A sunny terrace near the Paddington Basin

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Things to do

Date of travel

March, 2022

Product name

The Union

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Product city

Paddington, London

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Having walked along Regents Canal from Kings Cross to Paddington, we had our sights set on lunch at Smith’s Bar and Grill, right on the canal. However, what we hadn’t bargained for was that the terrace was completely shaded and although it was mid-March, the weather was gloriously sunny and we didn’t want to waste it.

So we wandered around and eventually came across The Union, a large and airy gastropub with a few outside tables facing the sun.

The ordering process wasn’t clear and there were no menus on the table, but on my way in, I was met by a young guy coming out with menus who took our order.

Although the lunch menu had a small selection of classic mains, there was an enticing range of small plates priced around £7 to £8. We chose three dishes: bang bang cauliflower with sesame seeds and spring onion, chorizo croquettes with smoked paprika aioli, and halloumi fries. The textures and flavours of all three were totally different and they were certainly plenty for a light lunch.

With a couple of pints of cider we felt thoroughly refreshed after our walk and it’s definitely a place we’d like to return to, particularly on a sunny day.

Helen Jackson

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