After almost three years since he opened the eponymously named OLDROYD restaurant on Islington’s Upper Street, chef/restaurateur Tom Oldroyd has opened The Duke of Richmond public house and dining room in Hackney on Saturday 26th May.
Located on the corner of Queensbridge Road and Richmond Road, 10 mins walk from Dalston Junction train station, Tom has restored the site to its former glory and name as a neighbourhood public house and 30-cover dining room. The pub was originally opened in 1841 and called The Duke of Richmond.
It now offers eighty-five covers in total, comprising the 30-cover dining room and a further 20 seats on the terrace – providing the ideal summer drinking spot. The pub / bar area holds up to 35 revellers and boasts a semi-open kitchen.
The pub is open seven days a week and both the pub and dining room menus have a strong French accent, whilst using the very best seasonal British produce. The 30-cover dining room will take bookings and have its own seasonal French a la carte menu, separate from the pub menu.
Dishes on the bar menu include: Crispy pigs ears; Cornish crab chip butty w brown crab rouille; Ratatouille Provençal cow’s curd and baked garlic bread (v); The Duke Burger – 6oz rib cap patty with Roquefort, confit shallots and béarnaise sauce. Dishes on the dining room menu include: Cornish crab soufflé, crab bisque and gruyere toast; Swaledale lamb en croûte, green beans and truffle butter; Violetta artichoke, haricot bean and confit garlic cassoulet w broad beans & brioche crumb (v); Rum baba, chargrilled pineapple and toasted coconut and Chantilly cream.
Sunday’s are a big focus at The Duke of Richmond and feature an all-day elevated pub roast menu to compete with the best in London.
Heading up the kitchen is Rory Shannon. Hailing from Dublin, Rory moved to London in 2012 and has since gained a wealth of pub kitchen experience including four years as head chef at the celebrated Canton Arms in Stockwell, before moving to Winemakers Deptford.