Yardbird - CLOSED

Restaurants, Chicken Clapham
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(6user reviews)

A chicken joint opposite Clapham Common.

Please note, Yardbird has now closed. Time Out Food editors, November 2017.

Sat across the road from Clapham South tube, Yardbird is a (mostly) slick chicken joint with a menu of hot birds and cheesy, fried sides. It’s certainly natty lookin’: both wood-heavy and bare bricked, with copper beer taps and cod-retro lighting.

Food, too, was mostly good. The main event were the hunks of bird, brined for 24 hours and then either cooked plain, in a jerk marinade or buttermilked, battered and deep-fried. The jerked bird was fragrant and moist enough, though the herbaceous Caribbean rub was sorely lacking in spice; the fried was far more successful – perfectly crisp, well-portioned and succulent. Paired with teeny pots of smoked aioli and Holy Fuck hot sauce, it was hard to fault.

Sides and specials lurched from tip-top to second-rate. Golden, greaseless chicken mac ’n’ cheese balls were as good as that sounds. Blue cheese fries, though, were pallid, erring on soggy. In a glorified fast food spot, fucking up the chips is a schoolboy error.

Service was well-meaning but sloppy. Drinks were forgotten. Wrong dips brought to the table. A dessert of salted caramel ice cream with peanut shards and butterscotch sauce (gimme!) had run out, replaced by a vanilla ice cream and choc sauce number. Fair enough – until a tiny glass of cheapo supermarket ice cream turned up, doused in, I swear, that crappy, cold-hardening Crackin’ sauce. Great for Proustian pudding flashbacks, terrible for £5. They do takeaway, though – so I’d advise you take those hot birds home with you instead.

By: Tom Howells


Venue name: Yardbird - CLOSED
Address: 3 Cavendish Parade
Transport: Tube: Clapham South
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £80.
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Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

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This place is all about chicken. The succulent rotisserie chickens are available in 3 flavours and taste so good. To complement the chicken, there’s a wide selection of sides and small plates perfect for sharing. The skinny cheesy fries are dirty but good and no indulgent menu would be complete without mac & cheese and here they do it right, in perfectly coated bite size balls. The menu in whole is simple and fuss free but what you savour is good quality food packed with flavour in fun and cool surroundings.


The menu is roughly pork for brunch, chicken for dinner, which makes it a meat lovers dream. 

I haven't had the chicken, but I can vouch for the pork. The 'muffin but the pig' does what it says on the tin - bacon, pork belly, sausage, black pudding, hash brown, egg, cheese and bacon jam stacked inside a muffin - and it's a mighty plate of food. Good coffee and friendly service too. 

Great food, friendly staff. And good atmosphere . What else can you ask for in a neighbourhood place . Will definitely be back

Great brunch options, friendly staff and welcoming decor. Jerk chicken is epic!

Visited Yardbird at the weekend.  They didn't have any chicken - imagine that - or cornbread.  Ordered an eggs benedict but was told there was no hash... seriously guys.  Decor and staff were fine but it's a bit pointless if half the menu is unavailable. Would not recommend.  Try "chicken shop" for chicken or Milk  in Balham for brunch items.  Thank goodness there are so many other places to go.