Pub-Grub, Gastro-Pub. Restaurant. Whatever you want to call it, a Sunday lunch served to me, in whatever location is a delight.
Surrounded by friends, kid free too, is also a different type of joy. Kid free means you get to sit back and take in the splendour of good food and chatting to adults.
We visited the Duke of Richmond for a friends birthday and everyone was there super early, not even on time. BUT EARLY. I guess they were eager to sample the pub and have a drink or two.
About the venue:
Restored to its former glory, The Duke of Richmond is a new neighbourhood pub & dining room from Tom Oldroyd. The pub is located on the corner of Queensbridge Road and Richmond Road in Hackney.
The new Duke Of Richmond offers a bookable 30-cover dining room serving a French-inspired menu, using only the best of British seasonal produce. As well as an outside covered terrace area for al fresco drinking and a separate pub and bar snacks menu.
With Tom Oldroyd the name behind the food here, straight away the expectations were quite lofty. This can sometimes lead to a disappointment but it also does lead to excitement of what was to come.
A Sunday roast is quite simple in its options. The complications can come in the form of starters. At the Duke of Richmond, the options were limited to five and I took this as a good sign. Concentrate on a few good quality dishes, rather than too many all sorts.
For starters, Laura and I shared the smoked & grilled ox tongue with coleslaw & cornichons (Pic above). The tongue was lovely and soft,, which with not much effort, melted in the mouth. The cornichons and slaw gave a good contrast to the Ox tongue and almost served as a palate cleanser before the Roast.
We usually get different Mains, more so that we can try the different options and therefore sample more of a restaurants delights. I had the Roast Lamb and Laura had the Roast Pork. Both were lovely and had that refined touch you would expect from Mr Oldroyd (P.S - i have never been to his restaurants before so am just guessing).
Some of the sides we had with our Roast were Cauliflower cheese with truffle and buttered hispi, savoy & black cabbage. Truffle and cheese always go well together, so thankfully we ordered quite a few portions of the cauliflower to share. It was needed.
Back to the start. Good food and good times are all that is needed. In a Pub vibe, which I deem to be a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, this meal was lovely and welcomed. Thanks for the recommendation Mr O and for the food, the other Mr O.
GOOD TIMES: Cauliflower Cheese with truffle stands out for me
WATCH OUT: Being picky, it is about a 10 mins walk from any station. Nothing else to moan about.
OMG: Great sharing options here and the sides were lovely.
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