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
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Clockjack recently popped up on my radar when I was looking for a Soho restaurant that could seat a group and offer a substantial meal that wasn’t a burger. As I couldn’t give a first-hand recommendation at the time, we elected for another option. Since then, I have sampled Clockjack and can now recommend the restaurant with a clear conscience.

I visited this chicken-centric rotisserie restaurant in a group for a social/blogger event in October 2015. We were treated to crispy buttermilk chicken bites, tender hunks of chicken tossed in a moreish batter and served alongside a sweet barbecue sauce for greedy dipping. These were followed by chicken wings, some coated in the same glossy barbecue sauce and others were given the Frank’s Red Hot treatment- they were eagerly devoured by attendees (but warnings were quickly given because the spicy wings were, well, as advertised!).

Sticky fingers cleaned, the main event was a generous sized helping of a half chicken each- it was perfectly plump, resting on a plate in its own, naked glory.  Creamy coleslaw and crispy french fries rounded off the meal and there was plenty to go around. It was a delicious feast and I don’t think a single person left the table with room for another morsel.

The venue was informal and inviting, making this an easy choice for an effortless group meal. The food was generous and flavoursome- the chicken retained its moisture in every manifestation, even when coated with batter. The setting was laid back and unpretentious with a buzzy ambience- there were plenty of chicken-centric gags in the form of posters plastered on the walls, the menu is concise and there is a reasonable selection of craft beers on offer. 

The staff pride themselves on having the only vertical rotisserie in Europe and will explain how long each chicken is marinated in the house brine before flying out on the plate (sorry). They advertise the concept of the restaurant being ‘for the love of chicken’ and this is apparent- all chicken is free-range and ethically sourced. The meat is gently cooked, locking in moisture, and delivered with a perfectly browned skin after a session in the rotisserie. At £10.95, the half chicken is enough to satisfy a big appetite and excellent value. I recommend the house gravy, which really makes the chicken sing and is packed with the same delicious juices of the roasting chicken meat.

Finally, I recommend a trip to the bar just to get a glimpse of the rotisserie- it’s an impressive sight!

Samantha H

Love this place!  The rotisserie chicken is always cooked perfectly and you get a lot of meat with your order!  The rolls are delicious and salads even better!  Great little spot in an area full of hit and miss restaurants!

Alex B

I never order a salad but I panicked when the waiter came to take our order and it sounded good. Luckily it was delicious! I was slightly worried about food envy when I saw some of the other chicken and chips offerings coming out of the kitchen but I was very pleased when mine arrived. Not just chicken and lettuce thankfully - it had beetroot and all sorts of other goodies that meant I wasn't hungry as soon as I'd left.

I went with an work friend at lunchtime and the atmosphere was good. We sat on high stools which worked fine and made it feel more like a diner. It's more the sort of place you would go for lunch rather than in the evening but I'd definitely go back.

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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!  


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.