One evening (a few weeks back now) the boyfriend and I had a spontaneous date night! The plans were simple: food, drink and a film at the cinema. I had no idea where I wanted to eat so turned to Twitter for help where Chloe (New Girl in Toon) suggested Coop Chicken House and that, dear readers, is where we went.
Coop is all about simple food done to the highest standard and it delivers (that ideal, I don't know if they do actual deliveries but if they did I would never have to cook again). I'm sure you can see where my comparison is going to go, but the chicken Coop spit roast is much more tender and tastier than Nando's. Sorry Nando's, but I feel you're a bit over-hyped (and extortionately priced) for just some chicken and fries. Not to mention the absolutely fantastic customer service provided from our waiter that evening at Coop - everyone in there was so friendly and wonderful, we had a really lovely evening.
We ordered a half chicken with sweet potato fries, regular fries and 3 shots of sauce. I'm normally not a big fan of chicken on the bone (I'm a bit of a fussy princess, I know, I've been told) but the chicken brought to the table was practically boneless. There was some bone in the leg and cartilage to watch out for (and maybe my boyfriend just ended up getting the more boney bits, I don't know) but other than that it wasn't even hard work to eat. It was glorious chicken. I can't begin to find the words that describe the wonderful, juicy, tender chicken that I ate. Words can't do it justice. The fries were also fantastic, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Very more-ish and I had so much fun combining them with the different flavours of sauce we had.
From mild to hot we had: The Cambridge sauce co. Sweet Chili Sauce ("Mild & sweet, almost honey like in taste", pictured left), Bim's Spicy African BBQ Sauce ("2011 Great Taste Awards Gold Star Winner - awesome", pictured middle) and The Cambridge Sauce Company Chocolate Habanero Voodoo Sauce ("Rich, hot & fruit chocolate habanero pepper with chipotle. Unique", pictured right). What we particularly loved about the shots (3 shots for £2.50 just by the way) was that, as well as being fabulously quirky and fun, you could sample a range of flavours rather than just going for a standard mild BBQ safe option which I probably would have done had there not been shots. The sweet chili was my favourite but I wouldn't have necessarily gone for that if I were forced to pick just one sauce - it was just as described, sweet and fantastic to dip my sweet potato fries in, a match made in heaven. I also enjoyed the tingling spicy-ness of the milder and hot BBQ and Voodoo sauce. Again, the hotter sauce is something I probably couldn't of managed had I just had that alone so praise be to shots.
There is always room for dessert. Between us, we shared a warm milk chocolate brownie with ice cream and I could have probably had one on my own. In total, the bill came to about £28 something which I am 100% satisfied with and I can't wait for another trip to Coop Chicken House. Just FYI, we completed date night with a viewing of The Maze Runner and I hate to be that person but the book is better, although I did enjoy the film.