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Local guide to Paddington with Kenny Floyd, the Paddo Inn

History, community, a sense of place – the Paddo Inn is a pub that’s also a neighbourhood hub, says its assistant manager

Kenny Floyd The Paddo Inn
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Occupying the corner of Oxford and William Streets, the Paddo Inn has been pouring beers since 1814. In mid-2017 it was relaunched as a classic neighbourhood bistro, quickly confirming its popularity among locals. Who doesn’t like good food, good wine and a warm reception? One of the masterminds behind the reinvention of the pub has been assistant manager Kenny Floyd.     

Kenny, how long have you worked here?
I’ve been an assistant manager at the Paddo for one and a half years. I started in January 2017 after managing an array of other venues including the Erko, the Clock, Public House Petersham and the Edinburgh Castle.

What do you love about the Paddo?
Paddo Inn has been a cornerstone of the Paddington community for decades. [Chef] Matt Moran got his start here with Bruce Solomon, and now they are back, collaborating again. I love Paddo Inn’s ability to adapt and keep up with what the community needs. The best example of this is the renovation of the dining room, and how it’s reflective of the guests that come here.

We heard the board games are going off in in the front bar.
It has gone gangbusters – we’ve had to triple the amount of games. On early weeknights everyone in the front bar is playing an old board game. People walk in for a beer and go, “Oh my god, you guys have Yahtzee? I haven’t played that in years.”

Who is the most memorable customer you have encountered?
Definitely Lawrence – he is ingrained in the history of the Paddo and I feel it’s a privilege to call him my mate. He visits nearly every day, orders the same drink and is always so pleasant and he has the best stories. He has lived such a crazy life – he was an elephant keeper overseas, and trains exotic animals. In addition to that, he is a photographer and actually took most of the photos that you see around the Paddo today. My favourite is the massive one hanging over the front bar booths, taken in 1984, and you can see the pub is absolutely booming and overflowing onto the street – the laws back then were a lot more relaxed.

Kenny Floyd’s Paddington favourites

Shopping

Sonoma Paddington

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“It’s down in the Fiveways, like a tiny, mini suburb within Paddington. The brekky rolls they do are awesome. I get the bacon and egg roll, and they do really good veggie rolls too.”

Restaurants, Burgers

Cheekyburger

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“Their cheeseburger is amazing – just a really classic cheeseburger – and they’re really fast as well, you can be in and out in ten minutes.”

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Generic coffee

Paddington Alimentari

“This café down the bottom of William Street is probably my favourite. It’s like a little Italian delicatessen, they do really awesome paninis and their coffee is the best.”

Restaurants, Italian

10 William Street

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“The food is amazing and I’m obsessed with their wine list. It’s absolutely giant. It’s a really cool space, the waiters really know what they are talking about and it’s tiny, so whenever you go in there it always feels full and buzzing.”

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Film

Chauvel Cinema

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“They hold the French Film Festival there, and it was interesting seeing the traction we picked up at the time – we got this big influx of French people.”

Bars, Cocktail bars

The Unicorn Hotel

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“We have a really good relationship with the Unicorn – they really look after us if I’m bringing the team down after the shift. Because we’re licenced to 1am and they’re licenced till 3, we often shoot each other messages: ‘Is it busy there?’ ‘Yeah, we’re really pumping’ – and then they know they can expect the crowd when we close.”

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Head On photo festival
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Head On Photo Festival

“Every May they come in and exhibit one of their major photographs in here. Last year they took down one of Lawrence’s photos and replaced it with one of theirs. They issue a pamphlet for anyone who wants to do a walking trail of Paddington into all the different venues and see the photos.”

Bars, Pubs

Paddington RSL Club

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“They hold these hilarious meat raffles and their food is dirt cheap. Every time you go there it’s a surprising mix of very old people enjoying beers and all the cool kids of Paddington who are there as well for very cheap food.”

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Nudie Jeans
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Shopping, Fashion

Nudie Jeans Repair Shop Paddington

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“A lot of people still don’t know that William Street has the best fashion stores in Sydney. We’ve got a really good relationship with Nudie. We get a discount, so all of our staff wear Nudie Jeans to work.”

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