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Cleveland Arms, Bayswater

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It's a building site! Mr Singh next door was unable to tell me more, i.e. if it will be a pub again.
oak_cliff - 2 Mar 2016 21:41
Tragic.
TTMR - 2 Apr 2015 12:43
Not quite sure about the makeover; the intention is good and I like the way that they've stripped it out but they haven't quite found their new identity yet. If a bar like this was in Milan or Paris it would be heaving as there's nowhere else decent for the well heeled folk from Cleveland Square to retire after a long day counting their roubles
lowrider - 9 Dec 2014 11:27
The Cleveland Arms is under new management. The hops, pool table and dart board have been removed, and the walls have been painted a steely blue. In many ways it is an improvement, but the staff seems to be changing on a weekly basis, - and while they are an attractive young bunch they are inexperienced. You can buy a plate of charcuterie or smoked salmon, with a few hunks of bread with no change for a tenner. IPA has remained at a reasonable price, but all other beers are pricey. Also one pound -fifty for a weak lime and soda is exorbitant in my book. It's an attractive Victorian back street boozer and has been a friendly local for the Bayswater community for many years. In it's present form it is slightly pretentious, soulless, and a bit of a rip off, which is unfortunate.
clancy - 9 Oct 2014 17:48
It's been a while since I've ventured into paddington and after a rough day popped back to one of my favourite pubs. Well it was an award winning ale pub with enough quirk to make it interesting, a bunch of locals who were always fun and staff who were happy to chat and give a little more than dump a pint in front of you.
All change! Soulless place now, hardly busy, think they call it a "pop up pub" it's all wrong, the staff poured me a pint and took my money. There the interaction ended. And £4.20 a pint for what was an averagely kept bitter? No wonder the gaff was quiet!
Quincy2 - 2 Sep 2014 00:08
My last pub of the day after a day out in Maidenhead and to be honest I was pretty much finished by the time I came here, so this review is based on notes only!

Nicely updated and very modern throughout, the tiles by the entrance are lovely and even the wooden flooring is trendy

Flowers hanging in basket’s outside the front give the pub a homely and welcoming feel.

3 pumps offering GK IPA, Timothy Taylor Landlord & Magic Ring’s Master…I opted for a pint of Brewdog’s Fake Lager while I sat at the bar trying to keep myself awake and write this review.

A decent pub that I shall revisit on an occasion when I’m not feeling worse for wear!
lezford - 4 Aug 2014 13:52
Not the pub it was by a long chalk! What was a Camra local pub of the year is now a soulless pop-up bar/restaurant. How sad...
geogeorwell - 28 May 2014 20:14
Handy for Paddington Station so we used this place before and after a recent trip to Bristol. Harveys and Landlord were the ales of choice in our group and were both excellent (The Harveys ran out at one stage but was changed and back on in 5 minutes - top work from the bar staff!). This, the lovely interior and good food made for very pleasant visits.
BothamsAshes - 26 Mar 2014 13:19
Had a pint with some friends Monday 23/4. A real little gem of a pub especially given the location. Friendly service and good beer. Will certainly visit again!
mjbea1 - 26 Apr 2012 09:27
A mixture of regulars and, I suspect, travellers going to/from nearby Paddington, I was here because of the GBG and wasn't disappointed, Tim Taylor's Landlord well priced at 3.15 for London, lots of bric-a-brac in this characterful pub, maybe because of the International Rugby match just starting on the TV probably a bit busier than usual for a Saturday afternoon.
Abteilung - 12 Feb 2012 15:02
Great traditional pub with well kept beer, competitive prices and a friendly and helpful barman. Timothy Taylor's, Harveys and a winter ale when we visited. Free bar snacks much appreciated. Well worth a visit if in the area
Iceni_Explorer - 3 Jan 2012 10:44
Can only agree with the general feelings expressed by others - a proper pub with character, in an area with few such. ideal for filling in time waiting for a train, but well worth spending a bit longer in it. Not only is the beer reasonably priced, but you get free peanuts too!
newbury_drinker - 9 Sep 2011 18:54
Popped in here last Summer and met up with a few friends on the way to Devon for a boys weekend away.

Staff were friendly and tolerant of a rowdy group of beer-lovers, knowledgeable about their beer and efficient.

Great choice of low-cost food and bar snacks and surprisingly reasonably priced.

