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Pride of Paddington, Paddington

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Paddington is an area within the City of Westminster, in central London. Formerly a metropolitan borough, it was integrated with Westminster and Greater London in 1965. Also famous for bears.

Tuna - 2 May 2017 11:26
Very busy noisy pub, beer pricy not ideal
Illavhalf - 5 Jun 2014 22:54
Im amazed to read the bad comments, I popped into the pride of paddington a week ago after it was recomended to me by a friend, and i was really happy with the service? It was chucking it down outside so was nice to get in the warm and dry, enjoyed a nice pint and some great grub. Though a bit dark inside the pub was really cosy and staff were really friendly and chatty. Was joined later on by my mum and she liked it so cant be bad?!
I think people should give it a chance, its a cool london pub in an awesome old building
brwmn - 22 Feb 2012 15:02
I agree with previous comments. I usually use the Mad Bishop when in Paddington but it was closed for a refurb. Thought I'm try this place but what a mistake
paying £3.90 for a pint of Deuchars. I also tried the house beer from Caledonian which wasn't any good. Food was also a rip-off with a very poor quality (cheap ham) sandwich for £6. Best going to Marks and Spencer instead!
Swalebeermiester - 5 Oct 2011 18:02
went in before the rl challenge cup final at wembley late morning.i order a house beer my friend order a pint of wells bomb. £7-80 for the two pints both were almost undrinkable. their were flat and no taste. my friend has been in a couple times before and told me it was great ale. perhaps we were just unlucky that day
forestwood - 30 Aug 2011 12:09
what a hole 4 quid for a so called real ale beer !
the best thing about this pub is your 2mins from a train
so you can leave this hols asap
jeffisgame - 2 Jun 2011 08:07
Didn't realize that it was under new management. Wondering if they still do the enormous plate of fish and chips with the ridiculously large fish. Staff were a hoot and the lanlord brilliant. Lots of Chelsea boys in there on some saturdays but all with a good attitude win or lose. Will have to check it out. Thought the beer was fine but obviously as expensive as your average London pub.
DrunkleBuck - 24 Mar 2011 18:41
I got stuck in London when they closed Heathrow due to terrorist scare. By the way, when being evacuated from airport, there was a local police officer that roughly pushed me against the wall because I was taking pictures while filing out of the terminal (like many at the time) of a situation I have never been in before. I am not sure why he singled me out as I do not fit any profiles that may have raised suspicion. He threatened to confiscate my camera if I didn't erase everything, including my travel pictures, and was a total dick about it. This was my first impression of the "polite and formal" British.
Aside from this rant, the Pride of Paddington was what I expected from a London pub near the train station. Nothing too good, nothing too bad. I bought a t-shirt (touristy thing to do), and now I have been told that this is a gay pub from someone that saw me wearing the shirt! I don't really care, but it didn't seem gay. Does anyone know? It is difficult to tell gay English from straight English as they are very effeminate.
jmaas - 21 Oct 2010 19:58
A superb corner location next to Paddington Station, attractive exterior, outside seating and a spacious bar should make the Pride a great pub, but I'm afraid the beer quality and staff attitude ruin this establishment. The London Pride was past its best, and the sarcasm (verging on rudeness) I received from the barman put me off trying the Directors. I can't imagine wanting to come back in a hurry.

