Clockjack Oven

Restaurants, Fast food outlets Piccadilly Circus
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Clockjack Oven
Rob Greig

Please note Clockjack Oven is now closed. Time Out Eating & Drinking editors, Jan 2017.

Clock jack, steam jack, bottle jack… back in the days of yore, there were many ways to spit roast a piece of meat, and with the current chicken trend sweeping London, it appears that there still may be. While the likes of Chicken Shop in Kentish Town have gone with innovative new rotisserie techniques (marinating, steaming, then roasting), Clockjack Oven have revived an oldie, but a goodie. The clock jack spit roasting method, sees plump chickens (here free-range and sourced from Brittany) revolving around an open flame, visible behind the blond wood counter.

Available in three pieces, four pieces, or whole (enough for 2-3 people), the chicken is served with one of four sauces: ranch (creamy and garlicky); barbecue (thin, tangy and sweet); chilli (South American hot sauce style); and Caesar (rich, with a hint of anchovy).

The main event here is perfectly good – but it’s just roast chicken. What got us more excited were the sides, including a generous portion of 'crispy chicken bites' with a thick crunchy coating. Well-seasoned but not greasy, these were great value at £4.95. Likewise, the chips were spot-on: fatter than fries but slimmer than a chip-shop chip, ours had crisp golden cases giving way to fluffy, steamy centres.

Clockjack’s owners are planning to give Nando’s a run for their money by rolling it out as a chain.


Venue name: Clockjack Oven
Address: 14 Denman Street
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: Main courses £6.95-£8.95
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Chesca R

I'm a chicken shop girl so I was a tad reluctant to spread my chickeny wings when a friend wanted to eat here for a change. Hands up, their chicken is great. The buttermilk chicken bites are worth the visit alone, so tender and juicy lip smacking delicious. The crispy chicken wings with pineapple teriyaki sauce are both sweet, crispy and tangy your tastebuds will be pleased. 


Sure it’s just chicken! But wow, it is yummy chicken.

From wings and chicken burgers to full rotisserie chickens and chicken pita, all the dishes there are crazy good. So get tuck in!

The sides are pretty good too. Staff is very friendly and efficient. And the décor, if fast-food vibe, is quite cute and funny.

Not a place I’ll go to all the time as it might get quite repetitive but a very nice address to have in the books when you fancy actual quality chicken dishes!



I wish I could stand on top of a building and scream it to the world so you could all understand the depth of my emotions!

I've been here twice now and I have to admit they do the best roast chicken in london. Its soooooo soft and juicy and tender I can't get over it! However hard I try!

Yes for just chicken its a tad bit pricey at £20 for a whole smallish one. Buttttttt They have a great deal on Groupon that cuts the price in half so I'd recommend using that. It even come with either sides or two drinks :)

No but seriously the best roast chicken in town.

Andy J

Found it, when visiting London.Much much better than that Colonel who does things to chicken which makes me think I,ve just had an oil change

Alexandra L

Chicken & chips. It just works. We all know that which is why a quick Google of 'chicken restaurants London' brings up more than 163 million hits. Holy buttermilk chicken breast, that's a lot of chook. However like so many things that should just work, there's always the danger that it won't. Thanks to Clockjack Oven however, you don’t need to worry about that in London.

This small but brilliant restaurant is 5 minutes’ walk from Piccadilly Circus tube as the chicken flies and wing on heart, I’d walked past it dozens of times before without ever really noticing it...big mistake on my part. Picked partly due to several thumbs-up reviews from fellow Tastemakers, on paper Clockjack seemed to tick all the boxes for a mid-week supper; centrally located, takes reservations, reasonably priced menu, awesome sounding food. Trust me when I say that places catering to all of requirements in London are getting fewer and further between so if you find somewhere that does, make a note, share it with others, be thanked forever. 

Bright & bold orange awnings beckoned like a beacon of hope on a cold, dark, wet Wednesday evening and a cheery welcome was freely given & most appreciated. Wooden tables and bare bricks satisfied the shabby-chic dress code currently prevalent in London restaurants and the scent of deliciously roasting, crispy skinned bird was on the air. Unbeknownst to us, we had booked a table on ‘Wings Wednesday’ when all varieties are 50% off so the place was packed tighter than Jane Austen’s corset. This didn’t affect staff attitude in any way though; an explanation of the menu was given by literally the ‘smiliest man in London’ and service was enthusiastic throughout.

Our fowl feast kicked off with Buttermilk Chicken Bites and honestly, I could have just ordered another portion or six of those bad boys and finished the evening happy. Soft on the inside and warmly, comfortingly, roughly crunchy on the outside, they were utterly splendid and it took every ounce of ladylike restraint not to swipe the plate from under the nose of my dining competitor, I mean, companion.

Served in quarter, half or whole servings, the rotisserie chicken at our neighbours table looked every bit as glossy, plump & dribble inducing as it should do but this evening for us belonged to the Pulled BBQ Chicken Burger and the Club Sandwich, both accompanied by eternal chip du jour, sweet potato fries. The burger was behemoth in size and sat resplendent on a mound of coleslaw & pickles in a shiny brioche bun. The meat was incredibly tender and the sweet stickiness of the BBQ sauce paired nicely with the crunchy tang of the slaw. 

