Looking for Paddington restaurants? Here are our favourite restaurants near Paddington station. The best foodie spots include bottomless brunch at Beany Green, dim sum at Chinese restaurant Pearl Liang and burgers at Lockhouse. Check out our ideas for eating and drinking locations in Paddington, from Merchant’s Square to Sheldon Square and beyond…
Business hub Sheldon Square may seem like an unlikely place for one of London’s best Chinese restaurants, but Pearl Liang is constantly brimming with large groups feasting around banqueting tables, businessmen doing deals over dim sum, and couples getting to know each other between water fountains and Chinese blossom wall murals.
The extensive menu can be quite overwhelming, with page after page of starters, meats, dim sum and noodles, ranging from Cantonese specialities to regional South East Asian dishes.
We recommend starting with a selection of dim sum (dumplings filled with gigantic prawns, crunchy prawn rolls wrapped in shredded taro, and juicy pork shu mai), followed by a few starters. Vietnamese spring rolls were deep-fried and crisp, filled with freshly shredded vegetables, and pan-fried chicken wings came in an incredibly moreish caramelised teriyaki glaze.
For main course, there is everything from indulgent spicy crispy chilli beef to lighter fish dishes. We loved whole steamed sea bass with fragrant ginger and spring onion.
If you’re gathering a crowd, Pearl Liang’s sophisticated interiors and sharing ethos (there are five set menus to choose from) make for the perfect feast.
Beany Green is a funky spot that brightens up the concrete canal-side area just off Paddington’s Sheldon Square. Stone picnic tables and hot pink deckchairs donning pop-art banana illustrations spill out onto the astro turf that hugs the side of this industrial building. The fun combo continues inside this coffee shop and brunch spot – bold and bright furnishings (colourful metal chairs, pop art posters and shaggy fluorescent orange cushions) breath life into the urban features.
The guys behind Pergola on the Roof have collated some of London’s best street food folk under one pretty roof in urban Paddington Central.
Decatur, Birmingham-born Tom Browne’s ode to his time spent in Louisiana, is our stall of choice. Try New Orleans chargrilled Maldon oysters with spicy and buttery sauce, toasted brioche buns piled high with deep-fried soft shell crab, and crunchy buttermilk fried chicken burgers. For vibrant Mexican food, go for D/F Mexico’s crisp tortilla chips loaded with avocado salsa, cheese sauce, sour cream and pink pickled onions, pulled pork pibil tacos with crunchy slaw and salsa, and cheesy fries. There are also legendary burgers from Patty & Bun, healthy vegan salads and juices from Raw Press, and dumplings and the like from Mama Lans.
Order an Aperol spritz or a Pimms from the bar and take a seat at one of the long brushed wood tables laid out beneath the pretty pergola while you listen to some great guest DJs. There are blankets in case it gets a bit chilly, and an open air bar upstairs with plenty of day beds for lounging on during summery evenings.
The industrial interiors of Lockhouse provide a trendy hangout for after work drinks, brunch and a bloomin’ good burger. Their Locked & Loaded burger won best signature burger in the National Burger Awards 2017, a juicy beef patty topped with Norfolk smoked streaky bacon, satisfying American cheese and all the works in a brioche bun. If you fancy something a bit more fiery, the Hothouse burger is ramped up with jalapenos and Sriracha sauce.
The selection of beers is impressive, with 14 on tap and 10 craft bottled beers, including London’s Beavertown, Czech lager Hobo and even a couple of beers from Kona Brewing Company in Hawaii.