ETA - 20 Aug 2010 06:41
There are few good pubs (none?) in the immediate vicinity of Paddington station. This is better than some others but not one I'd bother revisiting except for a quick pint before a train. Beer OK but nothing special, and expensive; clientèle the typical anonymous crowd you'd expect for this type of place.
newbury_drinker - 9 May 2010 10:33
Good food, busy pub - too many tourists for my liking, but still had a handful of locals to chat to.
ptg - 6 May 2010 11:07
Went there this week with a friend who needed to be close to Paddington for the train home. Under new management and nothing like some of the previous (poor) reviews. Friendly smiling staff who even took the order and brought the drinks to the table, good bitter (Pride/Adnams - Directors (not so good??)). Reasonable pub menu, food well presented and tasty......would have no hesitation in going back!!
Fernando22 - 29 Jan 2010 11:15
Bit of a grotty hole, much better places round the corner (e.g. The Mitre).
mafting - 5 Dec 2009 16:08
Bass999 needs to get a life, the Pride is a good pub where real people drink. If he doesn't like it he should drink his girlie Chardonnay at HOME. Man's Pub for real men.
BIGGIBBO - 14 Aug 2009 15:40
Overpriced bad pints,terribly slow bar staff. SHITHOLE.
bass999 - 16 Jun 2009 18:37
I visited with 3 friends from work at lunch time on Wednesday. There were very few people around. The food was average and so was the lager.
The point of my complaint is the staff attitude. They could not charge my credit card because "somebody was on the phone" at the same time. They proposed to keep my credit card at the till until the phone line clears. I asked for the rationelle for this action and was told that "should we chose to run away they would be lumbered with the bill." I suggested that it is not fair for them to suspect us of being dishonest and to expect us to believe that they will not be dishonest with my credit card. I was then told in a very rude tone to "better go and get the cash from the ATM machine". At no point was there any apology for the inconvenience to us as customers or any sense that the treatment we received was inapropriate. Will definitely never go there again.
Lukhanine - 8 Apr 2009 14:30
The shame of Paddington more like. Mediorce beer. Overpriced food. Staffed on the cheap. Only for the tourists. Kind of place they get their pockets picked.
threeravensmoor - 15 Jan 2009 11:02
It's a place to go if you're waiting for a train & haven't time to go anywhere better. That's about it.
Dan137 - 5 Jun 2008 23:19
A reasonable place to escape the rain and wait for someone. The staff were quite friendly and efficient. I enjoyed my sandwich, but felt that the food was generally terribly overpriced.
dawnage - 12 Jan 2008 02:49
It was an awful evening.
First of all the pub is very noisy and is like a canteen.
But the main thing is, I gave them 20 pounds and they said I gave 10!
I was absolutely sure of what I gave them because 2 minutes before I went to the ATP for money. It was funny because when I said that I will add some comments on Internet, I was very surprise to hear from the manager that all the customers say that. Is that mean that they use to do that and I am not the only one?
At the end, he told that that he will refuse to serve us in the future…. Did they think that I want come back after that? :-) as a metter a fect we had a dinner after and we quickly left a 7.30pm
foreigner2 - 6 Dec 2007 09:22
I spent a week in London very recently with a friend and as this appeared to be the only pub in Paddington open 'til midnight we went a few times. It gets very busy, mostly with locals, but despite that there was never much of a wait at the bar. On our last visit (Sat night at around 8pm) we had to wait over an hour for our meal. I have to say it was worth the wait though - superb fish and chips, huge portion, excellent quality. The staff are all very friendly too. I'd definitely recommend this place.
Esme - 28 Jun 2007 21:27
This is the best pub in the area.

and it is such a pity that there is more comments about the managment then the "humourless south african bar staff" ;)

love you all
Langwane - 15 Oct 2006 16:39
Dreadful, full of tourists trying to understand if they're in the right place and if this is really what London is like. Also last time I was in, there was a group of about 12 Millwall hooli's [maybe the only place would let them in..?] They then proceeded to fight amongst themselves as the tourists mouths dropped to the floor.
tubthumper66 - 23 Sep 2006 11:10
Got delayed for 2 days in London and came across this pub.Bit scary to start with then I met a local who changed the whole night.His name was Nigel and he was excellent company!Told me where to go ,eat etc and even invited me to come with him and other locals to a music pub not too far away.Would recommend this pub to travellers/tourists as the locals look frightening but are actually very very nice people
alaistair - 16 Aug 2006 12:33
This pub was pretty good until Jacko's adult karaoke was terminated. The Only thing to go there for now is to catch up with one of the most original charicters in London, Gordon. Also o.k to sing Glasgow Rangers songs in the bar witch ic rare and wonderful
zebedey - 12 Jul 2006 20:26
Got to say that this pub is one of a kind!, play in its own leuage with other words its a little bit better then all the other pubs. Just one thing, what happend to that extremely good looking, smart, sexy and lovely swedish guy that worked there? yeah hope i´ll see him soon

Kate Moss
thebigbadviking - 2 Jul 2006 23:57
I recall that this one was horrible. I was in here once a few years back with Dr Gibbles. I just started boozing in London. He lived nearby in a house with "LICK WHORE FANNY" daubed on the exterior.

