There are the restaurants you go to for the novelty of it.
Be it a potato-focused café or that place everyone loves for reasons you simply don’t see, the probability of you re-visiting them is actually quite low, because there’s always going to be something newer and more exciting to try instead.
But then there is a handful of true gems that you keep going back to times and times again.
Restaurants you’d pick over the excitement of trying something new.
The places you’d rather not bring your camera to so you can truly enjoy the experience.
The ones that make you commit every #BloggerCardinalSin under the sun but you leave with a big smile of your face and a renewed faith in the restaurant world.
Truth being told, there are not so many such restaurants on my list.
A couple of places in France, Morito, The Smokehouse… and Oldroyd.
Oldroyd, the first solo restaurant from former Chef Director of the Polpo Group Tom Oldroyd, opened its doors about a year ago and it’s been a favourite ever since.
It basically ticks all the boxes when it comes to a good local restaurant: quick to get to, excellent value, stunning service and food that’s not just good but also varied and interesting, so every visit brings some element of surprise.
Rabbit & dijon rillettes w/ pickled carrots is the perfect example of Oldroyd’s playful take on a classic.
All the elements of the French Lapin à la moutarde, and yet something completely different and absolutely brilliant in its simplicity.
Smoked haddock croquetas aka crunchy/melty heaven in a mouthful.
Nettle & ricotta malfatti, broad beans, berkswell & crispy sage.
Delicate gnocchi/ravioli hybrid parcels and proof if there ever needed one that vegetarian food can be truly stunning.
Oldroy’d menu is rather light on the meaty side, but the few meaty dishes are well worth ordering.
Proof is in the Lamb sweetbreads with peas and bacon; a great example of bistro food at its finest.
Finally, my favourite of all dishes: Norfolk asparagus, brown crab rouille, Cornish white crab & chervil.
Basically Spring on a plate.
After chatting with the staff for a little while (and a few spoonfuls of the homemade tiramisu…), we said our goodbyes and headed home already dreaming of the next time we’d be heading to Oldroyd.
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