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Clockjack Oven

020 3544 0759

14 Denman Street, London W1D 7HJ

£31.00 Modern European Soho

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  • Wine: £14.95
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12M-11pm (Fri-Sat -12M Sun -6pm)

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‘A surprisingly good addition to Piccadilly Circus’, and part of the capital’s current trend for deluxe chicken, Clockjack Oven offers a clutch of simple, honestly priced dishes that are an easy fit with Soho’s young, casual crowd. Free-range Breton chooks form the backbone of the operation, which has all the makings of a ‘dressed-up Nando’s’ chain. Tuck into plump rotisserie-grilled birds (with crisp, well-seasoned skin), crunchy buttermilk ‘bites’ or a generously filled CLT; there are sprightly salads too, plus desserts including decadent Purbeck ice cream. Perch at the counter and watch your dinner pirouetting in the vertical clockjack ovens, or sit at high tables in the cosy dining room – an understated mix of light wood, neutral slate, subway tiles and accents of red from the occasional candelabra. The only gripe concerns service, which veers from ‘too friendly’ to ‘downright rude’.

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  1. Clockjack Oven

    14 Denman Street, London W1D 7HJ
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    Sheena D.

    Such high expectations that where never met

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    • Food & Drink: 4
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 8

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    14 Denman Street, London W1D 7HJ
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    BoatLady

    Clockjack but not Clockwork

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    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 8

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  3. Clockjack Oven

    14 Denman Street, London W1D 7HJ
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    Grumbling Gourmet

    The romance of the rotisserie

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    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 4

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  4. Clockjack Oven

    14 Denman Street, London W1D 7HJ
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    David C.
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 10

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  1. Published : Saturday, 10th May 2014

    #fatmY :: clockjack oven

    don’t you just love trying a new place? tucked away behind piccadilly circus on denman street lies clockjack oven, a rotisserie chicken restaurant. i’m never keen on chicken, i don’t like nando’s that’s for sure but i was willing to try somewhere new. you know when chicken has been cooked to perfection. it was a friday evening and time to catch up with mY close friends, puiyi & rita. this message made me chuckle:
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  2. London has been inundated by a small flood of fried and roast chicken restaurants. I fully recognise that chicken cooked well can be a world apart from the usual fowl stuff, but I haven’t really covered these chicken restaurants largely because I just don’t care. Chicken, broadly speaking, is a meat for children – safe, predictable, comforting and uninteresting. Given this state of mind, I probably shouldn’t be reviewing Clockjack Oven, a Soho rotisserie chicken restaurant a mere stone’s throw away from Piccadilly Circus. Nonetheless, an otherwise fruitless, ravenous late night wandering with The Euro Hedgie brought me to its welcoming, friendly door...
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  3. Restaurants in and around theatre-land (that buzzing area of the West End covering Soho, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Covent Garden) are notoriously busy, especially at the Clockjack Oven insideweekend. Many of the hottest foodie hotspots have no-booking policies, and the consequent waiting times for tables (often in excess of an hour) are enough to drive anyone crazy. Imagine our surprise, then, when one Saturday evening we were able to walk straight in to Clockjack Oven, a funky limited-menu restaurant specialising in rotisserie chicken, situated just off Piccadilly Circus. Given the quality of the food on offer (see below), we couldn’t work out why the restaurant was so empty, but thought it might be because it is so tucked away on dingy Denman Street, which plays home to just one other restaurant, a slightly dodgy looking massage parlour and a relatively unknown shoe store. With its minimalist décor, exposed brick walls, and a mixture of traditional tables with low chairs and high tables with benches and bar stools, Clockjack Oven oozes cool, but remains relaxed and inviting. From our table, we had a great view of the chickens turning in the rotisserie ovens – sitting on their perches, they almost looked like they wanted to wave “hello”, and with the flames licking at them from all sides they made quite an impressive sigh...
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  4. Published : Thursday, 26th September 2013

