Mad Bishop And Bear, Paddington Station

Mad Bishop And Bear, Paddington Station

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London's first decent station pub (opened 1999) sits proudly on top of Paddington's food and drink mall. It's a Fuller's house, but allows in occasional guest ales (we've seen By The Horns and Castle Rock brewery). High ceilings and plenty of space mean that tables aren't too hard to come by, even during rush hour. This place is a regular favourite of CAMRA, and actually won their 2015 West London Pub of the Year award. Not bad for a station pub. Alas, on a more recent visit, the beer choice was down to Fullers staples, though they're all very drinkable.

So what of the unusual name? It shouldn't take you too long to identify the bear. The Bishop, meanwhile, was the landholder who had to sell his land at a knockdown price so that Paddington station could be built.

This pic was taken nearly a decade ago, when we did a crawl around station pubs. It hasn't changed much, mind.
Good to see some guests in a Fuller's pub.
High, gilt-edge ceilings.

Address: The Mad Bishop & Bear 1st Floor, Paddington Station, Paddington, London W2 1HB

Phone: 020 7402 2441

[email protected]


Monday: 8am-11pm

Tuesday: 8am-11pm

Wednesday: 8am-11pm

Thursday: 8am-11pm

Friday: 8am-11pm

Saturday: 8am-11pm

Sunday: 10am-10.30pm

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