Harden's survey result
That it’s “very cramped” and “cheek by jowl” is the main accusation made against Tom Oldroyd’s “tiny” Islington two-year-old (“basically a house made into a restaurant, where upstairs is quieter and lighter”). “As you head up the rickety staircase and cross the wonky floorboards, a hint of doubt may cross your mind – don’t let it!”, say fans, applauding the “unpretentious”, “individual” and “full-flavoured” food from “a limited but well-put-together menu”. That said, ratings were “off the boil” compared with last year – perhaps the pressure of opening the Duke of Richmond (see also)?
That “it’s a bit of a basic, tiny space” colours feedback on Tom Oldroyd’s accomplished but “crushed” Islington yearling. On most accounts his “fabulously tasty, daily changing (if limited) menu” is full compensation, but there’s a noticeable minority for whom “though it’s undeniably good”, the size hinders appreciation.
“A really exciting addition to Upper Street in terms of innovative cooking” – Tom Oldroyd’s “tiny kitchen” creates “wonderful” tapas-style dishes. Shame his Islington yearling is way “too cramped” though – “it detracts from a meal”.
Tom Oldroyd (formerly chef-director of Polpo group) goes it alone at this pocket-sized, new modern bistro in Islington, serving a variety of funky sharing plates; it opened too late for our survey, but early press feedback hails it as a bargain.
OLDROYD is the first solo restaurant from former Chef Director of the Polpo Group, Tom Oldroyd. Having opened nine restaurants with the group across London, Tom left to focus on his latest venture - OLDROYD.
OLDROYD opened its doors on 9th July 2015 at 344 Upper Street, just off Camden passage and Islington Green. The restaurant offers a daily changing European menu built around the best seasonal British ingredients.
"I really hope Oldroyd will become an integral part of the Islington dining scene, offering relaxed service and delicious food to locals and visitors alike" - Tom Oldroyd
|Wine per bottle||£25.00|
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Oldroyd Restaurant Diner Reviews
"It's a tiny place opposite the Design Centre Islington - creaky floorboards, spiral staircase and attic dining. But the food is very good indeed - in a straight up sort of way. Well worth the excursion"
"Mostly tapas type menu with limited number of more substsntial courses.Delicious roasted celeriac and fennel starter.The "cuttlefish with black beans" was served with a black ?inkfish sauce but very few slivers of the fish. Gnocchi type vegetarian dish more substantial and good, but not cheap. Friendly and very helpful waitress."
"Had a 'Meat-free Monday' lunch which was delicious and left us full but not over-fed. This is a tiny restaurant which is either intimate or cramped - I can't quite decide."
344 Upper St, London, N1 0PD
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||12 pm-11 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-11 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-11:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-11:30 pm|
|Sunday||11 am-10 pm|