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What: The Duke of Richmond Public House & Dining Room
In a nutshell: French dining pub in Hackney
Summing it all up: Tom Oldroyd's follow-up project to his neighbourhood restaurant in Islington will be a Hackney pub serving up French dishes created with British seasonal produce and he has serious plans for a Sunday roast too.
If you're a fan of the small but perfectly formed Oldroyd in Islington, you'll be pleased, as we were, to hear that chef/restaurateur Tom Oldroyd has a second, bigger place planned just down the road in Hackney.
For his next restaurant Tom will be opening The Duke of Richmond Public House & Dining Room in Queensbridge Road. The 19th century pub's last owner was Brett Redman of Elliot who ran it as The Richmond.
It's been three years since Tom opened Oldroyd to pretty much universally great reviews. But there's no getting away from the fact that the Islington place is on the small side so it's good news that his new Hackney digs are much bigger. The place will be split into a general pub and separate dining room - both serving different menus. There's also a decent sized terrace too. The unifying theme will be French food made with British seasonal produce - and there's going to be some open fire cooking going on in the kitchen too.
So, the dining room - with space for 30 diners, and which (hurray!) you can book - will serve a seasonal French a la carte menu. And they're planning on going old school for the menu structure which will be good news for anyone who prefers starters, mains and desserts rather than sharing plates.
In charge of the kitchen as Head Chef is Rory Shannon, most recently from the late-lamented Winemakers Deptford and the Canton Arms.
Dishes you can expect here include:
- Lamb sweetbread & asparagus vol au vent
- Grilled Orkney scallop, charred purple sprouting broccoli and truffled beurre blanc.
- Swaledale lamb en croute with green beens and wild garlic butter
- Open lasagne of wild nettles, violetta artichokes and broad beans.
- Rum baba with grilled pineapple and whipped cream
- Crème brûlée custard tart.
Over in the pub bit, the food will be elevated pub grub, so they'll be taking dishes like sausage and mash and turning it into the Duke of Richmond’s own Toulouse sausages with mash and roast shallots. They'll have a variety of local beers and ciders, as well as a European wine list and a selection of classic cocktails. We're particularly excited about the fighting talk of them serving up an all day Sunday roast and rotisserie menu "to compete with the best roasts in London." Bring. It. On.
Design-wise, the whole thing is being overseen by Tom's fiancée, actress and TV presenter Meryl Fernandes.
Photo: Steve Ryan / Root + Bone
More about The Duke of Richmond
Where is it? 316 Queensbridge Road, Hackney, London E8 3NH
When does it open? Spring 2018
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