Chicken Shop

Restaurants , Fast food outlets Tooting
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Fowl play is the focus of this stylish Tooting bar and grill – though prices aren’t poultry.

It’s 8.30pm on a cold Tuesday evening, and there’s a queue of customers waiting to be seated at Chicken Shop. The beau monde of Tooting are out in force, perching on bar stools, cradling glasses of wine and texting friends excitedly. Tooting’s not seen the like before.

The dining area’s in two parts: the rotisserie grill at the front, and a hidden room through the back. It’s all very beautifully styled, like a Cath Kidston garden shed. The lighting is low and flattering.

At this smaller branch of the Soho House restaurant in Kentish Town, the menu is as prosaic as the original’s: grilled free-range chicken, with chips and side salads, plus a few desserts. Half a chicken feeds two, and still leaves plenty for a doggy bag. The chicken is succulent, the fries crisp, the creamy coleslaw well worth the £4 charged. Pale corn-on-the-cob and even the green salad all exceed expectations.

To drink there’s Italian lager, bottles of Camden Pale Ale, wines. If you’ve any room left, calorific desserts (brownie, lemon cheesecake, apple pie) will plug the gap. On our visit the service was unfailingly smiling and enthusiastic, and we left very satisfied.

 

Venue name: Chicken Shop
Contact:
Address: 141 Tooting High Street
London
SW17 0SY
Opening hours: Open 5-10.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-10.30pm Sat, Sun.
Transport: Tube: Tooting Broadway
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £40.
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  • 1 star:3
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Sarah G
Tastemaker

Chicken shop is 5 mins from my house and I love it! Straightforward, good quality, tasty food. Eat in or take away.


Simple  - chicken - cooked one way, 2 flavours of chicken table sauces, chips, corns, salad and coleslaw as sides and 3 desserts. Service is friendly and efficient.  5 of use ate (no dessert and only 1 alcoholic drink) for £73. The only improvement I would make is to have slightly more side dishes - including bread and sweet potato fries - but its a simple formula and it works!


 Give it a go.

Leah P
tastemaker

Small restaurant no reservations with tastie chicken and sides. Good atmosphere and was lucky enough not to wait too long. Food is served swiftly and up to standard. Staff friendly and accommodating. Would recommend if in the area but would advise arriving early to avoid disappointment.

paul b

If your a fan of Nandos - then you must try the CS , Chicken is amazing with the crinkled chips and the colsaw , if your still hungry then there is always the the enormous portion of applepi pie to totally satisfie you - you will be dreaming of your next visit

Emma S
Tastemaker

When my recently-moved-to-Tooting brother said he'd take me to the Chicken Shop, I thought he'd had a personality transplant. I was expecting a poor man's KFC. Not so. This place is an upmarket love song to all things chicken and it's great. Sorry veggies, you'll have to stay home this time. 

Paul C
Staff Writer

I used to live around the corner from the chicken shop and that was deadly... the chicken and chips are amazing and there's always a big queue to get in which always bodes well. 


I got into a terrible habit of a Sunday night chicken shop takeaway... I never once regretted it!


LSO

I love this place!  Never a long wait to get a table whether it's at the bar counter or in the restaurant part.  The prices have increased a little so it's not quite as cheap as it used to be but I still feel it's really good value for money and the quality hasn't changed at all.  Try the apple pie, it's delicious!

natalie s

Amazing chicken full of flavour and the staff are very friendly. Fabulous take away as well

Amy T

No idea why people rave about this place.  Ordered the special - a chicken sandwich - which was basically a bowl full of lettuce and very little chicken, served between two tiny slices of bread and smeared with a disturbing quantity of mayonnaise.  It was impossible to eat and quite frankly, obscenely expensive (corn on the cob is FIVE POUNDS, for example). The waiter even agreed that the meal was utterly ridciulous, so paid part of my bill.  Great service, but would rather just have food that wasn't terrible, especially as you can get a more impressive main at a proper restaurant for this price.  Will stick to the well known piri-piri chain from now on.

Rellie Loves
Tastemaker

As soon as I walked in to Chicken Shop Tooting, I felt a welcome sense of home. Strange, but true. It was warm from the rotisserie grills, cosy and staff were all smiles. Initially, I was shocked that it was so small, that was until we were taken to the dim-lit back room laid out in stylish shabby chic décor, retro furniture and a simple blackboard menu on the wall. Think Cath Kidston meets The Diner. Yep, no over fussed paper menus round here. Offerings are simple: free-range spit roast chicken (quarter, whole or half) and sides including crinkle cut fries, coleslaw, avocado salad and corn on the cob. There’s a small selection of soda, beers and desserts too. Being the greedy lot we are and unsure of portion sizes, our group ordered one of everything. My verdict? Perfectly cooked and portioned chicken made even better with their hot sauce, amazing salad and authentic coleslaw but quite disappointing fries. Those of the frozen counter kind. The highlight of the entire meal was the deep filled apple pie and vanilla ice cream for dessert. One generous portion between three - speechless! For what you pay here, you won’t leave hungry. I’d go again too, but maybe just miss the fries and double up on THAT salad.

writtenbyfitton

Chicken Shop (from the Soho House Group) has chosen rotisserie chicken (and nothing else!) to do really really well.  Chicken is flavour-full and sides are tasty.  Ambience is great.  Full details can be found on my blog: http://hyhoi.com/2014/12/chicken-shop-holborn/

- Nina
Have You Heard Of It? | HYHOI.com | Bar & restaurant recommendations

Ted C

Think the reviewers have lost perspective - it's just chicken and chips and it's crazily expensive for a simple meal. If I remember right the chicken is about a tenner and sides are a fiver each-contrast that to honest burger in Brixton where a burger and fries as about £8. I walked out a fair bit poorer wondering how I had spent so much on such basic food. Young people will eat anything if you make it look like it's in New York...

Jeff M

Great place But they have false advertising on the menu says for a pint 4 pound,  but you only get a bottle that Is half of a pint.  I was disappointed in the fact that the manager talked with me and still tried to charge me for a pint when I was only getting a bottle!!!

Fi C

Succulent chicken, fresh and delicious coleslaw and moreish crinkle chips. The chicken shop is beautiful.

Nicola Canty

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Such a lovely place to go. Food was brilliant along with the staff. Absolutely amazing atmosphere. Wish I could go every night xxx

Dan Beckett

Delicious chicken, friendly staff and good value. Not sure how the reviewer managed to feed two people and have plenty left for a doggy bag from half a chicken? Are you on hunger strike?

Lucy

A fantastic addition to Tooting close to Tooting Broadway station. It has a lovely warm atmosphere and great tasting rotisserie chickens and sides! Absolutely loved it here and will be back soon for sure! Great value! The staff were great and very attentive too.