a welcoming, relaxed restaurant that still had that feeling of something a little special. They have taken the usual American dining experience and given it a touch of class.

After chatting with the friendly waiting staff we found the restaurant is infamous for their weekend brunch and we will certainly be back soon to sample this soon!

Jumping Around At Airhop


Number three turns nine this week so at the weekend we celebrated by visiting Airhop in Guilford.  We had not been before, but number two had been a couple of times with friends and had come back raving about it; so much so he was very disappointed that it was only a girly visit with two of her friends.

Being a large family everything is done together and I always let them have a treat on their birthday by having some one on one time to do what they like with their friends.

We had a very early start as the only session I could get booked onto was nine am!  So with this in mind if you are planning on going then make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get your slot of choice.

Once inside we were greeted by a team of young, enthusiastic staff that guided us through what we needed to do before we started and handed out the all important Airhop socks that have not left her feet since we visited!



The session lasts an hour and in that time they get to somersault into a huge foam pit, bounce around on the many adjoined trampolines, play a game of dodgeball or shoot some hoops into the basketball nets.  Once they are all tired out there is a selection of drinks and snacks in their cafe which is on the upper level where the parents can grab a coffee and get a great view of all the action.


They all had a fantastic time and we will be back to visit, although next time I won’t be left out and will be booking my place to join in with the action!

How do your little one like to celebrate their special days?