Move over Nandos, there’s a new chicken place in town! Clockjack Oven is a trendy new restaurant in Woolwich that’s taking the humble chicken to new heights. The chook here is as plump and succulent as it gets, spit roasted on an open flame in front of hungry diners and served in whole, half or quarter pieces. Burgers, wings and tasty salads are also on the menu - plus scrummy buttermilk chicken bites that would put even the Colonel to shame. I decided to swap my usual Sunday roast for a Clockjack Oven special - here’s what I thought…
Step inside Clockjack and you’re greeted with the most wonderful aromas. The chicken is roasting on a rotating spit behind the long wooden bar, and the intense flames give the place a real cosiness. We took a seat on a high table at the back and were greeted with open arms by Barbadian Manager Donnie, who talked us through the menu and the idea behind the place.
Our starter arrived within minutes, a mammoth portion of chicken bites which came with a delicious aioli dip. The bites had been marinated for 24 hours in buttermilk and gently fried, resulting in a thick crispy coating that was simply mouth-watering.
The main event followed shortly afterwards, a half roast chicken and a super Caesar salad, with sweet potato fries and Jim Beam sweetcorn on the side. Clockjack claim they serve up the best roast chicken in London - and it’s no exaggeration. Tender and flavoursome, the meat fell off the bone and was perfectly complimented by the tangy BBQ sauce we ordered to go with it.
The sides were just as good: sweet potato fries with a crispy coating and fluffy centre and piping hot, buttery sweetcorn dowsed in bourbon and honey. The salad was also a reason to come back, mammoth in proportion with heaps of succulent chicken breast, croutons and parmesan cheese with a rich, anchovy flavour dressing.
We washed our meal down with a delicious Rum Punch, and left full to the brim and very happy. Overall, pretty clucking good.
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