Chef and restaurateur Tom Oldroyd has announced he will open a pub and dining room in Hackney this summer called The Duke of Richmond.
The news comes almost three years since he opened his Oldroyd restaurant in Islington, covered in Pub & Bar’s sister title, Casual Dining Magazine.
The pub originally opened in 1841 on the corner of Queensbridge road and Richmond Road, and the new launch will see Oldroyd restore the building to its former glory as a neighbourhood public and and 30-cover dining room – with a further 20 seats outside on the terrace.
The pub itself will hold up to 35 guests in the bar and will feature a semi-open kitchen – headed up by Rory Shannon – with open fire cooking, serving food and drink seven days a week.
Food from the pub and dining room menus will have ‘a strong French accent’ while using seasonal British produce, and the dining room will take bookings and have its own seasonal French a la carte menu with dishes not on small plates or designed to be shared – unlike the Oldroyd restaurant.
Starters may include lamb sweetbread and asparagus vol au vent, or grilled Orkney scallop, charred purple sprouting broccoli and truffled Beurre Blanc.
For main course, guests may choose between roast turbot and béarnaise, Swaledale lamb en croute with green beans and wild garlic butter; or an open lasagne of wild nettles, violetta artichokes and broad beans.
For dessert, there will be rum baba with grilled pineapple and whipped cream, or crème brûlée custard tart.
The pub will have a free house licence, stocking local and well-sourced beers and ciders, a curated European wine list and classic cocktails.