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Maybe this pub has become a victim of its success and appearing in places such as tripadvisor etc. Beer quality, atmosphere and food has declined over the last couple of years... become much more of a tourists place.
alebarry - 3 Sep 2019 08:02
A Thursday afternoon visit to this Fullers pub. Appears in the current GBG and also the 2017 version, I assume for its ale and interior which is cracking.

Surprisingly busy for a pub that doesn't strike me as being a locals pub. The clientele were mainly all office / city types. The area around the pub is made up of hotels, hostels and large expensive apartments and flats.

The walls are covered with framed pictures of Queen Victoria, the wallpaper is best described as opulent, there's a serious of wood panelling, ornate gilded mirrors, a wooden and tiled fireplace and some attractive lamps and chandeliers.

Seating is arranged around the outside with a quantity of stools at the bar. In addition to the main bar area there is also a theatre bar and library.....I didn't check these out.

On the 5 hand pumps were 4 Fullers ales and Gipsy Hills Beatnik. I opted for Chiswick Bitter, a nice well kept pint and at £3.60 a pint it was very reasonable in this part of town.

Has apparently been a pub for over 170 years.

Not an area I've ever really drank in, just a passing stop from time to time so no wonder I've missed this gem. Its well worth the visit and it's inclusion in the GBG.

9/10
lezford - 4 Nov 2016 17:15
Great place. One of the best pubs in London. Always excellent ale, very friendly staff, great decor and ambience and very nice food.
alebarry - 4 Nov 2016 15:22
Superb traditional boozer with well kept ales. Haven't been in for some time but I shall have to take the time to quaff a few lovely Fullers beers here on my next visit to the smoke. If I lived nearby it would be very hard for me to leave this place once I had entered the doors and sat down to sup some splendid samples of Fullers excellent offerings.
dougdeep - 26 May 2016 15:00
Great visit yesterday. Top notch beers, attentive staff and food looked good too although we didn't eat there. Food was a bit pricey but I guess in keeping with other pubs in the area. Surprisingly the beer wasn't too expensive, comparatively, at £15.20 for 4 pints. Nice Victorian pub that I'll probably go back to soon.
persist_artist - 26 Jul 2015 08:53
Great character Victorian pub in relaxed Bayswater. Reliable Fullers range of ales and good food. Service efficient and friendly. Would definitely return.
mikey64 - 14 Apr 2015 22:50
Excellent Pub, Great pint of Chiswick, reconended
Illavhalf - 5 Jun 2014 22:57
Being from Canada, we only get to England once every 3 or 4 years, and always stay in the Paddington area. The Victoria is wonderful. We were most fortunate on our last visit, to be able to sit upstairs and our table looked out the open window. Food, Fullers, and service were tops. 10 out of 10!
shoelessjoe - 27 Apr 2014 22:02
Fullers must be very proud of this pub, and deservedly so. Great beer, superb food, charming staff. Always consistently excellent service in a picture perfect pub. If ever I have overseas visitors wanting a traditional London pub experience, this is top of the list. Highly recommended, it won't disappoint.
Puttingreen - 17 Mar 2013 14:16
Fullers must be very proud of this pub, and deservedly so. Great beer, superb food, charming staff. Always consistently excellent service in a picture perfect pub. If ever I have overseas visitors wanting a traditional London pub experience, this is top of the list. Highly recommended, it won't disappoint.
Puttingreen - 17 Mar 2013 14:16
Absolutely brilliant. Went for few before the Springsteen gig in Hyde Park. Very busy but coped well. Food looked good, but maybe a little pricey? Anyway good few pints of discovery set me up well for a great if wet evening!
mjbea1 - 15 Jul 2012 15:46
Had a very plesant couple of drinks here last night. Very friendly crowd and staff. I would also recommend the restaurant next door (Maximini) for a bite to eat
sturpy - 10 May 2012 13:41
Officially, this is my favourite pub in London. We've been coming here for twelve years and it's gotten better. Chris and Helen are outstanding landlords and their staff and well-picked, friendly and helpful. The pub itself is a Fullers, so the beers are decent enough, and well-kept. Food is usually pretty good, but the atmosphere is fantastic. The theatre bar and library upstairs are brilliant to hang out in, and many a quiet afternoon have I spent reading and nursing a pint without being bothered by a single soul.

