Paradise by way of Kensal Green (The Paradise)

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Words by Simon Difford on 24-May-2015

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Address: 19 Kilburn Lane, (corner Regent St), London, W10 4AE, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 8969 0098
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Wed 4pm-noon, Thu 4pm-1am, Fri 4pm-2am, Sat noon-2am, Sun noon-11:30pm
Door: Open door
Style: Pub contemporary
Recommended for: Food
Price guide: Middling
Food: Full menu
Established: 2007
Owned by: The Columbo Group


Paradise by way of Kensal Green
Built in 1892, this pub takes its name from a line in the G.K Chesterton poem, The Rolling English Road, which opposes the prohibition of alcohol and references nearby Victorian Kensal Green cemetery. This is very much a local's place - catering for their every need - modern British meals served in the restaurant, quiet boozer early week to hip hop come live music nights on Friday and Saturday evenings.

This huge Victorian building houses a lounge bar at the front leading to a large dining room and outside areas beyond. Above sit two first floor event spaces. The impressive red brick and stone fa├žade sits proudly on its corner site with an angel looking down on the passers-by below. Inside the gothic interior references the nearby cemetery with stone angel statues, religious iconography, velvet drapes, floral wallpapers, distressed half-height panelling and stained glass windows. Louis XIV style furniture and Venetian chandeliers add to the almost theatrical appearance.

The drinks offering runs to 19 wines by the glass and a cocktail menu. The beer selection is somewhat limited and availability of cask conditioned ale somewhat patchy. We have been impressed by the food here and Sunday roasts are excellent.