My second visit to Paddington was an unexpected one. I was under the impression that as the station is now only represented as one single complex on the tube map, it only counted once towards my overall total. However on closer inspection I found out it is still counted twice for the big 270, so back I went!
In following the date order set by the blog so far, I got off at the Praed Street platforms, which opened in 1868. As you can see, these feature an attractive arched roof which is also seen at other stations on the Circle/District Lines, such as Notting Hill Gate.
The Pub: The Cleveland Arms, 28 Chilworth Road, W2 6DT
I will admit it, at first I was rather disappointed to be returning to Paddington. I hadn’t expected it and was much keener to push on to pastures new. Fortunately we stumbled on a gem of pub that more than made up for it. The Cleveland Arms is about five minutes away from the station, walking west along Praed Street as it becomes Craven Street, then going North along Upbrook Mews to reach the pub on Chilworth Street.
Looking around the place, you immediately get the impression this is a good old fashioned traditional pub. The walls are decorated with various historical trinkets. The proximity to Paddington explains the railway memorabilia from days gone by. There is also an old one armed bandit(the precursor to the modern fruit machine) too, while above the bar there is a Boars Head.
The Cleveland Arms has an excellent ale section, not least Sussex Best from Harveys, but also Timothy Taylor’s ever reliable Landlord. Further adding to the traditional pub vibe comes in the shape of a back room with a pool table and dart board. Modern entertainment needs are served by my own favourite, the ever trusty Quiz Machine.Like a traditional Inn, there are even rooms for the night above the pub.
In short, The Cleveland Arms is a top pub. It may only be a short walk from one of London’s busiest rail stations but it feels like the kind of place you might stumble on after a long country walk. Definitely worth making the trip out to W2 for!
(The pub has no website)