We used to live close by and there's a good mix of locals, regulars (often skaters on a Wednesday or Friday night) and tourists.
londonist - 6 May 2012 10:43
When visiting London, my girlfriend and I stay at a hotel on Sussex Gardens and a stroll to The Victoria is always a must. I can only echo all the other reviews; a proper Victorian era pub with fabulous period decor and a really welcoming "local" atmosphere, check. Really well-kept Fullers Ales, check. My girlfriend loves it and she doesn't really even drink.

I discovered it by accident a few years ago while staying in Sussex Gardens whilst on a work training course. On my own in the evenings, I explored the immediate area and can only say that stumbling across this pub was like finding an oasis in a desert of dispiriting and even dodgy looking pubs around Paddington.

I popped in again this week and was heartened to find everything still as it was. Very reassuring.
stevew1 - 10 Mar 2012 21:43
I visited yesterday after a a couple of months away. Nothing much has changed but the food has got very expensive. I had a mediocre steak sandwich which cost me 7.50. It didn't have much meat in it and was small. Apart from this, the full range of Fuller's was on including Chiswick, which was welcome as I wanted to stay sober. Overall a nice visit with friendly barmaids, particularly the young Italian girl. Its still the best pub in the area.
Sussexcrawler - 23 Feb 2012 16:07
Ornate Fuller's pub on a quiet corner near Paddington station. One smallish bar downstairs and two rooms upstairs. Beer is a good Fuller's range - we had Bengal Lancer which is a nice IPA situated between London Pride and the often oily ESB so should find its niche quite well. Food - I had bangers and mash which was ok but the sausages weren't very meaty, the only criticism. The atmosphere of the pub is pleasant and not too crowded although busy on a Saturday evening. The staff are nice. I must have been into most of the good pubs in central London but it is always a pleasant surprise to find one I haven't. This pub is deservedly in the Good Beer Guide.
rainlight - 12 Feb 2012 11:16
Was back at the Victoria again the last few weeks in October whilst on vacation. Posted last year and many before that about this one. Friendly staff who always have a smile on their face, good food and cozy atmosphere. Nice outside sitting as well. This hasn't changed since it was my local in the 80s. Well done.

Cheers,
Joe
USA
Joseph65 - 8 Nov 2011 16:14
Very nice interior, good but pricey Fuller's beer, not bad at all. On my last visit almost everyone except me seemed to be eating, and there were a few people talking a bit too loudly about how successful they were - it's that sort of area I suppose. All in all, not bad, in an area where (as far as I know) there are few good pubs.
newbury_drinker - 9 Sep 2011 19:05
Went in with my folks and girlfriend for sunday lunch last week. Excellent pie and good beer. Decor in the downstairs bar is top notch, while the dining room upstairs is very cosy. A little bit pricey, but I'll be going back whenever I'm in the area. Recommended!
TommyRogers1979 - 9 Sep 2011 13:42
Popped in for a couple of hours before the Rod Stewart concert at Hyde Park last sunday. Beer was fine but a bit pricey (over 10 for a large white wine, pint of kronenberg & a bag of crisps) Nice pub though & would definately use again if in the area.
bluemonkey - 28 Jun 2011 22:48
This is the only pub I visit when I visit London. The beer is top notch, the London Pride is thoroughly well kept. It does get busy, seating can be an issue but this is a good pub to either enjoy a couple of pints and read the paper or spark up a conversation.

The staff are superb, friendly and efficient. The food is fine, although don't come expecting any fancy gastropub nibbles. Sad to see the Steak and Guiness pie has disappeared from the menu on my last trip in December, 2010.

