Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green information

Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green has undergone an extensive refurbishment restoring this beautiful pub back to its former splendour. The highlight of this gorgeous building is an opulent yet comfortable dining room featuring 18th century chandeliers, high ceilings and quirky antiques that evoke the atmosphere of a hedonistic French Chateau.

The menu is in an inventive Modern European style of gastro pub fare with an emphasis on good, honest food at reasonable prices.

Ranked #24 of 5241 restaurants in London
Part of the Columbo Group group
"Opened in 2008, Paradise has become West London’s Gastropub and party venue, well known for hosting famous faces and a location for everything from Sunday roasts, to late night DJs and VIP parties.

Built in 1892, Paradise by way of Kensal Green takes its name from a line in the G.K Chesterton poem, The Rolling English Road, which refers to the nearby Victorian Kensal Green cemetery.

Comprising a front pub section, dining room, outside garden, a glass covered roof terrace and two first floor private event spaces, this historic and beautiful corner site has been revitalised with an impressive food and drink offering, as well as a progressive music programme.

Serving seasonal British food across this historic building made up on multiple rooms, bars, gardens and terraces, Paradise has become one of the area’s most popular venues for drinking, dancing and dining. Open for dinner throughout the week, the beautiful dining room draws a crowd of West Londoners who flock there for the beautifully prepared menus by Head Chef Cat Ashton (formerly Petersham Nurseries). Expect new dishes to the menu such as Seared beef carpaccio, rocket, parmesan and roasted beetroot vinaigrette; 'Grilled prawns, avocado fattoush salad, tahini yoghurt' and '?Spiced poussin with Jersey Royal potato salad, harissa aioli'. As well as English puddings such as ‘Sticky date pudding, vanilla ice cream, crunchy nougatine’."

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By Sal B.

I phoned the paradise last Friday with some minor queries.

The lady on the phone was really condescending to me and did not seem to have any customer service skills.

Following her rude manner, we changed our plans and did not go to the Paradise and do not feel inclined to ever go back!

By Dani O.

It would be good to address this CS issue, you guys seem to be having with different staff members. I had the same problem last Friday. The manager and the " hostess" were just about the rudest people i have ever come accross. Not to mention the lack of professionalism of the waitress/ hostess. Appalling behaviour

By Emma W.

Cool bar. Went mid week they seem to have something on most nights Comedy, cabaret,two for one Cocktails etc. We just chilled at the Bar. Ha we watched the bartender deal with more than one...awkward situation, it was handled well, everyone's dignity was upheld. I hear the Restaurant is also excellent will return soon.

By Charlotte H.

Fantastic food and service. We really enjoyed our meal and our evening and would defiantly recommend to everyone! The interior and atmosphere are really nice shabby chic aswel.

By Ryan M.

Fantastic food, and great atmosphere! The building is a beautiful space making for a fantastic dinner experience. Highly recommend the sandy pork! Didn't know what to expect but was highly, highly impressed!

By Mark B.

I had the pleasure of dining at The Paradise last Saturday evening. I can honesty say it was the best experience I have had in a restaurant for many years. The food, wine, service and ambience were just perfect...I would recommend this place to everybody.

By Arnaud D.

I went to Paradise with my girl friend last Monday (bank Holiday). I am still dreaming about the Rump steak of beef and the good time we had. It was our first time and certainely not last. I will recommend the place to everyone. They have a good size private dinning room too with affordable menu. I will certainely host my girl friend birthday party there in July.

By Jonathon G.

Just came to paradise for a drink while I waited for someone and basically got ignored by the bar tender. Went back for another drink and did his best not to serve me again until I eventually had to ask for it at an empty bar. Pretty ridiculous if I'm honest. Turns out the bloke is the supervisor apparently. Haha. Place is pretty cool shame about the staff with terrible attitude which seems to run across most of the columbia group unfortunately

By Matthew T.

Went to paradise for dinner last weekend and had a fabulous time. Was the perfect setting to enjoy a romantic evening with my partner. We arrived early and were seated by a lovely waitress who promptly got chatting and recommended some lovely wine to start us off. My girlfriend had the crab toast to start followed by the smoked haddock which both looked amazing. I had the charcuterie board on recommendation as I was feeling particularly hungry and had an amazing selection of british meats which went down a treat. I then followed with the rump of lamb and I can confidently say it was the best piece of lamb I have ever had! Needless to say the sticky toffee pudding we shared was to die for. We then headed upstairs for a few cocktails out on the roof terrace. We both had an absolutely wonderful time and will definitely be going back with friends. Beautiful venue, delicious food and great cocktails. A must!!!

By Mel I.

