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REVIEW: Clutch, Hoxton

WHY GO? ‘Guilt-free’ and ‘fried chicken’ aren’t words you’d normally put together, but Clutch‘s (free-range) poultry is fried in nut oil, which leaves you less bloated and your skin clearer. Listening now, aren’t you?

You can’t miss the canary yellow hut a stone’s throw from hipster haven Columbia Road, flanked by fake grass and garden furniture. It’s not your average restaurant, and the fun continues inside – ‘Clutchtails’ like the ‘Slim Shady’, ‘Missy Elliot’ and ‘Champagne Papi’ are chalked up on the walls, with gnarly monochrome prints covering every surface.

 BEST DISH: We recommend sharing a ‘No Woman, No Thigh’ – buttermilk fried chicken, leg and thigh served up plain (super crispy and piping hot) or doused in the house soy glaze – followed up with a ‘Buns Hun’. That’s double boneless thighs with kohlrabi slaw and smokey ‘Clutchup’: nom.

As you can see from our photos, we got greedy – and ordered a whole lot more. We tried the ‘Love Me Tenders’ (buttermilk fried chicken) and ‘Put A Wing On It’, a huge pile of crispy fried chicken wings in sticky honey and sesame sauce. Because that somehow wasn’t enough, we raided the side orders – Mother Hen Stuffing with a veritable *bowl* of gravy (stupidly filling, but SO GOOD), sweet potato cubes and charred corn. Oh, and throw in some roasted garlic and creme fraiche sauce for good measure.

If you’ve room, more cocktails are always a good idea. Then there’s the ‘Sweet Beak’ chocolate brownie with vanilla cream and berry compote for afters, for just a fiver… who could squawk at that?

DETAILS: 4 Ravenscroft Street, London E2 7QG / clutchme@clutchchicken.com / 0207 729 4402 / Clutchchicken.com

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