I visit London 6 times per year, The Victoria and the excellent Frontline Club in nearby Norfolk PLace are the only two spots I visit without fail. An absolute must for good beer fans. Plus, there's no TV or annoying music.
kigaliwire - 22 Jan 2011 09:56
ESH?! Of course I did mean: "and not just the usual Pride/ESB/Discovery on tap."
Dartitis - 18 Jan 2011 14:41
Easily my favourite Fuller's pub. Superb interior, efficient service, and not just the usual Pride/ESH/Discovery tap.
Dartitis - 18 Jan 2011 14:39
An excellent pub with traditional furnishings and well kept ales. The food looked good, with hindsight I wished I'd eaten here!
Well worth a visit - easy reach of Paddington and Lancaster Gate.
alexw - 1 Dec 2010 18:56
Was in London for 2 weeks plus and made sure I went back to one of my old local haunts from the 80s. Nothing much has changed at all. Great beers, lovely setting, fire place, great food and service with a smile. Well done.

Joseph65
USA
Joseph65 - 1 Nov 2010 13:43
Before coming over from Germany - having found the Victoria in my CAMRA beer guide - contacted the place to book a function room, got an instant and friendly reply, went there the evening before our 2 family party, liked the place busy as it was with locals, the ALEs on offer were in excellent condition , the landlord gave me a free sample of Red Fox the Fuller's autumn ale, thank you very much, we good a very observing service from the young staff, our English friends were pleased with the Library Room and the food, so were our kids. Fantastic!!!!!!!!!
londonfan1959 - 18 Oct 2010 16:49
Nice pub, helped along by the gorgeous cuddly young barmaid! Very friendly, nice layout - great decor - interesting place!
adamwalsh - 3 Oct 2010 20:40
Revisited this pub on a Friday lunchtime (again finding it by accident!), the bar staff were friendly and the Fuller's beer was good. Enjoyed it so much went back on the next evening and for Sunday lunch, which was recommended although a little bit pricey however that's London!!

Make sure you make a visit, it's worth walking a few minutes from Paddington Station as it's miles better than the ones near the station.
ElChuddy - 5 Sep 2010 21:01
On a 2nd visit without the Bengal Lancer not so good. The beers brown liquid and little more (Chiswick, Pride and ESB).

May try again as it's well located but odds of all 3 ales being off at same time in a well run cellar?
bedfont - 21 Aug 2010 10:38
This is a beautful Victorian gem ... real traditional pub, and a "local" just a 10 min hazy stagger to catch your last Paddington train back home !
Been using this pub for at least 7 years since I moved out of London and commute in for my weekly "catch up" with a best friend ... our previous regular was the Star in Belgravia in TJ days, and this competes !
Wonderful sympathetic refurbishment two years ago (the Victorian themed "Ladies" are the nicest and reliably the cleanest in any bar outside of a posh hotel in London) ...
The Library and Theatre bar have real history, and are not always booked for functions, so often open to public, especially late evenings.
Even the tourists who find this place have searched it out as its in a residential rather than hotel area ...
My friend tells me he's never been pulled a bad pint of ESB, and as an occasional beer drinker I agree !
Sure prices are high ... my house "chenin" is a bit over 5, and ESB around 3:40 ... food is shockingly pricey for pub grub, its good and well presented, but you'd want a better (less crowded) eating environment when paying almost 10 for a dish ?
But this is Mayfair and Mayfair overheads ...
The landlord always recognises me, as do the Oz / SA staff until the annual change-around, a raised finger on entry and we have our drinks without my opening my mouth ;-)
Sure it can get crowded but can't praise this pub too highly !
Laura -
lauraeva - 9 Aug 2010 16:59
Probably just about the pub of the day for me yesterday. Despite it being a Fullers pub - ESB, Discovery, Chiswick and Pride available, it's a really enjoyable place to have a quick drink, or for a longer stay. The pub is nicely decorated with both wallpaper and decorative tiles. A huge fireplace and mirror at one end has a decorative surround. Various knick-knacks are on display, some in cabinets. A discrete TV was showing World Cup football, without sound. Music was playing quiety. Service was friendly and efficient. Close enough to Paddington station to make it fairly convenient.
blue_scrumpy - 19 Jun 2010 14:47
Beers good, but being Fullers overpriced as always.
Service nowadays very ordinary, I waited nearly 15 minutes for an ESB and on the sunniest day of the year so far, two staff is clearly not going to get me back there any time this side of autumn.
Locals are welcoming and chatty which almost makes up for the appalling tardiness of the service, they seem to be used to it!

