After opening its doors last summer, Ask For Janice is continuing to bring its fresh, fun and edgy style to Farringdon’s burgeoning restaurant scene with a brand new food and cocktail menu.
A Modern British All-day restaurant and bar that looks on to Smithfield’s Market, Ask for Janice is the latest venture from the young and dynamic Urban Leisure Group. Set over two floors and featuring a ground floor restaurant and basement bar, Ask For Janice offers guests a quality, laid back dining and drinking experience – from morning until night.
Farringdon over the weekend can feel a bit bleak, but this little gem makes a trip into this part of town worthwhile – for the bloody Mary’s alone. Relaxed and breezy, the staff here are a tight and trendy bunch, and customers are immediately welcomed into the family. Designed by Head Chef Nik Prescot, the new menu at Ask For Janice is a modern take on British culinary nostalgia. Heavily focusing on seasonal, wholesome produce and bursting with creative elements and foraged unique ingredients, the menu features contemporary dishes influenced by retro Northern English food.
We loved the menu of twisted classics, all served generous and with a smile. Even after a full-on brunch of baked eggs with Merguez sausages, a bacon sarnie and wild garlic fries, we couldn’t resist a slice of the lemon, almond and olive oil loaf. This particular cake was so delicious that we had to make room for another piece. You’d be a lucky cat to stumble on Ask For Janice, so don’t chance it – and make sure to hit it up.
Further examples from the menu include:
- Sardines and Yorkshire Rhubarb on Toast – £7
- Wild Garlic Fries- £3.50
- Baked Eggs, Merguez Sausage, Roasted Peppers and Yoghurt- £10.50
- Stout Salt Squid- £7.50
- Chatsworth Road Smokehouse Salmon, Beer Bread and Celeriac – £8
- Pressed Pigs Head with Toast and green Grape tartare – £7
- Yorkshire black badger bean Dahl and Flatbread – £7Ask for Janice boasts an extensive selection of up to 45 gins as well as a perfectly curated selection of beer and wine. The new cocktails, which take inspiration from the 90s, are refreshing and punchy – perfect for Spring evenings.Examples on the new cocktail list, all priced at £9 include:
- AFJ Hooch – Ask For Janice’s own lemon ice tea, Absolute Vodka, peach bitters
- Hey Ladies – Breakfast tea infused Beefeater Gin, Creme de Figue, lemon, fig jam, egg white, Prosecco top,sherbet
- Invisible Man – Bootlegger White Grain Spirit, Lillet Blanc, Maraschino, lycheeCoffee and delicious baked goods are available from 7:30am and lead up until brunch, which begins at 10am. Produced by aeropress and drop filter specialists, Coleman Coffee Roasters, AFJ’s bespoke house blend satisfies the needs of rushing commuters and coffee aficionados alike.With a strong focus on Art and design, Ask For Janice’s style is contemporary and relaxed. Upstairs, distressed décor and vintage wooden tables are complemented by worn Danish leathers sofas and a three-tiered metal and wood bar, while white painted original brickwork gives the space a light airy feel. Downstairs, through an inconspicuous door built into the brickwork, the basement bar room is an intimate, darkly lit space brightened by original Art by Damien Hirst, a specially commissioned graffiti piece by Kid Acne. With a capacity of 35 and a canapé menu available, the bar is Ideal for private functions and bookings.
Located in the heart of what is becoming one of London’s latest restaurant and bar hot spots, Ask for Janice’s welcoming service, reasonable prices and exciting, quality food and drink is perfect for those looking for everything from early morning coffee, leisurely brunch and business lunches, to post-work drinks, intimate dinners and full blown parties with friends.