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Billy and the Chicks

Restaurants, American Soho
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A fried chicken joint in Soho from Billy Stock of St John and Salt Yard.

Just what we need: another fried chicken joint. But stay with us – this one’s from a chef who’s had previous stints at both St John and Salt Yard. His name is Billy Stock and, well, these are his chicks.

It claims to sell ‘London’ fried chicken’, a bit of a misnomer, since everything was as Yankee Doodle as a deep-fried trucker’s cap covered in French’s. Still, it was mostly pretty good. A two-piece chicken meal (£9) involved big hunks of bird that delivered both in taste and texture, with crisp flaky skin, the herbs and spices mild but nicely balanced. The fries and gravy were excellent, too.

Hot wings were actually on the meek side, but we enjoyed our tangy pickles and some remarkably good pork ‘riblettes’, with their sweet, sticky, peppery marinade.

But service was wobbly. We had to ask twice for our food (though they did comp us the ribs) and gremlins got into the card machine when we tried to pay. We’ll chalk these up to early days teething problems. Plus, the takeaway – a piece of chicken, fries and a drink for a fiver – is a clucking steal.

Details

Address: 27-28 St Anne's Court
London
W1F 0BW
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Rd
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Users say (17)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:6
  • 4 star:5
  • 3 star:4
  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:0
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tastemaker

Only have 30 minutes for lunch in Soho? Don't want to spend too much money? Still, you want some good quality chicken with a "Shoreditch" vibe? Billy and the Chicks is your guy.


I popped here with my boyfriend on a mid-week lunch hour meet upon his recommendation. Good food, good quality, and good service! The lunch deals are roughly a fiver while bigger and more "gourmet" options are a little more (still around the tenner mark). 


The venue itself takes the brand very seriously with a DJ booth set up for their hip-hop Saturday nights (hint: the chicken wearing headphones in the logo may suggest a real passion).


Definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a non-fussy but delicious and cheap lunch!

tastemaker

For a city with so many fried chicken joints, I have to say it’s rather hard to find a solid, reliable one that delivers crispy fragrant chicken every single time. This place upgrades the humble fried chicken joint with funky neon lighting, craft beer, and some pretty good tunes.


What we had: 

  • Free range fried chicken with skin on chips
  • sliced gherkins
  • Hot and Spicy free range chicken wings
  • Riblettes - pressure fried pork ribs in a sweet sticky sauce
  • corn on cob with fried onions, chilli and coriander

The free range friend chicken was good and almost reminded me of those secret herbs and spices I’d imagine Colonel Sanders would have up his sleeve. The chicken was succulent and piping hot and definitely the star of the show; and a side of sliced gherkins a must. The skin on chips were fairly average and I was a little disappointed by the hot and spicy wings and riblettes - there was definitely enough spice on the wings; however both were a little too dry and the riblettes a little stringy. The corn was well cooked; however I would have probably preferred if they had made a chilli and coriander butter to spread over the top and then dusted with fried onions so that the flavour stuck to the corn a bit better. Overall, a neat little chicken joint for a feed after a few cheeky beverages and in a funky atmosphere.


Tip: they do £5 lunch and dinner meal deals where you get a piece of fried chicken, chips and a drink!


Good For: cheap and cheerful, small groups, quick dinner/ lunch.

tastemaker

A lovely cool and no nonsense chicken place in the heart of Soho. We came on a late Wednesday afternoon where the Dj booth was unfortunately unmanned but I can imagine how atmospheric it can get. The decoration is bold and fun. The Stinger burger was a bit lightweight but the wings had a very satisfying level of spice. My nephew absolutely loved the ice cream. Service was first rate.

tastemaker

This laid back and tasty fried chicken joint in Soho has definitely more to offer than the KFC around the corner. With a DJ set playing old school hip hop on Saturday nights, Billy and the Chicks is a blast from the past. The staff is friendly and efficient and the dishes simple (think chicken burgers, chicken wings, coleslaw and chips sides etc.) but good. If you are a peanut butter fan, the jam and peanut butter pie on the menu is worth a shot, even though you might be left with a sense of guilt after you’ve taken the last bite. Overall a good spot if you find yourself in Soho square and fancy a quick bite before a night out

tastemakerTastemaker

I went here with a friend a few days ago and I was very pleasantly surprised!

