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Fifty percent misnomer, LeCoq’s name tells you a half-truth about this restaurant: chicken yes, French no. There is no choice of main course – it’s rotisserie chicken, free-range and organic birds from Sutton Hoo in Suffolk. These roasts are served with a seasonal vegetable accompaniment – on our visit, a ratatouille-like caponata. The quality of the meat is apparent: this is poultry that needs no peri-peri marinades to imbue it with flavour.

As part of the set meal deals – £16 for two courses, £20 for three – diners do however have a choice of two starters and two desserts. A platter of Italian-style charcuterie included coppa (dry-cured pork) and finocchiona (fennel) salami, made by Picco, just around the corner in Highbury.

Desserts were a highlight. The ice cream flavours might include ricotta and candied peel, unusually flavoured with fig leaves and saffron-infused Strega liqueur. This had an appealing and dense clotted-cream texture, with orange and herbal notes. Chocolate tart garnished with crème fraîche and fragments of crushed honeycomb had crisp pastry and the perfect balance of bitter-sweetness.

To prevent diners and chefs alike becoming bored of the very limited selection, the menu changes each week, and Sundays will see some other beasts twirling on the spit (pork belly and octopus, perhaps).

LeCoq is the brainchild of sisters Ana and Sanja Morris. Their formula is a simple, ever-revolving seasonal menu, at a fair price, with roast chicken at its heart. If you’re fond of fowl, it’s clucking great.

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LeCoq says
LeCoq is a neighbourhood rotisserie restaurant in the heart of Islington. We serve succulent, delicious, truly free-range roast chickens reminiscent of the street markets of France, to eat in or take away.

We are also famed for our rotisserie potatoes - potatoes cooked in the dripping juices and fat of the chickens - impossible to resist.

On Sundays the spits are fired up for other roasts such as whole wild salmon, crispy pork belly or melting shoulder of lamb.

We have a beautiful private dining room where we serve bespoke feasts for up to 14 people in the comfort of their own room.

LeCoq can also be enjoyed off site with options ranging from take away for a lazy supper to office deliveries for a treat of a Friday lunch, or catering for large parties.
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Venue name: LeCoq
Address: 292-294 St Paul's Road
N1 2LH
Opening hours: 5-10.30pm Mon-Wed; noon-3pm, 5-10.30pm Thu-Sat; noon-9pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Highbury & Islington
Price: Set meal (Mon-Sun) £17 2 courses, £22 3 courses

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Olivia A

Absolutely delicious every single time - the best roast in London and the wine is wonderful and great value.

Lucy Loo

With the weather starting to get a bit chilly I'd definitely recommend visiting Le Coq in Highbury. There's a reasonable set price for 2 or 3 courses, always a fresh, seasonal starter followed by a succulent and generous portion of chicken with varying sides. There's no need to order extra side dishes as the portions are large. We skipped the desert on the menu last time and ordered an affogato - delicious!

I only visit around 3 times a year as there's not enough variance in the main course for me - but when you fancy a comforting, tasty meal somewhere local, it's definitely in my top 3.

Pippa M

Succulent chicken consistently satisfying and full of delightful chicken-y flavour. The changing starters always show off the seasonal best. The service are super friendly. Always a joyful, relaxed evening eating at LeCoq.

Marion J

We went to Le Coq with my boyfriend. Food is average but really good price. Staff is really friendly!


Who needs a choice when this is the best chicken ever? It's absolutely delicious, the potatoes are to die for, and the desserts are marvelous. If I lived in the neighbourhood it would be my regular haunt. Service, atmosphere, ambience all praiseworthy.

Mr X

food was average, service was bad and the guy with the glasses i think max was rude. i would not recomend as the restaurant was small and not enough room/ Table space! annoying!!!! waiters could do with a hell of alot more training management needs brushing up!


This place is great. Food, atmosphere, service and price are all absolutely spot on! Would highly recommend.