It’s OK to only do one thing if you do that thing really really well. If I didn’t know better, I’d say this was Chicken Shop‘s motto. The menu at this new-ish Holborn restaurant is so short that it’s scrawled on a blackboard – no individual menus per person are required when all you need to communicate is “rotisserie chicken“. OK that’s simplifying it a little – you do have to choose the portion size (quarter, half or whole – a whole chicken is £15 and feeds 3), but that’s not something you’re going to need to Phone A Friend on. It’s an indecisive diner’s dream.
Sides of exceptionally good crinkle cut fries, avocado and lettuce salad, corn on the cob and coleslaw complete the menu at £4 each, to accompany your super juicy, crispy skinned, perfectly marinaded chicken pieces – and lashings of smokey or spicy sauce, if you so wish.
The simplicity continues in the décor, with weathered wooden planks covering the walls, barn lights throwing out just enough illumination for you to see, and china cockerel ornaments scattered about the place.
There are no cocktails, but the beer and spirit selection is decent. There are three old favourites to choose from for pudding – lemon meringue pie, warm chocolate brownie and apple pie.
Chicken Shop (from the Soho House group) is an exemplary example of how simplicity is key.
Editor’s note: Chicken Shop is in the basement of the new Hoxton Hotel, where you can grab a coffee from Holborn Grind, a cake from Hubbard & Bell, a drink from the hotel bar, or a manicure in the Cheeky Parlour – that’s a good few hours of entertainment sorted with very little movement!
199-206 High Holborn, WC1V 7BD
There are also Chicken Shop restaurants in Tooting, Whitechapel and Kentish town – full details on their website.