Clutch

Restaurants , American Hoxton
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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
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Address: 4 Ravenscroft St
London
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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Tamsin V
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Fried chicken is very on-trend right now and there seems to be a bit of an overload in the East London area, but Clutch is definitely one of the more innovative of these establishments. They not only fry their chicken in the healthiest possible way (or 'guilt free' as they put it), but they make their own sauces, too. Whipped Feta cheese, and Truffle Aioli to name a couple.


The astroturf terrace at the front of the building means you can enjoy your chicken in the sun, too. I've enjoyed brunch with a bloody mary here in the past whilst watching the Columbia Road Market goers pass by on a Sunday. The most famous, and interesting of their brunches has to be their delectable French Toasted Banana Bread. Yes, that's fried banana bread. Pure heaven. Oh, and they serve Sunday lunch here, too. 


The other awesome thing about Clutch is the funky bar at the back which serves a great range of tipples - perfect for pre (or post) dinner drinks.

Hong-Anh
Tastemaker

Whilst fried chicken has yet to reach the heady heights of the burger as the dirty food trend du jour, that hasn't prevented gourmet fried chicken joints popping up in hip neighbourhoods in London. Out east, you're spoilt for choice and perhaps that's why Clutch gets a middling rating for me - Clutch suffers from being around too many other good quality chicken places (Chick 'n' Sours, I'm looking at you). That's not to say that eating at Clutch isn't a fun dining experience - there's snappily named cocktails, a surprisingly opulent interior (Clutch is housed in a former estate pub near Columbia Road), and best of all, fried chicken that's all crisp and salty without and moist and tender within. Order with some of the house sauces and with little guilt weighing on your conscience. 

Anisah A

Favourite wings in London. Have been on a date and the service was amazing. Not as good when with a big group, but the music, food & atmosphere made up for it!

Daniel L
Tastemaker

Had takeaway on a late late night (Super Bowl Night) and it was a considerably large order (about 100-150 wings)! The wings came still warm and was covered in the delicious moist sauce. The sauce is the best thing about the wings although be warned that it can be really really spicy (I was not the only one who had to stop eating the more spicy ones..). Overall a great party food but I am keen on trying the wings directly from their establishment. Clutch here I come! 

bakchormeeboy

Walking around after visiting the flower market on a sunday. Didn't expect to head into this establishment. but it looked so nice and quirky on the outside. and its something i couldn't ignore. With a name like clutch, i was sold. 


Greeted at the door by ruby, i knew it was going to be a good experience at this place.


Tried their fried chicken. both the honey&sesame and the sweet and spicy, i always loved my wings to be smothered in the sauces and they certainly didn't disappoint. Cripsy on the outside, and the sauces accompanied the dish politely, it was a great dish and couldnt ask for more.


Ended the meal with their signature french toasted banana bread. Full of flavour and baked on the spot. it was such a perfect ending to a sunday lunch.


I would certainly recommend this place, though a bit out of the way, its a place you can come with your friends and enjoy a great time with good food and excellent service. Do make reservations, as they are usually packed, and they chicken do get sold out. try it today!

Clancy R

Not the cheapest of cheap eats! My local Kennedy's is certainly cheaper but doesn't compare to the incredible fare offered by Clutch. The R&B inspired Cocktails put me in the mood to for some great food and I certainly wasn't disappointed!

bext45
Tastemaker

The best thing about their Sunday roast chicken is it comes with lashings of stuffing (and there can never be too much stuffing in my opinion). The place epitomises posh fried chicken with all the extras (as well as doing a top roast). In what was an old rough as pub with only a handful of patrons, Clutch has breathed new life into this place. A stones throw from Columbia Road Flower Market, it's the ideal place to catch your breath just far enough away from the crowds. 

Michel A

Had an amazing evening at Clutch tonight! They get everything right from the vibrant atmosphere to the refined fresh cocktails and the perfectly cooked, flavoursome chicken. It should be top of anyones list from birthday gatherings to afterwork drinks.

They serve drinks the right way with 35ml standard house measure, and a list of cocktails expertly made; the Missy Elliot was a particular favourite.

Don't let the surroundings fool you on approach, The Clutch oozes with class whilst being proud where it comes from.

The food is undoubtably worth the trip alone with a no nonsense menu where the sesame and honey wings, double fried chips and homemade coleslaw will jump out at you and satisfy without fail.

It's a must eat in London!!

M.D.

Jonathan C

not a good addition to the area by any means and surprised it's lasted this long the decor is very strange (feels like a bar in notting hill mixed with my grandma's living room in the 70s) and it's very expensive for what it is. I had the sweet and spicy chicken wings and the time out review is correct - it's just the thai sauce from a supermaket and eating them ended up being a bit of a chore. the fried chicken is ok, if a little dry. the Sebright Arms, Marksman or Royal Oak do much better fare in a better atmosphere. won't go again!

Prue M

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

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.