I don’t believe Oldroyd needs any introduction.
You might want to call this a bad blogger syndrom, and you wouldn’t be wrong.
But then again, what’s a girl to do when one of her absolute favourite locals starts doing brunch eh?
With about 30 seats and simple yet tasteful decoration, Oldroyd is a dream no matter when you visit.
But if you asked, I’d say Sunday is probably the best day.
Because it’s Oldroyd’s brunch day and they serve up their signature fettucine carbonara.
But I’m getting ahead of myself, so first things first.
And by that I mean Bloody Mary, obviously.
As a matter of fact, the very best one I’ve ever had in London (and trust me when I say beating The Smokehouse‘s Chicken Salt delight was no easy task)!
Spicy and very pickle-y, it’s not one for the faint-hearted but still the very best way to get the brunch party started.
Though a tall, icy glass of Earl Grey iced tea does rather nicely as well!
Croquetas have been a feature on Oldroyd’s menu since the restaurant opened and they’re an absolute must-order.
This time, they were filled with mushroom, served with a generous dollop of truffle mayonnaise and as delightful as ever.
Zucchini fries are always a good idea too.
Feather-light, thin & crispy, they’re utterly irresistible.
But if you’re there for brunch, you might as well make the most of it.
The Bacon & egg fettucine, with confit garlic & berkswell, is out-of-this-world good.
It has eggs and bacon and carbs, it’s rich and creamy and comforting and basically all of your brunch dreams come true.
And if you want more, the Braised ox cheek with polenta & gremolata is an excellent choice.
Melt-in-the-mouth meat never goes out of fashion as far as I’m concerned. Warming, comforting and satisfying, it’s winter food at it’s finest.
The only issue is that it might well rule dessert out. Don’t worry chocolate mousse with raspberries & salted pistachio praline, I’ll be back for you!
I can never stay away for very long anyway (and if you want to make sure you don’t have to fight me for the last table, you better book here)!
Oldroyd, 344 Upper Street, London N1 0PD
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