Thursday, February 17, 2011

Pride of Paddington (London) - ♕♕♕♕ 1/2

  I can already imagine a few shocked faces cringing or frowning upon the high marks I’ve awarded this unknown corner pub in London, especially one that can be a potential tourist trap and which London locals might give very little praise about, but from my starting point of view, my blog had began with ratings that has been scaled to suit locally – and to be consistent and ensuring a pecking order that shall remain in place accordingly, let’s just treat this as being measured relatively.  This also presents us the right occasion to put ourselves into a Reality Check -  my Fish and Chips dish at Pride of Paddington was cooked so convincingly and accurately,  I really did wonder what it was exactly that I had attempted to gobble down at the other so-called British places in HK, such as at SOHO’s Yorkshire Pudding or say Manchester United Bar or any random Wan Chai pub?   They were not even upto pedestrian standards compared to here..

Opposite the Paddington Station,
where the Paddington bear is sitting happily on a slant on his suitcase…

Caledonian Deuchars IPA on tap…

An India Pale Ale styled beer started by and unique to the UK, and during the early times this was exported to the Indian market…  This is a very well balanced hand brewed beer from Edinburgh (from Scotland).  It has garnered rave reviews by beer drinkers alike overall.  Available in bottles @ HK places such as the one I’ve recently reviewed:   Happy Valley Bar & Grill  ~

It might look like normal bottled sauces, but no one even supplies a proper tasting Malt Vinegar locally…  Not even a commercial brand one that tastes like the real thing like here!

Fish & Chips with Peas and Salad -
No mushy peas found here but there’s still a hint of mint leaves present. 

Frozen peas, yet cooked well and not too green and mushy, surprise, surprise!

Fish might not be sold as fresh filets here, but the batter was Non-oily, very crunchy yet delicately layered, and not soggy either on the outside ~ the latter usually affected by the moisture seeping out from pre-frozen or even fresh fish not patted dry properly beforehand and also using incorrect batter formulas.    Fish and Chips are not difficult to cook at all ~ and which really begs the question, why does everyone stuff it up so badly in HK?  I thought we have once been ruled by the British for a long time…   ~  8/10

House made Tartare Sauce -
Pretty decent, could do with more chopped pickles or eggy taste.

A likable place, and the rest of the menu seems to be well constructed and thought out..




Price: £10 - £20 per person
Score:  ★★★★
Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu    08:00 - 23:30
Fri – Sun      08:00 - 00:00

Address: 1-3 Craven Road, Paddington, London, UK.  w2 3BP
Ph: 02074022156


  1. This is a very nice place to have a beer with friends. The atmosphere is very pleasant, the food is delicious and there is always beer. :) I recommend it to everyone who hasn't tried it! :)

  2. Thanks for the recommendation. I realised my last photo is a pic of your Hotel opposite? Looked quite classy when I walked past ! :)



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