Paradise by way of Kensal Green
West London’s coolest gastropub is all about life. Taking its cue from GK Chesterton’s poem and joyously opening its arms to the young creative set, its vaulted ceilings have raised to Jade Jagger’s beats, hosted Alice Temperley’s parties, and provided the incentive for more than a handful of pretty young things to stay out long past pumpkin o’clock. From the huge circular bar that splits the pub front from the dining room behind to the unfailingly helpful staff, for whom nothing is too much trouble, The Paradise aims to please.
It certainly delivers on the menu, with brunch through to dinner catered for with a selection of rich British dishes, all freshly and expertly prepared under the exacting eye of head Chef Billy Reid. Smoked mackerel salad and Poole Harbour oysters lead the charge, followed by hearty mains such as rump of lamb and a succulent grilled sirloin steak, washed down with a wine list to be proud of and delicious cocktails served to the barman’s bell.
This is a place to indulge, and whether you’ve booked one of the several private rooms, dined a deux or opted for a long leisurely Sunday lunch, you’re guaranteed a memorable meal in fun, quirky surroundings.