Clockjack Oven

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Clock jack, steam jack, bottle jack… back in the days of yore, there were many ways to spit roast a piece of meat, and with the current chicken trend sweeping London, it appears that there still may be. While the likes of Chicken Shop in Kentish Town have gone with innovative new rotisserie techniques (marinating, steaming, then roasting), Clockjack Oven have revived an oldie, but a goodie. The clock jack spit roasting method, sees plump chickens (here free-range and sourced from Brittany) revolving around an open flame, visible behind the blond wood counter.

Available in three pieces, four pieces, or whole (enough for 2-3 people), the chicken is served with one of four sauces: ranch (creamy and garlicky); barbecue (thin, tangy and sweet); chilli (South American hot sauce style); and Caesar (rich, with a hint of anchovy).

The main event here is perfectly good – but it’s just roast chicken. What got us more excited were the sides, including a generous portion of 'crispy chicken bites' with a thick crunchy coating. Well-seasoned but not greasy, these were great value at £4.95. Likewise, the chips were spot-on: fatter than fries but slimmer than a chip-shop chip, ours had crisp golden cases giving way to fluffy, steamy centres.

Clockjack’s owners are planning to give Nando’s a run for their money by rolling it out as a chain.

Venue name: Clockjack Oven
Address: 14 Denman Street
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: Main courses £6.95-£8.95

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

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Great place - everything revolves around the chicken rotisserie and the food is great.  Staff are super helpful and always willing to accommodate even large groups.  It's all about the buttermilk bites!  Full review and photos on my blog here:

- Nina
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Very, very standard food. Small portions and overpriced for what it is. Don't buy into the gimmick!

Sunita Mehta

The staff were wonderful and that's about it. The chicken salad was dreadful. If you're serving it with hot onion and sage balls, why not hot chicken too? What is the point of a rotisserie chicken place if it's going to serve you refrigerated chicken? Had to order chicken bites to compensate, but they were clearly burnt. Only slightly but still too much to be diguised by any amount of Ranch sauce. Has the potential to be a posh Nandos but it isn't quite there yet!


Just had a lovely meal here. I had the Chicken Torpedo Roll and it was a delight. Fantastic chicken, really juicy served with lovely ranch dressing in a buttermilk roll and some incredible tripple cooked chips..mmmmm! Great value for money too. Throughly reccomend this place.