The Cleveland Arms Sunday roast review

There is no shortage of places in London offering a traditionally British Sunday roast, so it’s always good to have a solid recommendation. Neil Simpson takes his empty stomach to the Paddington area for a quality option in remarkable surroundings.

If you’re planning on using Paddington Station during your London trip, I suggest strolling south of the station towards Hyde Park. This area typifies refined, west London living, populated by good-looking houses on pretty streets. Here you’ll find The Cleveland Arms, an upmarket British boozer that serves a great Sunday roast.

the cleveland arms paddington pub London exterior

The bar area is casual, light and airy thanks to a large front window, but I was surprised to find a smarter, cosy dining room at the back and a restaurant in the basement. From the dark wooden floorboards to the framed paintings and thick fabrics, the whole place feels like a fancy country manor house. The stunning ceilings are decorated with carefully carved dark-wood panelling. It’s posher than your average pub and somewhere you’ll feel like staying for a long lunch.

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the cleveland arms paddington pub London bar

The short Sunday roast menu costs just above the average for London, featuring pork belly with roast apple (£15) and roast beef top side (£16.50). I chose the chicken legs, roasted with thyme and served on a bed of braised leeks (£15.50). The chicken was carefully cooked and still very moist, while all of the trimmings (potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and vegetables) arrived in a separate dish. This seemed odd, but as the chicken was surrounded by a thin sauce, it meant that the trimmings remained crisp – it’s a great idea. The Cleveland Arm’s roast potatoes are fantastic: each was a substantial size, with a thick and crispy coating.

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A few tips: don’t miss the seasonal desserts, because our chocolate and almond tart was one of the best I’ve ever had; the bar makes top-notch Bloody Marys; the kitchen has an accomplished chef in charge, so the dishes we tried besides the Sunday roast were excellent too, such as a quality plate of tenderstem broccoli tossed with chilli and garlic.

If a traditional, high-quality Sunday roast is on your London to-do list, The Cleveland Arms is a strong option.
28 Chilworth St, W2 6DT
020 7706 1759 | [email protected]
Mon-Fri noon-11pm, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-10pm 
Prices and times correct at time of publishing

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