Kensal Green local with classic British menu and a wide range of events in the evening.
Paradise by Way of Kensal Green might seem like a highfalutin’ name for a bar, but as the phrase comes from a GK Chesterton poem opposing the prohibition of alcohol, we’ll let the owners off. Plus it's a good-looking spot, with chandeliers, velvet drapes, peeling paint and religious iconography lending things a gothic feel.
There's certainly plenty into which to get your teeth, too. The Saturday night Paradise Sessions prove a bit of a draw (it's all about hip hop, house, disco and whatnot), as do the live music nights, cult film nights, cabaret and art shows. Supper clubs are popular, too.
And that's a sign, perhaps, of Paradise's culinary clout. It's recently been beefed up in no small part by its new head chef, Cat Ashton - poached from the Petersham Nurseries Café where she was head chef following Skye Gyngell's departure. The newly refurbished, 100-cover dining looks like a suitably impressive setting for her to do her thing.
She's started by putting together an adventurous seasonal menu that combines European flavours with locally sourced ingredients. Expect, then, dishes ranging from roasted quail with dandelion salad, artichokes, broad beans and feta to stuffed rabbit loin with lentils, morel mushrooms, nettle purée and slow roasted turnips and a 48-day aged rib eye with a honey and tarragon butter. It certainly reads well.