Quirky decor and clientelle to match make this a great pub to visit but the excellent choice of well-kept, top quality beers make the Cleveland unmissable!
neillwilliams - 16 Feb 2011 11:36
Strange place - nice enough but full of "characters" - an old guy in the corner slumped forward that looked like he was dead - a heavyset black lady staring aimlessly at the slot machine for 20 minutes, lots of strange print outs and signs posted up all over the place - bit of a strange mish-mash of a pub.
adamwalsh - 3 Oct 2010 20:46
I forgot to mention that at 2-80 this was excellent value for a very drinkable pint of beer in Inner London. For proper beer drinkers probably you only option in the Paddington vicinity.
anonymous - 8 Jul 2010 20:27
One of the few real pubs left in the vicinity of Paddington station. A front half with a 'games' area at the back for pool, darts, card games,etc. Had a very pleasant pint of StAustell Proper Job. If you 'b'ain't be in a rush' and have time before your train from Paddington then this is your best option. That is if you like proper pubs and proper beer that is
anonymous - 8 Jul 2010 20:10
Went there yesterday evening......as usual the beers were in excellent nick, but my visit was spoilt by one arrogant youngster who thought it funny to bray at 11 on the volume scale about how much money he's got. The slightly eccentric locals are great......but there's no place for people like that.
beerlover666 - 16 May 2010 16:48
Went to the Cleveland early doors, the day before the last reviewer. They had Landlord, Adnams stout and GK IPA, all of which were excellent. A very welcoming place. The menu consists of lots of micro wave curries for about 5 a go. I had Thai chicken and it was hot hot hot!!! Good though.
kernowsaint - 29 Mar 2010 19:49
Yup, real pub all right. I've been walking past this place for years - seriously, over 15 years - without once setting foot inside. I was finally persuaded in by the rain yesterday (OK, and the pub's good reputation too) and not at all disappointed.

The interior is homely but well-kept, and it's a locals' pub, but in a good way - you might feel like you're stepping into someone else's front room as you cross the threshold, but you're likely to quickly feel comfortable and indeed welcome. Three ales offered, including one oft-rotating guest. I had a pint of the staple Timothy Taylor Landlord (they've recently switched from Harvey's) but the real joy was the guest, Adnam's Dry Irish Stout - absolutely delicious.

Well worthy of its place on the CAMRA West London shortlist as far as I can see.
alesofsummer - 28 Mar 2010 16:12
Decided to meet some other guys (8 of us in total) here as we were travelling out of Paddington for a weekend away. I'd read reviews for other pubs around Paddington and thought the Cleveland sounded a good option.
Really glad we did! This is what I regard as a REAL pub, good beer, easy going, varied clientele and great food. At first I was a little worried because the kitchen seemed to comprise just a toaster and a couple of microwaves but when our food was served what a surprise. We had varying meals from toasted sandwiches to Kashmiri Chicken. I can say the Kashmiri Chicken was one of the best curries I've tasted - and for less than a fiver.
Down side? The Sussex we had needed to be changed and the new barrel really was not in top condition. Not bad, just not top. Dumb I know but we didn't tell the bar staff; we just switched to Brains which turned out to be a good move.
We had several beers over a very pleasant couple of hours that were enjoyed in overall good company.
One post mentions it has a "seedy, ale house feel" which I find strange because quite simply it's a real pub; no plastic "tudor beams" in sight. Perfect.
Overall, if this pub was in my village, I think I'd move in....
Yellow_and_Bacardi - 19 Mar 2010 11:32
Very easy to stay here about three hours longer than you intended. All is in proportion, and as it should be. It is not The Moon Under Water, but who would be without the iPod jukebox, or a big telly (with the sound off) for the footie? And smokers are ideally catered for by the cosy front terrace. There are occasional eccentrics to challenge your social flexibility , but if you insist on avoiding unpredictable chance encounters, why go out at all? In fine, a great boozer.
harmanmogul - 19 Feb 2010 11:47
We visited this pub for the first time at the weekend. It's not too far from Paddington station, if you're ever in the area. Has a nice interior and 3 real ales - Greene King IPA, Harvey's Sussex Bitter and a guest beer - Davenport's The Fall on our visit. The bar area at the front has soft lighting and has plenty of things on the walls to keep you occupied. There is also a games room at the back with a pool table and a dart board. There's a nice view down the adjacent mews from the games room window. Cider is Weston's Stowford Press.
blue_scrumpy - 8 Dec 2009 20:55
It's been a while since I walked into a pub as silent as this one, which was a bit off-putting. But after buying drinks from the pleasant barmaid and sitting down with my friend, we began to hear other people talking to each other, and some unobtrusive music playing. By the time we left there were about 20-30 people there, and things were a bit livelier. I went on a dark winter evening, and I can imagine it has a different character in the spring and summer.

The beer was good, the peanuts were free, and the TV was off, so I would recommend this as a good place for a quiet drink.

If I had to sum it up in a word, I would call it "unpretentious".
JdeP - 1 Dec 2009 16:23
Nice traditional pub in a residential side street, reasonably close to Paddington Station.

It's a Grade 2 listed building, dating back to 1852, as indicated high up on the front of the building. Note also the tiling by the entrances at the front of the pub and the pub name, which extends across over the entrance to the mews at the side - see photo here.

It's got a bit of a slightly seedy, ale house feel to it, although there is a cosier carpeted area at the back with a dartboard and snooker table. There's no music or anything. Based on my visit last Saturday afternoon, the pub attracts a good mix of locals and tourists from the numerous hotels nearby.

There were 3 real ales on during my visit - Harveys, Greene King IPA and Orkney Dark Island, although this went off before I could sample it. The Harveys - at a relatively cheap 2.80p - was in superb form. Free bowls of peanuts on the tables are an unusual - but welcome - nice touch.

A curry orientated menu is offered, but this seems to be first and foremost a drinkers pub. It's listed in the 2010 GBG.

