Monday 12 September 2016


A month or so ago I was in desperate need of a quick lunch in Angel with Sarah. We'd spent two hours queueing to get into an exhibition nearby and I was about to rush off to festival for the weekend. My mind flashed back to Oldroyd on Upper Street which I'd visited almost a year before. I'd had a lovely meal back then and remembered they did a great value lunch menu.

With the option of two courses for £15 we decided to order 1 starter, 2 mains, and 1 dessert with the intention of sharing the starter and dessert.

The duck breast, cherry and cress salad was one of the highlights of our meal. The starter is extremely generous with a lot of fresh greens and a nice amount of succulent meal. I'm not a huge fan of cherries but the fruit gave the whole plate a nice burst of sweetness.

My yellow peach, broad bean and goat's curd panzanella was unusual but lovely. The bread was slightly chewy and contrasted nicely with the perfectly rip peach. When it comes to goat's curd I find it a bit hit and miss but this added a fresh yet unusual flavour to the salad, imagine the taste of natural yoghurt but slightly stronger.

I definitely had food envy when I tried Sarah's sardine linguine. The earthy, sardine sauce tasted heavenly and combined with the perfectly al dente pasta this felt like an extremely indulgent and moorish dish.

We finished out meal with a lovely yoghurt and gooseberry panna cotta that was almost too good to share.

I really like Oldroyd. The compactness of the restaurant means it has a lovely cosy vibe. The d├ęcor is simple which translates to the fuss-free cooking. That being said the food doesn't feel 'simple' as everything feels contemporary and exciting. It's terrific value, especially at lunch time and with a ever changing menu it's the sort of neighbourhood restaurant you could visit every month.

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