Frontline Restaurant 1

13 Norfolk Place , London, W2 1QJ

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SquareMeal Review of Frontline Restaurant

Primarily a members’ club dedicated to the world of international relations and independent journalism, the Frontline Club’s handsome restaurant is open to the public. Refurbished in 2016, a snug mezzanine level has been added to the ground-floor dining room, all housed in a 19th-century Hackney carriages factory. Dimly lit and clad in reflective surfaces, the mezzanine contrasts and compliments the airier, naturally-lit dining room below, which is watched over by walls of large, press photography prints and a troupe of young staff. Le Caprice-trained chef John Edwards serves an international menu using produce from the Norfolk farm of owners Vaughan and Pranvera Smith. On our visit, there wasn't a dud dish among the likes of stone bass ceviche with jalapeño, scallops with haggis and a textbook, mustard-fuelled steak tartare. Such providence means you'll pay a lot for meat and fish here, so journalists might want to invite better-paid dates. Service is patchy and strained but certainly charming, while reasonably priced wines focus on France before trotting off across the globe. All in all, this is a solid Paddington option.


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Frontline Restaurant is recommended for

Buzzy | Fun | Quiet Conversation | Brunch

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Paddington Station 134m

Paddington Tube Station 345m


Address: 13 Norfolk Place , London W2 1QJ

Area: Paddington Bayswater

Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 5.30pm-11pm Sat 6pm-11pm

Nearby Landmarks

Trinity Arts Centre 757m

Premier League & Football League 819m


Telephone: 020 7479 8960


Cuisine: British

Lunch: £17/20 (2/3 courses)

Dinner: £17/20 (2/3 courses)

Private Dining: 25


Food & Drink: 7.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 7.0

Value: 5.0

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Max F. bronze reviewer 25 January 2014

There's nothing wrong with it and you'll be sure to have a pleasant experience there – the staff are great, and there's a pleasant atmosphere with great conversation piece photography on the walls. The food is a little pricey for Paddington and what it is – for a 2 course + wine you're looking at £50/head minimum and that's steep for what it is and where it is. Thing is, there's probably nothing better in Paddington for a slightly nicer than average dinner, so maybe because of that they can afford to charge a premium. Wouldn't go there as a destination but if I was back in Paddington and needing to have dinner I'd probably book at Frontline again.

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