When it comes to Coqbull Soho, the key is in the name: beef and chicken slapped together in a menu that promises to leave you beautifully messy. But, what happens if you add in a new Sunday roast offering, pre-drinking lounge sessions and a gorgeous roof terrace? This friendly spot becomes an all-in-one destination for your going out needs. So, egged on by all the TikToks my partner has seen about their mouthwatering fare, we headed over for some weekend feasting.
From window seats framed by floral chairs to cosy leather booths and roof seating, which are heated in winter and a welcome retreat come the summer, Coqbull Soho wasn't short on gorgeous spaces to settle down in. As we were seated at ground level in full view of the bartenders expertly shaking up a range of 'coqtails', I spied their set of decks by the door; a reminder of the vibrant Thursday, Friday and Saturday 'Night Bird' DJ sessions here, fronting a feelgood atmosphere that continues into the house soundtracks of their regular drinking and dining hours.
Sundays see a sharing roast for two - a whole steamed and fire-roasted chicken, Yorkshire puds, tatties, bottomless gravy and more - served up alongside a choice of favourites from the main menu. In the end, we went for three courses, washed down by their boozy concoctions. To kick off proceedings, we ordered a classic espresso martini (£12) and a glorious signature pour, the horny bull (£12). The latter, a quaffable mix of tequila, Aperol, tropical fruits, lemon, cassis and bitters, was right up my alley - and the perfect palate cleanser for our starters.
As a self-declared connoisseur of all things chicken, hot coq free-range wings (£10) were quickly snapped up by my other half. That age-old dilemma of whether you prefer them crispy or saucy? It doesn't exist here. As, somehow, these juicy numbers boasted both a gorgeous texture and plenty of flavour from the messy topping. The halloumi fritters (£9), with a delicious herby crumb offset by crème fraîche and pomegranate seeds, was my dish of choice and got our lunch off to a flying start.
For mains, we just had to try those burgers. But, can you blame us? The southern fried coq (£16.95) promised succulent breast, chilli red onions and a spicy house sauce (it definitely delivered on those), while the classic double bull burger (£14.95) saw two tender beef patties doing the slip n' slide between American cheese, pickles and a seeded brioche bun. To top it off, I upgraded to chorizo fries (extra £3), which meant my tatties came smothered in cheese and a meaty tomato sauce with a little kick.
Even though we were fit to bursting by this point, we couldn't leave without a taste of dessert. Our choice was obvious from the moment the menu came and, soon, the Kinder waffle (£7) was making our eyes go wide. This freshly-made pud kept its fluffy middle and a slight crunch to the exterior, while being covered in whippy ice cream reminiscent of a 99, crunchy hazelnuts, lashings of chocolate sauce and a Kinder Bueno bar. This one sure is a crowd-pleaser. We paired our dessert with a couple more cocktails, opting to satisfy our sweet tooths even further. My Jammy Dodger (£12) number came garnished by the famous biscuit and really packed a punch, reminding me of a cranberry-laced fruity woo woo, but whipped up from heady rum and a hint of warming gingerbread instead. Our other choice, the frozen mango daiquiri (£11), also made the perfect boozy slushie accompaniment to the gloriously sunny day.
The DesignMyNight Digest
Fronting a menu of perfectly cooked and gloriously flavoured chicken, alongside a lineup of beefy burgers, Coqbull Soho does exactly what it says on the tin. Whether you're looking to tuck into a Sunday lunch, a weekday feast or nab some drinks before your night out, this is a top-notch place to do it. Basically, I'd happily eat their coq any day of the week.
💰 The damage: £107.90 for drinks and food between two, plus service charge.
📍 The location: 17-19 Denman Street, W1D 7HW.
👌 Perfect for: A filling dinner and all the dranks.
⭐ Need to know: Their £10 lunch deal is a steal.