Post-theatre and pre-London Jazz Festival – it’s all go! We arrive in Islington for dinner at Oldroyd ahead of time and head into a bar for a drink. Now we need to find Oldroyd – hard to spot in the dark – it is tiny and without any obvious display on the outside. Once inside it feels even smaller.
We order Cornish crab croquetas with rouille and a bottle of Pinot Noir to get us started. However, the combination of activity and alcohol has had a major impact on Rock – with a migraine coming on, she decides to head back.
Without my partner and best friend… I am a little disorientated. I try to manage the situation by drinking more wine and eating more food. Rufus and I both order the roast belly pork a la normande with apples, bacon & crispy sage. Lani chooses the lamb and almonde meatballs with salsa romesco & pickled garlic. The meat dishes are good but without Rock – none of us are really in the right mood.
More wine and more attempts to cheer ourselves with dessert. Rufus picks the baked apple with amoretti & raisin butter and I go for the rice pudding crème brulee with brandy soaked prunes. The baked apple is good but I’m disappointed by the thickness of the brulee top and the brandy soaked prunes are almost completely absent. The service has been really good. I was impressed that they immediately cancelled (and did not charge us for) the food Rock had ordered before she had to leave.
Apologies to Oldroyd and anyone else who enjoys my foodblog pictures – the combination of alcohol and mood means I did not take many snaps and of those that I have taken – only one is good enough to use. Rock and I need to revisit Oldroyd without a migraine and less beer and wine beforehand!