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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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Thuck Phat left this review about The Mad Bishop & Bear

I agree with the previous reviews that as station boozers go, this is a good one. Were it not for the open doorways onto the concourse you could easily forget that you were in a station and I have used it simply as a boozer.
It's a large, open single roomed space with a small raised area to the left with carpets and booths where table service can be had if you wait to be seated. The main room is all wood floors and a mixture of standard height and tall tables and chairs.
The long and impressive bar runs across the back and had on Fullers Discovery, ESB and Adnams Broadside. The other two pumps with Pride and Chiswick clips on were covered by a notice saying that a busy weekend had led to them running out of beer with a delivery expected tomorrow - Wednesday.
There's a comprehensive menu which includes breakfast options as well as sandwiches and larger meals. Prawn and crab cake was edible but I won't be rushing back for the food.
The pub opens at 8 each morning, except Sunday when it's 10, and a beer can be had before 10 as long as it's accompanied by a full breakfast.
I'd return for a beer if in the area.

On 1st December 2011 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about The Mad Bishop & Bear

Situated above the main station opposite the platforms and up a couple of levels. As station bars go, this is pretty good. Fullers beers, a good range on plus St Austell Tribute and Brain's Reverend James. Lots of polished wood, railway themed photos and travel advertisements from the golden age of railways. Several TVs on muted with low key background music playing.
Mostly wooden floored, a small raised area with seating booths being carpeted.
The unusual pub name is derived from two local stories, "the Mad Bishop" was the churchman in control of the land who sold it all off very cheaply to the railway companies leaving the smallholders in the area high and dry, and the "Bear" is a small children's figure from Peru with a liking for marmalade sandwiches.
Open for breakfast from 8am, alcohol served with plated meals, otherwise from 10am. Otherwise food specials on table menus and chalkboards.
There is a train departures board in the pub, useful for keeping you updated and hopefully avoiding missed trains.

On 23rd November 2010 - rating: 6
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Michael Boyes left this review about The Mad Bishop & Bear

A great Fullers pub hidden away at the top of the Upper level of Paddington station. Good selection of Fullers ales. The pub also has a number of Tv's plus a train departure board. Well worth a visit. Food is served all day.

On 1st September 2010 - rating: 6
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an_ ecumenical_matter left this review about The Mad Bishop & Bear

Great Fullers beers but rancid run down bogs.

On 10th January 2010 - rating: 5
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Danny O'Revey left this review about The Mad Bishop & Bear

In the upper reaches of Paddington station, the reviews below cover it well, it has the feel of a typical station pub, lots of wood panaelling, wood seating, but there are some sofas around and booth areas.

Its comfortable and has the full range of well kept Fullers/Gales beers, including bottles

On 13th November 2009 - rating: 8
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john mcgraw left this review about The Mad Bishop & Bear

Fairly large and comfortable station pub selling the full range of excellent Fullers beers, a great place to miss a train in. Opens early for a very good and reasonably priced breakfast

On 14th March 2007 - rating: 10
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