It was a sad weekend as Lawrence and I had to say goodbye to our Islington home for the last 18 months. We decided to have one last meal and drinks down on Upper Street as residents (I’m sure we’ll still be going there a lot in the future).

Oldroyd, Islington

Oldroyd opened in July this year, so still fairly new which is probably for the best as the restaurant is very small indeed. It is the first solo restaurant from Tom Oldroyd who used be the chef director of the very popular Polpo group. Oldroyd was getting great coverage and reviews, so we were anticipating enjoying our evening of food and drink.

Oldroyd, Islington

After climbing up the narrow stairs and into the VERY small top floor we turned our attention to the menu. As with many restaurants it followed a modern european, tapas style menu with dishes for the table to share.

Oldroyd, Islington

We started with the smaller dishes of the cornish seaweed and cider salami which was gorgeous and came on skewers with gherkins. The next mini dish was the smoked pork belly and pea croquettes with truffle mayonnaise, this was always going to be good.

Oldroyd, Islington

The slightly larger dishes were hard to choose from but we went with the octopus and chorizo salad.

Oldroyd, Islington

Followed by the lamb and almond meatballs, salsa romesco and pickled garlic, huge and meaty balls.

Oldroyd, Islington

Our third and final savoury dish was the cornish crab on toast, fennel and radish salad, always a winner in my eyes. One day I’ll manage to master how to make this at home.

Oldroyd, Islington

Just to quench our sweet cravings we shared the chocolate mousse, salted pistachio praline and raspberries.

Oldroyd, Islington

It was a lovely meal, very relaxed atmosphere although I do worry how hot it would be in the restaurant during the height of summer, not that we’ve had much of a summer! No doubt he’ll do well in the area and who knows where the next Oldroyd will crop up. Looking forward to our next venture and new area of restaurants to explore!

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