The Old Dairy

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English

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Sunday Lunch
The Old Dairy is literally just that. Built in 1890 it was originally the site of a dairy and certain features within this huge pub such as the exposed brick walls, the steel girders and the magnificent etchings on the Crouch Hill side are evidence of its previous life. It has been restored into a quite magnificent pub with a new room to discover at every turn.

PLEASE NOTE WE ARE ONLY LICENCED FOR UNDER 18s UNTIL 7PM

We are now taking bookings for Christmas, our Festive and Christmas Day menus are avaliable on our website www.theolddairyn4.co.uk
All Christmas bookings require a £10 per person deposit. Please call 0207 263 3337 for booking information

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The Old Dairy has a variety of spaces perfect for parties and events of all sizes.<br /><br />You can browse images in the gallery on the right. <br /><br /><br />

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What 192 People Are Saying
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MD
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is roomy light and airy. I thought the quality of the Sunday Roast was good and they were careful about my daughter's severe food allergies. They also turned the music down when we asked as it was a bit too loud and we wanted to talk. I’d go back there as the interior, food an service were all good

AG
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very pricey and didn’t have other pudding we wanted ( sticky toffee ) but was ok!!

OT
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food wasn’t great. Batter on the fish was very soggy.
Service was really slow.
Toilets were disgusting.

a
London
9 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A relaxed atmosphere with good food. It does what it says on the tin!

NI
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

An enjoyable outing to an easy to find location. Serving a great range of beers and wines as well as an interesting and varied food menu. All four of us enjoyed our selections which were served swiftly and courteously. The food was hot and tasty. We’ll be going back again soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good portions, great atmosphere, great staff. Lovely Sunday lunch!

TP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our mother birthday and everyone was fantastic

OT
Brighton
6 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Went on Father's Day and the service was so incredibly slow. We waited over an hour for our main courses and the table was only half cleared and we couldn't get the attention of staff. However the food was really good, the pork roast in particular was, when it finally arrived, very tasty.

a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The Old Dairy used to provide excellent food at a low price then good food at a much higher price and now is serving decent food at a reasonable price. Not at the heights it used to be but okay. Service was friendly and quick. Menu choices could have been a bit more interesting - more towards pub food rather then gastropub. Beer was excellent. Good ambience.

FC
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best roasts I’ve eaten out, ever. Everything was delicious.

ED
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, nice atmosphere and friendly staff - will definitely go back again.

G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a big family get together
Oldest 85 years youngest 2 weeks !!!!
Everyone enjoyed it - the roast beef is just delicious, also let us cut our own birthday cake. Really love going there -also good wine list

s
London
10 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A perfectly acceptable Sunday roast, not the best I have ever had but above average and the roast potatoes excelled. Service was acceptable too, not over and above but the staff were friendly and I have no real complaints. It kind of does what it should, decent food at a decent price.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Acrchicken and horrible service

NB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Decent pub for a Sunday roast, with great vegetarian options, which is wonderful being a vegetarian. Great ambience, friendly staff.

CM
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great pub for the young and old. Great menu and really lovely and accommodating staff.

KW
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Very disappointing experience for Sunday lunch yesterday. Used to dine here regularly years ago but standards have definitely slipped. Took my elderly parents for a nice Sunday roast but endured a catalogue of errors. We were sat in the empty dining room by the window which was freezing. We ordered 4 roasts, two were stone cold and had to be sent back to the kitchen. The roast chicken had amazing sounding accompaniments however on arrival I received a tiny chipotla no bigger than my little finger, a small pot of stone cold bread sauce and no stuffing as promised. The service was shocking and very slow. The waitress didn’t know what the soup of the day was or what ales were available at the bar, she didn’t even bother to find out and we had to guess what might be on tap. At the end of our meal we decided to leave after main course, after 2 long hours table service I was informed I needed to take my bill round to the bar and pay there. I had to queue up with all the other Sunday drinkers and wait my turn to pay for my terrible meal. So many simple things, so so wrong. Will not be returning any time soon.

TC
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Half the menu options were 'off'.

The table service was just incredibly and unbelievably rude (actually aggressive!) and careless.

The female toilets were out of order with no sign, only exploration discovered a disabled toilet, with no working lock, 'repurposed' with a torn off piece of notepad paper as 'Ladys'.

Shocking because what food was available was delicious, and the place was busy and had a good ambience.

We did receive a decent apology from the manager after complaining, and 'waived' the discretionary service charge...

