Ex-Polpo Chef to Open Restaurant Oldroyd in June

Chef Tom Oldroyd has today announced he will open his first solo restaurant ‘Oldroyd’ this June on Upper Street in Islington.Unknown-4

Tom was previously Chef Director at the Polpo restaurant group for five years, where he worked with Russell Norman, opening the original Polpo in Soho and seven further successful restaurants with the group.

Oldroyd will be a 40-cover neighbourhood restaurant split across two floors, with a relaxed no reservations café feel downstairs and bistro-style dining upstairs, where bookings will be taken. The restaurant will also have a small outside seating area and is located five minutes’ walk along Upper Street from Angel tube station. The daily-changing menu at Oldroyd will be available from lunch through to dinner, with a focus on using locally-sourced seasonal British produce and reflecting Tom’s varied 15 years’ experience working in restaurants, as well as his food travels throughout Europe and the US.

Tom’s menu at Oldroyd will offer small dishes such as ‘Confit mustard duck wings’ and ‘Pea & pork jowl croquettes, with summer truffle mayo’ and larger plates including ‘Cornish chorizo, prawn & broad bean paella, with cockles & aioli’, priced from £4 through to £10. The menu will also feature seasonal salads including ‘Grilled peach, Dorset coppa & perroche’, alongside a selection of meaty sandwiches such as ‘Porchetta roll with stuffing, crackling & pickled fennel’ (from £5). Served at the weekend, additional brunch dishes will sit alongside the main menu and will offer the perfect hangover cure with options such as ‘Bacon & egg pappardelle’ through to ‘Waffle iron rosti with smoked salmon, served with soured cream & chives’ (brunch dishes from £6), as well as a Bloody Mary and cold pressed juice list (from £4).

Tom commented on Oldroyd, “I am excited to announce that I’ve secured a small, but perfect, space in one of my favourite parts of London and will open my first restaurant on Upper Street in Islington this June. The menu at Oldroyd will offer my take on classic European dishes, made using fresh quality ingredients and served all day. The menu will change depending on what’s in season and what produce is around, and at the weekend we will serve brunch. I really hope that Oldroyd will become an integral part of the Islington dining scene, offering relaxed service and delicious food to locals and visitors alike.”