image of outside of Oldroyd restaurant on Upper Street London

Oldroyd Restaurant, London

Having read a string of implausibly wonderful reviews I was excited and intrigued to eat at Oldroyd this weekend. Would it be as wonderful as Maschler and Coren described or would it fail to live up to the hype? On a rather bland stretch of Upper Street between a kebab shop and Byron Burger, the restaurant is tiny jewel of a restaurant by Tom Oldroyd, the former Chef Director at Polpo. Small yet perfectly formed and beautifully designed – Michael Anastassiades IC lights for Flos have been used to great effect – the restaurant serves a short yet beautifully edited seasonal menu of small plates that are perfect for sharing. Each dish was flawlessly executed, from Cornish crab on toast, peach and cow curd panzanella, broad beans and mint to whole roast monkfish, braised fennel and tapenade. The reviews were right – Oldroyd is a fantastic restaurant and as it is very near my home, I will definitely be returning.

Oldroyd 344 Upper Street, London, N1 0PD