I went to paradise last friday for dinner with my partner. The atmosphere was terrible; clearly people were only eating there for the 50% toptable offer, as the place was almost empty. The food was average, and was not worth the price. The waitress was very friendly, and the room was very attractive but that was about it.

By Alice G.

Have had the best Saturday night out every here last week. I had some exquisite cocktails here last week for a friends birthday bash served by a charming barman who swooned us with knowledge of what make a good old fashioned staff before we headed upstairs and danced the night away to some good beats. Highly Recommend Paradise as the setting for a euphoric evening of good drinks and funky beats.

By Natalie M.

Defiantly one of my favourite pubs in London. Have been many times, more often than not for parties such as bdays etc. Great nights out!

By Mira S.

just lovely - great food, homely cosy environment, good service - feels very smug to have this as a local!

By Maria L.

Stopped here for Sunday dinner after walking along the canal from Little Venice. We both had the Sunday dinner - lamb and pork. The best Sunday dinner I've ever had, everything was perfectly cooked - nice crispy crackling on the pork, perfect Yorkshire pudding and crispy/fluffy spuds and vegetables not under, not over-cooked. Really nice atmosphere - we sat in the courtyard out the back - informal wooden tables, plants, stained glass windows.

By Tehmina N.

Though slightly pricey Paradise's Sunday lunch is the best, with its nicely cooked quality meet and vegetables which so many places get very wrong. I could have it every Sunday if I could manage it without putting on a few extra pounds. The relaxed atmosphere and good service and good wine are an added extra, which probably explains the price. Being a local I have been numerous times and never feel disappointed or short-changed.

By Rosie H.

What a lovely chilled out Sunday I had! After a while sat on my sofa nursing a tremendous hangover, my boyfriend persuaded me out of the house with the promise of a roast dinner - all the trimmings! It is the hangover cure I needed. Mmm. This was my first visit to the Paradise and I was very impressed, so thank you to the staff for looking after us so well, we will definitely be back soon!

By Kl K.

Visited here earlier in the week, was completely blown away by the lamb main course I had. WOW is the only word to describe it. Also, went for a bottle of Dead Arm to accompany my food, with 15% alcohol it was more like Dead Legs by the end of the night. Must visit, is a wonderful experience. Attentive, knowledgeable (and good lookin) waitresses made the whole visit very worthwhile. Well done Paradise!

By Matt R.

I would definitely come back here and recommend a friend! Excellent food, excellent service and excellent building to explore. Went here Wednesday and was unexpectedly surprised by the sheer size of the place. Had a look around and they've got a winding staircase up through what feels like a very classy victorian building. Reminded me of Harry Potter, but without the moving stairs. The food was excellent and very tasty. The bartender was friendly too and me and my friend had a good chat with him. Well done Paradise! You're now one of my top London restaurants and bars.

By Jessica H.

The Paradise is one of the best Gastro Pubs in West London, It surpassed my expectations and being in the hospitality business myself that says a lot. Thanks to all who helped and the modern British food and quality was magnificent(in particular the beef and Eton mess). Marguerite and Carmen were charming and efficient and the whole event worked very well in the Library. Will be back soon for my regular Sunday lunches but will try and find another occasion soon (as will my guests who were equally impressed). Many thanks to all the lovely staff at the Paradise.

By Jessica H.

The Paradise is one of the best Gastro Pubs in West London, It surpassed my expectations and being in the hospitality business myself that says a lot. Thanks to all who helped and the modern British food and quality was magnificent(in particular the beef and Eton mess). Marguerite and Carmen were charming and efficient and the whole event worked very well in the Library. Will be back soon for my regular Sunday lunches but will try and find another occasion soon (as will my guests who were equally impressed). Many thanks to all the lovely staff at the Paradise.

By Emma L.

Dining at the Paradise was an absolutely lovely experience, excellent menu with an array of wonderfully delicious food on offer. Desserts were good enough to write home about, the sorbet was absolutely to die for, and the bill came in at a very reasonable price. The building itself is simply charming and the dining room very comfortable surroundings to eat in. My only fault is that on a Saturday night the main bar and DJ room does get very busy but as we were in the dining room we didn't have to worry about it and could enjoy the relaxed atmosphere there. All in all a splendid evening out.

By Cory D.

Paradise is probably the BEST BAR in WEST LONDON! And I don't just say that as I'm a local.

I've tried the fashionable Notting Hill pubs, the stylish Soho bars and the 'West End' night outs, but nothing compares to Paradise by Way of Kensal Green.

It's different, is what best describes this west Landon gastropub. Whether you eat in the restaurant or dance in the DJ room upstairs,

I've always come away having a great time. Well done, Paradise. You'll see me this weekend. Again.

