H.en, an ethical chicken eatery from Brighton, has just launched a clucking great London pop up in cahoots with Masterchef finalists Billy Wright and Jack Layer. Nesting on Upper Street for the next six months, H.en showcases the “beak to feet” philosophy, using only the finest high welfare chickens raised on Caldecott Farm, a small family business in rural Worcestershire.
Founded in 2014, the masterminds behind H.en brought Billy and Jack on board to further develop the already awe-inspiring Brighton menu. Aiming to make use of the whole chicken, signature dishes include their chicken wings coated in a sticky-sweet hot sauce, and exclusive to London, crispy chicken feet, which they’re very kindly offering up gratis to guests upon arrival.
First slathered in H.en’s utterly moreish spiced buttermilk marinade, grilled quarter and half chickens will also be available with a choice of three marinades: a classic sweet and tangy BBQ; a rich and savoury South American-style Red Eye; and a hot chilli with bags of heat. You can also expect to see sides like sweet potato fries, corn on the cob, sauerkraut and slaw.
And of course there’ll be all the drinks one requires with chicken: signature cocktails, local and eclectic craft brews and a small but regularly updated wine list featuring organic bottles from independent producers.
Caldecott Farm chickens always have clean bedding, fresh water, do not suffer, and have access to daylight and food at all times. No growth promoters or additives are used, and there is full traceability. “There are lots of chicken restaurants across the UK,” says H.en founder Philip Ilic, “but we believe that H.en leads the way in terms of both the quality of chicken we serve and our transparent, ethical approach to sourcing poultry and all our ingredients.”
H.en, 154-155 Upper St, London N1 1RA