    Saying it straight :: Clockjack Oven. *Disappointed face.*

    You first notice the noise. Lots of it. Not from the music but from the shrieking of large groups of people made worse by the hard surfaces of the restaurant. An impression of unorchestrated chaos as you walk in. It looks like a fast food joint. Unfortunately it isn’t. Given that the main event here is the rotisserie chicken it would have been foolish to have ordered anything else, so we didn’t. We ordered sides of the house salad and chips. You get a choice of sauces and we ordered barbecue. Plus point: chilled tapwater brought to the table, without having to ask for it...
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  5. Published : Thursday, 26th September 2013

    The Food Judge :: Clockjack Oven. *Disappointed face.*

    I want chicken, that’s what I want. So said C. It’s a well-worn chant. He really likes chicken and can make a mean one himself. It’s one of his very limited repertoire. Small but perfectly formed. Ok then, why don’t we try Clockjack Oven, I said, I’ve heard good things about it. There’s a few foodbloggers who’ve given it the lurvve. So we walk from Mayfair and I realise I don’t actually have an appetite. Any regular reader of this blog will know that this HARDLY EVER HAPPENS but, even when utterly without appetite, faced with something delicious I will always find room for it...
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  6. Published : Sunday, 15th September 2013

    Food I Fancy :: Clockjack Oven – Rotisserie Chicken

    After the burger buzz of last year, chicken has been having its moment on the food scene, and as it lends itself well to a variety of cooking styles it’s easy to see why. Southern Fried was the thing earlier in the year, followed more recently by Korean fried chicken. Trying to get in on the poultry action is Clockjack Oven, with rotisserie chicken. Located off Piccadilly Circus, this compact, modern restaurant with factory style décor sits just on the edges of Soho. I went on my tod for lunch, which caters well for lone diners, couples and groups alike. There’s a mixture of high, low and bench style tables. I perched myself on the high table next to a fellow lone diner with the perfect view of the rotisserie chicken in front...
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  7. It’s such a simple concept, a restaurant that serves one key ingredient – chicken. I mean other than vegetarians, who doesn’t like chicken? The concept is grander than fast food – its chicken done with style – rotisserie style rather than deep-fried. All the chicken served at Clockjack Oven is free-range and comes in the choice of pieces, sandwiches or in salads. There is also a selection of starters and sides to liven up the menu. It’s a pleasant, friendly looking restaurant although space is a bit of a squeeze. There is a mixture of tables including bar stools by the bar, long tables for big groups and tables outside. The most interesting part of the décor is the rotisserie that sits behind the bar. It’s in plain view of all the diners and you get to watch the chickens cooking as you eat...
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  8. Published : Monday, 2nd September 2013

    Tiki Chris :: Coming Soon: The Clockjack Chicken Burger

    Sometime this week, Soho’s Clockjack Oven will launch the Clockjack Chicken Burger – a fried chicken thigh burger with a bit of a kick to it. Lucky clucker that I am, I had a chance to sample a prototype of the new burger last week. It was truly delicious and I reckon will prove to be a very popular addition to an already tasty menu. Priced at £8.95, the Clockjack Chicken Burger will consist of a super tender and succulent buttermilk-marinated fried chicken thigh topped with jalapeño peppers and tomato salsa and served in a sesame seed buttermilk bun...
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  9. I must say that I was not sure what to expect on my first visit to Clockjack Oven- it is a specialised informal restaurant serving “free-range rotisserie chicken” and chicken only, so I knew I was set up for a “hit or miss” night. The cheerful greeting by the staff and a first peek inside the restaurant- a tasteful mix of blond wood, stone and brick with the ovens at the centre, full of roasting birds – set things off on the right foot. However, as I learnt for myself at a disappointing meal at Tramshed, you still eat the chicken, not the artwork on display, the prowess of some interior designer nor the hotness of the staff. The equation is still pretty much “great chicken=great dinner: bad chicken=bad dinner” and the rest matters little, so I kept expectations low. Also, after the life-changing experience of the underground coconut grilled chicken we ate in Malaysia last year, my “good chicken” bar has been set quite high. In fact, at a quite unattainable place. But this side of Asia, I would happily set for anything better than Nando’s...
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  10. Everyone loves chicken. Don’t they? Will Holland, the head chef of 3 AA rosette winning restaurant La Bécasse, certainly does. When he was interviewed as part of the Guardian’s “where chefs eat” series, he chose Clockjack Oven’s rotisserie chicken as his recommendation. Praise indeed...
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  11. Published : Friday, 3rd May 2013

