To say that something is the best when there are so many restaurants in London I have yet to try is a risk, but it’s one I’m going to take with the roast lunch from The Union Bar in Paddington. If you get to the end of this post and haven’t already made a reservation, I’ll have failed in my task to get you to visit.
On a walk around Little Venice one very sunny summery day, we passed The Union Bar and were intrigued by it’s big windows and booths (have I said already how much I like booths?), but we continued en route. When we hit the Paddington Basin and began to walk the canal-side looking for somewhere to eat, we eventually came back to it and decided to give it a try.
Firstly, if it’s empty, don’t be fooled by its lack of patrons. You’re lucky if it is empty because at other times you’ll find the restaurant and outside seating area absolutely heaving. Secondly, if there’s a booth, grab one. Personal recommendation.
So let’s talk about the roast lunch.
Let’s be honest, we always want a big chunk of meat in roast, and they certainly deliver. Their leg of lamb is utterly flavoursome, juicy and tender, exactly as it should be. It’s served with a side of roast potatoes, seasonal veg, a huge yorkshire pudding, and covered in gravy. The spices the meat is cooked in and the gravy is what really surprised and delighted us. It had a little middle eastern essence to it and honestly we were so blown away we only really spoke to say how amazing it tasted.
The potatoes were roasted well but also had fluffy potato inside them (I like crispy as much as the next person but I don’t just want to be eating potato crackling). The veg we had were sweet carrots, parsnips, broccoli and cabbage – luckily my four absolute favourites for a roast.
And it was well worth the £14 it costs. In fact I’d even be persuaded to pay more for it now I know how good it tastes.
Check out The Union Bar in Paddington, open 7 days a week.