The club sandwich was no less statuesque – you know when food comes with toothpick scaffolding that it’s gonna get messy – or delicious with mounds of shredded chicken layered between smoked bacon, crisp lettuce & juicy tomato. There was a definite need to loosen the belt at the halfway point as my fellow poultry lover and I switched dishes so consider this your official notification that portions are big and chances are high you’ll leave here with a big ole bread baby.

Superb value with mains under £9 and whole chickens under £20, it’s not hard to see why so many people had noses pressed to window pane as they wandered by, doubled back & then sank to their knees, shaking their fists to the sky at the sheer bad luck of there being no free tables. If you’re constantly on the lookout for cheap eats that more than satisfy and a place to catch up with friends for a laid back dinner, Clockjack should be firmly placed on your list.


Calling all chicken lovers! I’ve been to Clockjack Oven quite a few times now and would definitely recommend it as a pre-theatre meal. The chicken is cooked to perfection every time and the best part is that is doesn't set you back much at all at c£10 for a main. When I was last there they also did a BYO on a Monday night… every little helps! Staff are very down to earth and friendly, and it’s a very relaxed environment so great for a catch up with friends.


Tiago Almeida

Who doesn't love chicken and sticky fingers???

Yummy chicken and I particularly enjoyed the chicken wings.

The decoration is simple but attractive.


Clockjack recently popped up on my radar when I was looking for a Soho restaurant that could seat a group and offer a substantial meal that wasn’t a burger. As I couldn’t give a first-hand recommendation at the time, we elected for another option. Since then, I have sampled Clockjack and can now recommend the restaurant with a clear conscience.

I visited this chicken-centric rotisserie restaurant in a group for a social/blogger event in October 2015. We were treated to crispy buttermilk chicken bites, tender hunks of chicken tossed in a moreish batter and served alongside a sweet barbecue sauce for greedy dipping. These were followed by chicken wings, some coated in the same glossy barbecue sauce and others were given the Frank’s Red Hot treatment- they were eagerly devoured by attendees (but warnings were quickly given because the spicy wings were, well, as advertised!).

Sticky fingers cleaned, the main event was a generous sized helping of a half chicken each- it was perfectly plump, resting on a plate in its own, naked glory.  Creamy coleslaw and crispy french fries rounded off the meal and there was plenty to go around. It was a delicious feast and I don’t think a single person left the table with room for another morsel.

The venue was informal and inviting, making this an easy choice for an effortless group meal. The food was generous and flavoursome- the chicken retained its moisture in every manifestation, even when coated with batter. The setting was laid back and unpretentious with a buzzy ambience- there were plenty of chicken-centric gags in the form of posters plastered on the walls, the menu is concise and there is a reasonable selection of craft beers on offer. 

The staff pride themselves on having the only vertical rotisserie in Europe and will explain how long each chicken is marinated in the house brine before flying out on the plate (sorry). They advertise the concept of the restaurant being ‘for the love of chicken’ and this is apparent- all chicken is free-range and ethically sourced. The meat is gently cooked, locking in moisture, and delivered with a perfectly browned skin after a session in the rotisserie. At £10.95, the half chicken is enough to satisfy a big appetite and excellent value. I recommend the house gravy, which really makes the chicken sing and is packed with the same delicious juices of the roasting chicken meat.

Finally, I recommend a trip to the bar just to get a glimpse of the rotisserie- it’s an impressive sight!

Samantha H

Liked this place in the beginning, love it even more now!  The chicken is amazing, the service is always helpful without being intrusive and the place is a bargain!  What more could you want.  We had half price wings for wings Wednesday and took advantage of the 'free glass of fizz' offer when you show your theatre tickets.  Lots of options for sauces and sides so it isn't just a case of chicken and chips on the menu. 

Alex B

I never order a salad but I panicked when the waiter came to take our order and it sounded good. Luckily it was delicious! I was slightly worried about food envy when I saw some of the other chicken and chips offerings coming out of the kitchen but I was very pleased when mine arrived. Not just chicken and lettuce thankfully - it had beetroot and all sorts of other goodies that meant I wasn't hungry as soon as I'd left.

I went with an work friend at lunchtime and the atmosphere was good. We sat on high stools which worked fine and made it feel more like a diner. It's more the sort of place you would go for lunch rather than in the evening but I'd definitely go back.

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Great place - everything revolves around the chicken rotisserie and the food is great.  Staff are super helpful and always willing to accommodate even large groups.  It's all about the buttermilk bites!  


Very, very standard food. Small portions and overpriced for what it is. Don't buy into the gimmick!

Sunita Mehta

The staff were wonderful and that's about it. The chicken salad was dreadful. If you're serving it with hot onion and sage balls, why not hot chicken too? What is the point of a rotisserie chicken place if it's going to serve you refrigerated chicken? Had to order chicken bites to compensate, but they were clearly burnt. Only slightly but still too much to be diguised by any amount of Ranch sauce. Has the potential to be a posh Nandos but it isn't quite there yet!


Just had a lovely meal here. I had the Chicken Torpedo Roll and it was a delight. Fantastic chicken, really juicy served with lovely ranch dressing in a buttermilk roll and some incredible tripple cooked chips..mmmmm! Great value for money too. Throughly reccomend this place.