Paradise by Way of Kensal Green

Restaurants , British Kensal Rise
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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.

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Paradise by Way of Kensal Green says
Sit in the lavishly attired restaurant and enjoy seasonal dishes by head chef Cat Ashton, made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Expect dishes such as seared beef carpaccio, rocket, parmesan and roasted beetroot vinaigrette, and grilled prawns, avocado fattoush salad and tahini yoghurt.
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Venue name: Paradise by Way of Kensal Green
Contact:
Address: 19 Kilburn Lane
London
W10 4AE
Opening hours: Monday 4pm – 12am Tuesday 4pm – 12am Wednesday 4pm - 12am Thursday 4pm – 1am Saturday 12pm – 2am Sunday 12pm – 11.30pm
Transport: Tube: Kensal Green tube/rail
Price: Main courses £13.95-£29.50. Admission Club £4 after 9pm Fri, Sat
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Lucy W

 I had always heard great things about Paradise, but visited for dinner the first time the other night and I have to say it definitely lived up to it's expectations. The venue had a laid back elegance about it with a decadent yet affordable menu, would definitely recommend! 

Molly B

I came here last night with friends and the whole experience was absolutely faultless. Our waiter for the night was friendly, accommodating and had great product knowledge, especially on the wine. I would highly recommend ordering the rib eye steak, it was cooked to perfection!!! On top of the great food, the whole atmosphere and interior of paradise is pretty spectacular. If you're in the mood for a decadent evening - its a must go! 

Tom Bruce
Tastemaker

"For there is good news yet to hear and fine things to be seen,

But they won't be found at Paradise by way of Kensal Green." 

- G.K Chesterton, The Rolling English Road [Slightly Edited]




The closing line from Chesterton's treasured poem was actually referring the large cemetery around the corner from this flamboyantly adorned boozer. It is a nice name for a pub, admittedly. Besides the nice literary reference point, Paradise has nothing else really to do with it. No coffin shaped tables. No bartenders dressed as undertakers. No morbid puns on the drinks menu (Morguearitas, anyone?). They could have taken the theme and run right the hell away with it. Instead, the owners have opted for a red lit New Orleans speakeasy mashed with a vaguely Grecian ornamental aesthetic. That kind of vibe, roughly. 



On Fridays and on the weekend, Paradise puts out a red carpet and velvet rope (really) for its queuing up punters, who are mostly all over-dressed upstarts that block the traffic with their overstated arrival - getting out of an Uber at a trendy bar is apparently as important as the Academy Awards now .You did that read that correctly. A red carpet. On the Harrow Road. A red carpet, next to a kebab shop which itself is next to a chicken shop which has a different name on its signs than it does on its window display. Is it Chick Inn Village, or Chicken Inn Village? Which one? Because you can't have it both ways. 


Drinks prices are typical for this area - about  £4 for a pint, but more if you opt for a slightly more exotic brew. The spirits range was decent and, though I have not sampled any, the artisan cuisine and range of fine wines is robust. Down an alley way, about a hundred feet from Paradise, is the well-concealed Parlour. A very popular choice with locals, it is much more bearable to be inside and has a sublime - if a little oddly furnished - beer garden. Go there instead. 

Jojuj
Tastemaker

I haven't had the food, but as an atmospheric, unusual place for drinks, it's highly recommended. The Paradise looks like it was decorated by an eccentric French aristocrat who ran out of money partway through - and that's a compliment.

Fernando

I went there for a leaving due and it was packed and with good music to dance. Unfortunately the night was ruined when picking up the coat at the cloak room, as someone stole my umbrella. They looked for it but couldn't find it, then I spoke to the manager and she said they were going to give me a voucher for dinner as compensation, but when I wanted to book via email a few times they never replied. Never coming back!

joey

Another great meal at Paradise! Service and food are equally were both amazing and will continue to keep coming back.

Sham Mahabir

We live in Brighton and accepted an invitation to lunch last Sunday in London. It would proved to be a good day out with the London Marathon and seeing friends. We then found out we were having lunch at Paradise in Kensal Green. First thought was - where's that? After some searching on Google I discovered the pub, its location, menu and reviews. It would not have been my first choice but as we had already accepted the invitation, there was no going back and the reviews helped! On arrival our friends were already there so we sat down to eat. The decor was incredible! The photos on here are 100% accurate! I felt like royalty! We had the charcuterie board (complimented with a variety of pickled veggies) to share which was AMAZING! The meat melted in my mouth and the flavours so individual but all came together beautifully. ... We then opted for the sunday roast, I had lamb the other half indulged himself with the beef - so just got stuck in.... It was amazing! British pub food taken to a new level! I am not a food writer so I really can't do this justice!!! What I can say is that you won't be disappointed! The wines were the perfect accompaniment to the meal. The host chose but I knew I was in perfect hands when I looked at the incredible wine list. We had an amazing choice from South Africa and Spain. The icing on the cake came when I saw they had baked cheese cake on the menu. It was PERECT fork after fork. I indulged till it was all gone! The staff were excellent.. Glasses (wine and water) were topped up - they were just friendly enough and always on hand (they even had a charger of my iPhone… now that is what I call service!) The other diners were jovial, they really seemed to be enjoying their food and drinks. I had almost forgotten it was a Sunday evening by the time it came to go home as the atmosphere was electrifying… This place is a gem of a find. I kinda wished I lived nearby to indulge myself from time to time. If you are a local, I envy you, if you are looking for something that is different, unique and apart from great value a cool place with amazing food - I suggest you try this place… The best thing about trying new places is realising how much more there is out there to discover! Hats off to the management and staff!

LovelyLady119

I went with 3 friends for dinner at Paradise for the first time. The restaurant was beautiful, and we were welcomed by friendly staff and warm bread. The food was quite nice; I had an artichoke salad to start which was boring, and then seabass for main. I wouldn't say it was anything extraordinary, but with the offer it was okay - the portions were very small. I don't think I will return without the 50% off as it is too pricey for what you get. On the positive side, the wine list is excellent, the atmosphere is nice, and the staff are very knowledgeable and ready to help.

Special Offers

Monday-Thursday: 50% off food

from the a la carte menu. Excludes cote de boeuf, steak, venison wellington, and lobster.

Offer valid until Sep 30 2016