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New Holborn branch of Soho House group's Chicken Shop in the basement of their Hoxton Holborn Hotel.
London's appetite for chicken seems insatiable, as a stroll down any high street shows. Chicken Shop, however, is a cut above the fast-food joints. It's an expanding chain, the fourth in London from the Soho House group (branches in Tooting, Kentish Town and Whitechapel. This new Holborn branch is in the basement of their new venture, The Hoxton Holborn Hotel.
Yet Chicken Shop is still chickenfeed when compared to the big players. Nando’s, by way of comparison, has around 50 locations in Greater London. That’s a lot of chicken. But not as much as flies from the fryers at KFC, which has 100 or so branches inside the M25.
What makes Chicken Shop’s birds so special is that they’re free-range, and grilled on a rotisserie, which helps cut down the fat content – not so finger-lickin’ good, perhaps, but better for you. Yet half a chicken – more than enough to feed two people – costs a mere £8.50. With a couple of sides – crinkle-cut chips, corn on the cob or coleslaw (all £4) – you have a meal.
Don't expect KFC prices, however. Chicken Shop has a much more sophisticated vibe than the average Nando’s, and this encourages up-spending. The sublime deep-dish apple pie is hard to resist, and adds a fiver to the bill. The beers and wines are tempting too. Fast food it might be, but fast food joint it's not.
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Nandos can literally sod off!!!! This place is SO much better in portion sizes, flavour, the setting and the sides. Thought I wouldn't be satisfied with just a quarter chicken so ordered two sides to compensate but on reflection I didn't need to at all. The chips were both fluffy and crispy and the avo and butter lettuce salad is HUGE. Oh and not to mention that damn delicious deep dish apple pie.. oh my goodness!!! Still full nearly 24 hours later...
This Nando’s big independent brother has in fact nothing to do with Nando's and won’t disappoint you if you like chicken (although you do need to like chicken as it is pretty much the only thing in the menu!).Normally the queues are crazy and it is tricky to find a table, so we could not quite believe it when we found ourselves completely alone in the restaurant on a Sunday evening!
Chicken is great! Tender, well marinated and tasty. Fries were OK and the sauces are fiery and go nicely with the fries and chicken. The corn was probably the biggest disappointment of the night.
Perfectly cooked chicken, fantastic coleslaw and tasty beers make this place one of my favourites for lunch in the Holborn/Covent Garden area. Try the hot sauce - but not too much!
Chicken Shop (from the Soho House Group) has chosen rotisserie
chicken (and nothing else!) to do really really well. Chicken is
flavour-full and sides are tasty. Ambience is great. Full details can
be found on my blog: http://hyhoi.com/2014/12/chicken-shop-holborn/
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