The Handbook
The Handbook

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Tom Oldroyd’s new restaurant, The Duke of Richmond was set to open in South West London. However, you’d be wrong, it will actually open in Hackney.

Having originally opened in 1841, Tom will be restoring the site to its former glory in time for alfresco drinking this summer (it’ll feature a terrace with space for twenty). Divided into a dining room and a pub, the spaces will have their own menus, but they’ll both see seasonal British produce given a strong French accent. In the dining room you’ll find lamb sweetbread and asparagus vol au vents; roast turbot and béarnaise; grilled Orkney scallops with charred purple sprouting broccoli and truffled Beurre Blanc and crème brûlée custard tart. Over in the pub, classic dishes are given a French makeover such as Toulouse sausages with mash and roast shallots and come Sunday it’ll be all about the Sunday roasts.

Heading up the open kitchen, alongside Tom, will be Rory Shannon who has previously worked at the Canton Arms in Stockwell and the Winemakers Deptford. Actress and TV presenter, Meryl Fernandes who is also Tom’s fiancé (they haven’t just asked a random actress) will be overseeing the interiors and restaurant design, she’s been integral to the success of OLDROYD – Tom’s Islington restaurant that opened three years ago.

Now we just have to wait for summer to arrive when The Duke of Richmond will open, even if the sun doesn’t show up.

The Duke of Richmond: Opens 24th May 2018,  316 Queensbridge Road, Hackney, E8 3NH,