Hey, I’m not even going to note in the title that the Paddington is in Paddington, but I was surprised to learn that Merivale took over not only this pub, the Paddington, and started a restaurant, Fred’s, with a hot reputation, and that it’s all so popular that they’re doing take-out chicken at a little stall in between them.
We knew none of this. Just ran across the street in the rain, after an event at the Paddington United Church, figuring that at 10pm, we’d be out of luck for food. But no, the place was absolutely bustling.
We split a full roast chicken, and it came with tasty fries and some perfectly dressed lettuce leaves. I may have lived in Australia since 1999 but asked for ketchup with the fries, and my husband explained that they really don’t do that here.
Regardless: lovely service. Great atmosphere. And what could go wrong with a perfect roast chicken and the trimmings. Yum. I’d come back. Some of the items on the menu look like they could be a bit pricy, but the chicken is a good deal. I had a negroni too. I love negronis…