harrythebastard - 24 May 2010 21:33
This pub continues to maintain it's particularly high standards. of service and beer...hence their regular awards.
You are always made to feel welcome and individual....afternoons are best as it can be very busy in the evenings
I am particularly pleased with Fuller's latest seasonal addition ...the Bengal Lancer..this is an excellent hoppy IPA served in excellent condition at the Victoria, as one would expect from this house
pubmanstu - 25 Feb 2010 17:03
Easy to find pub near Paddington (even if I turned it into a trek!). Looked a really nice classy place. Was full at 6.30 on a Tuesday and might not handle a much bigger crowd.

Nonetheless the Fuller's on was good with the Bengal Lancer good and so was the Pride. Well worth seeking out.

Would recommend looking it up for an afternoon session even if maybe worth avoiding on a Friday night.
bedfont - 10 Feb 2010 01:23
Very expensive now.3.20 for a pint of Jack Frost. So instead of having a couple I stayed for one and left.
Miles007 - 6 Jan 2010 16:09
Recently visited this pub as a change from the Fullers pub on Paddington station. This is the best out of the two, and possibly best in the area. Very good selection of well kept Fullers ales on tap. Reasonably priced good food too.

Not full of tourists like some of the station area pubs in London probably because it invloves a walk to get to! Locals seem welcoming and friendly enough.

Will definitely visit again.
typeo - 30 Dec 2009 12:45
This pub has the most amazing interior, good pint etc. but a bit lacking in atmosphere..

nicnocs1 - 23 Dec 2009 11:06
Very nice traditional pub with a good range of fullers beers which were in very good condition.

I would have no problem returning to this pub again.

Not a tourist trao like you might expect, another bonus.
pianoplayer72 - 17 Nov 2009 13:14
best pub in the area by a country mile, especially since the very sad demise of the Archury Tavern. tried the chiswick and pride, both very well kept. quite interesting traditional decor/architecture as well, bit of an old gin palace.
mps77 - 19 Oct 2009 17:46
A bit on an oasis in the desert of rubbish pubs around Paddington station. A very interesting historic interior, with a wealth of interesting features to look at. Good range of Fullers ales, including the rarely-seen India Pale Ale which was on fine form. Only annoying feature was the distracting flame thingies beside the doors, otherwise really rather good.
rpadam - 10 Oct 2009 11:32
Found this great pub by chance a few months ago,got lost trying to find The Mitre,glad i did.Visited several times since and always had a good pint(or several),good food also.Treated like a local by management and staff although living in Gloucestershire i can only visit about once a week,well worth a train journey of 3 hours round trip,glad being a retired railwayman i travel free of charge.I can not speak to highly of THE VICTORIA a truly pleasure to visit.
locoman - 31 Aug 2009 14:53
First viewing of this place was of a mulitude of people. Was worried that it would be full of Yanks but was pleasently surprised upon entry.

Decor is all wood panels and leather bending couches, with tables aplenty available for those that are in a group.

Service could be better - maybe employing someone who does know which beer is which would be a good start, instead of having to point to the tap!

Much better than quite a few places in the local vicinity, this is one I would come back to.
victrola - 2 Aug 2009 13:17
Aha found it ,nice pub,with Fullers usual choice , good but no suprises as one would expect , old authentic Pub which is really nice inside , not as large as i thought , watch the stairs going down , im only 5ft 9 3/4 ,apologies to Sue Townsend and had to bend sideways , joking aside a good pub , food not bad either . cider ? Strongbow .
NB if you want to eat cheap , the fish ,and chip shop by the sussex arms was very good . Back to Briz .

