We’d spent the morning in Hyde Park with our dogs and were looking for a comfortable, friendly London pub, that welcomes furry companions (a small pack of them), cooks home-made food and is minutes walk from the park. Too much to expect? Nope, The Victoria Paddington fit the bill nicely!
We left the park at Victoria Gate and found The Victoria pub easily. As soon as we saw it we were mumbling ‘Oh, yes’ and rubbing our hands.
There are some attractive tables outside and the road isn’t very busy, so it would make a nice place to settle but we fancy being in after spending all morning out.
The local area is residential and surprisingly quiet. Groups on horses trot back from Hyde Park to the local stables.
That awkward moment when you walk in with 3 dogs. We needn’t have worried, we received a really warm and genuine welcome. The dogs were offered water and we happily chose a table.
The whole pub is steeped in history. I love it, there is so much to see.
Apparently Queen Victoria popped in on her way to Paddington Station and since then it was named in her honour.
Charles Dickens came here to write his book ‘Our Mutual Friend’.
The bar is long and rather grand looking. The whole place is full of Victorian character.
It’s a cheerful place with locals coming and going. Poppy wants to be up near Charlotte. In some pubs I would have worried but here staff are smiley and accommodating.
Ferris is one of the boys and hangs at the bar with hubby.
It’s so precious seeing these moments.
The menu is very English. Well, that’s exactly what you want in a old pub in London dating back to the 1830’s. That is, by the way, around when Paddington station was built.
Poppy would like a small fish and chips please.
Cricky, sorry Dad, I may have put my wet chin on your shirt. Fish and chips please.
Ferris enjoys watching the comings and goings at the bar.
I take a wander and find a function room upstairs. After WW2 some theatrical folk took over the pub and gave it this dramatic face lift.
The Theatre Bar is used for private functions and does have bundles of character and flair.
The Library is lovely. It’s intimate with wooden fireplace and paneling and comfy worn leather chairs and sofa. This is available to hire too.
It feels great to be together. We catch up on each others news…
and share things that have made us laugh.
Rather than starters we opted for some snacks. Mini honey and mustard sausages, salt and pepper squid with harissa mayo (my favourite), scotch egg and some garlic bread.
Did somebody say sausages?
Tiles with olden characters are all over the walls. We recognised Fagin ‘…shut up and drink your gin’.
Our fish and chips arrived with mushy peas and tartar sauce. They were enormous!
Hubby went for bangers and mash with a lovely gravy.
Rosie stares unblinking at the side of my plate. She may have got 1/2 a chip but I can’t possibly say.
Brownie with mint choc ice-cream, strawberry meringue and sticky toffee pudding. That’s an English man’s (and woman’s) dessert wish list right there!
Sorry guys ‘no desserts for doggies’ rule still applies, even on a special trip out like today.
We’ve loved being at The Victoria Paddington it has been wonderful to have the dogs with us and we felt really welcome. I would definitely recommend having a lunch here if you, like us, have spent the morning enjoying the Hyde Park sights with your fluffy pals.
10A Strathearn Place
020 7724 1191
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