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.