We are launching Draft House Paddington next week. Right there on the canal basin, at the eastern end near Praed Street and Edgware Road Tube Station.
The pub is in a modern building, but we have been inspired by the Victorian age of travel and wonder – of canals, railways and ocean liners.
The canal at Paddington, now a place of urban beauty for alternative types to live on long-boats while tourists and workers wander past, was the cutting edge of logistics when it was built at mind-boggling expense in the 1810s, providing a way of shipping goods from the north and west to London.
Just twenty years later it was rendered more or less obsolete with the launch of the Great Western Railway, when Paddington became the starting point for the journey to Bristol, and then on to New York.
Suddenly the common man could travel anywhere, the possibilities must have seemed limitless!
We have sought to capture this excitement via the creation of Draft House World – a string of fantasy beer islands. Each island is a semi-private area in the pub: Malt Landing, the Saison Isles, Hopville and Port Pilsner.
These are linked together by imaginary maps on the walls of the pub, surveyed and plotted by the geniuses at Studio Frith.
Click here to see some images of these wonderful fantasy maps. I for one am trying not to think about booking a seedy weekend at the Salty Kiss Motel at Port Pilsner!
Draft House Paddington will be run under the weather eye of Adam Relihan. Regulars at Draft House Hammersmith will be familiar with his (occasionally) off-key humour and general warmth. The man runs a great pub and we are lucky to have him there. It should be a grand place for a pint – but also uniquely brilliant for a party.
Finally, we have given our Neapolitan Head Chef – Paolo – the opportunity to show us what great pizza is all about at Paddington. With 12” pizzas starting at just £6 this is going to be a good spot for regular luncheons and high teas. But fear not, Draft Housers, THERE IS A HAMBURGER. And a mighty fine one at that.