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Tom Oldroyd’s Top 5 Pubs in London

Chef Tom Oldroyd made a name for himself at the popular restaurant chain POLPO and recently opened his second solo venture, The Duke of Richmond, so he knows a thing or two about good food. We spoke to him about his favourite pubs in London…

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The Draper Arms. Oldroyd says, ‘Run by one of the most generous people in hospitality, Nick Gibson, The Drapers Arms is an Islington institution for a reason, and serves one of the best roasts in town. It’s also open for lunch and dinner seven days a week which is an added benefit!’

The Draper Arms, 44 Barnsbury St, N1 1ER


The Prince George. Oldroyd says, ‘You couldn’t ask for more from your (my) local pub. It’s cosy and relaxed, the service is great, as is the food. It also has a large outside area and even a pool table.’

The Prince George, 40 Parkholme Rd, E8 3AG


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The Canton Arms. Oldroyd says, ‘Our head chef Rory Shannon worked here for six years, four of these as head chef. Not only do they do incredible food, but they get the balance of pub and dining spot on, which is difficult to achieve.’

The Canton Arms, 177 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1XP


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The Duke of Richmond. Oldroyd says, ‘Built as a pub in 1841, this site has been through many transformations before we took it over recently. We’re now reforming it to its former glory as a pub, but with a French-accented dining room and outdoor terrace. Like any good pub though, we’re still doing an excellent Sunday roast.’

The Duke of Richmond, 316 Queensbridge Rd, E8 3NH


Coach & Horses. Oldroyd says, ‘My favourite pint is a Guinness – I’ve enjoyed it all over London, and around Ireland. I don’t know how the Coach & Horses do it, but it’s the best I’ve had outside of Dublin.’

Coach & Horses, 29 Greek St, W1D 5DH

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