Frontline Restaurant

Bronze Award

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Bronze Award

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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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Fun, Lively, Quiet conversation
Food Occasions
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Food Hygiene Rating

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13 Norfolk Place, Paddington, London, W2 1QJ

020 7479 8960 020 7479 8960


Opening Times

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


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Martin F

25 January 2014  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 2.5
As Paddington restaurants go, it's better than many but still just above mediocre
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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