What happens when two worlds collide? We think Hen & Chickens have answered the eternal question perfectly by bringing together two of our favourite things - an old-school pub with a contemporary curry house.
From the outside, it’s easy to think of Hen & Chickens as a classic watering-hole, with its dark green facade, faux-pillars embellished with gold and its piecemeal framed windows. And don’t worry - it’s not a trick of the eye. Step inside and all is well; a large bar area dominates the centre space, surrounded by soft leather bar stools on a neat tiled threshold. A wealth of spirits, cool lagers and proper cask ales (order the Proper Job) are on display, whilst punters sit on slick wooden furniture and sip tall pints. So, no questions asked - this is definitely a pub.
But look a little closer and you’re notice that the menus lining the tables aren’t your usual pub grub; diners aren’t tucking into gastro-pub pies or fatty burgers. Instead, Hen & Chickens has dedicated its menu to traditional homemade Desi style curries, packed with rich fragrant spices, fresh herbs and locally sourced produce. From your favourite curry dishes (think chicken madras or saag paneer) to spicy mixed grills made for sharing, they serve a refreshing selection of eats like no other pub in town. And to go alongside your main, you can expect to find the usual suspects of keema naan and pilau rice, as well as cracking portions of masala fries. There’s something for everyone.
Calling Hen & Chickens a curry house is an understatement. With it’s vast array of cask ales and modern twists on traditional eats, this hangout offers so much more. So, next time you’re wondering when’s best to leave the pub to grab a curry, don’t bother - Hen & Chickens will always have your back. Welcome to the best of both worlds.