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Cleveland Arms, Paddington, W2

28 Chilworth Street
W2
W2 6DT
Phone: 02077061759
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Tris C left this review about Cleveland Arms

Grade II-listed and dating from 1852, this was probably once a coaching inn, judging by the entrance to the righthand mews.
There are beautiful polychromatic tiles to the entrance and a deer’s head mounted to a wall, but otherwise BF pretty well nails it with just a little more to add. I don’t believe the ornate carved ceiling is original and certainly what’s not original are the shabby chic rag washed walls, with ugly exposed metal trunking to power the sconces. Downstairs is a swanky dining room with herringbone bare brick walls, next to substandard lavs; Deliveroo would not be welcome now, so I suspect that its tolerance was down to the kitchen being closed due to the plague, as it’s now a serious gastro affair. Customers were a few very inebriated locals, then the young with a substantial and very noisy Spanish contingent. Of particular note was the presence of very inquisitive and noisy dogs, roaming all over and yapping noisily, stretched leashes aplenty to trip the unwary.
Ales amounted to two unused pumps, the one for Pedigree reversed and Landlord at a reasonable £5.20 a pint and in excellent condition too; there’s a Timothy Taylor’s Champions’ Club award nailed to a wall, which explains the superb quality.
This pub is ok and was probably once better. It would be greatly improved if the dogs were banished to the outside, their annoying presence ensuring that I won’t be returning, the lack of ale choice acting as a further disincentive.

On 15th January 2022 - rating: 5
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Cleveland Arms

This pub could be so much better.Externally it's impressive,a mid terrace frontage with doors to either side,a side arch over the entrance to Gloucester Mews West with a side door entrance which all hints at a original layout with both a front and side snug,a left sided corridor bar leading to a rear lounge and a seperate door to a basement which is still used to this day as a restaurant.
Sadly it's all been opened out and has lost lots of character.The ceiling is now all carved wood,the walls have appalling distressed paintwork,there is a bar which projects in a U into the void left by the strip out,leaving a narrow vertical drinking area to the right,a jumble of substandard furniture to the front beneath the impressive front window,but at least the rear lounge remains with views over the mews.

It's gloomy inside and with the lights off at lunchtime it wasn't clear if the pub was open or not.The surly patron was hardly welcoming and I was the only punter.Three handpumps but only TT Landlord (NBSS 2.5,£5).No sign of food ,or any other activity although deliveroo could be used according to an A board blocking part of the bar.The souless interior induced a quick drink up.The array of fairy lights around the front window were also switched off but I doubt they would have enhanced the atmosphere.The muzak was edgy and political if you were a septic.

There is an attractive patio to the front and the street is quiet.I would class this as a mews pub but in it's current guise is more a faceless bar.Such a shame,with sensitive restoration this would be full of character if the snugs could be recreated and the modern detritus removed.It needs someone with vision.............until then nothing to see here.

On 5th August 2021 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about Cleveland Arms

I paid my first visit to this pub for several years, and have to agree with previous reviewers concerning the changes that have been made. It's no longer the traditional pub it once was, having been subjected to a typically modern makeover. But it was doing a very brisk trade on the Wednesday evening that I visited. They had Timothy Taylor Landlord on, and the Plateau went off as soon as I arrived to be replaced immediately by Tiny Rebel Smoked Stout, and at £4 a pint not excessive for a 5% ale in this part of the world. It's no longer the backstreet gem it once was, but it's still worth a punt (or even a pint) if you're nearby.

On 24th December 2014 - rating: 5
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Tris C
London Paddington, 0.58 miles, 11 min walk (show)
London Marylebone, 1.12 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Kilburn High Road, 2.06 miles, 39 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Cleveland Arms, W2
15th Jan 2022, 19:48
Review submitted by Tris C
 
10th Sep 2021, 12:20
Pub added to pub crawl (London's Mews Pubs Crawl.) by Bucking Fastard

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 January 2022 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 15 January 2022 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 15 January 2022 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 30 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 30 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 30 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 15 January 2022 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 15 January 2022 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 30 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 15 January 2022 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 15 January 2022 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 30 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 30 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 30 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 15 January 2022 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 15 January 2022 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 15 January 2022 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 30 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs downstairs. - last updated 15 January 2022 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 15 January 2022 by Tris C
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