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Monkey Puzzle, Paddington

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As a tourist looking for an authentic british pub, look no further. This place is filled with people who treat you like family. The beer is excellent, but honestly the food is even better its fantastic. When I came to this area I wanted a place that I would feel at home with during my stay, and I found it. If your in the area and you dont stop in, your making a big mistake
jackw1 - 21 Feb 2012 19:42
The Monkey Puzzle is a fantastic place for a drink as well as food. There is a great atmosphere inside, as well as outside in the garden, with happy staff and good background music. The landlord always present to welcome you and to make sure that you are being well looked after. Highly recommended any time during the day or evening. A must go!
karenhind - 27 Jul 2011 21:33
This pub was unfortunately dreary and unexciting. The beer was ok but beyond that, I can't say much about this other than we left before finishing our drinks.
EGaller - 22 Jun 2011 12:36
Two students from Oxford- stopped in for a drink and dinner before catching the train 2 blocks away from Paddington home. Though the pubs atmosphere was both inviting, warm, and conducive to lots of good conversation. Great dinner as well, had the pie special of the day, and a pint (or two) of the HB. Both the food and beer were reasonably priced- best part. Great location (esp for train travelers via PAD), friendly staff, great atmosphere.
OxStudent - 19 Mar 2011 00:02
I'm sorry, but if you live in Bath and can't find antthing better than Badger, than you really ought to get out more!
cheshirecat - 16 Aug 2010 21:05
Sitting in the beer garden right now on a brilliant Monday evening with the sun beating down. Was at the Fountain, but the 3 minute stroll was paid back hansomely by the Badger on tap. I live in Bath and survive on Badger, so finding this pub is a delight for my frequent London trips.
sfb - 16 Aug 2010 18:11
The Monkey Puzzle is an old after-work haunt of mine. Hasn't changed much over the years. Pleasant and relaxed, if unremarkable.

Well I for one am glad it's not "dog friendly". Why do you think you should be able to impose your foul smelly pet on everyone else. It's bad enough having to step around the pooh on the pavements.
griffo59 - 8 Aug 2010 16:10
This pub is NOT DOG FRIENDLY, despite what it says here and on several other websites. We turned up with our pup to meet some friends, after checking to see if it was dog friendly, and were told me had to keep him outside by the barmaid. We told her we had checked online and showed her the websites but she said that is only for the beer garden (as far as I'm aware there's not a single pub that does not allow a well behaved dog in it's beer garden so it's not what I would class as dog friendly).

We finished the drinks we'd already bought in the beer garden and moved on to one of the many other pubs in the area which we knew accepts dogs.

Other than that it is a nice pub with a lovely beer garden when it's warm.
CKelly - 1 Jun 2010 13:29
Very nice location.
Typical British style inside.
Big terrace with sun untill 7.00PM in summer.
Beer available: badger smooth, pride, Guinness, HK, heineken
good food as well.
Sometimes you could expect a smile from the barmaids :)

Eric_LA - 9 Jul 2009 16:15
A very friendly posh estate pub, HB lager on draught and a fantastic map of olde london on the back wall. Not a bad little pub if you are in the area.
dalglish - 6 Mar 2009 11:45
Was initially put off by some Chav looking folk hanging around a DJ wannabe but no drama and volume kept down to a drinker-friendly level. Top marks for nicely kept Badger Ales. Good for people watching. Look for a brass on the corner if you're outside...
threeravensmoor - 15 Jan 2009 10:58
I visited this pub a few months ago after a corporate night out at Madame Tussaurds. We turned up quite late but the manager was really helpful and let us have the Bailey's that my friend and I were craving! He was really friendly and the pub, although pretty much closed at that time seemed to have a nice atmosphere.
There's a garden that would be great for a summer's afternoon!

