Whyte & Brown

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Grown-up dishes from all over the globe with one thing in common: the main ingredient is chicken or egg.

I’ll admit it. When I first heard there was a new ‘chicken and egg place’, I couldn’t resist a disdainful snort. Writing it off as a mere get-on-the-protein-bandwagon gimmickery (seriously, people: is everyone on Atkins?), I went along expecting a basic menu, a basket-full of fowl puns and irritatingly chirpy staff. I was right about the puns (the menu asks if you’re ‘feeling peckish’; the jobs board invites you to ‘join the brood’), but wrong about the food, most of which was actually pretty clucking good.

Crucially, there’s no rotisserie and nothing masquerading as sexy KFC here. Instead, it’s a roll-call of grown-up dishes – the kind you’d find at a (chicken-themed) dinner party, ­with more nations represented than the Opening Ceremeony of the Olympics. We enjoyed our ‘Bangkok scotch egg’, its breadcrumbed shell giving way to succulent chilli and lemongrass-spiked thigh meat wrapped around a soft-boiled, sunny-centred egg; and a Gallic-leaning pie with white meat, juicy prawns and tendrils of samphire smothered in a light béarnaise sauce.

For simpler tastes, there’s chicken roasted under a brick (pollo al mattone; a traditional Tuscan technique designed to give a crisp skin and moist inside) with an intensely savoury gravy. Sadly, another Italian-inspired dish, a ‘bruschetta’ of soft-boiled egg and ricotta, was gout-inducingly rich, the crushed peas and barely-there mint struggling to cut through the cholesterol. But while it may not appeal to food snobs, W&B has more to offer than posh comfort nosh: a superb courtyard location; affordable cocktails (from less than £7) and handsome, if contrived interiors. Come here with an open mind, and you might just have a cracking time.


Venue name: Whyte & Brown
Address: Kingly Court
Opening hours: Breakfast served 8-11.45am Mon-Fri; 10-11.45am Sat, Sun. Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-8pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
Price: Main courses £9.25-£13.95
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Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

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A bit of a hidden gem this. Must have walked past it hundreds of times in Kingly court. Just good old comfort food. The sticky chicken wings to start just fell off the bone and the pulled chicken bbq burger was a thing of stomach warming, winter beauty. 

Emily G

Breathtakingly mediocre food. 'Chicken skin' crisps are like meat equivalents of that papery candy money you used to get in party bags. 

Livvi AT

If you are getting bored of endless cheeky Nando's but are not yet ready to let your love affair with chicken turn sour, head to Whyte & Brown. Set in the magical setting of Kingly Court, Whyte & Brown takes the most humble of meat and transforms it into something delicious and mouthwateringly tasty. 

Unlike The Chicken Shop or Poulet Rouge, Whyte & Brown doesn't try to glorify fried chicken or rotisserie; it uses fresh, beautiful ingredients to create modern dishes. The thigh mince burger with leeks, bacon and cheddar is juicy, light with a slightly blackened smokey edge which takes it to another level. When a chicken burger is as good as a red meat one, you know something has been done right.The chicken souvlaki is bursting with freshness and the charred vegetables on the skewer are almost as tasty as the chicken. Do you like sweet potato fries? Well not to be outdone, Whyte & Brown top theirs with feta and chorizo. 

With a buzzing atmosphere and a reasonable wine list, Whyte & Brown is homely and satisfying. Winner winner chicken dinner. 


I really enjoyed this restaurant... The starters are well varied and generous, the chicken is succulent, the deserts are wonderful and the cocktails delicious... All paired with excellent service and very reasonable prices made for a truly enjoyable evening. Me and my friends are definitely going back!!!

Edward Smith

Super attentive staff and a great meal. Extremely reasonable for the west end I was really impressed and will be going back


Dreadful service initially from a clearly rookie bunch of waiters - total chaos! However... once this was picked up, we were continuously apologised to and initial drinks taken off the bill. Food, drinks & decor were all superb - perfect for an inexpensive catch up with friends in the centre of town - so I forgive the service as an early-days hiccup and think this is one of my new favourite places.