Clockjack Oven is a chicken restaurant, a name which really doesn’t do it justice. This is a restaurant which focuses on one thing, but does it really, really well. The menu is short and offers a small number of dishes using their home cooked rotisserie chickens. The difference between Clockjack Oven and other chicken restaurants is that all chickens are delicious, plump and free-range, and are cooked in the rotisserie oven situated behind the bar, where the meat is prepared.
The restaurant itself is small and cosy with the bar and rotisserie oven running along the side wall. We visited on a Saturday evening and the restaurant had a lovely relaxed feel which was due, in the large part, to the lovely staff, who were genuinely really friendly, helpful and chatty.
The weather was warm and so we decided to start with a glass of Pimms which was extremely welcome and really well-made, which so often is not when buying it out as opposed to making it at home. To start, we tried the Chicken Bites and Barbeque Wings. Both were outstanding. The chicken bites were small chunks of chicken cooked in a type of southern coating. The coating was made using gram flour and was absolutely delicious, so they are a great wheat free option, too. The Barbeque wings were a triumph, too, with a gorgeously smoky and sticky sauce and crispy skin. We’d never usually choose these types of dishes in a restaurant but completely loved them here – they were so delicious.
Next we moved on to our main course. You choose how much chicken you would like by the number of pieces and which pieces you would like. We went for four pieces to share between two and for those to be chicken breast pieces. There are some very lovely looking salads and vegetarian options on the menu, too. The chicken was exceptional – really, really juicy and tender with the most delicious salty, crisp skin. It really was outstanding.
To accompany our mains we chose the fries, coleslaw and a tomato and onion salad. All of which were excellent. The coleslaw was seriously good – made using very finely sliced vegetables and an incredibly light but creamy dressing. The tomato salad was great, too, using a selection of sweet heritage tomatoes.
To finish, we had some delicious Purbeck ice cream and some homemade Chocolate and Bailey’s truffles, made to Operations Director Cieran’s own recipe and using the deliciously fruity Valrhona 64% chocolate.
We absolutely loved the food at Clockjack Oven. We thought every component was really delicious and cooked perfectly. What’s more, is it is clear to see that this is a company that chooses its raw ingredients well and serves them simply and priced reasonably. Dinner for two including a lovely glass of Malbec each came in at under £50. We had a really excellent meal and look forward to returning very soon indeed. Very highly recommended indeed.