beatles38 - 21 Jul 2009 09:44
Very nice place. Outside seating, approx 10 tables - heating not so efficient but stylish.
Inside typical British with beautiful a room upstairs to eat when you are a group.
Large choice of beer and good food.
Staff is very nice.
Could be noisy outside because of the roundabout next to the pub.
Pub often crowded. Difficult to have a sit outside.
Eric_LA - 9 Jul 2009 16:37
Great traditional pub but the service does suffer when the manager, Chris, or one of the duty managers, is not around. Service is a particular problem during the quiet periods when there is normally only 1 member of staff on. If they get an order for coffee just before you, you may have to wait whilst they make it. If they get a group of tourists in I suggest that you give up and go elsewhere if you are in a hurry. The beer is normally in excellent condition but they do have their off days. Despite the above comments still the best pub, by far, in the area.
Sussexcrawler - 3 Jul 2009 16:06
I frequent this establishment regularly. the staff are pleasant, the clientele are generally also very good, food is nononsene and well priced.
Full fullers range, excellent cellar and interesting pub with charm and history
It is an island of calm just away from the the mayhem of paddington and edgeware road.
try it, then head off to Beirut Express on edgeware road for the best kebab of your life....
slapdash - 5 Jun 2009 18:29
Visited this very London pub again today...Fuller's beer at it's best....the Chiswick and Discovery in superb condition as always...I'm told.they always take care to ensure that their pipes are always in A1 condition and it obviously does the trick! You can always be sure of a consistently high quality pint here....ESB, Pride, Chiswick,Discovery with seasonal variations including Gales HSB and Seafarers....Fuller's.HoneyDew only available in bottles...I would like to see it on draught for the summer as it is becoming a very successful alternative to European Lagers.
Bar staff always extremely friendly and helpful
pubmanstu - 30 Apr 2009 22:53
Ive visited this pub several times and its always busy. The beer is good (they serve the usual stuff plus continentals like Leffe if you fancy something a bit different). The food is also good espcially the sausages and pies
gingerbeer - 4 Apr 2009 17:20
Really pleased I found this place- was staying at nearby Paddington so just a cock stride away!
The interior is lovely- like a victorian pub should be. Sat by the (gas) fire & the chrissie decs were up so all cosy & enjoying well served beer.
Only went in the downstairs as there was a private function upstairs- but I understand there are also a couple of lovely rooms there too
Staff were attentive & friendly & it felt like a local but very friendly & unpretentious
Food was well priced & the home made steak burger with cheese on top was a real delight.
Definately recommend (and if you've read my other reviews, proof I'm not some class war war warrior!)
sparts73 - 22 Dec 2008 10:24
I came across this pub for the first time this evening and was very pleasantly surprised. The interior is beautiful - good mix of clientelle, friendly service and a very nice pint of Pride. A proper pub like this in central London? Surely some mistake!
tdk - 26 Nov 2008 21:48
Was in last Wennesday for their beer festival. Apart from Pride they had Oakham White Dwarf, White Horse Village Idiot, Orkney Dark Island and Holden's Golden Glow. All good beers and well kept. Lovely interior and a great place to sit at the bar. Various bottled Fullers including Vintage Ale.
GuideDogSaint - 17 Nov 2008 00:08
This pub boasts a most spectacular mid-Victorian bar-back, plus numerous other original Victorian features including some stunning etched and decorated mirrorwork. Im not sure whether the bar-back is improved by being wreathed in hops, but they do add a certain bacchanalian air to the place.

This is a Fullers pub, doing the full range of their beers including their Porter. The Chiswick was good, as usual. Definitely worth paying a visit if you are anywhere near.
RexRattus - 1 Nov 2008 14:06
Lovely pub. friendly bar staff. Gas burners outside. Very comfortable.
3.00 a pint Fullers and Seafarers. Chanced an ESB which was spot on. Will come again.
TheHorsesMouth - 3 Oct 2008 16:57
A revisit over 1 year on from first discovering this gem. I could have caught any number of evening trains home but stopped overnight in Bayswater just to drink here to end my holiday:-its that good !!
No discernible changes and still a great pub with a fun atmosphere on Tuesday quiz night. London pride was spot on. There are other pubs in london with maybe more complete interiors. But for the all round combination of tradition, atmosphere and quality beer this is my favourite London pub.
tarkatherotter - 10 Sep 2008 15:25
Amazing that a pub so close to a mainline station can be this good.

