Photos courtesy of Imaging Essence
Over the last year or so London has gone chicken crazy! From Chicken Shop to Chooks and Tramshed the trend for chicken shows no sign of abating. The latest addition is Soho’s Clockjack Oven, a small rotisserie restaurant just off Piccadilly Circus.
The interior is simply styled with on-trend exposed brickwork, chunky oak furniture and a shuttered concrete bar counter. The space is long and thin, a sharing table set in front of a stencilled concrete-clad wall provides a nice place for groups and joins onto the bar counter where you can dine in front of the rotisserie grill. The glass fronted oven provides a nice bit of food theatre as well as an interesting focal point. A suspended red ceiling beams supports a row of pendants which runs most of the length of the space and unites the sharing table and bar counter. Along the opposite wall is a high level banquette with high tables and stools and a couple of four person tables towards the front. Although simple there are some nice details within the design like the original 1940’s wall lights from a German war ship which not only look great but are effective in casting a nice quality of light onto the adjacent table tops. Little pot plants and beautiful rustic crockery dress the tables nicely.
The weakest part of the design is the shopfront. A flat, black fascia with white and grey stencilled signage looks a little basic although there is some nice vinyl lettering in the window which adds interest. It’s a pity the shopfront doesn’t do the interior justice and the relatively small window means it’s a little difficult to see what’s going on inside.
On the whole though a really nice design, a warm, friendly atmosphere, oh and some tasty chicken too!