His Islington restaurant Oldroyd has been a big success and now Tom Oldroyd has gone into the pub game with the Duke of Richmond in Hackney. After The Richmond closed last year, Tom took over the space and turned it back into a boozer, even reverting to the building’s original name, with an outside terrace, bar area and dining room (which you can book).
The food is Anglo-French, so it’s a different style to the small plates at Oldroyd but with the same simple, refined approach to the cooking. There are also separate menus for the bar and the restaurant, with some dishes crossing over, so expect there to be changes from time to time. What you should defo order if it’s there is the Cornish crab souffle, it’s super light yet rich taste of brown meat and comes with a little jug of bisque and a mini scone for an extra flavour hit. There’s also a great option to order all the starters for a set price, which would be ideal if you’re in a big group.
The entrecote a la bordelaise – Dexter rib-eye cooked over chestnut and served with bone marrow, shallots and parsley – was our favourite dish of the night, thanks to super succulent meat and plenty of juices to mop up with a side of fries. The ratatouille Provençal with cow’s curd & garlic bread was also a strong dish and such a good example of letting the quality of the produce shine.[easy-image-collage id=112593]
There’s a tight, mainly French wine list to choose from – we had a lovely La Vidaubanaise rose – but as the place is a pub there’s plenty of beers and ciders on offer too. The Duke of Richmond also had a great atmosphere on our visit, so it’s already proven to be a great (re)addition to the hood.
316 Queensbridge Road, Hackney, London, E8 3NH