Jack's is a good response to the lazy cliche of cafes in decline. It's a successful, energetic business serving big old fry-ups to regular folk. They've upgraded fixtures and fitting, they've acknowledged the presence of modern tastes, they've got their own website, but they still do a quality ebcb.
Those chips look like they're swarming, a school of chips swimming around the bacon reef. I guess that would make the beans the sea or something. And the eggs would be the er, I don't know. The analogy collapses at that point. Suffice to say - delicious, the melty bits are properly melty, the crunchy bits deliver hefty crunch. Very good.
It's a clean, well-lighted place. (Is that almost a quote?) I'm as enthused as anyone by the down-at-heel, just-about-to-die vibe of some classic cafes but I also really like the bustle and life of a good, new cafe. There's nothing as human and social as a great little cafe, full of people and food and tea and shouting. Not that there's many people in this picture, it was very early. But you know what I mean.
I like that it's balanced somewhere between an American diner feel and a classic British one.
Good big mug. Lovely.