|Mon - Thur||12.00 - 23.00|
|Fri||12.00 - 00.00|
|Sat||10.00 - 00.00|
|Sun||10.00 - 22.00|
|Budget||Reasonably Priced (£30 - £40)|
|Nearest Station||Highbury & Islington|
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Oldroyd is a relaxed 40-cover neighbourhood restaurant, located at 344 Upper Street in Islington, just a few minutes’ walk from Angel tube station. Split across two floors, the restaurant offers a café-style vibe downstairs available for walk-ins only, and a bistro-style first floor dining room where bookings will be taken; as well as a small al fresco seating area at the front. With a focus on using locally sourced and seasonal British produce wherever possible, Tom’s menu at Oldroyd reflects his 15 years’ experience working in restaurants as well as his travels through the food markets of Europe and the US.
Served from lunch through to dinner seven days a week, Tom’s menu offers sharing plates including ‘Summer radishes, smoked cod’s roe & celery salt’ and ‘Smoked pork belly & pea croquettas with truffle mayonnaise’ (both £4). A seasonal summer salad of ‘Peach & cow curd panzanella, broad beans & mint’ (£8) sits alongside larger plates including ‘Crab Tagliarini Provençal, with brown crab rouille’, ‘Cured Welsh veal tonnato, & smoked anchovies’ and ‘Whole roast monkfish with braised fennel & tapenade’ (from £7.50 through to £15). For those with a sweet tooth, the dessert list features ‘Chocolate mousse, salted pistachio praline & raspberries’ (£6). A weekend brunch menu will also be served from 10am on Saturday and Sunday, and includes ‘Smoked trout & roe, celeriac remoulade & soft boiled egg’ and ‘Cumberland sausage & summer cabbage bubble & squeak, fried egg & gravy’ (from £6). Oldroyd’s Head Chef is Louis Lingwood (St John Bread & Wine, Quo Vadis), with Ciaran Jones the restaurant’s General Manager – the pair previously worked together at The Pillbox Kitchen.
The chef behind Polpo has gone his own way with Oldroyd, an Islington bistro. Sticking to small plates that track their way through Europe, Tom Oldroyd has pulled together an impressive menu that changes daily and shows off his keen eye. He hopes it'll become a neighbourhood favourite, and we're sure it will, as the laidback set up is sure to keep you coming back for more. We're keen to try the Cornish seaweed and cider salami, and peach and cow curd panzanella but we're simultaneously scared that we'll never want to leave. We can move in, right?