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Haggerston hipsters head to this on-trend fried chicken joint for their fill of free-range fowl.

Collective nouns are great, aren’t they? A mischief of mice, a murder of crows and, my personal favourite, a spaghetti of worms. A clutch can refer to many things, but it’s often a group of female chickens (not to be confused with a hen party). And it’s a fitting name for this hip East End newbie, given that – to paraphrase Henry Ford – you can have any dish, as long as it’s chicken.

Not that this is any ordinary fowl, oh no: every piece comes slathered in one of six full-on marinades. Our ‘half bucket’ (thigh, drumstick and breast) arrived in a sticky slick of garlic and sweet soy; a dozen wings came in a sour and spicy sauce suspiciously similar to sriracha (a Thai chilli sauce found in Asian supermarkets). And because Clutch uses free-range poultry, each limb is firm and succulent (no bingo wings here). Portions are enormous; there are sides, such as double-cooked fries and a few salads, but you won’t need ’em.

This is not refined or subtle cooking, it’s the kind that goes brilliantly with a beverage or three – there’s drinking until 1am at weekends. Tricked out in monochrome, it’s a highly stylised space, all diagonal floor stripes, stark walls and ultra-low lighting – even the communal tables are mirrored. If the decor sounds a little austere, don’t worry: on our visit, the lively Irish owners (two thirtysomething cousins plus a few siblings) were jigging along to loud, retro tunes. There isn’t a collective noun for dancing Dubliners, but there should be.


Venue name: Clutch
Address: 4 Ravenscroft Street
E2 7QG
Opening hours: Meals served 6-10pm Tue-Thur; noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm Fri; 10am-8pm Sun
Transport: Hoxton Overground

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Prue M

Great place for Sunday brunch before / after the flower markets. Good food, service, and easy to get a table!

Delicious! Favourite place to hang out! Clutchtails are to die for.

David G

Ambience, music, food and service. A cool hangout with delicious chicken dishes.

Rebecca W

Brilliant service and amazingly tasty chicken. Portions are huge but still managed to lick the plate clean. Nice touches with pomegranate in the coleslaw. The barbecue sauce is one of the tastiest I've had this side of the pond. And the sunday roasts are legendary.