God these guys are cool. They know that chicken is ruling London’s roost right now (see Chickenshop, Tramshed and Rita’s to name but a few) and they’re brave enough to take a site in the midst of the high rises of Hoxton. Started by four cousins, the unsuspecting restaurant (complete with high end design and an exterior adorned by graffiti artists) serves free range chicken entirely sourced from a small Wiltshire farm. Add to this a heady mix of “Clutch-tails”, plus a private bar area, and you’ve got yourself the perfect place to shake that tail feather.
You’ve got to get your hands dirty here – choose the Sour and Spicy chilli option from the “Put a Wing on It” section, share a selection of the “Love Me Tenders” and why not go clucking mental with sides, including Beets, Fries or Roasted Corn (all listed under yet another poultry pun). “Clutchtails”, designed by mixologist Ben Fisher, are a must – girls, the Basil Buckeye is clean and fresh, boys go for the Rooster Rumble….
Due to its location, this isn’t a first date spot. Too much uncertainty about whether you’re in the right place and what you’re doing in the middle of a housing estate for that matter. Instead, this is your game changer. The early on date that you can combine with lazily wondering around Columbia Road Flower Market (boys, accept – she’s going to instagram everything) or that shows you’ve got your finger on the pulse and don’t just hear about the latest Soho pop ups.
The location. Arrive and leave together – great excuse to share a taxi.
2 – Although you’ll more than likely lock beaks and have a sneaky peck.