Restaurants Reviews

Clockjack (A Zomato Meetup)

Last week, I was invited to attend a Zomato meet up in Soho at Clockjack. Before I continue on with a summary of the evening, I need to tell a story from the past.

Once, long, long ago my best friend G was visiting me at college. I was taking her as my fabulous date to a sorority event but had a dance class or rehearsal for something right up until we needed to be at the sorority house, which meant I didn’t have time for dinner. Someone kindly asked G (who has known me for all the time that actually matters) what food I’d like picking up to eat on the way to the event. She answered, “Well, Manda eats chicken and bread so either of those.” And she spoke words of wisdom. For most of my life, the two food groups were chicken and bread.  Let’s be honest, it’s still true. 

Back to the present: so when Zomato invited me to a chicken restaurant I literally said, “YES!” without even checking the date. And fortunately I was able to attend anyway. Winner, winner chicken dinner. 

We started the meal with hummus, baba ghanoush and pitta bread. I’m by no means a baba ghanoush expert, but I thought their’s was great. I really enjoyed it. The hummus was pretty standard. 

Then we moved on to my favourite portion of the meal: the buttermilk chicken bites with barbecue and ranch dips. Oh yea gods, were these little bits of salty, friedness delicious! Reminiscent of all the best popcorn chicken that American fast-food can provide, but better. I’d order them again in a heartbeat! Then we had the two batches of wings, barbecue and chilli. I really enjoyed the barbecue wings, but I thought the chilli wings needed a bit more sauce, to be honest.

Then came the main: an entire rotisserie chicken served family style at the table. It was really delicious. And I was truly impressed by the amount of care that goes into preparing their gravy. It was served with sides of fries, coleslaw, Jim Bean sweetcorn and Southern style beans. In full disclosure, I don’t like coleslaw, so after the daintiest of bites to say I’ve tried everything, I set it aside. However, I went to town on that sweetcorn. It was great! 

We then got a sample platter of all the dessert to share amongst the table and the cheesecake is what I found most memorable. But then again, when can you go wrong with cheesecake?

Clockjack also prides itself on selling lots of local beers. They have a craft beer for every direction in London. Personally, my favourite was the representative from West London, the Fullers Frontier Lager (it was nicely citrusy). 

And here’s a big shout out to the manager, Gary. Gary, you are a legend. It was lovely to get to see Manasi, Frankie and Alexandra again, as well as meeting Zoe, Thorne and Michael

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The super delicious chicken bites. 

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I think Clockjack is really reasonably priced. I’d completely recommend Clockjack for an unpretentious but satisfying meal in Central London. 

Clockjack is located at 14 Denman St, London, W1D 7HJ

I was a guest of Clockjack / Zomato but all opinions are, as always, solely my own. 

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  • “You can do anything if you have chicken.” Ha! That wall cracks me up! 🙂

    I love this kind of food. It reminds me of home!

  • Ahhh…they are a lovely bunch of people. Looks like a fun night!

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

    • It was such a quality group! Although We seemed to be separated from some of the other bloggers in a “time-out table” sort of way. Clearly the naughty children of the group! x

  • GB

    Love, this made my day and it’s only 3am! Your love of chicken and bread is testament to your pure and good nature. And the wonderful quality of your pins on pinterest. I will never forget the morning when I logged on and you had just repinned about 20 recipes for chicken dishes. God bless it made me miss you even more. Also, this restaurant sounds good and we must go there when I come visit, so that I too my judge their comfort food.

    • Why are you awake at 3 am?! You need more sleep! I will always remember your dramatic assertion of the things that I liked to eat and it still makes me laugh. (It was utterly true). All those chicken pins were necessary to prevent me from eating just plain chicken. Aka the easiest thing to make. Also, as comfort food is my forte, I know all places in London that will feed our hearts. Unless you want sopapillas, because no where in London does them. But otherwise, when you visit we shall feast and prance around and maybe pretend like we are in our own Jane Austen / Hugh Grant film. Love and miss you!

  • That chicken soudns delicious! Chicken is by far one the dishes we eat the most of.

    • If I cook meat, that’s what I always opt for, personally. I know it makes me a bit boring…but… oh well! xx

  • yum, that sounds so good! I love the sound of the chicken bites especially! xx

    • They were really delicious. It’s a similar price to Nando’s but better quality (in my opinion) Although without a million different sauce options. x

  • omg I sooooo need to get some of that chicken in my life!

  • Mmm everything looks so yummy! And you can never go wrong with cheesecake in my opinion! Ty would just love it there – he is a huge fan of craft beer! X

    • I’m pretty “meh” about beer, so when I find one that I actually enjoy it’s very exciting! x

  • MMMM, Jack Daniels sweetcorn, two of my favourite things 🙂

  • In college I had this really shitty boyfriend but he lived near a KFC that was open 24 hrs and therefore I ate so much popcorn chicken and while I am happy never seeing him again some fancy pants popcorn chicken I could use back in my life.

    • Oh my god popcorn chicken is the best. My favourite was from Sonic with a side of tater tots….mmmm……. xx

  • Love the wall of quotes revised to include “chicken.” XD My fav is “When a man is tired of chicken, he is tired of life.” So true. I’m intrigued by the Estonian beer in the bottle that looks like an upside down torch. How was that one?

    • It was alright- not my favourite- but I’m not a huge beer drinker so I’m a bit intimidated by the stronger flavours, I guess. xx

  • Yum!! All this food looks so good!! Family style dinners are the best!

  • Nice looking food

  • Oh I would love to go there! I’ve been really craving chicken wings!

  • oh man, those chicken bites really do look delicious!

  • all the food sounds and looks so good! i need to go and check if i have any chicken in the fridge now, haha.. xx

  • This looks like such a fun meet up!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  • How have I not learned that I should never drop by your blog when I’m hungry by now? My tummy is literally rumbling & this looks sooo good! 🙂 x

  • Sounds like you had a great time! I know one of the co-owners and am really glad it’s doing well

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • Oh I am with you 100% on this one! “When a man is tired of chicken, he is tired of life…” Sounds about right. Writing this one down for sure – why chicken doesn’t feature more prominently on European menus, I will never figure out! xx

  • Miho

    sounds like a lot of fun, and great food! I love the general atmosphere and vibe of the place. Zomato do know how to put on good events 🙂 hopefully we’ll meet at one of them at some point! x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

  • Yay for the cool kids table! This was definitely a winner of the chicken dinner genre. Even the ‘dishwater’ beer was good 😉

  • You get to go to the best places! I wish somebody would offer me a chicken dinner!

    My dad is majorly into real ale, and Fullers are goo according to him, so there you are.

    • I’m so thankful for the opportunity to go. Zomato is so kind to bloggers! I enjoyed my Fullers, but like I said, I know nothing about different ales/beers etc, so it was nice to get a bit of a crash course. xx

  • I love me a good Zomato event! And those bites look delicious! I don’t know why but chicken bites just appeal to me more than full on chicken breasts or legs.

    • I know that one of the reasons that I love chicken bites so much is that you get more batter…and I’m a really glutton when it comes to fried things (sadly) x

  • Miu

    The food looks amazing, I want to grab it out of your pictures!