23hayley - 16 Jun 2008 00:11
Located on south side of Sussex Gardens street. Outside area towards the street, but quite relaxing. Also lots of indoor space. Went there several times with some friends last week. They had Tanglefoot and a couple of Badger's real bitter, and the Tanglefoot was very good. Staff seemed friendly. The only dissappointing side was their BBQ meals; tiny portions concisting of a small piece of meat with some vegetables served on a paper plate.
hgr - 9 Jun 2008 20:55
Not been to this pub for awhile, The staff were friendly, a nice young Spanish girl served us. A reasonable mix of people and we enjoyed the early part of the evening, had a good natter with some of the locals. Being honest the evening was spoilt when I think the owner turned up, Just ignored everyone including his staff and was only interested in the cash register. It would not have been a problem except he seemed to be worse the ware and caused an atmosphere.
Innbusiness - 7 Feb 2008 20:57
the monkey puzzle has been a great pub for many years. the sunday bbq is the best deal in town. this is a great place to relax and make new friends as we have done whenever we come to london. a truly one of a kind place to go--thanks
carlosandkristie - 29 Nov 2007 21:19
Fab pub with excellent management. I've lived in the area for the past five years but only discovered this place after a change in management.
There's a good choice of ales and a decent wine list. The food is very popular too with a weekly BBQ throughout most of the year.
If you want the standard rough treatment and half hearted welcome then this is not the place for you. On the other hand if you're looking for a friendly pub with a relaxed atmosphere and great service you may want to pay this place a visit.

anonymous - 29 Nov 2007 14:27
I was in this pub over the weekend to watch the rugby with a friend and had a really fun evening. Great atmosphere, really friendly landlord who made us very welcome. The BBQ was delicious and plentiful and you can sit outside in the beer garden.
Starlet - 19 Sep 2007 11:18
This is always a fun and lively pub in the evenings. I am always drawn-in here by the delicious aroma of BBQ which is a super-value meat-fest. They have imported German beer and the management and staff are always super friendly and ultra-efficient. If, like me, you are a smoker, there is a semi-covered area in the beer garden to reek in a sub-tropical botanical atmosphere.
anonymous - 14 Sep 2007 08:34
If you like big TV then this is a pub for you. It's as cosy as a B&Q superstore, yet serves very good Badger and Tanglefoot. The house wines are OK too. Don't be put off though, good BBQ's and it attracts a decent crowd. Staff OK, if a bit scary.
MILF_Wizard - 29 Oct 2006 18:53
Good pub - had the BBQ food last night and it was great food and lots of it - really good value. Great Badger brewery beers, and good service made it a really fun evening. Lots of tables outside, and big screens both outside and in, mean everyone's happy.
Adi - 28 Aug 2006 14:50
good pub, friendly staff and half decent food, good foe sitting out in the summer.
vera_shaw - 20 Sep 2005 16:02
Nice pub Badger beers, an oasis, just of the Edgware rd.
lightbitter1 - 2 Sep 2005 21:17
I was walking past this establishment and thought it might be a good bet for some decent grub! How wrong i was, the service was poor, the food was crap and it has a wierd stench.... like an unbathed Old Lady!
anonymous - 15 Apr 2005 11:35
The First Rule of Monkey Puzzle Is you do not talk about the Monkey Puzzle

The second rule of Monkey Puzzle is, you DO NOT talk about the Monkey Puzzle

#3 - If someone says stop, goes limp, taps out, that means we've probably ended up in The Heron

#4 - Two guys each side a table of four

#5 - One meal at a time.

#6 - No veggies, no vegans

#7 - Lunch will go on as long as it has to.

#8 - If this is your first lunch at Monkey Puzzle, you have to eat!
Chewie - 15 Apr 2005 11:20
The best for Food round the area without doubt. Great service and always well cooked and you can sit outside on a sunny day.
Backinthebox - 15 Apr 2005 11:08
Nice pub good atmosphere, friendly staff, very nice outside area.
J Smith - 17 Nov 2004 14:56
Nice garden and a possibility to watch football on TV. Badger ales.
V-P - 27 Feb 2004 17:03

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