The Old Dairy

3.6
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207 reviews
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£25 and under
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English

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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
DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE DINING ROOM

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3.6based on recent ratings
3.6
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3.2
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3.5
ambience
3.3
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Cara
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Lovely place and atmosphere but the Sunday roast was average and overpriced. The service was slow and curt.
Would go for a drink there but not for a sit down meal.

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Lizzie
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

They were terribly understaffed. I felt very bad for the staff. Food took one hour to arrive and it was cold! I wasn't able to complain about it because nobody was around. I've been before and was much better but really management should have decided to sit fewer people if they couldn't cope. I won't be going again any time soon, what a shame.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was amazing as always, but the service was really slow. We didn’t get our mains until 1 hour 45 mins after arriving. Only complaint on the food was our chicken (roast) was quite dry, but other than that all was delicious

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25431
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We visited for Sunday Lunch and the kitchen was catering for a menu of 20+ items. We waited at least 30 mins between ordering and eating. The roast potatoes and cauliflower cheese could be much better. I think the team would benefit from using a smaller menu on a Sunday. The macaroni cheese croquettes were amazing. The staff are super friendly and polite. The lady managing the kitchen staff from the restaurant side was very organised and seemed on top of everything. We'll definitely come again, but maybe not for Sunday roast.

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CrouchEnd
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was middling at best, amongst us we had a roast chicken, pork belly, and burger and the veggie Wellington. The chicken was dry and the pork belly was lacking flavour. Everyones roast potatoes were not cooked enough and the carrots were inconsistent, some nice and cooked well and others rock hard. Total bill for £85... I've had much better for a lot less.

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Sarah
London
15 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Bit of a disappointing visit to The Old Dairy to be honest. I used to come here a lot but the prices have massively gone up and it's not clear why. The food was fine but there are other places that give you just as good a meal for a more reasonable price. Also, this is a very popular spot for people with young children, so if you don't have any, and you want a peaceful Sunday lunch without toddlers screaming and running around, this is probably not the place for you.

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Chrissien
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family, who I was treating to a thank-you meal, were absolutely delighted with my choice of The Old Dairy. They voted unanimously to make this the venue for future family get-togethers.

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wgcaptain
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

My curry sweet potato had little curry sauce and little taste.
My daughters split chicken was tough and inedible.
My crumble dessert consisted of big chunks of crumble which would break your teeth - not good.

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Tony
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I went in with my 6yr old daughter and waited 7mins to be acknowledged,then a lovely young lady came to me and said that the manager said there was no tables available and all tables are fully booked,but I saw that there was like over 10tables that was free, then the young lady got the manager to come to me and the manager was so so rude in front of my daughter and she said that tables was fully booked , I said to her there is 10 tables free how can it be fully booked she could not give an answer so I decided to go on open table and there was loads of bookings and tables free and I booked a table within 5 mins, then I said to the manager there was no need to lie saying that it was all fully booked as I’ve just booked a table. If the manager was having a stressful day she should have not taking it out on me whilst my daughter was with me .The manager was stil so rude and do not know how to give great customer service. As my food came out it was so disgusting and my Yorkshire pudding was burnt and I did not like the the beef aswell. I have all pictures and videos of my food, it was so disgusting. I am absolutely disgusted how the manager treated me and my daughter. I will never recommend this place to eat as long as she is a manager as her customer service skills are very poor. I am so so upset as I wanted to have an lovely evening and an roast with my daughter but the manager made our experience a nightmare, and when. I told her I will leave a bad report she was like she is not bothered. I am sure if she owns that restaurant she will give a lot better service but she don’t and if she don’t like serving people she should not be working there as she is so rude. But the 2 young lady’s was amazing and handled customer a lot better than the manager when in fact it should be the manager that is setting examples. The manager was a lady Amy we in her forties with blond hair. I tried to upload my picture and video but the site won’t allow it but if you guys want me to show u

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JLucy
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I love the old dairy but took 30mins after being seated before we were even asked what we would like to drink. Was also seated in a rowdy room with a birthday party. Food was great but presume they must have been understaffed.

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RFff
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The service was so slow, it took 10 minutes before we was seated for our booking, and the staff were ignoring us.
It took an hour for the food to come and another half and hour for the desert.
We had to call over the waitress to ask for drinks but in the end needed up going to the bar and serving ourselves anyway!
Terrible wouldn’t recommend

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LidiaP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Been there for a Sunday roast - it's lovely but not extraordinary. Great option for a casual meal.

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Bea1
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Yes it was really lovely there just think it's a little expensive especially the wine

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AdamW
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was cold and service was terrible. Was as if they weren’t expecting customers.

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April
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

What a shame! We have been before for Sunday dinner years ago, and decided to take visiting family. The whole place was crazily understaffed meaning we were waiting 1.5 hours for dinner, we kindly had 20% taken off the bill but walking home we heard several other families complaining! Hopefully a one off as it is a lovely place, but if management are reading this please look after your staff and have a few more hands on deck! We would have easily spent another £100 on desert, more wine etc if we had been asked but the lady was rushed off her feet!

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MayaD
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

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AnneG
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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abcd
London
11 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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NIcT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TinaP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our mother birthday and everyone was fantastic

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brighton
7 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

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.

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androyd
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

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FreyaC
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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EmilyD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Girlstead
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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simong
London
10 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Acrchicken and horrible service

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NicoleB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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ClaireM
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipKW12
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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
TomC
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

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...

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LisaF
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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CallumR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Bokeh
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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
AoifeM
London
9 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

JM
JoannaM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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

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PaulaJ
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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IainH
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience2

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

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The Old Dairy is rated 3.6 stars by 207 OpenTable diners.

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