JSW, short for Jake Saul Watkins, is a highly stylish yet simple restaurant in Petersfield serving delicious food. JSW seats 48 in the main dining room overlooking one of Hampshire's premier town's main streets and up to 18 in the private dining room off the courtyard. Secluded, smart outdoor seating under cream umbrellas can be found in the courtyard at the rear of the restaurant.
Jake, who has a Michelin star for his food as well as entries in all major guides, believes in total simplicity in décor as well as on the plate. Well-spaced tables, a rarity in too many restaurants of such calibre are a feature in the cream-coloured dining room and give an air of relaxed informal elegance. Jake doesn't believe in turning tables. Your booked table is yours entirely, for either lunch or dinner.
Jake also believes resolutely in British seasonal food, fish sourced from the nearby Solent, lamb, beef and pork from Cumbria, the vegetables and soft fruit sourced locally. He, however, goes to France for his chicken, guinea fowl and duck as he as yet to find top notch quality in the UK. 'Technically brilliant', according to one guide, his food is beautifully presented. This is cooking by someone who cooks not with the corporate bottom line in mind but with a passion for his work, sensible pricing demonstrating this wish to share his culinary prowess.