Billy and the Chicks
Time Out says
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.
27-28 St Anne's Court
|Transport:||Tube: Tottenham Court Rd|
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Users say (17)
Average User Rating
3.9 / 5
- 5 star:6
- 4 star:5
- 3 star:4
- 2 star:2
- 1 star:0
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!
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.
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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