Great British Menu winner James Cochran saw his celebrated fine-dining restaurant 12:51 closed due to the pandemic, thinking fast Around The Cluck was born and James and team have been keeping locals happy at home with his famed fried chicken ever since. 12:51 is due to re-open this May, though the team are working on keeping ATC very much alive.
Fried chicken is special to London, everyone eats it: kids after school, people on the bus, city guys in suits. As soon as I see a fried chicken joint my eyes light up, childhood memories come flooding back and I'm happy. If I was on death row, I’d take all the menu from Around the Cluck - with chips and curry sauce, and maybe cheese. Whether it's at your local high-street chicken shop or a high-end restaurant, fried chicken has become truly universal. It crosses the class divide and brings together so many different cultures and cuisines - just like London itself.