He took me to this edgy, unpleasant boozer for a pint of something carbonated with alcohol and chemicals in it. Was greeted with an unfriendly atmosphere.

When challenging Gibbers on why he has taken us to such a frighteningly terrible boozer, he replied with an incensed look in his eyes "look - this is what London is like - get used to it!"

Gibbles no longer lives in London unfortunately. We really do miss him, but perhaps it just wasn't meant to be.
anonymous - 28 Jun 2006 19:16
Just a quick simple suggestion to all the users complaining that wallets etc were stolen at the pride. You are drinking in a very busy tourist part of london and that bag snatchers target unsuspecting people. There are clear signs indicating this its even mentioned on the screens thouh out the pub!!!
So just be aware of your belongings as you would when you visit your own local bar, cause I,m sure it never happens in theese superb venues!! BOF
anonymous - 13 May 2006 14:00
kmcs...ooh you are awful but funny and it's all true.

Scary place...villainry ahoy! For people watching it's funny though and open until 12.
anonymous - 22 Jan 2006 11:11
My handbag was stolen there too!! What a coincidence!!!Don't you think?. I cannot say the owner (manager or whatever he was) was very helpful at all.

mafercacer - 8 Jan 2006 19:00
My wallet with all cards and money were stolen here. The owner (I think he was?) and a lady visitor were very helpful and helped us out with some cash. Unfortunately we were not able to contact either of them, although we did return one day later. I would once again like to thank both for their generous help. It enabled us to travel to officals in several buildings and finally receive emergency cash to continue our visit to London
tourist - 1 Nov 2005 16:27
Found the crowd to be surly and unwelcoming. The staff were not much better. Beer did little for me.
jorrocks - 26 Oct 2005 01:57
Have to agree with kmcs, this should be named the Shame of Paddington. Note to ALL tourists, go elsewhere, anywhere.
anonymous - 9 Oct 2005 15:35
Great place for a few while waiting to go elsewhere, no smoking area during the day, food and big screen, staffed by humourless south african bar staff.

vera_shaw - 31 Aug 2005 14:51
have been in london for only 4 days and nearly every night at the Pride. The People there were very friendly, and the beer was good. It's really a secret tip for all London travellers, I enjoyed my time there. And I watched the game England against asabajaran there, and the atmosphere was very good!!
German_girl - 1 Apr 2005 14:43
Have been there several times - love it. Nice crowd, fine beer and football on the telly. What more can a man ask for?
P and P (Denmark) - 17 Nov 2004 17:26
Just spent 9 days in London - and every night at the Pride of Paddington - Great People - Great Management - Felt right at home - the entire time
Jim Rush - 27 Jul 2004 19:23
I miss the adult karaoke in this place which you should have seen. I love you. The Pride is good if you feel like you bleed razor blades. The pints are good and the food is pretty nice. The thing that lets it down is the clientelle - a mix of builders, roughs and office poncery.
All in all, worth a 6 just for the karaoke which is long dead.
Mark - 16 Jul 2004 15:59
excellent pub, run by Jean and Phil who do a fantastic job, make you feel really at home. Brilliant food.
Laura Price - 7 Apr 2004 13:18
excellent pub, run by Jean and Phil who do a fantastic job, make you feel really at home. Brilliant food.
Laura Price - 7 Apr 2004 13:16
Passed through with a quick pint on St Paddy's day. Felt a bit of a gatecrasher as most people in here had been on the pop all afternoon, I'd lost a fortune at Cheltenham and I didn't have a silly hat to show for it. Big TV for football, a diverse clientele and a good atmos. Yeah, not bad as its the first pub you hit on leaving the station.
Gary - 19 Mar 2004 19:35
A very nice pub with good sandwiches and fresh meals. Nice people there and a good atmosphere. This Pub is a secret tip for all London travellers.
Roland Kaeser - 16 Mar 2004 21:14
Happy to say I enjoyed myself. I would give it an eight.
anonymous - 30 Oct 2003 08:44

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