    laymytable :: Clockjack Oven

    Finally a place that just bloody gets it! I did a little research into chicken restaurants as I have a boyfriend who can’t get enough of the stuff and after pondering the thought of yet another Nandos, I wanted to push the boat out just a tad and find somewhere that really specialised in good quality, free range chicken...
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  12. Clockjack Oven brings a supremely simple and savoury dining option to Soho with its free range rotisserie chicken and yummy back-to-basics menu...
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  13. Clockjack Oven is located on Denman Street and is thus perfect for per theatre meals. The restaurant is small with modern grey decor. They have made their rotisserie a statement piece. Housed in a glass case behind the counter you can watch the chicken being engulfed in the blazing flames...
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  14. Chicken, chicken, chicken, it’s the staple for most meals, too often than not cooked until it’s as dry as a bone. Wine, being the only way to wash it down. Clockjack Oven in Soho is hoping to change all that, it wants to bring us free range chickens, sourced from small co-operatives in Brittany. Apart from the chickens being delicious it’s mainly all down to Clockjack Ovens secret marinade recipe...
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  15. Published : Tuesday, 19th March 2013

    Bears Bites :: Clockjack Oven

    There is a certain amount of hype going on at the moment about chicken! …Whether it be steamed, spit roasted or deep fried, it seems that a number of small places are trying out a whole range of different techniques. Yesterday I decided to make a lunchtime trip to Clockjack Oven on Denman Street in...
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  16. Published : Tuesday, 5th March 2013

    HungryCityHippy :: ClockJack Oven: The New Nandos

    Last week, I took a trip into Soho to try out a new ‘modern rotisserie restaurant’ on Denman Street; the rather oddly named Clockjack Oven. From the outside, Clockjack is unassuming and unremarkable, but I don’t mean that in a bad way at all. It simply makes the unexpected quality of the food served inside all the more rewarding...
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  17. Published : Thursday, 7th February 2013

    The Celeriac :: Clockjack Oven, Soho

    Clockjack Oven is a recent, surprisingly good addition to the disgusting array of restaurants in the Piccadilly Circus vicinity. Neighbours include such atrocities as the Atrocious Aberdeen Angus Steak House and the Ridiculously Awful and Extraordinarily Expensive Rainforest Cafe. In blinding contract to the crimes against dinner these grim places vomit out of their kitchens, though, Clockjack oven’s offerings are tasty, reasonably cheap and served by human beings who don’t look at you like they want to stab your eyes out with a multicoloured bendy straw...
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  18. Published : Saturday, 26th January 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Clockjack Oven

    Clockjack Oven is a new rotisserie chicken restaurant tucked away behind the heart of tourist central, Piccadilly Circus. I love a bit of chicken so I got a group of friends together and went for dinner. The restaurant was fairly small but had a really buzzy atmosphere with a family friendly feel to it. Staff were very enthusiastic and amiable. Behind the bar, chickens with their legs splayed rotated vertically on the spit and filled the air with the glorious aroma of roast chicken. Yum...
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Clockjack Oven offers a flexible space for groups of up to 64 seated diners, or up to 90 guests in a standing buffet arrangement. Served alongside a range of salads and side dishes, the restaurant’s food is perfect for sharing, and equally suited to a sit-down dinner or a more casual buffet set-up.

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