Always seems busy and the upstairs (as previously noted) is a treat to look at.

The beer was great but we ate there and all agreed the menu and the food they brought us was spot on too.
huggie - 9 Aug 2008 17:06
Best pub for miles around, friendly staff, good beer, great food & excellent atmosphere - why go anywhere else!!
tricky_dicky - 15 Jun 2008 23:58
Great pub end of story.
timengland - 9 Apr 2008 11:01
Fullers Pub of the Year for a Reason! Great Londlord, good local, never any trouble, excellent food. All around excellence on every level.
brooskie - 3 Feb 2008 23:52
Visited this pub for the first time yesterday. The beer was good and the staff were attentive. It is indeed a lovely pub of the kind that seem to be disappearing in London. Just a couple of gripes: there was a musty/damp smell coming from somewhere and my friend and I were constantly swiping little black flies away from our drinks, which suggests that the pub could be cleaner than it actually is.
holbornboy - 18 Jan 2008 10:29
Has just won the award of Fullers Pub of the Year 2007 and the Griffin Trophy was proudly displayed behind the bar when I visited yesterday afternoon.

This is a splendidly traditional well-run pub, a must visit pub when in the area.

Do take the opportunity to visit the upstairs rooms - particularly the bar with the former fittings from the Gaiety Theatre.
JohnBonser - 24 Dec 2007 10:22
Does tend to get very busy, worth a visit just to view the interior !
w2man - 9 Sep 2007 20:31
Postively rammed with people when I stopped in for a visit on a Wed night. Getting to the bar took both effort and an age. The wait staff were swamped and doing their level best to keep everyone served.
Probably the cloudiest pint of ESB I have ever laid eyes on. Tasted okay (maybe a tad yeasty) so I stayed with it. They were moving so much ale I am surprised they could keep up with demand.

My wife had the Pride and it was in excellent form. (It went off shortly thereafter).
jorrocks - 15 Aug 2007 17:38
This pub has become our local since moving in - I can't believe we went to the Sawyers Arms and Pride of Paddington! Beer is very well kept (Pride, Discovery, ESB), though more guest beers would be welcome. Interior of pub is original Victorian and very pretty, especialy two upstairs rooms. Food is good but not great. Great quiz on Tuesday. The pub is always very busy with a friendly atmosphere commented on elsewhere. My only gripe is that when the landlord or his wife are not behind the bar, the service is terrible and slow.
markt - 4 Aug 2007 11:14
This pub is very much how I expected a traditional Victorian London pub to be. With the wood panelling, mirrors, fireplaces, decorative bar etc, it is an absolute delight. London pride was "spot on" and bar staff were friendly and efficient.Young and old, regular, tourist,passing visitor, roller blader or buisnessman all rub shoulders harmoniously (as commented elsewhere). Especially enjoyable on a Saturday afernoon when a little quieter. Pubs like this are fast disappearing from our cities.It is great to come across a survivor in our capital and long may it remain so.
tarkatherotter - 13 May 2007 22:14
Dont bother with the bars on Paddington station, take a stroll up London Street across the road from the entrance and find the Victoria. A positive symphony of wood and glass with two gorgeous fireplaces. The Theatre Bar upstairs is nice but next door is the Library which resembles a gentlemens club. Not, unfortunately on CAMRAs list of outstanding interiors but its certainly on mine.
Alerover - 5 May 2007 15:24
Decent pubs in or around mainline stations in London are hard to come by so next time you're in the Paddington area drop by here for a more pleasant experience.

Decent Fullers beer plus great decor adds up to a nice atmosphere. Last night the place was busy with a selection of locals, tourists and roller balders wearing playboy bunny ears and nobody bsatted an eyelid. Apparently the Dracular club meets here too which must be a sight to behold.