LF
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal on NYE. The staff were really attentive, food cooked to perfection. Made a great start to me and my partners NYE celebrations.

CR
London
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice fish and chips, and desserts - and the service was friendly- plus excellent selection of London beers - great stuff!

B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, had a roast that was well prepared, portioned and most importantly hot and fresh.
Really though it was the staff that made it. Helpful, friendly and competent.

AM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Best roast in North London and excellent value for money. A local gem. Staff very friendly and attentive.

JM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Overall nice place with great beer but the beef ribs were the worst beef ribs I've ever eaten in a restaurant, either frozen or just poor quality meat. I wouldn't be in a hurry to go back to eat here

PJ
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal. We were the only people in the restaurant and couldn’t work out why but the staff were great, the meal was great and it was great value for money. Really enjoyed ourselves.

IH
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

A gastro pub that seems to have lost it’s way. Saturday night, far from a full restaurant area, served by a young man who must have been on his first shift or on work experience, assisted by a woman who was competent and fine to deal with. Took ages to get the food, which was up to the standard expected, and then, when it came to an after dinner drink, no limoncello - a current favourite - or Drambuie - an old favourite. Not a cheap place. Agreed to pay the 12.5% service charge after assurances it all goes to the staff, including the kitchen. One of our group said it has been losing customers to the recently refurbished pub just up the road. Easy to see why

OT
London
21 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good - compliments to the chefs. We’ll be back again very soon.

I
London
22 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Booked a table to watch the FA Cup Final, great table reserved. Have great drinks and food. I was there with my family included two kids and they we were made to to feel very welcome. As locals we will not come back for sure in the future, especially for live sport. Great spot.

TC
London
15 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great and the dining room was very quiet. We had Sunday roasts, the pork belly was great, with lovely sides. The beef was a bit fatty and tough.

Great wine list but sadly the sancerre we chose wasn't chilled, so we swapped for a very nice Marlborough sauv. bl.

Definitely will come back!

G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went with my daughter and young granddaughter - it’s perfect lots of space and very relaxed. I had been taken recently on Mother’s day and that was excellent too
Great Sunday lunch

KT
London
42 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service in a pleasant atmosphere - busy but not noisy. Plenty of space. Some food very good e.g. whitebait and calamari starter; other food OK e.g. double burger. Reasonable prices for both food and wine. A good local eatery.

j
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Booked dinner with my family who were visiting London. Was recommended the old dairy and wanted somewhere local. Sadly, safe to say I will not be back. First time I’ve ever refused to pay the service charge!
My main issue was 2 members of the restaurant staff sat watching iPad and eating at table behind us at back of restaurant, there was only one other girl on who wasn’t around when we had been served but had been missing some of our order. Struggled to get service all night - had to keep looking around trying to get attention. Staff had bags of chocs/sweets along with rubbish dumped at their table. I fully understand staff need breaks, but surely not taken at the same time or in front of restaurant customers. Overall poor management experience during our visit. No uniform to smarten staff up or make them more noticeable. I think I noticed a group of about 6/8 people leaving swiftly without eating.

When I asked to remove the service charge the bar man onliged and asked me why we were unhappy, I explained but when I went back to table to get coats he was already giving out to one of the staff members in the middle of the restaurant - atleast keep the feedback for after service. Disappointment and poorly run.

AW
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and impeccable service made eating at the Old Dairy a glorious Sunday lunch date - top tip: leave some space for dessert if sweet things are your bag.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice pub :) I recommend it to everyone who wants to have a nice night :)

m
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly local pub with tasty food and wide range of choices including good vegetarian options.

OR
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The dairy is consistently a good place to dine and the menu offers something or everyone. I really like the choice of wines on offer and there is a good selection of beers to choose from

JM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great local pub. Lots of different spaces to sit. Although it's a big pub it still has a cosy feel. Good food and attentive service.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always have a good night out at the Old Dairy. Nice mix of cosy and space to move and the wine and food are great.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

A busy venue where one had to avoid the large sports screen showing football. The Sunday lunch was mediocre. As a starter, I had a portobello mushroom that was surrounded by wilted vegetables. By wilted, I make no reference to the culinary process involved. They were old, as was the radish that sprawled alongside my dining companion's harissa hummus. I had chewy beef that consisted of far too much fat and gristle. Not to be recomended.

MP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Had a very enjoyable evening here - nice food and service. We’ll go again

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday roast and wider menu was outstanding. Highly recommend.

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