For most Londoners, Paddington is often thought of as either a transport hub or a business centre and not as a great dining destination. However, there are some good eats to be had in between all the offices if you know where to look.
Technically the London Shell Co. is in Paddington but as it’s aboard The Prince Regent Canal boat it doesn’t always stay there. At lunch the boat is moored just off Sheldon Square, whereas in the evenings it takes diners on a cruise along the Regent’s Canal up to Camden and back again. The food is superb regardless of the sitting you choose, with the menu showcasing seafood (what else?) like skate wing, Devon crab and mackerel tartare, paired with great wines.
Right on Merchant Square, Lockhouse is an all-day joint with burgers and craft beers at its heart. From the Locked & Loaded (double beef patty, double American cheese, double bacon) to the Asian-inspired tuna steak burger, the menu is full of crowd-pleasers plus a number of salad options for those who want something more virtuous. There’s a varied tap selection with more beers to be found in the fridge, so you’ll have no problem finding the perfect brew for your burger.
Pizza and beer are the specialties at Heist Bank, which is run by the team behind Exmouth Market’s Coin Laundry. The sourdough pizzas are made from a mother yeast started in Italy in 1920 and 48-hour fermented dough so you can be sure of a good crust, whether you opt for the lamb, feta and aged rocket or the egg, sea aster and anchovy pizza. There are lots of local beers, including Beavertown and Gipsy Hill, on tap (which you can take home in growlers) plus rotating guest brews and more cans and bottles in the fridge. Heist Bank even has a pool table and a games room to keep you entertained between drinks.
The extensive menu at Pearl Liang includes dim sum, Cantonese classics, delicacies like abalone and even some Thai and Vietnamese dishes. All this can appear overwhelming at first but there’s lots of treasure here, especially amongst their seafood selection. It’s one of the more upmarket Chinese restaurants in town, with its water fountains and blossom murals, so go in a group and make it a real feast.
Once a pub and venue that played host to secret meetings for the likes of Winston Churchill, Angelus is now a smart French brasserie, although with its Art Nouveau interior it has lost none of its past elegance. Classic French flavours with some contemporary flourishes dominate, like snails in parsley sauce with garlic emulsion; ginger, honey and orange tuna steak; and lychee and passionfruit bavarois. The comprehensive wine list is also largely French.
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