You can tell there's lots of history to the place even if I wouldn't necesssrily take everything the touristy aimed menu tells you to heart. I didn't try the food but it looked pretty average pub fare. Bar staff are friendly enough without being to in your face and the barman even charged me half price for a pint that didn't quite reach the top of the glass - what more can you ask?


anonymous - 10 Apr 2007 09:00
Although I posted a review criticising this pub before on my recent visit the service has improved quite significantly. The food doesn't seem too bad and the beer is well kept although can be a bit expensive.Hopefully I won't have to complain again.
Wee_Paddy - 2 Mar 2007 09:05
Beautiful decor ,very busy ,friendly staff.On the downside a tad expensive and the journey to the gents is like descending the north face of the Eiger.
anonymous - 28 Nov 2006 18:31
a lovely pub to relax in reading the paper whilst people watching..good wine and great atmosphere..every trip to London is enhanced by a visit befre flying off to Kings Cross and home. Isn't there a theatre upstairs too?
timbrough - 18 Nov 2006 23:29
Great beer, superb London Pride. No music, but the punters pack in and it can get noisy. Not cosy, but great atmosphere. Good staff. This place is a real oasis and a traditional London pub where the gentry can sup beer alongside scumbags and lost tourists. Good for a couple of pints and the food was half decent too. If you like a bit of people watching, this is a fine place to snoop over a bevvy.
MILF_Wizard - 29 Oct 2006 18:58
Excellent pub - tried this place for the first time on Friday night on recommendation. The place has a beautiful old interior in the main bar, and plenty of seating outside. It was a nice day, so there was no trouble getting a table inside. Didn't have a chance to check out the "library" upstairs, but will do next time.

The steak and ale pie seemed a bit stingy (gravy and ale pie more like), but I washed it back with my first bottle of Fuller's Anniversary Ale, which was incredible. I always viewed Paddington as a bit of a black hole for pubs before, but will definitely be coming back here when I'm in the area.
topdog_andy - 5 Sep 2006 12:14
Excellent pub. Splendid pints of Chiswick. A boon after a brisk walk across the park following prom. concerts.
dirigent - 15 Apr 2006 14:57
An essential stop off before train trips! Lovely pint of ESB, friendly staff.
hotrods - 2 Apr 2006 09:51
This pub seems to go between a barman who tries too hard and a pleasant young barmaid (think she's Italian)who always has a smile and pulls a good pint. The main problem this pub has is placing great store in the people who have a coke and chip butty and insist in paying by credit card. Maybe we should go back to what a pub should be for - drinking!!!!
Wee_Paddy - 31 Mar 2006 22:17
Visited this pub on a Friday lunchtime having read good reports. Sadly a huge disappointment due to the fact that firstly only one member of bar staff on duty when pub was quite busy. Secondly I was unlucky enough to get in behind a group of ten or so young professional males who all chose to order a drink and a meal then pay by credit card card individually. Finally when I did get served the bar person gave me a pint of guinness with a rather large head. I do hate to have to ask for a fair pint but it really was necessary. The guinness was well kept and I enjoyed another pint but overall the visit was a let down.
Reginald_Guinness - 29 Mar 2006 11:19
The Vic is a mecca for skaters because it is simply the best pub that is close to hyde park. Mostly the skaters who go there tend to hand out in the library upstairs out of the way, but the place does get packed on wednesday and friday nights when there are organised street skates that end in the park.
LondonSkater - 23 Mar 2006 11:38
A nice little pub. Lovely physical plant, personable staff, decent beer selection. The food is mediocre, but well presented.
Just out of curiousity, what's with the rollerskaters? Nothing against them; just wondering how The Vic became a mecca for skaters...
snead_hearn - 26 Feb 2006 19:31
Very busy indeed last Sunday lunchtime - but with a rather transient type of crowd. Walking from Paddington station to the pub, I seemed to be the only person without a suitcase trolley or rucksack. The first pint of London Pride that I had was the colour of mud and didnt clear, but it was willingly changed by the helpful and efficient bar staff. Sombody came in just wanting a bowl of hot water, so he could heat his baby's bottle of milk up - served willingly and politely. A lesson here for many other London pubs.
Seems to have more atmosphere now since my previous visit and posting in April 2005.
JohnBonser - 7 Feb 2006 13:32
This is a great little pub, and retains its traditional interior. Friendly landlord and staff. Fullers beer is always served in excellent condition. Main bar area is usually busy. There are function rooms upstairs, and some seating outside. Popular quiz night on Tuesdays is good for a laugh.
fromedrinker - 12 Dec 2005 09:54
very pretty boozer, keep fullers well, always busy. to many sweaty rollerskaters for my liking.
waynesmith1977 - 26 Aug 2005 11:51
John,
Cheers, my old china ! I will make a visit back to this one this October when I go back for my annual trip. It's a real shame how a lot of the pubs lack the feel that I was so accustom to when I had the wonderful opportunity to live in your country as a teen and an adult. However, there are still a ton of them around. Miss hanging out at the pubs. All of us Yanks are quite jealous of them compared to the "Genrica" bars, restaurants, etc. that are all over the US. Disgusting ! Maybe I'll see you there for a pint in October.
Cheerio,
Joe
Joseph65 - 7 Jun 2005 14:42
Splendidly ornate and traditional Fullers pub. Admire the glasswork.
Rather like the Archery Tavern in nearby Bathurst Street, which is also well worth visiting, pubs around here seem to have lost most of their soul and atmosphere, simply because there are so few - if any - English people still living in the area. It's a crying shame as it's a pub deserving of support. Joseph, further to your comment here in October 2004, that's why it now lacks the "real good local buzz" that you encountered back in 1985.
JohnBonser - 13 Apr 2005 13:26
Lovely Victoriana type pub. If you are in the area visit the Theatre bar upstairs
zagreb - 27 Jan 2005 21:20
Stevo - Cheers ! I was going to stop by on my pub walks last month. I remember in the summer of '85, they used to serve ice cold tubes of swan lager out of barrel of ice. Lovely. It had a real good local buzz to it back then. A nice pub vibe that seems to be lacking now.
Thanks again for the update.
Joseph - 29 Oct 2004 18:19
Hi Joe,

