I was happy to retreat from the rainy evening outside and the real tree which hangs inside the entrance creates a cool atmosphere which continues downstairs in the spacious bar and restaurant. The aesthetic within is bright and stylish, with colourful armchairs and a bar (the 'Yard') complete with a great selection of spirits for the wide range of cocktails.
A striking chicken mural adorns one wall and the wooden ‘Coop’ is full of cosy booths. We were warmly welcomed by the team and the expert bartenders whipped up a round of ‘Rule the Roost’, a sweet blend of lychee and rose liqueurs topped with lychee juice and prosecco.
We chatted as we enjoyed our cocktails and soaked up the bustling ambience of the restaurant, then after our welcome drinks, we moved to the Coop where we took our seats in a booth and decided what to order. Although the focus of the menu is of course the buttermilk fried chicken, there is a choice of mac n cheese balls as well as salad and halloumi options to cater to vegetarians too. I opted for the buttermilk fried chicken breast with bourbon barbecue sauce and fries.
The portion size was generous and the chicken was tender with a crispy golden crumb and a topping of finely sliced chillies which added a welcome fiery element which worked well with the sweet and smoky barbecue sauce.
I also enjoyed a side order of ‘not chicken nuggets’, halloumi fried in crispy crumb coating which were tasty and ideal to share.
There is a selection of sauces available to accompany your meal, and large plates such as fries loaded with toppings and towering burgers also jostle for space on the menu. After our meal we headed back to the bar and settled in to a booth complete with vibrant printed cushions, where we sipped a round of whiskey sours and gin and tonics to complete our evening.
This place has relaxed charm in abundance, which makes it an equally appealing spot for cocktails or for a casual bite to eat.
Yard & Coop
What do you all think, do you like the sound of Yard & Coop and which of these dishes would you like to try? As always I cannot wait to hear your thoughts and thank you so much for reading this post.
Until next time,