Another of my friends mentioned that he and his coworkers go here for chicken all the time (they work in the area), and gave it a good recommendation, so we showed up and took a seat in the small dine-in area of the space. Half of the place is set up like a takeaway counter, which probably does a decent amount of business especially considering the fact that it's tucked into St Anne's Court in Soho.

I grabbed a glass of the English sparkling wine - a first-time for me to try English sparkling and damn was it ever delicious - while my friend took on the banana cream soda. She was a very happy camper!

My friend and I ordered the same food: a spicy chicken burger with cheese, and mac n cheese for a side. The chicken was super moist and flavourful and the spices gave it a really nice kick. The condiments and brioche bun pushed it over the edge - definitely worth 9 quid. The mac n cheese was a good texture, though I wish the sauce had some more zing to it from maybe some black pepper or even paprika.

All in all, I will defo be going back. Great food, great service - and they do picklebacks, too! (Look it up.)

Tastemaker

A hidden burger place in the heart of soho. The interior was nice and I liked the dj booth bit. The banana cream soda prices at £8 was amazeballs, and very alcoholic. We went for the wings and burger, the wings were great, had a good kick of spice, I wasn't so impressed with the burger. We had mac and cheese and the beans- both were yum. Service was wonderful and very attentive. Top tip 2for 1 cocktails happy hour 5-7 mon-fri

Tastemaker

Nice small chicken shop hidden in Soho narrow streets. Crispy chicken but small portions and nothing special to die for. Good for a quick bite while in Soho.


Popped in for lunch after a recommendation for a colleague. Heated debate over what was better here or the high street chicken place...well no competition, Billie and the Chicks is fantastic. Proper chunky fresh chicken burgers. I had The Stinger and yes it stung...it was actually spicy to a challenging level. The Riblettes were tasty and good value for £4. Decent enough skin on chips. Fast and efficient service, no hanging around. Exactly what you want at lunchtime. Noticed a great take away deal on the board outside for a fiver too. Worth trying if you like your fired chicken.


Great new venue with a new take on the chicken front. Shows how the food can be taken to a new high level along with a cool vibe of music and atmosphere. This life is gonna take off.


Billy and the Chicks is a great place to go!!! Great food, music and cocktails!!! You get a brilliant vibe from the moment you walk in


Best darn chicken burger in town, just like its cheaper rival but free range chicken and even more delicous, pair it with an extra peice of chicked, chips and gerkins and your in fried chicken heaven!

Tastemaker

Another fried chicken place in Soho.. but it makes up for the not super fast service with its tasty "The stinger" Fried Chicken sandwich which was served with a really hot sauce. (I'm a sucker for spicy dishes, so it did it for me.)


I've been here twice. The first time it was half empty so we were served in a decent timing. Food was good but a bit overpriced.

The second time the place was packed. We got a table thanks to another group moving to another table and we ordered straight away. 40 long minutes later we were still waiting for our food. We decided to leave. The waitress apologized and we were told it wasn't necessary to pay for the drinks we had ordered (hence the second star). 

I doubt we'll be dropping by again.

moderatorStaff Writer

I'm not sure that central London *needs* any more dude food, but if you must have a chicken burger (and slightly hungover I really did) then this is the place to find it. Huge hunk of happy meat and not too much other clutter in a delicious bun. Fries were a little bland - I have got so used to skin-on-this and triple-cooked-that I don't enjoy the simple 'nude' version. 


Staff was friendly if a little too laid back and would it really harm restaurants to serve food on a plate, but they're minor niggles. 

Tastemaker

The best chicken burger to date and amazing sides of fries, slaw, riblets and wings. Also go for their special 'gravy' that doesn't really resemble gravy but is divine! Great drinks menu and also ask for a surprise cocktail, not on the list but that their amazing bar tender can whip up for you and is also delicious. The vibe is cool and relaxed with a house DJ playing an eclectic mix. So glad I found this place, will be back. Staff couldn't be nicer either and prices are very reasonable. Winner winner chicken dinner!



A little hidden gem in the heart of soho. Friendly staff and nice atmosphere inside with a DJ playing a mix of old and new music at a level where we could still chat. Food was cooked to order so the chicken we ordered was fresh unlike most chicken shops. We enjoyed the cocktails from the bar to go with our meal. Will be back.

 Expensive, slow (30 mins + for takeout) and nothing special.  Seems like they care more about the kooky chalk writing and the music than the food. 

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