Yes. It's now excellently run by Chris and his wife, who previously ran The Mad Bear and Bishop in Paddington Station.
Stevo - 26 Oct 2004 08:36
I used to go here quite often in the mid/late 80s. When I went back to visit in '01, I found it to be a bit beat up. Is there new managment ? Joe/USA
Joseph - 25 Oct 2004 18:58
I generally get there at 11:01am on a Saturday morning. I can't think of a better place to have the first pint or three of the weekend.

Great beer, great staff, great decor decor - great pub.
Stevo - 23 Sep 2004 13:03
visit at any time, but it's particularly great to visit during week-day day times, CHECK OUT THE TWO UPSTAIRS BARS .
anonymous - 23 Sep 2004 11:44
go upstairs, especially if you visit during the day time .
dan - 26 Jul 2004 12:27
This is the friendliest pub I know and the one I most frequently visits when ever I go to London. And they have the best beer in town, Fullers.
Ulf - 26 Jul 2004 12:04
A fine early victorian compact corner pub? Best in Paddington, has a quiz and good ales.
Keep on keepin non - 30 Jun 2004 00:54
A very friendly barman offered a couple of tired travelers Honeydew Melon Ale on draft and a quiet upstairs parlor to sit in - with wingback chairs. Bliss.
Ginny - 24 Jan 2004 01:54
Decent traditional pub
nick.t - 5 Dec 2003 15:38
It sells Hoegaarden...
Keith - 6 Aug 2003 16:40
This a terrific little pub. Friendly staff, good beer and very classy decor. Generally speaking less tourist-infested than other pubs in the area and that can only be a good thing.
Stevo - 2 Jul 2003 13:10
Really nice Fuller's pub - lovely interior, normally has at least 4 Fuller's beers on. Can get a bit crowded.
Kath - 28 May 2003 16:57

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