Victoria

© Zoe McCarthy
Edgware Road

Queen Vic looks down disdainfully from her sign on to a mini roundabout beside this stately pub, a favourite with Churchill, Dickens, the Dracula Society and sundry debating and speaking clubs.

In a corner of London without too many outstanding pubs, the Victoria is a reliable option, no more and no less than a well-run corner boozer. It’s perhaps best described as ‘accommodating’, and the trad-pub decor and unpretentious ambience will be comfortingly familiar to fans of other pubs in the Fuller’s group.

The beer is good (Chiswick, Discovery, London Pride, Honey Dew); wines begin around £3.50 a glass and edge up towards £30 a bottle. The food is as old-school as the venue in which it’s served: cheddar and chutney sandwiches, pies, pork belly. Watch yourself descending the steep staircase to the toil… sorry, ‘lavatories’.

Venue name: Victoria
Contact:
Address: 10A Strathern Place
London
W2 2NH
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-9.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Lancaster Gate tube or Paddington tube/rail

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Pauline Harmstone

We arranged to meet up with some friends here on a stopover from Australia. Unfortunately, they were delayed. Despite us eating an hour later than planned, and choosing to eat in the bar rather than in The Library, the staff were very pleasant and accommodating. The food was plentiful and delicious. As well as good service we all enjoyed eating and drinking in such an interesting, historic pub. Highly recommended! O

Cryptic Pencil

By far the best pub within a walk of Paddington - and better than most you'll find anywhere. If you like beer. Or a quiz (Tuesdays). Or a chat. Or pub grub. And a nice trad setting. If you're idea of a pub does not include the above, give it a miss. Please.