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…
London Shell Co, Paddington Central
In a nutshell: From pop-up to permanent, brother and sister team Harry and Leah have curated an ode to seafood on a pretty blue barge moored up in Paddington Central, that sets off down Regent’s Canal for jolly seafood dinner cruises.
What’s the vibe? This unique cruise is a classy affair, but also fun, light-hearted, and peppered with theatrical announcements from the small crew. Tables are crammed into the narrow barge, so you’ll be nestled close to other diners, which makes for plenty of chat and camaraderie.
What’s the food like? There’s an à la carte midweek lunch, but we suggest going for the works and hopping on the dinner or weekend cruise for a seasonal five-course tasting menu focusing on British ingredients.
Crisp, golden angel hair fries and creamy Jersey oysters lead the way, followed by super-soft, hand-dived scallop tartare with a zesty coriander and lime dressing. Next for us was a light and bright seafood stew with springy braised cuttlefish, chickpeas, olives and juicy tomatoes. A hake dish was an ode to an English country garden, with wonky little earthy Jersey Royals, bright English asparagus and large plump peas in a buttery perry sauce.
Desserts are kept simple and British, for example a twist on an Eton mess with Kentish rhubarb, sweet strawberries and pistachio kernels adding colour to the cream and meringue shards.
And the drinks? The £55 drinks pairing is very generous, and a great opportunity to try some unusual wines – from biscuity Hattingley Valley Hampshire fizz, to mineral and floral Greek mountain wine, and a robust Malmont rosé. There’s a delicate and refreshing halfway cocktail of Cristallier cider vermouth and tonic, and the Yorkshire Ripper cocktail to finish, with crémant sparkling wine and Yorkshire rhubarb.
olive says… There’s a small deck at the front, so take your aperitif out and soak up the sites as the barge potters through leafy Little Venice, past the perfectly pristine back gardens of mansions in Regent’s Park, and Camden’s edgy lock.
Pearl Liang, Sheldon Square
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.
Prue Freeman and her team of cool and collected Aussies from Daisy Green Collection have brought their Aussie dishes and killer coffees to two canal boats on Grand Union Canal. Sister vessels Darcie and May Green float elegantly outside Paddington station, brightening up the concrete and office block surroundings.
Legendary pop artist Peter Blake is the man behind the design (his signature is playfully scribbled on the side of each boat), so expect a bold and bright finish – hearts, rainbows, swirls and stars in primary colours, greens, purples and a pink finish. There’s a little lawn on each roof with wicker chairs and palmy plants for when the sun’s out and the evenings get longer.
Pop down into Darcie Green, the restaurant canal boat, to bob around with a cocktail and some antipodean-inspired snacks (avocado tzatziki with chia crackers, halloumi fries with pomegranate yogurt, Aussie BBQ lamb cutlets with homemade chilli pesto), or tuck into the group’s brunch favourites (including their epic posh bacon sarnie, charcoal sourdough and squidgy banana bread).
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.
This sister restaurant to acclaimed Fulham bistro Manuka Kitchen has just opened in Connaught Village, a quiet neighbourhood just north of Hyde Park in London.
The fennel-cured beef with burrata to start was a perfect combination of wafer-thin cured meat and creamy unctuous cheese. You wouldn’t have to be vegetarian to order the main of grilled ramiro pepper with hazelnut and cauli salad with a tahini preserved lemon dressing – the mix of textures was lovely, the whole dish a series of little flavour explosions.
Peanut butter pretzel tart is rightly famous at Manuka Honey and has been imported onto the menu here (see ‘you might also like’ below for the recipe). At first the combination of salty pretzel tart crust, rich chocolate filling and peanut butter cream felt OTT, but miraculously disappeared after a few spoonfuls.
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.