Yes, I'd come here again
JohnBonser - 4 Nov 2009 12:59
Started a pub crawl here which was a bad move as we liked it so much we did not leave to go to the next pub (Mitre) for 5 hours. Beer was kept well and we fely very welcome.
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Chopperchapman - 1 Nov 2009 18:06
Best pub to visit around Paddington with a guest always on and of good condition when ive been in.
47458sf - 21 Oct 2009 14:01
They had White Horse Village Idiot; GKIPA; and Harveys Best on. Unfortunately the White Horse went off as I arrived, but the Harveys was OK, at a competitive 2.70 a pint. The most unusual thing about this pub is the large stuffed boars head complete with sunglasses mounted on the wall above the bar back thats a first for me. The pub itself was clean and comfortable, although some of the furniture had seen better days. The furniture comprises mainly normal tables and chairs with some banquette seating beneath the window. Theres a smallish, carpeted, room at the back with a pool table in the middle, with a handful of tables and chairs dotted round the sides. Im not sure about the free peanuts in little bowls on the tables I managed to resist the temptation.

This place displays the right balance between seediness and comfort, coupled with a couple of decent ales, that I like in a pub. Dont come here looking for a sophisticated gastro-pub. Any thought that this might be one is swiftly dispelled by the sight of the two microwave ovens sitting on the end of the bar, with a few rolls on one of them in the traditional covered plastic container. Classic. I really like it.
RexRattus - 21 Sep 2009 09:56
Just called the pub and apparently the quiz night is Tuesday not Thursday
isherg1 - 8 Jan 2009 10:27
Love the staff and the landlord. Guest ale, dartboard and peanuts galore. Can't go wrong really.
inquintessence - 18 Oct 2008 00:05
Initial impressions provided by an inhabitant trying, unsuccessfully, to bring up his innards outside the pub. No doubt the ciggies will soon complete the task and that will be one less regular. Then inside. The place is dingy but it would not benefit from a makeover the character would be spoiled. Very much a local of low life and low life somewhat unsuccessfully trying to pose as high life. Lovers of peanuts will adore this place. Bowls of nuts on every table. As a one off it is much preferable to the offensive fare that masquerades as pubs round Paddington station. Only about five minutes walk from the station so it is worth a visit as it is a true local. Guest beers on tap every week or so.
kaktus - 9 Oct 2008 22:15
Mike_D hits the nail on the head. Caly Golden Promise, Bass & GK IPA on. Peanuts on the tables. Darboard and a head of a wild boar above the the bar.
Beer only average but only 2.60 a pint. Could do a lot worse.
TheHorsesMouth - 3 Oct 2008 16:50
My favourite Paddington-area pub, if only for the dart board and the reasonable bar prices. It's nothing amazing, mind - simple as. Decent for a post-work pint before heading homewards.
Mike_D - 16 Mar 2008 11:47
Quite patently written by a regular...evening Clancy
Quincy2 - 2 Jan 2008 15:13
A pleasant enough reasonably priced local boozer with a pool table and a dart board. Good guest ales, free nuts & seriously mediocre microwaved food. Has gone down hill recently as some of the more eccentric regulars can be a bit off putting to the uninitiated. Also with the smoking ban now in place - running the gauntlet of the people blocking the door puffing is not for the feint hearted. Amusing Quiz Night on Tuesday, indifferent bar staff...one or two downright surly...and the landlord is professional with a sarcastic twist. All in all The Cleveland is a proper neighbourhood pub, which appear to be a dying breed.
clancy - 13 Dec 2007 15:53
As there is a shortage of pubs with dartboards in Paddington I visited this pub to see what it was like. Seems friendly enough and the free peanuts dotted around the pub is a nice touch. Maybe could do with a wider range of beers although the Greene King IPA was ok for the price. Dart throw not bad.Will visit again.
Wee_Paddy - 2 Mar 2007 08:59
A good regular locals pub, friendly with peanuts, better when Big Aussie Tanya was there.
vera_shaw - 18 Jan 2007 16:24
Friendly enough pub, and one I'd be inclined to visit on a regular basis. Bit of a "local's local" vibe--everyone seems to know almost everyone else in the place. It's best to go by with someone you know, since it's difficult to get up to any quiet activities (like reading a paper) in the somewhat dim light. Friendly enough staff, who know what they're doing. The kind of a pub that I suspect rewards repeat visits.

Update on earlier reviews: the snacks and peanut bowls are still around, but they're no longer free.
Hodsthorn - 1 Feb 2006 23:03
Great annual firework display where you can often spot celebrities each year in the adjacent square.You can only buy the display tickets from the pub
Blavatsky - 14 Nov 2005 18:27
Friendly in a quiet way (a raised eyebrow means "hello, what would you like to drink"). Free bombay mix on the tables, and sandwiches on Sundays, are the sort of nice touches that give this place character.
Mart - 19 Oct 2004 16:21
Good beer and free peanuts on the bar.
Friendly landlords, who organise various "nights", such as pub quiz.
Christy - 19 May 2004 11:59
Small local serving Greene King IPA and Fullers London Pride. Not easy to find and therefore not too busy.
Bryony Andrews - 5 Jun 2003 14:39

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