By D M.

I was reading the previous reviews and must say am a bit surprised. I visited Paradise on Saturday night and had a great time.

We came in early and sat at the bar before we went in to the restaurant. The bar had a great vibe, the drinks were priced as about the same as any good West London venue and the people were stylish and yet not overpoweringly posh.

Now, I'm in my late twenties and single and I think this is a great place to meet others in my league. When we entered the restaurant, it looked busy and bubbling, which is the mark of a good restaurant.

Service though a bit slow was great, and we were always enquired after and recommendations were made with re. to wine and food. The food was brilliant, we spent about £70 between my and my friend on three courses each which is quite reasonable.

We left a little tipsy, happy and thoroughly satisfied with service and will surely be back.

By Shelley M.

Hello, my name is Shelley.

I work at the Paradise and I am very distressed by what you have written and would like to speak to you about your experience.

I am so sorry to hear of the problems you have encountered and I hope we can resolve the issues as soon as possible.

Please do call me at the Paradise if you find a moment. The number is on out View London Profile. Looking forward to speaking to you soon

By Rachel C.

Went to Paradise for the first time with some friends the other night and loved the venue...

great decor and lots of different rooms meaning you can end up spending the whole night there, drinks followed by dinner and then more drinks and dancing.

The food was lovely, especially the desserts, and will definitely be coming back again.

By Sarah C.

did carnival at paradise again this year - 2nd year running and still the best place to go post-carni!! loved it!!

By Gary M.

Probably the rudest and most pretentious place I have visited.

Our polite, multicultural and well behaved group was denied access to the courtyard via the restaurant.

The rude waitress and arrogant manager hassled us while allowing other patrons to walk through. Never ever again.

Disgusting place. Gary

By Louise R.

Went to Paradise on Friday, a great place for after work drinks.

A jug of Pimms went down really well in the summer sun.

Followed by a great dinner, the Lamb is amazing, and not expensive at all, well worth every penny.

By A F.

I went to Paradise last night for the first time and having heard a lot about it.

It didnt disappoint.The building is beautiful - large enough so you would never get bored - and throughout its gorgeously decorated.

It feels warm and friendly inside - and the staff and service is great.The food was even better.

Having been to many gastropubs and paid through the nose for pretty standard grub, my drinks (papaya daiquiri) were fantastic (now my new fave tipple) and the lamb with potato dauphinois (sp) was tender and a generous portion.

So very tasty.Not cheap, but worth it. Really nice.

By Anna B.

Many of my friends have raved about this pub so my expectations were high, the pub its self is gorgeous, very unique. Had a wicked night.

By Louise V.

We got there around 6ish Saturday night and was seated in the restaurant straight away (with no booking) v friendly staff and its a visually interesting and gorgeous pub.

Food was delich, yummy deserts with a pricy tag.

We then toured the upper floor and terrace it was busy packed(loads of bouncers-they need that) so went back down to the bar-we could actually see.

It was a great evening and would definitely go again sometime!

By Melissa H.

Hi Christina, I work at Paradise and we are sorry to hear about your experience. Please kindly call me at Paradise, our number is listed here on our view london profile. Thanks and best, Melissa

By Smith S.

I went to the Paradise last night for a birthday party. We were a mixed group if gus and girls and really liked the place. It does get very crowded and there' not much space to move around though( of course being Saturday night).Maybe for this reason the doormen kept coming to us to ask us to move away from the door, away from the corridor, away from the stairs.

As much as I understand that it's important not to stay in way of other people the way he was approaching us was incredibly rude and slighty aggressive. I found it very strange considering he was mainly addressing his complaints to the girls even pushing them around.

We do go a lot and most of the times we go to clubs and I can honestly say I have never see this rudeness from a doormen.This really put us off and I don't know if we are going back.I suggest this aggressive and intimidating behaviur should be used outside to control the line or maybe just in case of problems!Christina

By Tony U.

I don’t know where to start really;I’ve been to this pub a few times & each time has been for a different occasion. This lively gastro pub has so much to offer. If you fancy a few cocktails and some romancing with the missus this is the place. The ground-floor bar has a great ambience with a slightly seductive feel with many original features and also quite gothic which is very cool.

Through into the dining area, I have had the pleasure to eat again a few times. Each time the experience really has been fantastic.The oysters are always amazing (see romance!) served with a Merlot & red onion vinegar, drizzle on some fresh lemon. Delicious!

For the mains, I’m usually tucking into the steak and chunky-chips or Lamb with mash. The home-made chicken pie is also a winner. Believe.All this comes with incredibly friendly service. The staff seem genuinely happy to be there and offer good knowledge on each dish and expert advise wine.

