It’s so slight it’s in danger of drifting away on the lightest breeze. But in a year when the best TV has generally ranged between solemn and devastating, it feels good to have something as blithe, breezy and just plain daft as ‘Chickens’ to provide some light relief. This is one of those TV experiences which manages to be enjoyable without leaving any real mark on your memory whatsoever. To see it is to forget it.
Tonight, the chickens’ water has gone brown. But they aren’t practical types and, with Rittle-on-Sea’s menfolk off at the front, there is every prospect of this hardship continuing. Elsewhere George is going to have to relax his principles and cane a miscreant schoolboy if he wants to stay engaged. But might he get a taste for it? Simon Bird, Joe Thomas and Jonny Sweet share an enviable comic chemistry; this more than anything is the key to ‘Chickens’ transient charms.
This Rathbone Place restaurant from Virgilio Martinez and Robert Ortiz was part of the ‘Peruvian wave’ of restaurants to hit the capital in 2012. It proved a success, gaining a Michelin star in 2013 and spawning a sister site (Lima Floral) in Fitzrovia. Plus there's an offshoot in Dubai now, too. The small-plates menu showcases classic and modern Peruvian cuisine. Dishes range from wild sea bass tiraditos, king crab causa and black bream ceviche with avocado, sweet potato and aji limo to braised octopus, hot scallop ceviche and suckling pig with chicharron, sesame seeds, celeriac and elderberry. Weekend brunches and set menus are also available.
Venue says: “Experience our express lunch menu. A main, side and a glass of wine for only £19!”