“An unpretentious, but beguiling little bistro.”
Jay Rayner popped to Cirencester to review Sam & Jak, whose owners Sam Edwards and Jak Doggett previously “ran the very much-loved Upton Firehouse in a broad shed not far away at Burford”. Jay reviewed their work in 2010 at Made By Bob (also in Cirencester, now known as MBB).
“The menu is tight and in places, market-sensitive… there are flourishes and there is pizzazz… at lunchtimes they have a short pizza menu.” Really, what more could anyone ask for?
“Fish cookery is a strength here” (the owner of Made by Bob worked at Bibendum – “there is a lovely story here, of skills and good taste being passed down kitchen generations… the culinary golden threads get pulled through the decades”).
“Everyone at Sam & Jak knows exactly what they’re doing. The result is the kind of meal you always hope for and don’t always get.”Jay Rayner - 2023-10-01