You know what I miss? KFC. Now I realise that KFC is in fact still in business, and can be found on high streets and retail parks the length and breath of the country.
No, what I miss is good KFC…the KFC of 2003 back when ‘I were a lass’ – when the chicken was plump and the batter was crispy, when the chips were the best of the Fast Food outlets and the krushems were tasty and creamy. Ah, it was a golden age, and I was lucky to have been alive to enjoy it.
God I miss good fried chicken. That is until now.
A few weeks back, while on the hunt for somewhere new to try for a spot of lunch we stumbled into Buck’s Bar. Now MrG was reluctant….he was convinced it wouldn’t be that great. But somewhere in the back of my mind I had this niggling feeling that it was worth a try. I know it’s not a super hot location in the city but I was vaguely aware of people talking about it being good and I wanted to give it a bash.
So in we walked with our expectations reasonably low, but starving and happy to give them a bash.
Located in a basement on West Regent Street, Buck’s Bar is surprisingly bright, for a basement thanks to the large windows (super unusual for basement spots). They are going for a down-south-dive-bar kind of feel with their ‘Make Chicken Great Again’ and ‘Hot Rack’ neon sign, hanging fairy lights and large wooden booths which all adds up to create this super cool, casual, relaxed bar.
The staff were really helpful, the waitress was happy to offer recommendations on the volume of food we should order, and if she thought we had missed anything etc. Perfectly great bar service.
The food…well it’s all chicken all the time. If you don’t want chicken this is not the spot for you. I’m talking chicken pieces, tenders, popcorn, burgers…..you name the chicken and it’s available on this menu.
It all sounded amazing, but there was no way I could look past their special – Chicken tenders, waffle, and Mac n’ Cheese….HAPPY DAYS! I know it’s not for everyone but I love the whole sweet savoury vibe.
And when my massive plate of food arrived it’s safe to say I nearly passed out with pure pleasure – it looked like my kinda heaven on a plate…..two massive sweet waffles drizzled with maple syrup, large crunchy well seasoned chicken that was ridiculously juicy. And a whole avalanche of thick creamy cheesy mac. I can not tell you how much I loved this dish…it just ticked all the boxes for me.
However the real winner of the day for me was the insanely brilliant popcorn chicken, which we ordered as a side dish for the table, which was just perfect. The large pieces of popcorn were again mega juicy and tender, and covered in a super crunchy crispy batter which had the slightest hint of heat in the seasoning. The portion was HUGE….to be honest although it is sold as a side it could easily be a meal.
Not to be out done, the Salt and Chilli chips were pure dead awesome – the chips were greasy and crisp in the very best way, and the salt and chilli seasoning was so deliciously moreish.
My only perceived negative of all the food is that it was pretty salty, now I didn’t mind that but we all did comment that we would be drinking gallons of water all afternoon after such salty food….and we were.
Pricewise – I forgot to take a picture of the bill but for three of us it came to £53 and odd pence, which included 2 huge milkshakes at £4 each. For the spread that we got and the quality of the food I thought the value was great, especially since we over ordered so we could try lots of different things.
I loved my first visit to Buck’s – the vibe and staff are cool, I wanted to eat literally every single dish on the menu, and the food was pretty damn tasty. I will 100% be back to this fantastic little dive bar.