The Old Dairy Pub and Dining Rooms are set inside a beautiful Victorian dairy. It’s located at the end of Stroud Green Road in Finsbury Park where Crouch Hill begins. They serve a tasty menu for lunch and evenings with a great selection of Sunday roasts available. The dishes range from well-loved pub classics and comfort food to modern International cuisine, so there’s something for everyone. If you’re searching for gastro pubs in North London, best Sunday lunch North London, Finsbury Park restaurants or Crouch End restaurants do try The Old Dairy Pub.
Pub Interiors Dining Space
The Old Dairy Pub Menu
The a la carte menu changes each month to maximise on seasonal produce. Only ingredients which can be traced from farm to fork are used to ensure the optimum taste which gets the thumbs up from me. The menu is eclectic, which includes pub favourites alongside international flavours and some great vegetarian choices, so there is something for everyone. The food is served from midday, so it’s a great place to visit for brunch come to lunch if you are working in the area or live close by. It’s also ideal for anyone who wants to catch up with friends at the weekend and enjoy a big roast dinner.
Tempura Squid with Wasabi Mayo
For brunch, you can order scrambled eggs and chorizo on toast, eggs Florentine or eggs benedict. If you’d prefer a baguette, you can try halloumi with hummus, fish fingers with tartar sauce or BBQ pork with coleslaw. If you’re in a mood to share you can opt for one of the platters – BBQ ribs, Italian charcuterie, baked Camembert with red onion marmalade or the Fritto Misto.
Seared Sea Bream Fillet
Vegetarian starters include carrot and orange soup, cantaloupe melon with fennel and mint or a warm salad of butternut squash, chilli, goat’s cheese and dukkah. Other dishes are Serrano ham with flat peach and toasted almonds, crispy duck with green papaya salad and tempura squid with wasabi mayo which Homeboy tried and loved.
Haddock Fish Cakes
Meaty mains include hearty and filling food like Cumberland sausages with onion gravy, rare breed beef burger, roast lamb rump and longhorn rib steak on the bone. Fish mains feature beer-battered haddock with thick-cut chips and mushy peas. They also had smoked haddock fishcakes and seared sea bream fillet. Vegetarians (that’s me) can have the veggie burger, which is a halloumi and carrot patty, and it comes with thick-cut chips (heaven!). Alternatively, there is the aubergine parmigiana with mixed leaves.
At the weekends you can try one of the roast dinners. You can choose from the 28 days aged Angus beef, Hampshire pork belly or corn fed chicken. I tried their veggie option, which is a squash and sage turnover. Your roast dinner comes with all the trimmings so you’ll get roast potatoes, a lovely big fluffy Yorkshire pudding, roasted carrots, greens and cauliflower cheese. Everything was delicious and the best vegetarian roast dinner I’ve eaten at a pub to date. A large gathering sitting next to us enjoyed tucking into their different meat roast dinner versions which all looked amazing.
Vegetarian Roast Dinner
Desserts include a selection of ice creams, or you can go for the Dairy sundae which sounded quite impressive. Otherwise its warm chocolate brownie with hazelnut ice cream, peanut parfait with praline and biscotti or sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream. They kindly cut up our sticky toffee pudding and brought to our table in two bowls, so we didn’t have to fight over it which was a nice touch. They also have a good cheese board selection if you’d prefer that instead.
Two Halves of Our Sticky Toffee Pudding
As you’re dining in a pub, you have a wide choice of drinks, including their five cask-conditioned real ales and a fantastic wine list.
See Inside The Old Dairy Pub
This pub is very sizable and situated on a corner so benefits from an expanse of windows. It’s a fantastic Grade II listed building which has murals on the exterior walls celebrating the historic function as a creamery.
Main Pub Interiors
Inside it’s quite expansive with various rooms and sections. You have the main dining room, private dining room, main bar, the cubby and the front lounge which overlooks the high street. These different rooms are available for hire if you want to host a party or dinner event. They often show significant sporting events in the bar so you can watch football while enjoying your roast dinner.
Private Dining Room Interiors
The interior décor is rustic with exposed brick walls and a beautiful distressed wooden floor. There’s a central skylight in the middle of the main pub with a large chandelier. They have an eclectic array of tables and seating with booths, high tables surrounded by stools and red leather chesterfield couches. Overall it’s a charming space to relax with a pint of ale or a glass of wine and great food with your friends or kids.
The Old Dairy Pub Information
Cuisine: Traditional pub food plus International dishes using quality and seasonal ingredients
Price: Larger sharing platters £11-12.50, starters around £7, mains £11.50-19.50, roasts £11.50-14.50 and desserts £5.50-7
Website: The Old Dairy N4
Address: 1-3 Crouch Hill, London N4 4AP
Near: Finsbury Park Stroud Green Road
Open: Check the website for up to date opening times
Décor: Traditional pub touches but in a modern way
Seating: Masses of seating options from the dining room to the bar
Reservations: Advisable if you want to eat in the dining room at the weekend or have a large party of guests
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy for attending and eating.