Mad Bishop and Bear (Fuller’s)

Mayor: Finn (1) | Taps: 8 real ale | Bottles: several
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu  (63) Chișinău, Moldova | August 21, 2013
The basic Fuller’s range in casks< a few bottles too, including Past Masters and Vintage series. Simple, but well-done pub food. Being located at a large train-station, the prices are a bit higher - for tourists.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Finn  (260) Tromsø, Norway | November 3, 2016
An old friend from when we started visiting London 13 years ago. Standard Fullers / Gales range with surprisingly few bottled in the cupboards. Handy when passing Paddington. Visited together with Rune many times. Last time 30.9.16.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
WingmanWillis  (1693) , England | January 6, 2016
Visited on 6th January 2016. Up in the gods in the Lawn area of the station this is a large outlet for Fuller’s ale. Lots of seating but mostly taken by sullen weary commuters waiting for their train to the burbs. Beer list has a guest ale plus a great Fuller’s range in bottle and on cask and keg. A few craft bottles too. It does seem there’s a tie in between Kona and Fuller’s. Pricey but it is a station. Service decent. Handy spot but not a beer destination
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
sound67  (3) Offenbach, Germany | June 11, 2015
I was delighted when I found my favorite London pub, The Mad Bishop and Bear, being listed in a book on the 300 finest London pubs - among the Top 20! It really deserves that ranking. Not just because it’s a Fuller’s pub - but that’s a large part of it, I must admit. Fuller’s is one of the great independent British breweries, based in Chiswick (visit the brewery, there are tours several times a week!) and the makers of my all-time favorite beer, 1845 Celebration Ale. But the ambience is nice too, being a station pub. Lots of people from all walks of life you will meet there. Decent service, okay food and free wifi add to the recommendation. It’s right under the ceiling of Paddington Station. Head towards the food hall, and then up the escalators.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
troubles  (267) Tel Aviv, Israel | May 2, 2015
The better place at Paddington train station. Beautifully decorated pub with nice cask line up, mostly Fuller’s. All seems fresh and right conditioned. There are also some taps with lagers and ciders. A tracker lists trains departures so you can stay up to date. They also offer ale take away. Worth a stop if you’re around the station.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 3/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
huineman  (82) Madrid, Spain | April 29, 2015
Very nice pub within the Paddington train station, London. Relax and enjoy your ale in comfortable couches. Nice selection of English beers.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Leighton  (1043) London, England | April 14, 2015
Somewhat hidden away, this Fuller’s pub lies on the top concourse of Paddington Station. To get here, you’ll need to take two escalators - there might be stairs or a lift somewhere as well. The cask range is standard Fuller’s fare, accented with a few others (though nothing too exciting). The bottled range isn’t bad, featuring some Fuller’s specials - such as Vintage and Old Burton Ale - in addition to craftier offerings from BrewDog, Sierra Nevada and even Siren. Save for a few fruit machines, the ambiance is comfortable. Service was adequate (although it wasn’t at all busy during my stop) and the prices are average.

Not a destination bar by any means but a decent place to have a beer if you’re waiting for a train.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois  (1044) Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, England | April 13, 2015
UPDATE April ’15. Now carries guest casks and bottles, the latter included a couple of Siren offerings plus Brewdog Punk and SNPA. Selection and overall + 1; 60 to 64. Fullers pub in the upstairs part of Paddington councourse. Housed in the former Great Western Railway offices so some behind the scenes Victoriana in terms of the decor. Never seen this place totally packed and have always had OK service. Fullers only in terms of cask and tap, plus some bottles - Vintage and the like. If you’re catching a train from Paddington - why not but not one to venture out of the way for!
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Rune  (847) Tromsø, Norway | October 14, 2014
Had a few drinks here during the Cask Ale Week in late September. Food and beer paring outside the entrance with lots of ales from London breweries like Hackney, London Fields, Fullers, Cronx, Five Points, and so on. Crowded and impossible to find a place to sit down. Smiling and friendly service from the waitress. It’s located at the second floor, on the inside of the Paddington Station building. A classic Brit pub and a good Fullers pub. On other occasions I have always enjoyed well-kept cask ales from Fullers here (visited 25.09.2014).
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
gunnar  (720) Sandnes, Norway | January 15, 2014
Convinient if you have some time to kill at Paddington station, and need to move away from the hassle at the station.Nice decorated, some elevated seating areas, with leather chairs and sofas. Standard Fuller beer selection, some bottles from the Past Masters series. Good and reasonable food as well.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 5/20
Clembo1957  (195) Smethwick, England | September 14, 2013
Located in Paddington Station and catering mainly for travellers.Usual range of Fullers Beers available but fairly pricey

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