Paradise by Way of Kensal Green
May 11, 2018
The quirky gastropub near Kensal Green’s famous cemetery is rich in character. It exudes a shabby grandeur, the interior incredibly atmospheric and evocative.
The rooms are furnished with an abundance of mismatched chairs, wood-panelling, stained glass, religious icons, cherubs and cascading 18th century chandeliers. It’s all incredibly ornate yet elegant with it, never excessive.
The rather magnificent restaurant area serves a menu of tasty modern European dishes, like confit veal belly and grilled bream and their Sunday roasts are popular with good reason.
If it’s just a snack you’re after, try one of their cheese and charcuterie boards, designed to share.
There’s a pleasant decked roof terrace for summer drinking and a pretty courtyard garden.
The list of classic and original cocktails includes The Kiwis in Queens Park a mix of gin, St. Germain liqueur, fresh kiwi, basil leaves and lime juice and the Smoking Scotsman, which pairs peaty single malt with fresh strawberry, apple and lemon.
We like the sound of the Saint Thomas of Kensal Green, which blends cachaca, mint leaves, cucumber, brown sugar, and ginger ale.
They also stock a decent selection of beers and ciders alongside a sizeable and varied wine list, including several good options by the glass.
They’re big on music here and host regular DJ nights, featuring everything from Northern Soul to old school house to folk. They also host poetry evenings and comedy.
Main photo credit: Paradise Official Website