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The Mad Bishop & Bear, Paddington, W2

Upper Level, The Lawn
Paddington Station
W2
W2 1HB
Phone: 02074022441

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Mad Bishop & Bear

A good effort from Fullers to provide a 'watering hole' slightly removed by two escalator flights from the hustle and bustle of Paddington's cocourse. The decor is a reasonable combination of traditional and modern, and the frontage has recently been refreshed with more railway-like signage. Feature a variety of seating / dining areas and also has a few tables 'outside' in the atrium. Two banks of five handpumps, offering Pride, Oliver's Island, HSB, ESB, the seasonal Snow Globe and Hophead plus Tribute, Bath Ales Gem and Snakecharmer IPA from One Mile End as guests on this visit.

On 15th December 2018 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Mad Bishop & Bear

A difficult one to spot this pub, when standing on the station concourse looking around in bewilderment. After some directions, you enter the front area of the station building and take an escalator up the pub. Once through the doors, you find a large heavily embellished bar along the back wall, with the full range of Fullers beers. My Pride was superb and a good start before getting the train to Oxford for the summer PG crawl.

On 31st July 2016 - rating: 7
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Old Boots left this review about The Mad Bishop & Bear

A single room station bar with quite grand decor on the second floor of Paddington station. Owned by Fullers with two sets of four pulls serving Fullers plus guests. Obviously it gets quite busy at times but the staff seem to cope well. The beer is pretty good and it's GBG listed.

On 12th June 2016 - no rating submitted
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Mad Bishop & Bear

Located on the top level of Paddington station, from the outside this looks very much like your typical non-descript modern airport or train station retail unit. Once inside though, it has a much more traditional ambience and is actually not too bad at all. From many angles you’d have no idea that you were in a station pub, and even the departure boards are tucked discreetly away near the entrance.

The large central area of the pub has a largely wood strip floor with chequered tiles approaching the bar and a white plastered ceiling with some inlaid ornate plasterwork finished in gold. Several supporting pillars are faced with etched mirrors and there is further carved woodwork behind the bar counter. A smaller area up a few steps to the left was separated with some wooden balustrade and this had a cosier feel with a carpeted floor, a few booths along one side and some black and white photographs on the walls. A number of food options were chalked up on a menu at the end of the bar although we did not investigate this.

There was a good choice of beers on tap, albeit all from the Fullers stable, and on this occasion consisted of Chiswick, London Pride, ESB, Wild River, Bengal Lancer, Fire Cracker and Oliver’s Island. A coming soon board listed Tribute, so presumably Fullers don’t always have a monopoly. The solitary cider was Cornish Orchards. All in all I was pleasantly surprised by this, and it’s certainly a decent enough place to while away the time whilst waiting for your train.

On 1st December 2014 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Mad Bishop & Bear

This is a Fuller's pub with the usual range on, plus several guests. It's very much a station pub, although better than most, with all tall tables/tall stools at the front, with some normal tables and chairs down at the back. It's a bit of a lifesaver when in need of a breakfast, which turned out to be better quality than a 'spoons, but at twice the price. In most respects it seems like an upmarket 'spoons, which is not a bad thing. I guess I'll end up in here again sometime, as it's so handily placed for those travelling from Paddington.

On 17th November 2014 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about The Mad Bishop & Bear

Continues to be a safe bet for a decent (if expensive) pre-train ale. My visit over Xmas bagged a Bengal Lancer which is always a good drop. Service can sometimes be a little brusque.

November 2012
Fullers have done well here - most station pubs are usually situated between 'tolerable' and 'appalling' - this one actually manages to crawl over to the sparsely inhabited side of 'good'. Located up the escalators facing the platform ends of Paddington station, the pub stocks the usual Fullers/Gales ale range plus two(!) guests and the fridges are stocked with almost every Fuller's bottle imaginable. So you'll be spoilt for choice and ale quality is good (if expensive). Food is basic, stick to the onion rings. Interior has a slightly faux-traditional bent and is pretty clean, also unusual in the train station pub stakes. Opens early and beer can be purchased on its own from 10am. Toilets are free and also pretty tidy. Train departure boards are prominently on display by the doors. All in all, pretty good for what it is and well-worth a visit when using the station.

On 19th January 2014 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Mad Bishop & Bear

Located on the upper level of the shopping centre attached to Paddington station, this is a smart, spacious Fuller’s pub, doing its best to improve the reputation of station bars across the capital. A couple of escalators lead you from the Paddington Bear statue to the pub entrance, which is surrounded by several tables and chairs overlooking the shops and station below. Once past these, you enter into a large split level room with the space broken up by a row of mirrored pillars running through the middle of the room, and the servery on the rear wall. The flooring is predominantly bare floorboards but there is a pleasant tiled mid section which breaks things up nicely. Most of the seating in this main bar area is high stools around high tables and drinking ledges on the pillars. The decor comprises wooden panels and fixtures, white painted walls with some fancy wallpapered sections and a massive chandelier in the centre of the room which acts as a bit of a focal point. There are loads of TV screens showing news channels whilst music plays over the sound system, and train departure boards are suspended above the front doors. To the left of the room is a raised carpeted dining room style area with standard tables and chairs and muted lighting, which was the quietest part of the pub on a busy Friday afternoon visit. Suitcases are dotted around all corners of the pub, mostly on high shelves and there was a Fuller’s gift shop behind the bar where you can buy all kinds of tat stamped with the Fuller’s logo, including a dartboard, of all things.
You can also buy Fuller’s beers, which seems a better investment, with London Pride, EBS, HSB and Chiswick all available (Discovery was just off), whilst the range was broadened by Osset Yorkshire Blonde and St Austell Tribute. The Honeydew was flying out of the keg taps whilst I was at the bar and the staff were doing their best to promote a new Fuller’s lager, the name of which I forget. I was gasping for a drink when I arrived here and was disappointed to find that my HSB tasted a bit odd – maybe the end of the barrel.
This was my first time in this place and once again Fuller’s have demonstrated that it is possible to operate a pleasant bar from a major London station. Not quite up there with the Parcel Yard at Kings Cross or the Doric Arch in Euston in my opinion, but not too far behind and certainly worth a look when passing through Paddington.

On 18th June 2013 - rating: 7
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an_ ecumenical_matter left this review about The Mad Bishop & Bear

Has had a hosing and is quite tidy now. But at £3.60 for Pride they can afford to tidy it up !!!

On 17th January 2012 - rating: 6
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hondo . left this review about The Mad Bishop & Bear

Located up the escalators from the platforms & shops. Extensive range of fullers beers & 2 guests(arkells & st austell on my visit) make this one of the better train station pubs. Before 10am alcohol can only be served with meals. Train departure boards in the pub.

On 7th December 2011 - no rating submitted
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Mad Bishop & Bear

Situated up two escalator rides from the concourse to the platforms and within a "retail" area of the station,this is a bit more upmarket than many station boozers,and this is reflected in the clientele,many of whom come here for the food.On the higher terrace to the left of the walkways into the pub is an area where there is table service,but the screen tuned to daytime TV seemed out of place in this location.
As noted there was a supply problem with their real ale and only three were offered.My second pint of ESB benefitted by being correctly poured by the more experienced barmaid.
The interior is all a little contrived but I would use it again if faced with a wait for a train to the West country.

On 1st December 2011 - rating: 7
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