After dinner if you’re happy to continue the good-times I recommend heading to the upstairs bar. Here I have experienced some killer nights.Early in the week is there are some cool acoustic nights usually new acts with the odd big name like Johnny Borrell, Kid Harpoon and Lightspeed Champion to name a few. Later in the week you’ll find a more “bouncing” crowd.

I’ve seen some big DJ’s perform, on my last outing I believe Tom Rowlands (1 half of chemical brothers) play an un-planned set. Also, If you’re into a wee bit a celeb spotting this is also the place. I think this was the same night I saw Kate Moss!I’m looking forward to having a laugh at the new comedy nights too.To summaries;I’d probably live there if they’d let me. Keep up the good work…

By Melissa H.

Hi Duncan, Melissa here, contacting you from Paradise By Way of Kensal Green. We are sorry to hear your experience with us was any less than wonderful.... Please call Paradise through the website.

By Ralph S.

What can I say about this awesome gastro-pub....What first strikes you as you walk in the place is the decor and ambience. It is decedent and lavish but not so much that it feels formal and up its own arse. It makes you feel at ease, comfortable and excited at the prospect of an enjoyable afternoon of eating and drinking.The first thing to mention is the Bloody Mary club. I don’t know about you but there is nothing I like more on a Sunday lunchtime to get me back up to speed than a bloody mary.

However at the Paradise they do it slightly differently. If you are with a large group you are provided with a bottle of Stoli and all the trimmings to create your own Bloody Marys. Some might say this is lazy but I am very particular about how mine is made. It is also good fun and a great way to interact with your fellow guests and get proceedings started. However, do not fear, I asked the every present, friendly waiter that if it was just me would I still have to drink a whole bottle of vodka to myself.

I was reassured this was not the case a single drinks would be prepared by the bar staff.Now on to the food. In one word: outstanding. The roast I had was cooked to perfection. A slab of the most succulent beef, crisp & fluffy roast potatoes, fresh el dente vegetables, and Yorkshire puddings that my granny could only dream of.

This was followed by an apple and rhubarb crumble which was to die for. In fact it nearly finished me off as all the portions were on the healthy side of good leaving you contented and satisfied. The penny dropped when I was told by the waiter that the chef was trained by Marco Pierre White.To summaries the décor and ambience were lovely, the food fantastic, the service was friendly and fast and the booze was flowing.The Paradise at first glance may seem a little expensive but let me assure you it is reassuringly so.

By Jane M.

I'd heard loads about The Paradise from friends who live locally, and then, on my way back from holiday, I read about it in a glossy in-flight magazine. So I was hoping for great things when I ventured to Paradise by Way of Kensal Green for dinner - and I wasn't disappointed.

The whole place is so elegant, in a shabby-chic kind of way and very twinkly, with lots of little candles creating a cosy ambience - a perfect bolthole on a wintry evening. In the dining room, which is decorated with huge bird cages (sounds weird; totally works) I was delighted to find the tables spread satisfyingly far apart - I can't bear having to listen to other peoples' conversations (they possibly feel the same about mine).

My friend and I whiled away a very happy few hours with amazing food (I highly recommend the pork cheeks), excellent wine and relaxed but perfectly attentive service - all from a team of unfeasibly good-looking young men. Which in itself is a reason enough to return...

By P C.

Have been coming to the Paradise for the last year or so since the revamp and I have to say the consistency with which they continue to deliver a top notch product day in day out is worth a mention. The pub always has a buzz, the lighting and music always perfect.

The laid back dining room with top notch grub and a menu that changes daily is always welcoming, the waiters that I have come to know on first name terms genuinely want to look after you and want for you and your friends to have a great time. Next time you are in watch them, it’s as if they know everyone.

The few times I’ve ventured upstairs have been great with a whole load of different nights for different crowds. What more could you ask for in a local boozer? Ten out of ten and I hope they keep up the hard work for many years to come.

By Paul T.

Absolutely love the venue. Had a meeting with the lovely Melissa and was greeted by friendly faces (staff and customers) and stylish decor. The only thing that bettered my welcome was the food. Absolutely stunning. For starters I had the salmon which was dressed to perfection and presented beautifully. The main course, after being swayed away from the "safe" steak option, was delicious. Widgeon is a meat which I have never tried before and to be honest, I am so glad I chose it as it was cooked to perfection and the sauce complemented it like no other, I imagine, could. To wash it down was a bottle of Barolo which accompanied the red meat perfectly. All in all great food, great company and great surroundings. Highly recommend it.

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