The Old Dairy

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£25 and under
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English

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Casual
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

Specials

Dine out on Christmas Day for a stress-free Christmas

We are now taking bookings for our Christmas Day 3 course menu is avaliable only to pre booked diners. We require a £10 per person deposit to book, please call the pub on 0207 263 3337 for more information. The bar will be open to all customers from middday until 7pm

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a fantastic meal!

Ring in the New Year with a special dinner and then dance the night away to our resident DJ. We are now taking dining reservations for New Year's Eve. We do require a £10 per person deposit to secure the booking, please give us a call on 0207 263 3337 for more information

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Celebrate Christmas Eve with family and friends!

Celebrate the night before the big day with our Festive 3 course menu, served until 9pm. Christmas Eve reservations do require a £10 per person deposit, please call the pub on 0207 263 3337 for booking information.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

What 199 People Are Saying
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3.8
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T
London
1 review
Dined on November 10, 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

JL
1 review
Dined on November 10, 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.

RF
1 review
Dined on November 10, 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

LP
London
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

AW
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

A
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 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!

MD
1 review
Dined on September 29, 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

AG
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

OT
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

a
London
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

NI
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on August 9, 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
London
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TP
London
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our mother birthday and everyone was fantastic

OT
Brighton
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 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.

a
London
1 review
Dined on June 15, 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.

FC
London
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

ED
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

G
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 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

s
London
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 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
London
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Acrchicken and horrible service

NB
London
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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 March 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

KW
London
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 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
London
1 review
Dined on February 2, 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...

LF
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 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.

CR
London
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 November 11, 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
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

JM
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 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

PJ
1 review
Dined on August 25, 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.

IH
1 review
Dined on July 21, 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

OT
London
21 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

I
London
22 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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 April 22, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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 March 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
43 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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 March 3, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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 February 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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